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Voluntary Public Access program expands in 12 new WI counties
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Since becoming available in August 2011, Wisconsin landowners have enrolled more than 30,000 acres in a program intended to increase the amount of land available for public hunting, fishing, trapp...

Looney Tunes
"You know what's going to happen," I pronounced, perhaps a little too matter-of-factly, while sliding out of my turkey vest. "Whaddya mean?" replied Robert. "Murphy's Law being what it is ..."

Tilt and Cleanse for Better Photos (and Taxidermy)
Every year, we get photos from members who have taken great deer. Unfortunately, we can’t publish many of those photos in the magazine because, frankly, they’re not suitable.

Metro Monster
To have a conversation beside the company watercooler with Jay Maxwell, you'd better be standing in front of his truck's radiator. As a door-to-door salesman of sorts, his pickup is his office; the backseat his filing cabinet, which is often stuff...

Lost and Found
Much of deer hunting’s enjoyment and memories involves sharing tales experienced by friends and other lucky and wise hunters. Each year’s deer camp provides a wealth of stories of bucks seen but not shot, others that got away and some that didn’t. F...

Free turkey hunting seminar in Grand Junction March 28
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- 

Turkey hunting is challenging for veterans, but it can be especially tough for those who are brand new to the sport.

New game license rules affect NM spring turkey hunters
From New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- Spring turkey hunters are reminded they are now required to purchase a game-hunting license before they can purchase a turkey license or apply for big-game licenses.

Colorado 2011 big game harvest statistics
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- 
Recently released 2011 big game harvest statistics show that Colorado continues to offer some of the best and most diverse big game hunting in the country.

In 2011, Colorado hunters once aga...

Passing It On
-- I have wanted to be an outdoorsman since I was a boy growing up in New York’s Hudson Valley. No one in my family hunted or fished, so my adventures came from...

Buck to doe ratio, What is optimal for quality hunting?
I have around 270 acres. Over 100 of it doesn't get hunted (several sanctuaries) and there are a lot of thick areas. There is not much hunting pressure.  Four people at the most (weekends) hunt here at one time, but most of the time it is on...

No evidence of CWD found in Ohio deer herd
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources
 -- Recently completed testing of Ohio's deer herd has found no evidence of chronic wasting disease for the tenth straight year. CWD is a degenerative brain disease that affects elk, mule deer and wh...

Ariel survey of Michigan elk
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- The aerial survey of elk in Michigan usually begins in early January after enough snow has fallen to make it easy to spot elk. In the end of this year’s survey, a total of 850 individual elk were c...

Georgia statewide turkey season opens March 24
From Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters anticipating Georgia’s turkey season have a good outlook with the state’s current turkey population estimated at 335,000 birds. With a bag limit of three gobblers per season, it opens March ...

NH expects bears to emerge from dens earlier this spring
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- What a winter it hasn’t been, and Mother Nature hasn’t fooled bears either. They’re ready to emerge from dens in search of spring foods.

White-Nose Syndrome of bats confirmed in Alabama
From Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources -- White-nose syndrome (WNS), the disease that has killed millions of bats in eastern North America, has been confirmed in bats in the Russell Cave complex in Jackson County, marking the ...

Pennsylvania harvest estimates released
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- During Pennsylvania’s 2011-12 seasons, hunters harvested an estimated 336,200 deer, an increase of six percent from the previous seasons’ harvest of 316,240.

Stoeger's Remarkable M2000
Nothing in a shooter's battery is as "Class" sensitive as the shotgun. Among firearms, shotguns are clearly divided into status categories. On my blue-collar end fall the pumps. Not particularly pretty, but hard working, inexpensive and, most ...

Old Timer's Slick Trick
I started Bow hunting 46 years ago with wooden arrows and a longbow. Much has changed since then. One thing that hasn't changed is I still lose an arrow occasionally. When I find it weeks or months later, I'm still able to remove the field point or...

In 10 years, NSSF awards $4.7 million to promote hunting
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- In ten years the National Shooting Sports Foundation® has awarded $4.7 million in grants to 40 state wildlife agencies to fund projects providing novice and experienced hunters with more opportunities t...

North Dakota deer harvest declines for 2011
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- As expected, North Dakota deer hunters took fewer deer last fall than in previous years, according to recently finalized harvest statistics.
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