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Hey, You're Talking About My Deer!
When Jeff Powell's brother-in-law called him on Oct. 27, 2007, excitement oozed from the telephone. A friend had sent him a photograph of a monstrous Illinois buck someone had just taken. The deer was lying in the back of a truck, and the photo ha...

Promises to My Mom
-- I took my first buck later in life than most hunters. I was 26 at the time. My dad was big on bird hunting, but he never wanted to hunt big game. My mom passed away several years earlier.

He Could Do No Wrong
Some hunters get a reputation for their passion for the sport and respect for the wildlife they hunt, and that was the case for Colchester, Ill., buddies Daryl Sidwell and Kerry Foxall. The two have been hunting together for years, sharing views a...

Can you determine the sex of a deer by its track?
Let me clarify.  It’s nearly impossible to tell the sex of a deer from a single track.  Even by relative size the best you can hope for is an educated guess.

Finally, a Real Thrill
-- My father first took me squirrel hunting at the age of six. Boy, did that 12 gauge kick, but I loved it. Later I started rabbit hunting, then went on to pheasants, followed by ducks and eventually deer.

Ohio seeking public comment on wildlife issues March 3
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio residents are invited to attend open house meetings in all five districts to discuss season dates and game species bag limits, including white-tailed deer, March 3 from noon until 3 p.m.

March 12-13 set for public meetings on hunting, fishing proposals
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- West Virginia will hold 12 public meetings across the state to provide hunters, trappers, anglers, landowners and other interested parties opportunities to review and comment on proposed 2012 hu...

Michigan approves mentored youth hunting for 2012
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A new program aimed at introducing children under the age of 10 to hunting and fishing has been approved by Michigan’s Natural Resources Commission. It will begin with the start of the 2012 season....

If Mama Ain't Happy
The afternoon’s first hours passed slowly and uneventfully, as they so often do. I could almost feel the temperature drop when the sun disappeared behind the treetops. That’s when I heard the first distant footfalls pattering on the crusty snow. S...

Hunter-killed elk test negative for CWD, other diseases
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Samples taken from the 52 hunter-killed elk during the state’s 2011 hunting season have all tested negative for chronic wasting disease and tuberculosis, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, Game Commission wildlif...

White-tailed deer as pets is a bad idea and illegal
From Delaware Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Control -- Recent Fish and Wildlife Enforcement calls resulted from three separate incidents in which white-tailed deer were either kept as pets illegally or raised by people and then r...

Nebraska bighorn sheep restoration expands with Alberta sheep
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Forty bighorn sheep trapped in Alberta, Canada, were released into the Pine Ridge near Harrison on Feb. 9, giving Nebraska a fifth sub-population of this mammal popular among hunters and wildlife watche...

The Best Caliber
This is a time of year when many gun hunters are looking back on the season and thinking about the “what ifs.” “What if I had gone to stand A instead of stand B?” “What if I had taken the shot sooner?”

Deaf Valley and the Earthquake Buck
If 14-year-old Green Campbell had been given a choice on Oct. 20, 2007, he would've gladly given up his ringside seat to one of the most dramatic college football games of the year. When he retrieved the 200 images from his first-ever trail camer...

Tune Up with Trap
This is for those readers whose shotguns only see two or three boxes of shells a year, those of you who eagerly await the opening of dove, duck, pheasant or quail season, and end those seasons with a sorry 50 percent or less hit or miss record. Yo...

Colorado biologists studying pervasive deer disease
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- Parks and Wildlife biologists recently began monitoring mule deer bucks in the North Fork Valley in an effort to better understand a disease that causes antler deformities and the possible long-ter...

Deer Habitat Improvement grant applications due March 31
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Sportsmen’s clubs and other interested parties are reminded that the Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative (DHIPI) application deadline is March 31. The cooperative grant program is desi...

Are there such things as public land cull-bucks?
My son-in-law and I are having a disagreement. Is there such a thing as a cull buck on public hunting land? He said they will all grow up about the same if given time, I disagree. Your reply will put this to rest.

New hunter ed classes can help youth qualify
From New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- New hunter education classes—15 offered from March 9 to 11—have been scheduled in communities statewide to help young hunters qualify to apply for 2012-13 big-game licenses.

Number of Kansas deer with CWD remain low, isolated in state
From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- The number of cases of chronic wasting disease (CWD) detected in Kansas deer continues to be low and is currently isolated to the northwest part of the state, according to the Shane Hesting...
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