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Muzzleloading Hunters Finally Get the Point
Just 25 years ago, experienced hunters pretty well accepted the maximum effective range of the muzzleloading big game rifle to be about 100 to 125 yards. Well, not any more. Today’s muzzleloading hunters demand higher velocities and longer range ...

NRA youth hunter education challenge May 14
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Improving and advancing personal skills following a basic hunter education course is the focus May 14 of the Chisholm Trail Antique Gun Association's annual NRA Youth Hunter Education Challenge.

KS nonresident deer applications due April 29
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- The last Friday in April is the deadline for all nonresident deer hunters to apply for 2011 permits. Mail-in applications are not available, and none will be accepted.

CWD stable in Kansas; 10 deer in 2010 confirmed positive
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Ten deer taken by hunters in the 2010 hunting seasons from northwestern Kansas tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease.

Colorado big game draw applications close April 5
From the Colorado Division of Wildlife -- With the April 5 deadline for Colorado's big game draws near, the Division of Wildlife reminds hunters time spent planning now can ensure a memorable hunt this fall.

Remaining permits are first-come, first-served on April 25
From the Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Drawing results for Arizona's 2011 elk and pronghorn antelope big game hunts are now available at www.azgfd.gov/draw or by calling (602)942-3000 and selecting option two. The more than 120,000 hunters app...

Don't Confuse Practice with Sighting-In
When sighting in a gun or bow, it is imperative to remove as much human influence from the shot as possible. Sighting-in is not practice - it is a process to get your equipment shooting dead-on.

New Thoughts on Taking Does
You've probably read dozens of articles recommending harvesting big, healthy does to help reduce deer populations. Other articles talk about how to tell mature does from yearlings to help hunters cull only mature does. But some biologists are taki...

Tongue Twister
"Omigod, Dad, you-won't ... I-can't ... Huge ... Oh, jeezeyouhave to ... now ... Just come!" Any other time of year, Tom Brennan might've deduced that his normally articulate son was either drunk or speaking with a mouth full of peanut butter. T...

Spring fish and wildlife rules hearings April 11
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Citizens across Wisconsin can to share opinions April 11 on proposed hunting and fishing changes or present new ideas in managing the state's fish and wildlife resources.  They can also elec...

Fight poaching on controlled hunt applications
From the Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- Hunters applying for a controlled hunt in Idaho might consider helping the fight against poaching, and it won't cost them an extra dime.

Idaho spring turkey season begins April 15
From Idaho Fish and Game -- Hunters who have finished with taxes before the deadline can expect to find Idaho's wild turkey populations in good shape.

Long Live the Queen!
My husband Bill and I have been in many remote settings over the past 30 years. Living deep in the woods, hermit-like, year-round, we have observed numerous wild creatures, from wolves to whitetails. Although most hunters view the large-antlered b...

NY bear harvest returns to 2005-7 levels
From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation -- Statewide, New York hunters took 1,064 black bears this past fall, similar to harvest levels from 2005 to 2007.

May 27 deadline for NH moose hunt lottery
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Those who want to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall must enter the lottery by May 27. Applications for the lottery are nonrefundable, and cost $15 for residents and $25 for non-residents.

New York 2010 deer harvest up
From the New York Department of Environmental Conservation -- Hunters harvested just over 230,000 deer during New York's 2010 hunting season, an increase of nearly 3 percent from 2009.

Do Deer Feel Pain?
This might sound stupid, but do deer feel pain the same way we do? I shot at a deer with my recurve and missed. It jumped and ran off about 15 yards and came back a few minutes later. I shot again and it acted the exact same way but walked off out...

Maine establishes plan to increase deer herd
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife -- The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has made public an action plan to increase the deer herd in northern, eastern and western Maine.

Delaware youth/disabled turkey hunt April 2
From the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife -- Prior to the opening of the regular 2011 spring turkey season, youth ages 10 to 15 and non-ambulatory disabled hunters will have a special one-day hunt opportunity on April 2 on private lands statew...

March 28 deadline for NM big game license apps
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- Hunters have until 5 p.m. March 28, to submit applications for New Mexico 2011-2012 big game hunting licenses. The deadline is earlier this year to allow hunters to take advantage of discounts avail...
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