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Entries for September 2011



My first archery buck
I'm 14 and got my first archery buck in Utah's Central region, three days before the archery hunt ended. We had skipped the morning hunt because we hadn't done well any other morning and decided to hunt more refreshed in the afternoon. When we got...

Indiana early archery deer season, Oct. 1-Nov. 27
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Indiana's 2011 deer season begins with the opening day of early archery, Oct. 1.

Coyote Deadly
The rapid rise in varmint and predator hunting has not gone unnoticed by the major manufacturers. Usually when they sense a trend, they scramble to modify an existing product to take advantage of it. What’s rare is a total redesign geared specific...

WV hunters encouraged to donate to HHH program
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia hunters are again being encouraged to donate legally harvested white-tailed deer taken during fall hunting seasons to the Hunters Helping the Hungry (HHH) Program. The program has ...

Missouri wild turkey flock makes significant gains
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Given one nesting season free of late freezes or frog-strangling rains, Missouri's wild turkey flock has pulled off one of the best hatches in several years.

Pennsylvania archery deer season begins Oct. 1
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Fall archery deer season opens Oct. 1, representing the beginning of big game hunting seasons in Pennsylvania.

Ohio fall turkey season opens Oct. 8
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters can expect to find fewer turkeys this fall when wild turkey hunting season opens in 48 Ohio counties Oct. 8, and continues through Nov. 27.

Wisconsin youth gun deer hunt Oct. 8-9
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin's annual youth gun deer hunt for youngsters ages 10 to 15 takes place Oct. 8 and 9 statewide.

Sit Down Practice
Do you practice shooting your bow from a seated position? Most bowhunters don't, and most bowhunters will get caught flat-footed, or maybe we should say flat-bottomed, at some time during the season. How a 200-plus pound whitetail can appear in bo...

Seventeen Acres and a Clump of Trees
Even before the early-morning telephone call on Dec. 8, 2007, Kelly Almon suspected she'd either married a crazy man, or her beloved of four years was simply dumb as a box of rocks. Either way, she realized, prospects for a savings account were sl...

When does a bucks antlers stop growing?
I'm from Northeast Pennsylvania and wonder when a bucks antlers stop growing. They usually begin rubbing in early September here.

Oct. 11 deadline to apply for spring hunts
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Hunters are reminded the application deadline for 2012 spring hunts for turkey, javelina, buffalo and bear is Oct. 11 by 7 p.m. (MST).  Applications must be received by the department by the deadline;...

TN deer archery only season open to Oct. 28
From Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- Tennessee's deer archery-only season opened Sept. 24 in all 95 counties in the state, and extends until Oct. 28, and Oct. 31 to Nov. 4.

North Dakota deer, fall turkey licenses still available
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Interested deer and fall turkey hunters still have time to purchase a license for the 2011 hunting seasons.

I'd Rather Be Lucky Than Good
It wasn’t all dumb luck as some of my buddies have teased, but I guess I had at least a little bit of luck that November evening in Indiana. I’ve been hunting whitetails and other big game for 25 years and was making homemade treestands and dragg...

Trophy Lost: A Cautionary Tale
-- A friend and I were deer hunting on public land on opening weekend of the 2007 Missouri firearms season. We did not see much on the first day, so we decided to move to a different area, one we hadn’t hunted before.

Oct. 15 deadline to enter Big Time Texas Hunts
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Hunters are reminded the deadline to enter this year's Big Time Texas Hunts is Oct. 15. Winners will be called before the end of October to give them time to make hunting trip preparations.

Texas reminds hunters to keep fire safety in mind
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Most hunters and outdoor enthusiasts consider a blazing campfire the soul of camping, but with burn bans posted in all but four Texas counties this fall, Texans are going to have to do without unless th...

WV mast survey and hunting outlook now available
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- The 2011 Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook brochure is now available at hunting license agents, Division of Natural Resources offices and online.

Public support strong, 94 percent agree with right to hunt
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- As sportsmen and sportswomen prepare to observe the 40th annual National Hunting & Fishing Day Sept. 24, a new study shows that the majority of Americans continue to support hunting.
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