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Cooking with Gas
Only a few hits upside the head from hard-kicking shotshell loads were required for me to realize I can hit more ducks and clay targets when my gun kicks a little less. A gas-operated autoloader is a big help in softening the recoil of those hamme...

Annual wildlife rules hearing questionnaire available online
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- The questionnaire package for the 2011 Department of Natural Resources Spring Fish and Wildlife Rules Hearing and Annual Conservation Congress County meeting and the list of meeting locations is ...

Wisconsin offers free turkey hunter ed clinics
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Free turkey hunter education clinics will be offered this spring by volunteer instructors. The clinics are sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the DNR.

Third year for increase in Indiana deer harvest
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Indiana hunters established a record for the third straight year by reporting an overall harvest of 134,004 deer taken during the 2010 seasons.

Trouble on the Tundra
The morning at our Farnie Lake caribou outpost had started out normal enough. But as I shoved the bullets into my buddy Harold Pirsig's .30-06, a scene from the movie "The Ghost and the Darkness" flashed through my mind. The mental blur dealt with...

2010-11 Tennessee deer harvest sees small increase
From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Harvest reports indicate Tennessee's 2010-11 deer harvest numbers saw a slight increase over the previous year.

Utah general turkey permits on sale Feb. 24
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- If you're a hunter who didn't obtain a limited-entry permit to hunt wild turkeys in Utah this spring, don't put your shotgun away yet. Permits to hunt during Utah's general statewide turkey hunt go on ...

ND spring turkey applications due Feb. 16
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Applications for North Dakota's spring's turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight Feb. 16. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply.

Florida spring turkey hunting season has 2 new rules
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission -- Because of safety concerns among Florida's turkey hunters, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has passed a rule that limits the methods of take allowed during spring turkey hunts on wildlife man...

Ask The Biologist: Parking Your ATV
How close should you park your atv to your stand? When walking in to your stand, if you clean a path to your stand to try and be as quiet as possible, will this alert the deer to the point where they leave the area? — Brandon K.

Hindsight is 177 4/8
For the last 18 years, my passion has been hunting deer in northwest Kansas’ Rooks County. And with access to about 8,000 acres of state-owned and managed hunting lands, plus about 2,000 acres of private property, I have plenty of choices. For th...

Southeast Oklahoma turkey season changes in 2012
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Stabilizing populations of Eastern wild turkeys in southeast Oklahoma is at the heart of a new state turkey hunting rule change that will go into effect in the spring of 2012.

Missouri-bound elk pass first of several health tests
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Elk that are the nucleus of a restored herd in southeastern Missouri have passed one of several health tests necessary before coming to their new home.

Feb. 11 deadline for hunter comment on proposed firearm ban
From the National Shooting Sports Foundation -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation is reminding all hunters and sportsmen to submit comments to the U.S. Forest Service on a proposed firearm hunting ban for areas of the Huron-Manistee National F...

WV hunters harvest 1,126 fall turkeys in 2010
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Preliminary figures for the 2010 fall turkey hunting season show a harvest of 1,126 turkeys which made the harvest 7 percent lower than the 1,208 birds checked in during  the fall 2009 sea...

Hunters can purchase special PA spring turkey tag now
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Pennsylvania hunters who would like a chance to harvest a second spring gobbler can purchase a second spring gobbler tag from now until the spring gobbler season begins April 30.

Born to Hunt
-- My love for hunting and the great outdoors began when I was a young boy in the flatlands of The Natural State, in central Arkansas. You see, I grew up in the country beside a man I loved and honored very much, my grandpa Carter.He hunted for th...

Sometimes, You Have To Go With Your Gut
Hunting is like many sports in that there are certain practices that are the accepted standards for success. In other words, there's a correct form to throw a football or swing a golf club, just as there are correct ways to set up a treestand for ...

.25 Caliber: Deer Hunter's Delight
It’s been the subject of countless discussions over the years - the infamous “Ideal Deer Cartridge.” What is it? What should it do? Does it exist? Well, it does, only it’s not a single cartridge but a family of choices all sharing a common bore si...

Winter index monitors health of northern WI deer herd
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- State wildlife staff are again monitoring the effects of winter on Wisconsin's northern deer herd using as system known as the Winter Severity Index. So far things look pretty good.
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