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OH hunters take 19,251 whitetails in muzzleloader season
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters took 19,251 deer during Ohio's muzzleloader season, Jan. 7 to 10, with Coshocton County again leading the state with 722 deer checked. In 2011, a preliminary total of 16,934 deer were taken dur...

Kahles' Multizero System
When it comes to riflescopes, I’ve never been one for techno-gizzies. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned ... or just plain old, but I’ve always embraced the philosophy that what’s simplest is best. I guess that explains why I still have 6x fixed-power s...

New Year's Deer
Hunters who live in states with whitetail seasons extending into January are fortunate. Deer are very easy to pattern this time of year. Their regular food supplies are scarce or gone, and they key in on food plots of winter wheat, ryegrass, clove...

Persistence (and a Nudge) Wins the Prize
-- It was Saturday, the last day of the archery season. When the alarm clock went off at 5 a.m., I was no mood to get up. I was still bitter over the nice 9-point nearing my...

WV hunters harvest 132,323 deer
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Preliminary counts of game checking tags indicate West Virginia hunters harvested a total of 132,323 white-tailed deer during the recently completed bucks-only, antlerless, muzzleloader, archery...

DNR/DOT deer-vehicle collision reduction goal of new study
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Two state agencies and an auto insurance company are collaborating to study deer/vehicle collisions in West Virginia and find ways to best reduce their occurrence.

NY amends CWD regs in response to Maryland discovery
From New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation -- Effective immediately, New York has revised its Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) regulations to prohibit the importation of certain parts of white-tailed deer taken in the state of Maryland.

What food sources should I look for when no food plots exist?
I live on Long Island and hunt public grounds. There are no food plots on the properties. What do I look for besides acorns? Could you tell me what vegetation I might would have here on Long Island, NY?

Minnesota plans for limited wolf season in 2012
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Minnesota wildlife officials have begun to plan for a limited gray wolf hunting and trapping season in late 2012.

Now available, online applications for AZ elk, pronghorn hunts
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- Online application service for Arizona's 2012 elk and pronghorn antelope hunt draw is now available.

Four Bangs for Your Buckmasters
First of all, to answer a couple of questions: Yes, my doctor has confirmed that I did indeed have two heart attacks and a stroke during my 2007 hunt. And yes, this buck is for sale, if you want to put my son through college. Oh, and by the way, ...

When the Wind Blows
Michael Haviland wanted to make it clear that he’d be ready whenever I decided to pull the trigger. The then-24-year-old videographer was on the viewfinder end of a pro-model video camera, braced on a limb over my right shoulder a dozen feet up an...

Deadline nears to comment on proposed regulation changes
From Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Sportsmen have the opportunity to voice their thoughts online now through Jan. 13 regarding hunting and fishing related rule change proposals currently under consideration.

Nebraska spring turkey permits available Jan. 9
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Spring turkey hunting permits will be available starting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 9. The archery season is March 25 to May 31, and the youth shotgun season is April 7 to May 31. Regular shotgun season is April ...

Delaware handgun deer season opens Jan. 7
From Delaware Dept of Natural Resources and Environmental Control -- Handgun deer season opens Jan. 7 and runs through Jan. 14.  Legal weapons are limited to revolvers and single shot pistols, minimum barrel length of 5.75 inches, maximum 12...

Utah launches massive patrol effort to deter poachers
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- This winter, Utah Wildlife Resources conservation officers and members of sportsman's groups are carrying out the largest winter range patrols ever conducted in the state.

CWD found in three Nebraska counties
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Chronic wasting disease in deer has appeared for the first time in Buffalo, Custer and Holt counties, according to the Game and Parks Commission.

Deer Rifles for Kids
When babies are born to sporting families, dedicated deer hunters start planning ahead for junior’s initial trip to the woods. Whether junior is a girl or a boy, a suitable first deer rifle carries the same basic requirements. The considerations i...

Are You Guilty of Plan-itis?
I had the pleasure of bowhunting with Buckmasters field editor Bob Humphrey in Illinois this past fall. I've hunted with Bob several times in the past, and he's one of those guys who gets it done. In other words, if he gets an opportunity, he makes...

Ohio Muzzleloader season Jan. 7-10
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio's popular muzzleloader deer season is set to open statewide Jan.7-10 with as many as 265,000 hunters expected to hunt deer during the season.
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