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One Shot, One Kill
Over the four decades I’ve been hunting whitetails, I’ve cleanly killed perhaps a dozen fast-running deer, although none were more than 75 yards away. Some were missed cleanly. Most of the fast-movers whose overdrive had kicked in were simply watched...

Emergency season closure not the end of Missouri's ruffed grouse
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Acting on a recommendation from staff, the Conservation Commission voted earlier this year for an emergency closure of the Missouri grouse season, which was to run from Oct. 15 through Jan. 15.

Safety priority for wild turkey, ruffled grouse seasons
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Hunter safety is a top priority during early shooting hours when Wisconsin's fall wild turkey and ruffed grouse seasons open Sept. 18.

Second over-the-counter antelope archery season begins Sept. 13
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Sept. 13 marks the opening day of antelope archery season in two Oklahoma counties. Over-the-counter antelope archery tags have been sold since last year when archery hunters harvested 36 a...

Deer season for ND youth opens Sept. 17
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Sept. 17 at noon signals the start of a nine-and-a-half day deer hunting season for youth ages 12 to 15.

Nebraska deer exchange again available in 2010
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Hunters again will be able to provide venison to anyone willing to accept it, thanks to a Nebraska Game and Parks Commission program.

WV early antlerless archery, muzzleloader seasons open soon
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Special antlerless deer seasons for archery and muzzleloader hunters will open on private land in select counties in September, providing an opportunity to hunt when weather conditions are...

WV advice: Be a responsible and ethical hunter
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- As fall approaches, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources urges everyone who plans to hunt to be an ethical and responsible hunter, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the DN...

Don't Push That Wounded Deer
It doesn't matter how much you practice or how selective you are with your shots, sooner or later you are going to make a bad hit. Gun, bow or muzzleloader, things happen in the deer woods beyond our control. While a bad hit is inevitable, losing ...

How To Eliminate Hand Torque
When building a house, the most important part of the project is making sure the foundation is level and straight. If the foundation is off, everything you put on top also is going to be askew, and that can lead to a lifetime of problems. The way...

The Gift
-- I started hunting when I was 16 years old. My mom was single, so I had to more or less teach myself how to hunt. Mom saved money for me to buy my first 12 gauge, but I never took a deer, squirrel, rabbit or anything else with it. As I got older, ...

Want to shoot a wild hog? Opportunities abound in Arkansas
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- If you have a hankering to shoot a wild hog, it's understandable. They are overabundant in many parts of Arkansas. Don't hold back. Go ahead and shoot that wild hog. Better yet, shoot several.

FWC-managed areas may get new 2011-12 hunting dates
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission staff will develop draft rules to modify hunting season dates on FWC-managed areas for next year. Commissioners will consider the dra...

September rich with hunting opportunity in Kansas
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Most hunters recognize September as the month when Kansas hunting seasons begin, when several hunting opportunities unfold in the first autumnal month, including archery antelope, muzzleloader deer...

Way Out Whitetails
I hunt deer in Clare County, Mich., where 21 hunters per square mile invade the woods each fall. Like me, many of you spend the bulk of your time trying to tag mature whitetails in areas where deer face an onslaught of arrows and bevy of bullets. ...

Elk guide permit deadline Oct. 1; elk license drawing Sept. 10
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Those applying to be an elk guide for Pennsylvania's upcoming season need to submit a completed application to the Game Commission's Bureau of Wildlife Protection by Oct. 1.  Guide permits cost $25 for r...

Still time to report observations for Operation Deer Watch
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- More than 2,000 deer observations have been reported through the Operation Deer Watch program since it started Aug. 1. The reporting period runs for two months, ending at sundown on Sept. 30.

When It Comes To Trophy Bucks, Plan for the Best -- And the Worst
More and more hunters are passing on small bucks in hopes of a trophy. What many newcomers to holding out are not prepared for, however, is to go through the season without taking ANY buck -- but that's what passing up smaller bucks often will mea...

Ask The Biologist: When is the rut in Alabama?
I am a new hunter to the state of Alabama and would like to know the approximate rut dates. The area in question is Cleburne County in the east-central/northeast area of the state. — Tyson

Understanding Open Sights
There was a time when no glass came between a shooter’s eye and his quarry. As optical sights became more affordable and reliable, they were so embraced by hunters that manufacturers almost quit installing open sights on big game rifles. However,...
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