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John's Deer Derrick
Unless you're a deer hunter, the 50 flat miles of Interstate 20 between Vicksburg, Miss., and Rayville, La., aren't particularly breathtaking. Much of that highway is still paved with concrete slabs, which reverberate through floorboards. That it'...

How I Shot the Toad
“It’s zero Fahrenheit, and the bucks are going crazy,” said the voice on the line. My heart fluttered with excitement. After a fall of hot weather and draggy deer hunting, I was finally going to hit it right. The next day, I was scheduled to leave...

Michigan expands deer hunting territory for the fall
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters will have a little more territory to hunt for antlerless deer this fall after the Natural Resources Commission opened a few more deer management units in the Upper Peninsula and Northern Lo...

Nebraska retains 104,298 acres of CRP wildlife habitat
From Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- A better than expected general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up will help keep most lands that provide game species habitat as well as places to hunt available to outdoors men and women in Nebr...

That's My Stand Now
-- It was opening week of the 2007 whitetail hunting season for both Mississippi and Tennessee. I decided to spend the opening weekend through Thanksgiving with my father-in-law in Mississippi. I hunted every morning and every evening of those fir...

Ferns in the Food Plot
-- I'm from Northern Wisconsin and have problems from wild fern growth when planting my food plots. I always spray a contact weed killer in advance to the planting, but the wild ferns still pop up all summer long. This occurs after my seeds have s...

Alabama Archers Shine
-- Wendi Thomas, an Alma Bryant High School junior from Irvington, Ala., was the number one female archer at this year's National Archery in the Schools (NASP) National Tournament. She shot a score of 296 out of a possible 300, and was awarded a $...

Top-Line Twenty-Twos
Most centerfire rifles I own are practical hunting tools. Because they must survive saddle scabbard wear and inevitable nicks and dents as they're lugged through the woods, these rifles forego figured walnut in favor of workaday synthetic stocks. ...

ND lowers number of turkey licenses by 10 percent
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota’s fall turkey season is set with 4,145 licenses available to hunters, a decrease of 10 percent from last year.

Duct Tape - An Old Army Tip
I learned a lot about how to stay quiet while I was in the Army. In the field, we constantly refined our equipment in ways that allowed us to move silently, without giving away our position to the enemy.

Wait, I Know That Face!
For most of Nick Fauber's life, spending time outdoors meant puttering around a golf course. That was before his cousin, Chris, convinced him to give hunting a try. The first time the Hillsboro, Ohio, golfer traded his clubs for a shotgun, back i...

How To Approach Downed Game
In spite of what you might see on hunting shows, there are some very serious dos and don’ts when it comes to approaching a deer, or any wild animal, that you presume to be dead. The first rule is to approach the deer from downwind. If it is still...

NSSF to Intervene in Lawsuit Against Ammo
-- The National Shooting Sports Foundation, the trade association for the firearms and ammunition industry, will file to intervene in the frivolous lawsuit brought by the...

Wisconsin spring turkey harvest up 6 percent
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin turkey hunters took advantage of comfortable hunting conditions this spring, judging by the preliminary registration total of 42,612 turkeys, a 6 percent increase over the spring 2011 tu...

Minnesota spring turkey harvest third largest
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- 
Preliminary harvest numbers show that the 2012 spring turkey harvest of 11,324 is the third-highest ever.

Board revises elk plan to increase Utah population
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Wildlife biologists have received approval to manage Utah for a few more elk in the coming years following the Wildlife Board’s June 6 approved revisions to the state’s elk management plan, which will a...

Cottonseed as Deer Feed?
Have there been any studies conducted on the effects of feeding cottonseed to "low fence" or "free range" whitetails? More specifically, how does cottonseed effect antler growth and a buck's ability to reproduce?

Hunting Hooks the Birthday Girl
-- After years of invites, I finally joined my best friend, Julie, and her family at their hunting camp in Beauregard Parish, Louisiana. I always loved the outdoors and had grown up fishing and mud riding. But the men in my family weren't hunter...

Old Socks = Arm Guards and More!
Here are a few ideas for turning your old, wool hunting socks into something useful. You'll want to save them for a multitude of purposes you can use in the field; even that pair with holes in the toes.

MA antlerless permit applications due July 16
From Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game -- Massachusetts deer hunters have until July 16 to apply for an antlerless deer permit. There are two new steps hunters must complete this year.
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