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Deer hunter shoots unusually large coyote in Missouri
From the Missouri Department of Natural Resources -- DNA tests show that a 104-pound canine shot by a hunter in Carroll County Nov. 13 was an unusually large coyote.

More than 250 charges filed in NY anti-poaching operation
From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation -- A major operation to crack down on illegal deer poaching from Montauk to Buffalo has led to charges against 137 individuals for more than 250 offenses.

Memories of Moon Boots
-- Thirty years ago when I was 8, my father started taking me deer hunting. It was the opening day of the shotgun deer season in New Jersey. Four of us went, my father, uncle and cousin and I. I remember the first group of does we saw. Dad told m...

Shooting Lanes...Not Superhighways
If you bowhunt long enough, you're going to hit a limb with an arrow. Hopefully it happens while taking a shot a doe for the freezer and you can laugh about it later. Whether the shot is at a doe or the buck of a lifetime, though, the experience ...

Shot-Out Barrels
Everyone who owns and regularly uses a great-shooting rifle lives with the concern that one day, it will lose its accuracy. Eventually it will, if you shoot it a lot. At that point, most assume the barrel is shot out. That might be the case, but b...

The Amish Buck
The first time John Schmucker saw the giant whitetail now known as the "Amish Buck" was in 2004 - two years before he made headlines with it. "I think I was the first one to see him," says John. "I saw him three times around the end of August or ...

Kentucky bear season opens Dec. 18
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- In what year did a hunter take a black bear during Kentucky's first hunt of the modern era? The answer could be 2010 if a hunter bags a bear the weekend of Dec. 18 and 19.

111 years and still counting!
With the help of thousands of volunteers, the longest running Citizen Science survey in the world-the Audubon Society's annual Christmas Bird Count-takes place Dec. 14 through Jan. 5.

Ask The Biologist: Do Deer Prefer Natural Foods?
I am currently hunting in Northwest, La. (near Mooringsport). There is a pipeline facing a 4-year-old cutover with planted pines 5 to 6 feet tall, and there’s a thicket behind me. I have planted food plots at great expense the last four years, but de...

This One is For You, Steve
By 7 a.m. on Nov. 14, 2005, I was heading to our hunting ranch near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan. On the way, I decided to check on a field where I had seen some nice bucks. Sure enough, there were fresh tracks from the early-morning snow. I spotted a...

15 Texas counties may close hunting to regenerate turkey populations
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Since 1995 when Texas' first spring eastern turkey hunting season opened in Red River County, the Parks and Wildlife Department has maintained a conservative 30-day season, mandatory check stations and...

Florida seeks opinion on expanding alligator hunting hours
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- Florida wants to know what residents think about expanding daylight hours for hunting alligators.

Kansas resource officers focus on poachers
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Each year, Kansas natural resource officers (NROs) check approximately 60,000 hunters in the field, and about 96 percent of them are found to be law abiding sportsmen and women. Although the vast m...

No Ground Shrinkage
-- It was opening day of the 2007 muzzleloader season in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. It was the first time I’d set foot in this vast mountain range. There were eight of us hunting. The day started off slow. We split up and went on...

Elk Foundation to help fund Missouri elk restoration
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- A national elk-conservation group whose support for elk restoration in Missouri dates back more than a decade is keeping its promise to financially support the current restoration effort.

Maine begins helicopter surveys for deer
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife -- Aerial helicopter surveys to count deer in Maine's central and southern Wildlife Management Districts will be made in December and January, a cooperative arrangement with the Department o...

Firearms deer harvest continues to lag in Missouri
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Hunters checked 15,226 deer during the antlerless portion of Missouri's firearms deer season Nov. 24 through Dec. 5, bringing the tally for the year to 217,281.

Thanksgiving Buck
Tyler's first hunting trip with his grandpa turned into a day we'll always remember. While sitting in a downed tree we saw a doe across the way and watched her walk by. We talked about were to shoot and how to stay in the moment. Using a grunt ca...

Kodak Moments
While on my way to work in mid-May of 2005, I saw a buck with strange antlers run out of a scope of woods across a field. I'd never seen anything like it. The still-blossoming rack had main beams growing out sideways, about 8 inches long, and they...

Dec. 10 deadline for Wisconsin spring turkey, bear permits
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until the close of business Dec. 10, to apply for available permits for the 2011 Spring Turkey Season and Black Bear Season.
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