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Ohio opens additional weekend for deer gun season
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio’s deer-gun season returns Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15 and 16. Hunters can use a legal shotgun, muzzleloader or handgun to pursue white-tailed deer Dec. 15-16 from a half-hour before sunrise to sun...

How to Beat a BFA
A deer hunter for most of my life, I have experienced and witnessed what we call buck fever in various forms. That is, I have observed the symptoms of acute anxiety episodes when the fear object (buck) is presented to the subject (me). Buck Fever...

Is it Okay to Harvest Young Deer?
Hi Bob. I was thinking of going for a fawn for several reasons. First, I do not need a large amount of meat. It's just me that will be eating it. Secondly, there seems to be only one doe and a couple of small bucks in the area where I hunt.

My Kind of Fun!
-- After a freak accident to my left hand, I didn't want to give up bowhunting. I practiced through the pain because I really wanted to take another buck with my compound bow. Tonight, I did it! It was a slow recovery, but eventually I built back ...

There's No Place Like Home
Truth be told, I wasn't even going to hunt the evening of Nov. 5, 2008. I had just returned from a 10-day bowhunt in Kansas the previous week. I was facing a lot of work that had accumulated at both my business and home during my absence. However...

Prepare, Focus and Anticipate!
As a professional driver, I know one of the most important aspects of racing is anticipating what lies ahead, then reacting accordingly. The same applies when hunting whitetails. When I'm behind the wheel, I try to anticipate all possible scenarios...

Kansas law doesn't allow calling/texting deer locations
From Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- Kansas law doesn’t allow hunters to radio or phone the location of game animals, so if you see a big buck moving in the direction of your buddy’s deer stand, and call him or send him a text, you...

NSSF pledges to continue Sportsmen's Act work
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- A procedural vote in the U.S. Senate delayed action on the Sportsmen's Act of 2012 (S.3525), but the Senate has pledged to continue working in a bipartisan fashion, along with a coalition of more than 4...

Wisc. preliminary totals up 7.7%
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin’s preliminary harvest totals are up 7.7 percent from 2011. The tally showed hunters harvested 114, 822 bucks and 128,917 antlerless deer. This compared to 2011 preliminary harvest figur...

The Perfect Combination
Heavy frost covered the ground, and the leaves were frozen in roadside ditches. I left the Super Eight Motel, headed west through Nebraska City and pulled into the driveway at Jim Johnson’s farm. The sky was still starry. I rode through the picke...

Doe Harvesting: The Big Picture
We always hear about removing bucks with bad genetics from the herd, then we see all these hunters on TV shooting big does. Don't the does play a big part in the big picture?
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