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Are irregular racks caused by genes or an injury?
I shot a 24-point buck with my bow a few years ago. The rack is fairly symmetrical. The body weight is only about 100 pounds, about the size of a medium-size doe. Is this just a fluke, or could there be some good non-typical genes on the farm tha...

First Came the Sheds
My son, Shawn, found a shed in March 2005 that had 10 points. We looked long and hard for the antler's mate that spring, but we didn't find it until the following November. While dogging through the same thick cedar swamp during the gun season, I ...

Applications for Blue Grass Army Depot hunts now open
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Applications are now being taken for quota hunts at the 15,000-acre Blue Grass Army Depot near Richmond.

WI spring turkey harvest drops
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Preliminary estimates show Wisconsin hunters registered 40,103 turkeys in the spring turkey season, a 16 percent decrease from the 2010 harvest of 47,722 birds. A total of 210,059 permits were is...

Gone in Two Seconds
The ruffed grouse has the widest distribution of all the grouse in North America, ranging from Alaska south to California and down the Rockies into Utah, across the Upper Midwest to Maine and down the Appalachian Mountains into South Carolina. Whe...

Here's the Beef
When Johnny Thacker called his wife on Nov. 18, 2006, the tremor in his voice prompted her to ask, "What's wrong?" "I've just killed a huge 14-pointer," he blurted. "Are you sure?" she pressed. "Well, that's what I think," he said. "I counted at l...

25 and Counting!
Buckmasters celebrates a quarter century of educating and entertaining hunters. The year 1986 was pretty tame as memorable events go. The tragic explosion of the space shuttle Challenger was the most significant news in a year otherwise known for mo...

Statewide survey shows no WNS in Michigan bats
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A recent statewide survey of 24 known bat wintering sites in Michigan showed no sign of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease caused by a fungus that kills bats by damaging their skin and causing t...

The Eyes Have It
If you can see a deer's eye, the deer can see you -- and that's an important tip to remember. When a deer is close, don't move if it can see you. It's the movement that attracts a deer's attention. Unfortunately, you have to move in order to draw ...

Tenn. WMA big game quota hunt applications open June 15
From The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- The application period for all Tennessee Wildlife Management Area 2011 Big Game Quota Hunts opens June 15 and runs through July 27.

DMAP antlerless permits available through PALS
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Pennsylvania Deer Management Assistance Program (DMAP) antlerless deer permits will soon be are available through the Pennsylvania Automated License System (PALS).

ND reduces number of fall turkey licenses
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota is making 4,630 fall turkey licenses available to hunters, a number down 20 percent from last year. The fall turkey season is Oct. 8 through Jan. 8.

Michigan hunters take fewer deer in 2010
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Results from an annual mail survey show Michigan deer hunters harvested 6 percent fewer whitetails in 2010 than in 2009.

Antlerless deer applications open to PA residents July 11
From the Pennsylvania Game Commission -- With general hunting license sales underway, Pennsylvania county treasurers will accept antlerless deer license applications from resident hunters starting July 11, and from nonresidents on July 25.

Spot & Stalk Success
-- I have taken some nice bucks over the years, but never spot-and-stalk style until Dec. 16, 2007, the last day of shotgun season in Ohio. I’d planned to hunt from a tree stand that afternoon, but minutes after climbing into the stand, I saw a go...

Food Plots, Logging Trails and Pine Woods
I live in central Massachusetts. We raised cattle for 30 years, but the cows are gone now. We selective cut about 10 years ago, and the deer love the white pine groves where the cows used to graze. There are a few skid paths left from the loggers...

Utah splits 5 regions into 30 deer hunting units for 2012
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Utah has split its five general season regions into 30 smaller areas known as hunting units beginning with the 2012 season.

Lock in a Utah deer hunting unit for 3 years
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Hunters can lock in the deer hunting unit they want to hunt in Utah for the next three years by joining the state's Dedicated Hunter program.

Michigan Commission lifts deer baiting ban
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Michigan's current deer baiting and feeding ban in the Lower Peninsula was lifted June 9 in a 4-3 vote by the Natural Resources Commission. The ban was put in place since 2008 when Chronic Wasting...

Despite wildfires, June 14 deadline for Arizona hunt application
From the Arizona Department of Game and Fish -- Wildfires currently present in Arizona will not delay the hunt application deadline or change hunt season dates at this time.
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