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All In The Deer Family
The North American deer family includes white-tailed, black-tailed and mule deer, elk, caribou, reindeer and moose. The sizes of the members of this big family range from a mere 100-pound Coues whitetail at the small end of the spectrum to the larges...

'Lock, Stock & Barrel: Understanding the Firearms Industry'
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- "For more than 200 years a unique industry in America has made products that have been part of our country's great tradition of freedom, self-reliance and enjoyment of the outdoors." So begins a new vi...

Rain erodes Missouri’s opening weekend deer harvest
From the Missouri Department of Natural Resources -- Steady rainfall that soaked much of Missouri Nov. 15 contributed to a drop in the number of deer taken during the opening weekend of the November deer season. Hunters checked 86,202 deer during t...

Deer season going well in NH; Bear harvest high
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- New Hampshire’s regular firearms deer hunting is going well, as hunters look forward to the Thanksgiving holiday week. Through Nov. 15, hunters had taken an estimated 7,220 deer in New Hampshire. Th...

Early reports show Minnesota deer harvest down from 2008
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Minnesota deer hunters have harvested about 96,000 deer since the firearms season opened Nov. 14. This number is consistent with expectations from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which...

BADF Heart of Texas Chapter Sponsors Another Special Hunt
December 6 was a special day for the Buckmasters Heart of Texas Chapter, and for the family of Seth Simpson. We had the privilege to take Seth to a local deer management ranch for a hunt of a lifetime. Seth was diagnosed with cancer at age 16. He tu...

BADF Teams Up With Wounded Warriors to Host Dove Shoot
On Dec. 13, 2008, 12 men representing the Wounded Warrior project descended on a cornfield near Brooker, Fla., for an afternoon of fellowship and dove-hunting. The shoot was sponsored by the Northeast Florida Buckmasters, with the assistance of one o...

Women Bowhunters have successful Does & Arrows hunt
From the Women Bowhunters Association -- Members of the Women Bowhunters Association met Nov. 12-15 at Master Rack Lodge, Union Springs, Ala., for their first annual  Does and Arrows bow hunt. Members had opportunity to harvest white-tailed dee...

One Big Mistake
By Adam Hayden -- I want to thank the Lord for giving me the opportunity to do what I do and then still bless me with an animal like this. It’s very humbling. He definitely guided that arrow for me, because it wasn’t the best "form" shot I have ever...

Missouri’s Eagle Days start Dec. 5
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Five events starting in December offer Missourians a chance to see bald eagles in the wild and indoors. Thousands of bald eagles come to Missouri each winter. The number and location depends on weather...

Nebraska’s family muzzleloader deer applications due Nov. 30
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Family muzzleloader deer hunts are planned for this winter near Plattsmouth, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. The Commission and the Nebraska Forest Service have created an opportun...

NJ youth firearms hunt Nov. 21
From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- Special memories will be made as New Jersey’s young hunters take to fields and forests with parents and mentors on New Jersey's youth firearm deer hunt day on Nov. 21. The youth firearm deer hunt...

Second Shot’s a Charm
By Tyler Ramey -- I had bowhunted with my Dad several times in the 2009 deer season, but I had yet to get close to a buck. I’ve taken several does since I started hunting, and I really had my heart set on getting a buck this year. On Sunday afterno...

It's All About Determination & Southern Hospitality
It was May of 2005, and the pressure was on. My 17-year-old daughter, Lauren, had taken an interest in deer hunting. She accompanied me on a few hunts and then informed me that she wanted to become a deer hunter. Lauren showed just how serious she wa...

17 state parks to close for deer reductions
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Select Indiana state parks will be closed temporarily for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks. Two reduction efforts will take place. The first are Nov. 16 and 17. The second round is ...

Texas joining Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission -- Game law violators in Texas could face additional consequences for their actions under an interstate agreement recognizing suspension of hunting, fishing and trapping licenses in other states. The Tex...

Ohio's deer gun season opens Nov. 30; Venison donation encouraged
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio's popular deer-gun season opens statewide on Monday, Nov. 30, offering hunters a full week to harvest a whitetail. The upcoming season will again include an extra weekend of gun hunting on Dec. 1...

Ohio extends hotline hours during deer gun season
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Individuals seeking information about the youth gun and white-tailed deer hunting seasons, or to report violations of state wildlife laws, can take advantage of extended call center hours from 21 to D...

Homemade Blue Cheese Dressing
You will never buy store bought blue cheese dressing again. It’s fun to make and great on everything from steaks to salads to hot wings! Serve with hot wings and celery or spread it over your best venison steak. Try it on a salad with a touch of Fren...

Making the Right Call
Successfully calling deer is based on the deer’s natural curiosity about other deer in its immediate area. However, deer are more curious at some times than at others. Does with fawns, particularly in groups, are in their mothering mode and will oft...
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