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New Hampshire deer management survey coming in November
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- If you had a New Hampshire hunting license in 2009, watch for a letter in the mail during November from New Hampshire Fish and Game Department telling you how to participate in an important online d...

Apply for Indiana's Deer Creek FWA reserved hunts by Oct. 22
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters can apply online for Reservation hunts at Deer Creek Fish and Wildlife Area in southwest Putnam County hunts from now until Oct. 22 at  www.Hunting.IN.gov. Click on the Reserved Hunt R...

Excellent outlook for Alabama deer season
From the Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources -- Dry weather continues to be the rule as fall hunting season approaches. That may allow Alabama hunters to enjoy an advantage that hasn't been available in several years.

Shooting the Moon
It was 4 p.m. — broad daylight — when I glanced out the window and saw five deer strolling up the back field. Seeing deer in the back yard isn’t all that unusual, but they typically don’t show until the last half hour of daylight. Furthermore, all...

Ask The Biologist: What Age is that Deer?
As a general rule, when you see a spike that has 3- to 4-inch spikes, what age is that deer? Do first-year bucks born in May and June produce spikes? — Dan

The Short Barrel Challenge
As a youngster, I watched my cowboy heroes on TV and the silver screen use pistols for noble causes. These characters were honest, dependable and never failed to help those in need. I wanted to be just like them, right down to carrying and shootin...

How Important Is Camouflage?
Just how important is camouflage? After all, weren't hunters taking deer long before fancy camouflage became all the rage? The answer is that camouflage is very important to today's hunters, largely because so many hunters are using shorter-range w...

Deer in a Deluge
The first time that Robbie Heyes encountered a real Massachusetts wallhanger, back in 2003, a misfire rained on the 20-year-old's parade. The following year, it was indeed the rain, not his deer gun, which doused the young man. The misfire came w...

To Shoot, or Not to Shoot
A 6-pointer jumped up from a clump of briers barely 5 yards from my feet. I was in the middle of a walk to push deer from their bedding areas to a couple of friends sitting on the edge of a field a quarter-mile away. I had my .270 cradled in my ar...

Delaware hunters register deer by phone or internet
From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control -- Delaware hunters are reminded they are now required to register all harvested deer by calling the toll free number (866)511-3337 or going online at www.dehip.com within 24 ...

Campaign encourages using FAS/FBH with treestand
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- A campaign to encourage those who hunt using a treestand to use a fall arrest system/full body harness approved by the Tree Stand Manufacturer's Association is underway in Nebraska.

This Buck is for You, Dad
-- I am what you would call a very dedicated whitetail hunter. I started hunting on public land with my father when I was a boy. Dad taught me to be ethical, and that all deer are trophies. Hunting pressure in Connecticut is high, and we...

Ask The Biologist: Can You Identify The Growths?
I was hoping you could correctly identify the growths on the doe’s back left inner thigh. I was wondering if she’s still edible, or are the growths infectious or contagious to the others in the herd? — Ken M.

One-Hit Wonders
Dad, I know you want me to hunt with a single shot, but I really need a lever-action or a bolt-action gun. I wanna be a real deer hunter!” “Son, it’s the first shot that’s the most important,” my father replied, “no matter how many backup rounds y...

West Virginia's deer, bear and boar archery seasons open Oct. 16
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia big game archery seasons open Oct. 16, offering some of the best deer and bear hunting opportunities in the eastern United States.

Missouri's urban deer hunters reminded to Share the Harvest
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri's four-day firearms deer hunt in urban areas offers hunters a fistful of opportunities to get an early start on deer hunting, help reduce deer-vehicle accidents, cut down on deer-related prope...

No online system for AZ spring hunt apps, Oct. 12 deadline to apply
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Sportsmen, women and children with visions of hunting a strutting turkey, a javelina unique to the southwest, a secretive black bear, or that once-in-a-lifetime buffalo have until Oct. 12 by 7 p.m. (MST) ...

WV forecasts higher fall wild turkey harvest for 2010
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia is predicting a higher harvest of wild turkeys during the 2010 fall hunting season based on good second nesting of turkeys reported on brood sighting forms, and the fact that 15 n...

Missouri publishes draft elk restoration plan
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri's  Conservation Department has posted a 39-page draft plan and video summarizing the document on its website that addresses elk restoration and concerns about property damage, veterinary ...

Deer season opens Oct. 10 in most of Idaho
From the Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- The regular deer season opens October 10 in most regions of Idaho. In some areas, a regular deer tag allows hunters to take either mule deer or white-tailed deer. A white-tailed deer tag allows hunter t...
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