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Maryland Deer Hunters Set New Record
From the Maryland DNR -- Deer hunters in the state of Maryland harvested over 100,000 deer in a single season for the first time since modern deer management began in the early 1900’s. The record 100,437 deer taken during the 2008-2009 deer se...

Big John
By Russell Latimer   -- I've hunted every year for 33 years and have never taken what most people would call a trophy buck. And because deer hunting has become big business, I have never been able to afford to hunt on a trophy-type lease. None...

UAM students, AGFC personnel bolster deer research
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- ARKANSAS CITY – An efficient team of wildlife biologists with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and graduate students from the University of Arkansas at Monticello is compiling needed data on...

KDWP to Offer Special Spring Turkey Hunts in 2009
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- This spring, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) will conduct a number of special turkey hunts on public and private lands, as well as state parks. These hunts will offer a more cont...

Firearm Sales Continue Upward in January
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- NEWTOWN, Conn. -- Despite a weak economy and slumping retail sales, firearm sales continued to increase in January, continuing an upswing that began after November's election. Data from the FBI's Nat...

Chronic Wasting Disease Not Detected in Ohio Deer
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources   -- COLUMBUS, OH - For the seventh straight year, testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and w...

The Grunt That Saved the Season
By Denis C. Querio -- Let me preface this story by informing you that I am handicapped and must wear a full brace on my left leg to walk properly. It was the last day of the 1998 archery season. A friend of mine took me to his uncle’s far...

Birthday Surprise
By Jacky Mowrey -- I've been hunting ever since I was a young pup. A couple of decades prior to the 2008 season, I'd seen only one "dwarf deer." A friend's wife shot it. I had the pleasure of shooting my own on my 49th birthday: Jan. 8, 2...

Carter's First Deer
By Tony Perez -- My eight-year-old son Carter's "Papaw" is a deer-hunting fanatic, so imagine Carter’s excitement when Papaw announced that he was going to take Carter to his deer lease in Brady, Texas, for a whitetail hunt. I went ...

Michigan Seeks Input on Deer Management
From the Michigan DNR -- Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today announced a statewide tour of public meetings on deer management. The meetings are aimed at gathering regionalinput for the ongoi...

The Unexpected Buck
By Robert R. Rogers -- The 2008 Ohio archery season started out warm and the deer were not moving as much as we had hoped. Just walking to our stands made the sweat roll down our faces and backs. This was not the weather we had expected for central ...

Oklahoma Deer Hunt Much Better Than OK
By Kelly Guinn -- My hunt for a trophy buck began in late October 2007 in Woods County, Okla. I was hunting from a ladder stand about 100 yards from a river. Some does, spikes, and young 8-point came into view, but no mature deer. However, my friend...

"It's Dad's Turn Now"
By David Kisamore -- I am 42 years old. In my 30-plus years of hunting, some of my greatest joys have been teaching my now 14-year-old son, Joshua, how to hunt and then having the privilege of seeing him bag his first deer, a large doe. That was ba...

Season Salvaged
By Adam Riley -- Because I was in my first semester of college and playing football, there weren't many opportunities for me to get in the woods during the 2008-09 hunting season. But I learned quickly that in terms of bucks and time spent afield, q...

Vermont Moose Hunting Applications Now Available
From the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department   -- WATERBURY, VT – Vermont moose hunting permit applications are available on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website (www.vtfishandwildlife.com) and at license agents ...

Wild turkey population to be monitored
From the  Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- A select group of hen turkeys will soon be unwitting participants in a wild turkey population study on Andrus Wildlife Management Area near Cambridge. The cooperative effort between Idaho Fish a...

No Expansion of CWD Found in Latest Tests
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Twenty-two deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD) in November, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. More than 4,900 deer were tested. The positive tests do not represent ...

The Kidney Stone Buck
By Philip Allen -- I took this buck on Thursday , Nov. 8, 2007 in Dauphin County, Pa., six days after having kidney stone surgery and just three days before our archery season closed. With the pain and discomfort from my 15th kidney stone cutting m...

The Highs and Lows of Hunting
By Todd Strong -- Last June, my two hunting buddies Randy, John, and I entered a state permit drawing to hunt for mule deer on the Matador Wildlife Management Area in Texas. The year before, 10 lucky hunters from 1,600 applications were drawn. Ima...
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