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Entries for December 2011



Faith, Family and Friendship
-- When Air Force member Mark Hurst was asked by his Pastor Matt Wagner of Bridge of Life Church in Montgomery, Ala., what would he do for Jesus if money was not an option, Mark never hesitated, “I would help the Wounded Warriors of this great cou...

A Huge Buck — and Dad Was There
-- It was Monday evening, three days into the 2007 Maryland firearms deer season. I had not seen a whitetail all day, and light was fading fast. Minutes passed, and then I saw...

NJ bowhunters must use auto game check system in 2012
From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- New Jersey bowhunters are advised that deer harvested during the 2012 winter bow season must be reported using the new Automated Game Check System instead of taking the deer check station. With AGC...

Every Trick in the Book
I received permission in 1998 to hunt a 550-acre farm in Floyd County, Ind. It is about 300 acres of woods surrounded by grain fields and alfalfa. Those woods are a haven for wildlife, especially deer and turkey. The land has rolling hills with t...

Steady Your Shot With A Rope
See that small opening about 90 yards in front of you?" the young guide asked. "Keep an eye on it because deer like to cross there, and sooner or later, one will show up."

NJ hunters asked to check deer permits purchased since Dec. 14
From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- New Jersey hunters who purchased 2011 Shotgun or 2011 Muzzleloader deer permits on or after Dec. 14 are advised to review their permits and if necessary, follow the instructions provided in the fol...

Missouri Commission sets 2012 deer, turkey regulations
From Missouri Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters can start planning for next year’s turkey and deer seasons following action Dec. 15 when the Commission approved 2012 turkey hunting regulations similar to 2011.

The Five Ws of Decoying Deer
It was that gloomy period known as false dawn. I was perched on the edge of a huge cut cornfield in southeast Illinois, and somewhere out in front of me, well within the effective range of my weapon but invisible to me, was a Boss Buck decoy. The ...

What is wrong with this deer?
What the heck is all over this deer?

Flood zones reopen for Christmas deer hunts
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Arkansas has opened the state’s private land flood prone zones in advance of the upcoming modern gun, muzzleloader and youth deer hunts. Last week, Game and  Fish commissioners gave the director the ...

Thompson/Center's Generation 2
In the late ‘60s, Thompson Center Arms, most noted for building quality muzzleloaders, released a unique single-shot pistol. Early critics thought the move a foolish one. Why, they asked, in this heyday of double- and single-action revolvers, woul...

Volunteers asked to assist with deer research project
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin wildlife researchers are seeking people interested in wildlife research to volunteer in assisting in the live capture of deer. This will be the second year for each of two Department of ...

Identical Release Aids
I love bowhunting and have complete faith in my equipment, but the bottom line is there are a lot of things that go wrong.

When Only Kids Could Hunt
Justin Hancock has an easier time rousing his 9-year-old son, Mason, than his wife does. But then Nikki Hancock offers only the promise of school, whereas Justin's "Come on, sleepyhead, it's time to get moving" promises a day in the deer woods. As...

Ragu Bolognese
If you are a pasta fan this one is for you. Fix it with any pasta of your choice and sit back and enjoy. Mouth watering flavor and sure to fill you up. Serves 4 to 5. Heat olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat until hot.  Add the...

WA Master Hunter Permit program accepting applications Jan. 1
From Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Enrollment applications for the Master Hunter Permit program from Jan. 1 through Feb. 15.

Once Smitten...
My father moved to Alabama when I retired from the Marine Corps at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. He has lived in north Florida all his life, and has hunted since he was a small child. But until the 2007 deer season, he had never harvested a buck...

Where Do All the Big Bucks Go?
It was the second week of the Maine firearms deer season, and I hadn’t visited the deer woods because of a very successful fly fishing foray to Ontario. I was antsy to go hunting, but I first stopped by the Pine Tree Store — it’s the village’s onl...

2012 turkey, lottery hunt applications now available
From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -- Hunters can now obtain the 2012 Turkey Regulations pamphlet at any hunting license vendor outlet or the LDWF website.

NJ hunters notified of season end date error
From New Jersey Department of Fish and Wildlife -- New Jersey hunters who purchased muzzleloader deer permits for zones covered by Regulation Sets 2, 3, 3A, 4, 6 and 8 should note the season continues on Jan.  2. A typographical error for Re...
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