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Know What Is Around You
Sometimes we hunters overlook the simple things. Maybe it’s because we get excited, or maybe we just get complacent. Other times we’re just not as sharp mentally as we should be.

OK to take deer with tags and collars, but please call researcher
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wildlife researchers are looking for help from any Wisconsin hunter who may harvest one of the 335 white-tailed deer marked with ear tags and radio-collars during the archery and gun-deer seasons.

Missouri duck numbers at all time high
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- The number of breeding ducks surpassed all previous records this year, setting the stage for a bountiful harvest. All Missouri hunters need now is the right weather to push ducks into the Show-Me State ...

Antelope in Apache Land
A roadrunner seemed to materialize in front of our ATV, playfully running alongside the vehicle with a dead lizard dangling from its beak. It paralleled our path awhile, and then angled back into the West Texas brush, the tail of its scaly breakfa...

Confessions of a Trail Camera Hater
When Holless Allen’s compound bow first appeared in 1967, I was bowhunting with a Bear recurve and loving it. When Bill Scott’s caliper release hit the market about 25 years ago, I was shooting my compound bow with fingers and having a huge time. ...

How important to the deer is the pond on my hunting property?
I live in Cherokee County, AL. There is a small pond in a stand of pines on our property. I have seen good signs that deer use this water source. The pond is in the middle of a route the deer use going to a green field. My question is: would thi...

300 late season archery elk licenses available Nov. 2 online
From New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- On sale Nov. 2 beginning at 10 a.m., on a first come, first served basis, 300 late-season archery elk hunting licenses will be available on the Department of Game and Fish website.

Muzzleloader group invites shooters to Oct. 23 silhouette event
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- The Colorado State Muzzle Loading Association is encouraging shooters, both novice and experienced, to enter a muzzleloading silhouette shoot at Golden Gun Club in Watkins Oct. 23.

NY adopts 5 year deer management plan
From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- New York has adopted a five-year deer management plan, which has been revised based on public comment on a previous draft version. The plan can be seen online at

CWD surveillance continues in North Dakota
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2011 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 12 units in North Dakota.

Blacklegged and lone star tick populations found
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Two tick species of public health importance are becoming more common and expanding their range in Ohio -- the blacklegged tick and the lone star tick, according to the Ohio Department of Health, Zoono...

Florida adds texting to wildlife alert system
From Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- Florida's Wildlife Alert Reward Program has helped catch thousands of violators through phone calls and online submissions from the public. Now, it's adding an additional method: text mess...

Many hunter ed classes available before OK deer gun season
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Chances to attend an Oklahoma hunter education class between now and opening day of deer gun season Nov. 19 are plentiful, with nearly 30 classes scheduled for Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.

Oklahoma deer muzzleloader season opens Oct. 22
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Whitetail deer remains the most abundant big game hunting opportunity in Oklahoma, with archery season underway and muzzleloader season to open Oct. 22.

Georgia firearms deer season opens Oct. 22
From Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Georgia's deer season opens Oct. 22 and lasts through Jan. 1 in the Northern Zone and in the Southern Zone, through Jan. 15.

NE deer hunting access lottery for Central Platte now open
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Hunters can now enter a lottery to gain deer hunting access to Platte River Recreation Access) lands in the central Platte River Valley.

Weststar youth deer hunt applications due Nov. 4
From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- During the regular firearms season - Nov. 30 to Dec. 11 - and the extended antlerless whitetail season - Jan. 1 to 8 - Westar Energy's Green Team offers guided deer hunts for youth 12 years...

Designer Bullets
Today’s shooters are no doubt bedazzled by the number of high-tech bullets being offered by the major bullet and ammo makers. To read the claims, one would think all you had to do to succeed with one of these is send it in the direction of a game ...

Sweet Spot
A vast majority of missed whitetails happen because the archer shoots over the deer. When a whitetail hears a bow shot, its body reacts faster than the arrow arrives. Its natural response to any unknown noise is to treat it as a threat. How do whi...

Prospects good for NH youth deer season Oct. 22-23
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- New Hampshire's youth deer weekend, Oct. 22 and 23, 2011 is a weekend that gives young people age 15 and younger the opportunity to go deer hunting with an adult mentor, without the pressure of compe...
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