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Florida Urges Feds to Open Big Cypress for Recreational Use
From Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) adopted a resolution Wednesday, urging federal officials to open the 146,000-acre Big Cypress National Preserve Addition to a full ...

A Bear for Grandpa
By Clark S. Ross -- I know everyone has a story to tell when it comes to hunting. I'm no different. I could tell you some very successful and funny stores as well as some unsuccessful stories. But this one is about an unsuccessful success story. I...

Champions of the Wild
By Howard Miles Sr. -- On the morning of Oct. 30, 2001, I woke up at 3:30 a.m. and scurried around to get ready for a morning bowhunt with my good friend, Steve Johnson. I checked my gear twice to make sure I had not forgotten a single thing. Around...

The Hide-and-Seek Buck
By Nicole Corwin -- We live in Michigan, and it was the last week of the 2006 deer season. My boyfriend, Nate Wright, went out about 5:30 a.m., determined to bag a deer. I received a phone call around 11:30 a.m. from Nate. He was hysterical. He said...

South Carolina Liberalizes Crossbow Regulations
From TenPoint Crossbow Technologies -- South Carolina Governor, Mark Sanford approved Senate Bill 691 amending the South Carolina Code of Laws related to crossbow use. This bill amends Section 50-11-565 of the 1976 Code by striking the entire sectio...

California Offers Junior Deer Hunt at Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve
From California Department of Fish & Game -- The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and the California Deer Association (CDA) will host an apprentice deer hunt Sept. 13-14, 2008, at the Carrizo Plain Ecological Reserve. The apprentice hunt will...

Biggest Buck of the Bunch
By Jessica Pierce -- What kind of hunter is scared of bees? That hunter would be me. The first year I went hunting was also the first year my husband introduced me to a gun. Being a person who had never gone hunting or shot a gun, I did not realize ...

Hunting on the Half-Shell
By Joe Franklin -- It was a warm day back in 1992, and I had always heard everyone talk about how fun and exciting bowhunting could really be. I wanted to try it, but at that time I was a newlywed who was broke as dirt. I had to do something though,...

Archery Range Open at Nebraska's Helen Boosalis Park
From Game and Parks Commission -- A new public archery range at Lincoln's Helen Boosalis Park, which will be host to the archery competition for the 2008 Cornhusker State Games, now is open. The range, which is open during daylight hours, offers a...

Hillbilly Hunting
By Dave Keesbery -- My family of four - that's Mom, Katie, 15, Hunter, 3, and me - went on a memorable hunting "expedition" one Sunday in November 2005. Mom packed plenty to keep Hunter busy since he became easily restless. I couldn't beli...

Vermont Fisherman Arrows, Lands Record Carp
Tyler Evans (right) caught this new Vermont state record common carp at Retreat Meadows on the Connecticut River in Brattleboro on May 28. The fish weighed 42.46 pounds. From Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department -- A Vermont fishe...

Choose Your Weapon and Your Woman
By Durinda Fisher -- My husband Brett and I met in March of 2001. He has been an active hunter since his childhood when his father introduced him to it. Being the oldest and only girl of three children, my father and mother introduced me to sports w...

Fall Turkey Season Set, Online Applications Available
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota's fall turkey season is set and prospective hunters can apply online, or print out an application to mail, at the state Game and Fish Department's website by going to www.gf.nd.gov. The fa...

Smokepole Buck
By Ricky Riner -- At the age of 16 most kids are focused on getting their driver's licenses and spending time away from home. Though that statement might have been true when I was this age, on one particular day it could not be further from the trut...

Another Record Deer Harvest Posted in South Dakota
From South Dakota Game, Fish Department -- According to harvest surveys compiled by the S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Department, last year saw the all-time highest recorded deer harvest in the state and it was the eighth straight year that deer harvest...

Pa. Landowners Reminded Deer Management Assistance Program Deadline is July 1
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Eligible landowners interested in enrolling in the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP), which is designed to help landowners manage deer on their properties, have until July ...

Wyoming Mule Deer Mortality Surveys Reap Grim Results
From Wyoming Game and Fish -- More than 100 volunteers assisted the Wyoming Game and Fish Department with the 15th annual western Wyoming mule deer mortality surveys held near Cokeville, Pinedale, Big Piney and Leroy. Survey coordinator Gary Fralic...

Oklahoma Lowers Age Requirements of Apprentice Hunting License
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Last year's introduction of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's apprentice-designated hunting license made learning to hunt easier than ever for new sportsmen, and one change made r...

Good Close to Opening Day
By Tracy Chrisley -- I've been hunting for more than 15 years and have taken quite a few really good bucks. However, that opening-day buck has eluded me. In years past, I have found many good spots to hunt with a lot of buck sign, but would always l...

Better than Magic Mountain
By Brian Ries   -- I have hunted on small properties in western Pennsylvania for my entire life but have never experienced anything like what I'm about to tell in this story. Nick, a good friend of mine, inherited a 60-acre farm from his grand...
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