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Long Shot
Up until 1987, Les Gustafson and Terry Simcox roughed it whenever they hunted the abandoned farm and its surrounding ravines, spending nights in a tent. But that year, the pair had access to an abandoned farmhouse and a portable electric heater. ...

Kentucky opens 1,300 acres to public hunting in Marion County
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Hunters have 1,293 additional acres to enjoy for the 2010-11 hunting season at the new Marion County Wildlife Management Area (WMA) and State Forest, located southeast of Lebanon. The WM...

Bowhunting safety zone perimeter now law in New Jersey
From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- The bowhunter perimeter bill has been signed by Governor Christie and is now law. The new law changes the area for bow hunting around an occupied building to 150 feet, and will assist in providing...

CWD proclamation includes new restrictions in ND Unit 3F2
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakotan residents hunting big game in other states and provinces are familiar with chronic wasting disease and the proclamation established for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and ca...

Alabama hunting and fishing licenses now available
From the Alabama Dept of Conservation and Natural Resources    -- The sale of recreational hunting and fishing licenses for Alabama's 2010-2011 season has begun. Hunters are reminded all current recreational licenses expire Aug. 31.

NY says felt-soled waders carry invasive algae
From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation -- A threat to angling in fresh water streams and rivers across New York and other parts of the world is the invasive algae known as Didymo or "rock snot."

NE online antlerless deer hunter program available
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Nebraska is using a new online tool to increase hunter access to land where landowners seek more antlerless deer hunters. The Antlerless Deer Hunter Program allows hunters to register online and landown...

ND hunters reminded about bait, archery season opening, PLOTS guide
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges a...

NJ hunters can take feral hogs during deer season in DMZ 25
From the New Jersey Division of Fish and wildlife -- The NJDEP's Division of Fish and Wildlife has issued a Special Wildlife Management Permit to control feral hogs in Deer Management Zone 25.

Big Time Texas Hunts of a Lifetime entries now available
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- The Lone Star State has a lot of land that's primed for hunting and the is offering outdoors enthusiasts the chance to win several hunts of a lifetime.

Wisconsin repeals waiting period for deer bow hunters to purchase license
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Archery deer hunters no longer have to wait three days after purchasing a license during the open season to begin hunting in Wisconsin. The state legislature removed the three-day waiting period ...

President signs firearms excise tax act into law
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- The President has signed into law the Firearms Excise Tax Improvement Act of 2010 (H.R. 5552). The bill passed the House of Representatives at the end of June by a vote of 412-6, and on August 5 it pas...

Ask The Biologist: Planting Turnips
I have been told to plant turnips. When is the best time to plant them and where can I get seed? What time of year will deer be attracted to the turnips? — Bill Duncan

The Legend of Ol’ Pigeon Toe
His broad track was distinct, sinking all the way down to his dew claws in the red soil along Tallawackee Creek. His long toes splayed under his considerable weight and his right front hoof turned sharply inward, making his track quite recognizabl...

Turkey, bear and deer rules change for WV 2010-11 seasons
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Several important changes for West Virginia's fall hunting seasons for wild turkey and black bear, as well as the youth hunting seasons are included in the 2010-2011 West Virginia Hunting an...

No hunting license required during Oklahoma free hunting days
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Oklahoma residents can hunt for free and without a hunting license Sept. 4 and 5 as part of the Department of Wildlife Conservation's annual Free Hunting Days.

WV Youth Challenge at hunting-fishing days Sept. 25 and 26
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- One of the most popular attractions at West Virginia's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Days is the Outdoor Youth Challenge. This year's challenge will be held Sept. 25 and 26 at ...

Apply by Sept. 9 to harvest antlerless deer in MN lottery areas
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Deer hunters who use a firearm or muzzleloader in a lottery area and want to harvest an antlerless deer must apply for an either-sex permit by Sept. 9.

Indiana youth can apply Aug. 23 for Big Walnut hunt
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Beginning Aug. 23, Indiana youth hunters can apply for a special youth deer hunt Sept. 25 and 26 at Big Walnut Nature Preserve located near Bainbridge.

When Good Scopes Go Bad
One year, my custom M70 became erratic. Groups opened from .5 MOA to as much as 3 inches. I tried new bullets, new seating depths, new bedding. I could have saved wear on my barrel by checking the scope first. It wasn’t holding zero. The 6.5-20x ...
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