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Hunter safety instructors needed for next generation
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Minnesota's Department of Natural Resources is looking for people who would like to pass on to others their passion for hunting as volunteer instructor/mentors for the DNR's Firearms Safety Hunte...

Kansas hunters can buy spring turkey permits online now
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Kansas hunters can prepare early for spring turkey season by applying for turkey permits online.

Jan. 26 deadline for Tennessee spring turkey quota hunts
From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Applications for Spring Turkey Quota Hunts are due Jan. 26, a deadline hunters will notice is earlier than in previous years.

Fast Second Shot
It’s a one-shot deal. Legions of modern muzzleloader hunters accept that limitation and do everything possible to make the first shot count. Unfortunately, hunting outcomes are not always predictable, and often, stuff happens. The time will come ...

Kentucky deer season ends with 2 all-time archery records
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Kentucky's 2010-11 white-tailed deer season ended over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with archers posting two all-time harvest records.

NJ spring turkey permit applications open Jan. 25
From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- New Jersey's spring turkey permit applications open Jan. 25  and can be completed online or by going to any license agent.

Wisconsin deer research begins in Shawano, Rusk county areas
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Citizens within roughly 30 miles of Clintonville in Shawano, Waupaca and Outagamie counties and parts of Menominee County and in the area of Park Falls, Exeland and Winter in Price, Rusk and Sawy...

Feb. 8 deadline for Arizona 2011 hunt applications
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Printed versions of Arizona's 2011 Pronghorn Antelope and Elk Hunt Draw Information booklets are now available at all seven Arizona Game and Fish Department offices.  Deliveries of the regulations to...

Fat Chance
Short of an emergency, there was only one reason for my wife to call home on the day she'd gone to town to get prints of whatever my trail camera had photographed. I tensed when the telephone rang. "There are a bunch of does, fawns and one big buc...

Give It a Rest
Whether it's buck fever, heavy breathing from walking or just the weight of the gun, holding steady for a shot on a bruiser buck is just plain hard. While there are times when every hunter is forced to take a free-hand shot, far too many fail to ...

Swamp Savvy
It hadn’t rained at all, but the foggy afternoon mist hung so thick around me that water clung to every branch, every blade of grass and every inch of this bowhunter’s body! The thick stand of poplars took on a surreal look as every nook and cran...

Ask The Biologist: Why Are Some Fawns Bigger Than Others?
My trail camera took this picture on Aug. 29, 2010. I have a series of these photos showing two fawns with spots and two adult does. The large fawn appears as big as the does and is considerably larger than the other fawns in all photos. Any idea ...

10 deer test positive for CWD in West Virginia
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Preliminary test results indicate the Chronic Wasting Disease agent was present in 10 hunter-harvested deer collected during the 2010 deer firearms hunting season. 

West Virginia hunters harvest 105,743 deer in 2010
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 105,743 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archer...

Statewide Georgia youth hunter ed challenge Jan. 15
From the Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Youth interested in the outdoors can test their knowledge, demonstrate their shooting and outdoor skills, and be eligible to win a muzzleloader at the state's annual Hunter Education Skills Challen...

Muzzleloader season ends, archery continues to Feb. 6
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters took 17,108 deer during Ohio's four-day muzzleloader season, January 8 to 11, with Tuscarawas County again leading Ohio with 914 deer checked. In 2010, a preliminary total of 24,078 deer was t...

Leapfrogging in Land 51
Fayette County, Pa., especially Game Land 51, is noted for its plentiful game and variety of hunting opportunities. In 2005, it gained yet another distinction: yielder of the new Keystone State record black bear. (The bruin also ranks No. 3 in the...

Michigan preliminary harvest total matches 2009
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Initial estimates suggest Michigan firearm deer hunters killed about the same number of deer statewide in 2010 as in 2009.

Hunting Guns I Will Never Sell
Good thing I don’t have a pack rat mentality and that I’m not sentimental about guns. I couldn’t afford it, because over the 36 years I’ve been writing about guns full-time, literally thousands have passed through my hands. The vast majority of th...

Train Your Eyes To Look For Deer
Too many hunters are looking for an animal much bigger than a deer. We call this the "horse with antlers" mentality. Magazine photos and videos make whitetails seem much larger than they are. A mature buck stands about 3 feet to his back. The top ...
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