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Alabama Looks to Bowhunters to Reduce Oak Mountain Deer Population
By David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources -- A select group of bowhunters will again get the chance to chip away at the white-tailed deer overpopulation at Oak Mountain State Park when the first of two hunting session...

Application Period for Arkansas WMA Turkey Hunt Begins Dec. 17
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission   -- Beginning Monday, Dec. 17, Arkansas turkey hunters may apply for limited permits on several Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife management areas for the 2008 spring turkey season. Applicatio...

Nebraska's Deer, Elk Tested for CWD
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- More than 3,200 hunter-harvested deer and 44 elk were tested for chronic wasting disease (CWD) this fall, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. "A total of 17 deer tested positive for ...

Plant Pear Trees and the Whitetails Will Come
By Tommy Kirkland -- You've tilled the land, adjusted the soil's pH, and labored endlessly for a productive food plot, consisting of clover and chicory. As the season is just about to get underway, an unexpected problem arises - only a few deer, mos...

Black Bears, Football and Birthdays
By Mark Alexander -- Why is an old man climbing up that holler through all that thick brush? With all that coughing, huffing and wheezing, he's gonna have a heart attack, and I'll have to cut my hunt short and take him to the hospital. Public land, ...

Over 25,000 Out-of-State Hunters Pursue Ohio's Whitetails
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- More and more hunters are finding Ohio's woods and fields a great place to pursue whitetails, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife.   Ohio's deer hunter...

The Skeeter Buck
By Justin Knight -- It was the first week of the 2006 muzzleloader season in central Arkansas. I had talked my supervisor into letting me come into work early so I could leave early to go hunting. The opening weekend had started off well, with decen...

Arkansas Wants Public Input on 2008-2009 Hunting Regulations
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Hunters may voice their opinions about hunting regulations and seasons at one of 11 public meetings across the state Tuesday, Jan. 8. The meetings are part of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission's annual ...

2007 Illinois Firearm Deer Season Harvest Totals 116,708
From Illinois Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 116,708 deer during the seven-day firearm deer hunting season Nov. 16-18 and Nov. 29-Dec. 2, Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) Acting...

South Dakota Resident Big Game Depredation Pool Hunt Open
From South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department -- Applications for South Dakota's 2007-08 resident big game depredation pool are now available. This is a no-cost program which only accepts online applications.   "Depredation hunts all...

What is so Hard About This?
By Susan Aleksa -- My husband was a big deer hunter before we were married. In fact, the day I met him, he had just returned from a hunt in Colorado. Since that time, I have learned a lot about deer hunting. He also taught our two sons to hunt. ...

The Wait is Over
By Matthew Moroz -- I have been bowhunting for 17 years, and that trophy buck has eluded me each season -- until last year when a beautiful 11-point non-typical whitetail came strolling in with the help of my buck call. It was a partly sunny mornin...

West Virginia Deer Hunters Harvest 66,570 Bucks
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources   -- Preliminary data collected from game checking stations across the state indicate deer hunters in West Virginia harvested 66,570 bucks during the two-week buck season, which ran from Nov. 19...

New CWD Areas Documented in Wyoming
From Wyoming Game and Fish Department   -- Six new Chronic Wasting Disease hunt areas have been identified by Wyoming Game and Fish Department personnel since the beginning of the Fall 2007 hunting season, including elk hunt area 110, deer hun...

Missouri Muzzleloader Harvest Sets a Record
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Favorable weather and an abundance of tags left over from Missouri's November firearms deer season enabled hunters to check a record 13,372 deer during the Muzzleloader Portion Nov. 23 through Dec. 2. The ...

Clothing Choices for Frigid Conditions
By John M. Moschella -- Hunting in frigid conditions does not have to be an exercise in survival, providing the hunter is equipped with the right gear to make that all-day sit more comfortable. In the quest for a trophy, the name of the game is sp...

Every Point Counts
By Carl Redding -- It was an ice cold morning during the start of southwestern Pennsylvania's rut. I was going to be hunting with a buddy of mine on a small piece of private property near the West Virginia border. The air was frosty cold with the te...

Newspaper Polls America: What Does the Second Amendment Mean?
From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance   For decades, Americans have debated whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords individuals the right to keep guns. Today is your chance to be heard on the issue.   USA Today's Quick Qu...

Commission to Reconsider Muzzleloader Rules
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- The Idaho Department of Fish and Game wants to know what muzzleloader hunters think about a proposed change in the rules that would allow the use of in-line weapons during muzzleloader-only seasons. In Janu...

Deer Harvest to Rank Among Minnesota's Top Five
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Minnesota hunters are expected to harvest more than 250,000 deer in 2007, according to preliminary estimates from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The projected 2007 harvest is belo...
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