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Where Muleys Walk on Water
Having already seen six mule deer wade into or cross the shallow river separating the sage flat from the brush-choked bottomland where he was crouched, Ryan Lowe had a pretty good feeling about how deep the water was. When the afternoon's seventh...

Early turkey season tips
-- During my long outdoor writing career, I’ve been blessed to be able to venture into the spring woods with some of the best turkey hunters in the nation. Two of those elite...

How to Attack New Hunting Property - Part 2
In part 1 of this article, I wrote about the initial stages of setting up to hunt a farm for Schuyler County, Illinois’ Sugar Creek Outfitters. You read about the sanctuaries, four water sources, alfalfa, corn, beans and clover. With the food, water ...

Sign-up, re-enrollment extended for CRP to April 13
From Missouri Department of Natural Resources -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has extended the deadline for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) to April 13.

Neb. turkey season opens Apr. 14 for shotgun hunters
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- The spring turkey season opens across Nebraska for shotgun hunters April 14, one week after it opens for youth shotgun hunters.

$1.4 million in grants used to study, manage WNS
From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- Seven grant awards totaling approximately $1.4 million have been made by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to investigate White-nose syndrome in bats, and identify ways to manage it.

Common Ground
-- From a very early age, my brother and I learned respect for guns — and Dad. I’ll never forget the time I pointed a dart gun at my father and chanted, “I’m gonna shoot you, bang bang bang.” Snatching it from my hand, he roared at me never to p...

Do you have advice for hunting the hills?
I'm hunting 1,100 acres in Alabama. There's a nice ridge on the property shaped like the number "7." It has a saddle at the top left of the "7." One side faces north and has a ravine cut into it. The other side faces south, which forms a huge bowl...

Will This Tree Survive?
Forest fires, like the Las Conchas fire that raged through New Mexico in 2011, leave some trees charred and clearly dead. Other trees seem totally untouched and perfectly fine. But fires also leave many trees partially burned.  What are the chan...

Rescuing an abandoned young animal
Twenty years ago, the term Bambi Syndrome was used frequently, and while you don't see the term much these days, the problem still persists: well-meaning people see deer fawns or other wildlife by themselves and assume that they have been abandone...

Turkey season opens April 30 in Massachusetts
From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife -- The spring turkey hunting season opens April 30 throughout most of Massachusetts.

Minnesota fall bear hunt applications now available
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Applications for Minnesota’s fall's bear hunt are being accepted through May 4 at any license agent, at the DNR License Center in St. Paul.

Well-timed opening day makes successful KY turkey seasons
From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife -- Kentucky's spring wild turkey season has been so successful the past 15 years in part because of the timing of opening day.

Wisconsin spring turkey season opens April 11
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- State wildlife officials are encouraging experienced hunters to consider taking a youth out for the April 7 and 8 statewide spring turkey youth hunt that precedes the April 11 opening of the sprin...

Texas opens deer season in metro Dallas, OKs suppressors
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- The Parks and Wildlife Commission approved opening a hunting season for deer in Dallas, Collin, Rockwall and Galveston counties as part of changes to the 2012-13 Statewide Hunting Proclamation.

Venison Burrito Supreme
This recipe is not only one of the tastiest burrito recipes I've ever eaten, it's incredibly healthy as well. My family practically devours Venison Burrito Supremes before I can roll up the tortillas! They are easy to make, and if you're having a ...

Beer-Braised Venison with Turnips, Onions and Carrots
During hunting season, we always plant turnips in our greenfields for the deer.  The great thing about this is we enjoy cooking them with the game we harvest!  Not only are there many gastronomic benefits of turnips, the health benefits ...

Jack's First Buck
-- It was Nov. 17, two days before Tennessee’s 2011 firearms deer season. Around 8:45 p.m., after all the kids were in bed, my 10-year-old son, Jack, came into my room. “Are you going hunting tomorrow, Daddy?” “Sure am, bud,” I replied. “Satu...

Psycho in Alaska
Cold Bay, Alaska, turned out to be aptly named. On day two of his archery brown bear hunt - just as it had on the first - the wind bit so strong, it drove the icy October rain in a sideways wall at New Yorker Gary Joseph and guide Greg King of Fro...

Indiana to hold public hearing May 3 on one-buck hunting rule
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- The Natural Resources Commission will conduct a public hearing May 3 in Plainfield on a proposal to continue the one-buck deer hunting rule which is set to expire Sept. 1.
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