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Benches You Can Tote
Whether you’re sighting-in a rifle, testing loads for accuracy or shooting up a prairie dog town, nothing takes the place of a steady shooting bench. Without the rock-solid support a bench provides, long-range accuracy is iffy. Everyone shoots bet...

He Shot it WHERE?
The existence of a trophy whitetail is no accident. They possess superior genes. They are surrounded by bountiful nutrition. And their realm possesses several varieties of protective cover. Limited access or private agricultural lands will allow a...

Do you shoot with a string loop?
All loops are not created equal. If you're having trouble with your loop constantly twisting to the side, the loop probably goes into the knots from the same side of the string.

Antler Intrigue
Several years ago, in one of my newspaper columns distributed by the Associated Press, I covered the subject of deer antlers and how they grow and are eventually dropped after the hunting season. With more than 25 years of outdoor news writing und...

New Oklahoma WMA area opens for hunting this fall
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife -- This fall Oklahoma will open 8,000 new acres of public land in the Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area in Love County for hunting.

Arizona reduces fall turkey tag in 2 units
From the Arizona Game Commission -- Because of the unique conditions resulting from the Wallow Fire, the Game and Fish Commission has reduced the number of permits available in Units 1 and 17 for tall turkey season.

Hunters Helping Farmers sign-up runs through Aug. 31
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Deer hunters who want to help landowners or farmers remove excess antlerless deer from private property during the regular deer hunting seasons can sign up at

Antlerless licenses remain in ND deer lottery
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Approximately 24,000 antlerless deer gun licenses remain following North Dakotas first lottery application process  deer gun, muzzleloader, youth and landowner.

Preregister for ND hunting guide-outfitter test Aug. 20
From the North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- The next guide and outfitter written examination is Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. at the North Dakota Game and Fish Department office in Bismarck. The test is given periodically to those interested in becoming a...

Some parts of Atchafalaya Basin deer season dates revised
From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -- Changes to 2011-2012 deer hunting season dates for select areas within the Atchafalaya Basin because of spring flooding were revised July 7 by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission...

Peck Ranch refuge area reopens for elk driving tours
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- A portion of the refuge area at Peck Ranch Conservation Area has been opened to public access through a driving loop for viewing elk and other wildlife. The Department of Conservation closed the refug...

When is the rut in South Carolina?
I live in Lexington, South Carolina. I am 48 years old and I’ve hunted deer for 41 years. When is the Rut in my state? My father, who is 83 years young, says it is always the second week of October. I believe there are three rutting periods in So...

The Bottle Rocket Shot
-- At 6:45 a.m. on November 17, 2007,  I heard a grunt about 200 yards away in a small stand of trees. A few minutes later, a doe came down out with a monster buck chasing about 20 yards behind her. She was running full speed, and he was mir...

Bowhunter ed opportunities offered to Kentucky archers
From the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Bowhunter education is not mandatory in Kentucky, but its likely more Kentuckians who hunt with archery equipment will want to take the course in the future.

New Hampshire Unit M antlerless permits now available
From the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Up to 4,000 hunters will be allowed to purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire this fall.

Alabama looking for hunter ed instructor volunteers
From Alabama Dept of Natural Resources and Conservation -- Alabamas Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries is seeking volunteers to teach the finer points of being a safe, responsible hunter. Instructors play a critical role in delivering th...

Browning a Barrel
Rust has a pretty bad reputation, especially when it comes to firearms. But there’s good rust and bad rust. In years past, a good layer of rust could provide a nice finish for a hunting gun. Those days are all but forgotten. Bluing is so common n...

Tracks Mark the Spot
We all know what deer tracks look like, but it's amazing how many hunters fail to read the clues in tracks. While some hunters are so adept at reading tracks that they can often determine with amazing accuracy when a particular track is left by a ...

USFWS proposes expanding hunting in 10 wildlife refuges
From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to open Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota to deer and turkey hunting, while expanding hunting activities at nine other refuges in eight stat...

Second Idaho Super Hunt entries due by Aug. 11
From Idaho Fish and Game -- Entries in the second Idaho Super Hunt and Super Hunt Combo drawing must be received at the Fish and Game headquarters by Aug. 11 for the mid-August drawing.
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