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Illinois Hunters Harvest 71,894 Deer During First Weekend of Firearm Deer Season
From Illinois Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters in Illinois harvested a preliminary total of 71,894 deer during the opening weekend of the 2008 Illinois Firearm Deer season, Nov. 21-23, Illinois Department of Natural Resources Acting Dir...

Missouri's November Deer Harvest Dips Slightly from 2007
From Missouri Department of Conservation   -- Missouri's November firearms deer harvest dipped by 6.4 percent this year, leading the state's top deer expert to believe that antler-point restrictions and an emphasis on shooting antlerless dee...

Choices for Frigid Conditions, Part Two
By John M. Moschella -- In my previous article on hunting in frigid conditions, I presented ideas for staying warm in below zero temperatures. As several readers noted, I did not address keeping the head warm . . . an important omission, considering...

Firearms Industry Launches Blog to Address Inaccuracies Surrounding Firearms
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) -- the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry -- has launched a blog aimed at hunting down and correcting inaccu...

The Little Blue Bow
By Kurt Nielsen   -- My wife, four children, and I live in Nebraska. I grew up as the middle child, with two brothers and two sisters, on a farm located in central Nebraska. Our dad would take us fishing and hunting when we were kids. We were...

Kansas Ready for Firearm Deer Season
From Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- The 2009 Kansas firearm deer season runs Wednesday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 14, and it's time for hunters to sight in rifles and practice their shooting skills. While many hunters see this as an o...

Louisiana Cancels Fort Polk, Peason Ridge WMA Hunts for Nov. 28-30
From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -- Due to military training, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries managed deer hunts on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) for Nov. 28-30 have been cancelled. ...

Ohio's Young Hunters Enjoy Special Two-Day Deer Hunt
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources   -- Young hunters across Ohio again enjoyed success during the sixth annual Youth Deer-Gun Season, held Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22-23. Hunters age 17 and under harvested 9,852 deer during the specia...

Sometimes It's Your Day
By Bob Johnson -- On Monday, Nov. 10, I left work at lunch to go out and hunt that afternoon in search of a big buck that I knew was out there. I had spotted this deer crossing the road and in the neighboring fields for the last few weeks but never ...

How Many Acres and Where to Plant for Deer and Turkeys
By Kent Kammermeyer Certified Wildlife Biologist/Consultant -- Both deer and wild turkeys will definitely benefit from high quality agronomic food plots on a minimum of 5 to 10 percent of your property in a heavily forested area wherever this is fe...

Cougar Killed in Troup County, Ga.
From Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters around West Point Lake might be led to believe that Georgia has a new predator roaming the woods - the cougar. A recent kill of a male cougar on U.S. Army Corps of Engineer land at West Point L...

PETA Calls on Arizona Governor to Ban Hunting for Those Under 18
From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance -- On Nov. 11, PETA sent a letter to the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, urging support of legislation that would ban hunting by anyone younger than 18 saying that that hunting teaches "children to see othe...

Feds Release National Wildlife Refuge Guide
From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- More than 300 hunting programs exist on national wildlife refuges, and many refuges offer hunts and blinds specifically designed for people with disabilities, as well as hunts organized to introduce youngsters ...

"Second Amendment" Sales Tax Holiday is Nov. 28-29
From South Carolina Department of Natural Resources -- South Carolina will waive the state's sales and use tax on purchases of handguns, rifles and shotguns during the first annual Second Amendment Sales Tax Holiday Nov. 28-29.   The 48-hour...

Kansas Offers National Guard, Disabled Veterans Free Licenses
From Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- A program created by the Kansas State Legislature and administered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) offers active members of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard who are Kansas r...

Deer Hunting at Indiana Facility Limited to Mornings
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Deer hunting at Interlake, a multi-use property in southwest Indiana, will be allowed only during morning hours of the deer firearms season. The DNR Division of Outdoor Recreation plans to give hunte...

Rough Country Whitetails
By Randy D. Smith -- It was early December and a chilling breeze wafted through the leafless trees lacing the lower shelves of steep canyon walls southwest of Clark County State Lake in Kansas.  The shadowed faces of two narrow canyons were coa...

Bucks for Two
By Holly Sidebottom -- My husband Josh and I married Oct. 18, 2008. As outdoor enthusiasts and bowhunting fanatics, we planned the honeymoon of our dreams to Brown County, Ill. We prepared vigorously for our trip, often putting wedding plans on the ...

Missouri's Opening-Weekend Deer Harvest Dips Slightly
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Cold, blustery weather may have cut into the opening-weekend harvest of Missouri's main firearms deer season, but hunters still posted a two-day total of nearly 100,000.   Hunters checked 98,386 dee...

One Fine Buck
By Rick Creech -- I have been a deer hunter for many years and have found that bowhunting is much more enjoyable than carrying a rifle to the woods. To prove my point, I now have a phenomenal buck, which I took with a bow this season. My wife and ...
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