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Warm weather keeps MO urban deer harvest similar to 2010
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri hunters checked 570 deer during the urban portion of firearms deer season Oct. 7 through 10, virtually identical to last year's figure and approximately half the long-term average.

Expect roadblocks statewide during NM hunting seasons
From New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- Conservation officers will be conducting roadblocks throughout the state during fall hunting seasons to collect harvest data and apprehend wildlife law violators.

PA schedules additional mandatory HTE classes
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- With small game seasons underway and big game seasons around the corner, more basic Hunter-Trapper Education (HTE) courses are scheduled for October and November so all new hunters can complete this mandatory ...

Take Out the Shells, the Party's Over...Or is it?
Six bucks, all scoring between 130 and 160, had been taken on the Illinois farm in recent seasons, and Travis Venhaus' archery season 10-pointer was leading the family's 2007 Monster Buck of the Year contest. Travis and his brother, Adam, loaded i...

DNR order listing sporting swine as invasive species now in effect
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A Department of Natural Resources director's order listing sporting swine as an invasive species took effect Oct. 8, making it illegal to possess the animals in Michigan.

Indiana landowners can partner with hunters to control deer
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Landowners experiencing deer damage to crops, forest regeneration or landscaping can get help from hunters in protecting their property through the Hunters Helping Farmers program.

NH Food Banks seeking hunter venison donations
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Hunters can share their fall harvest with the needy through the Hunt for the Hungry program at the New Hampshire Food Bank.

Washington deer hunters can also take cougars
From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- When Washington's most popular deer hunting season opens Oct. 15, hunters are being reminded that cougars are also fair game anywhere in the state.

What are your recommendations on scouting in National Forests?
I live in north florida and this is my third year bow hunting. How is the best way to go about scouting in a national forest in early season?

Mock Scrapes Under the Microscope
Exactly what, if anything, do biologists know about using different types of scents in mock scrapes? Are mock scrapes worth the time and trouble in setting them up? Better yet, does human urine attract or scare deer? What is the best scent to use ...

NH turkey shotgun season Oct. 10-14
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- New Hampshire's five day fall shotgun turkey hunting season takes place Monday in all but six of the state's Wildlife Management Units Oct. 10 to 14.

Record number of unclaimed WMA hunt permits on sale Oct. 11
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Hunters who didn't draw a deer permit for an Arkansas wildlife management area hunt this year still have a good chance to get one. More than 6,000 unclaimed permits will be available beginning 8 a.m., Oct...

Like Father, Like Son
-- Back in 1994, my dad drew a controlled hunt tag for a bull elk hunt in an area he grew up hunting. However, this was not an average controlled hunt tag. It was a new hunt the Idaho fish and Game had just offered, a rifle hunt for an antlered el...

Louisiana finalizes 2012 turkey season dates, regulations
From Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission -- Season dates and regulations for the 2012 turkey hunting season have been finalized, with a uniform statewide opening March 24.

OH deer, turkey hunters must check game on day of harvest
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- While Ohio's successful deer and turkey hunters must still report their harvests, they are no longer required to take their game to a check station for physical inspection and tagging.

Antlerless applications for 2 Nebraska state parks
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Special antlerless deer hunting applications for the Eugene T. Mahoney and Platte River state parks and the Schramm Park state recreation area are being accepted until 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Shock and Awe
I am sending you some sabots and bullets,” said the person on the other end of the phone. “They’re the latest and greatest - flat-shooting, wind-resistant and extremely accurate. You’ll be amazed!” “How do they perform on game?” was my only questi...

NY hunters asked to help monitor small game species
From New York Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- New York state hunters are being asked to participate in two surveys for popular game species during this fall's hunting seasons.

Zoning In
Most of you probably practice using a square, compressed-foam target. They're great. They last a long time, and arrows pull free easily. But shooting at square or bag targets feels different from shooting at a deer shape.

Four-Hundred-Yard-Dash
Working second and third shifts as an aircraft mechanic, Kenny Pickard has plenty of time to indulge his passion for deer hunting. And the man from Wilmington, Ohio, did a lot of it in 2006, all because of some photographs he collected from a trai...
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