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The Green Menace
There’s a monster out there — a green menace lurking in your food plot. It’s not a plague of insects or some alien disease. No, this monster is that catch-all category of plants we call “weeds.” Fescue, Bermuda and other grasses, along with curly ...

Minnesota adds more counties to burning restrictions list
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Sixteen more counties are being placed under burning restrictions this spring to reduce the occurrence of wildfires which can damage homes and other personal property.

Reservation with a Trophy
-- My son, Michael, and I were hunting at the Ford Hood military reservation in central Texas. The land is divided into sections, and the post only allows so many hunters in each area. We were lucky to draw a spot on the northwest side of the pro...

Sako’s Switchbarrel .22
Every good shooter I know has spent a great deal of time behind a rimfire rifle, and most still use the little .22s to keep their eyes sharp. My .22 rimfire rifles play an important part in my training regimen, and I enjoy prowling the hardwoods a...

April 25 opener for NJ spring turkey season
From the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- With populations restored statewide, hunters will see some of the finest turkey hunting on the East Coast when the spring season opens April 25. It runs for five weeks.

Public input needed for TN hunting season proposals
From the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Comments concerning the Wildlife Resources Agency's 2011-12 hunting seasons' proposals are being requested from the public through May 12.

Sold on Alberta
"I made a mistake and shot a 120-class buck," Alan Friend told his guide, Jeff Trout. "Oh, yeah, is that right?" the outfitter replied. It took all the resolve Alan could muster - and he'd had several giddy hours to summon it - to keep a straight ...

Sometimes It's What's Behind You That's Important
Sometimes we focus so much on what we can see from a stand that we forget to think about what the deer sees from his angle. Whether you are hunting with a gun, bow or muzzleloader, you will almost always have to make some kind of movement to get yo...

NY spring turkey season opens May 1
From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Spring turkey season opens May 1 in upstate New York lying north of the Bronx-Westchester County boundary. It follows the annual Youth Turkey Hunting weekend April 23 and 24.  ...

OHV decal renewal notice program now underway in Arizona
From the  Arizona Game and Fish Department -- A new Off Highway Vehicle decal renewal program is now in place in Arizona, a cooperative venture between the Department of Game and Fish and the Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

California offers deer hunting clinic June 18
From the California Department of Fish and Game -- A deer hunting clinic will be offered June 18 in Santa Clara County's Canada De Los Osos Ecological Reserve. It will cover deer biology, hunting techniques and requirements, methods for locating dee...

Destined to be a Legend
If Ben Knisley had drawn a doe tag in 2006, this year’s winner of Buckmasters’ Golden Laurel Citation would not have hailed from Minnesota. But the 23-year-old from Paynesville couldn’t shoot any of the does that came his way on the afternoon of N...

Planting Food Plots in Sandy Soil
I live and hunt in northwest Oklahoma and am having a hard time getting my food plot to take because the soil is very sandy. Any ideas on a plant whitetails like that grows well in sandy soils? — Scott

Hunters take 3,090 bears in Pennsylvania 2010 season
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Pennsylvania hunters took a total of 3,090 bears in 2010, a number that includes 269 bears taken during the first-ever 5-day statewide archery bear season and 2,821 bears taken during the statewide 3-day seas...

Treestands on WMAs must be removed
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Nebraska hunters are advised to retrieve any tree stands they still have up on wildlife management areas.

April 30 deadline for Kentucky elk hunt lottery application
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- The deadline for Kentucky elk hunt lottery applications is midnight EDT April 30.

Buck of a Lifetime
-- I’ve hunted white-tailed deer since I was 16 years old. I live in Elizabethton, Tenn., in the upper east part of the state. This area has some of the toughest hunting in the eastern United States, but I’ve harvested some fair-size deer in these...

Detailed maps feature public hunting land in new WMA Atlas
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Oklahoma sportsmen have discovered the usefulness of the new Wildlife Management Area Atlas from the Conservation and are using the 100-page book to explore Oklahoma's public hunting land.

Exemption permit allows hunters extra year to get hunter ed card
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Hunters required to complete a hunter education course to legally be in the field, but who haven't had time to get their orange card, don't have to miss Kentucky's spring turkey season A...

Biologist forecasts good spring for NH turkey hunters
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Things are looking good this year for New Hampshire's turkey hunters, according to turkey biologist Ted Walski.
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