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Michigan board approves antlerless deer quotas
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A total of 708,650 antlerless deer licenses will be available to hunters this fall following the Natural Resources Commission action.

Aug. 2 deadline for Texas public hunt drawings
From Texas Parks and Wildlife -- Hunters hoping to take advantage of economical quality hunts on state-managed lands are reminded of upcoming application deadlines. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be offering adult and youth only hu...

First Year Success!
-- As a new hunter, my very first season hunting was amazing, and more so because I've been able to share my newly found passion with some of my closest buddies and bond even more with them. I've also been blessed to have a few 30-year veteran h...

Georgia alligator quota hunt applications due July 31
From Georgia Department of Natural Resources -- The deadline for hunters to apply for an alligator permit for the 2012 season in Georgia is by midnight, July 31. Hunters must apply for an alligator quota hunt online to receive a temporary harvest...

New NY rules include longer bow seasons, antler restrictions
From Department of Environmental Conservation -- New rules have been adopted that will affect deer and bear hunting in New York, to implement certain aspects of the state's Five-Year Deer Management Plan.

Ruger's No. 1 and Only
Until I got my first glimpse of a Ruger No. 1, I had little interest in single-shot rifles. I mean, c'mon, the SS rifle had its 15 minutes of fame during the latter half of the 19th century, when the likes of Sharps, Marlin Ballards, Peabody Marti...

Gopher tortoise burrows—safe places for many creatures
In the Southeastern United States, gopher tortoise burrows are wonderful, important critters. That’s because as many as 360 species of animals may visit a burrow during their lifetime. These animals in no way, shape, or form harm the tortoise. If y...

Newsflash from Kansas!
-- More than 1,000 permits are now available to nonresidents. After the initial nonresident deer permit drawing in May, the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) had approximately 4,000 permits leftover in 11 deer management uni...

Creating Your Own Funnels
Besides using calls, scents, baits and deer attractants, there are a few cheap and easy things you can do to persuade deer to travel exactly where you want them to end up.

Breakfast be Damned
A week before Missouri's 2006 gun season, I was returning home from town and saw a brute of a buck standing near our mailbox. It was a 10-pointer, one that I wouldn't hesitate to take to a taxidermist and hang on my wall. I never saw it again tha...

Tim's 'Mater Gravy
Before you country cookin' traditionalists look at these ingredients and start throwing tomatoes at me, I confess my recipe is a bit different than what most mawmaws make. Leave out the hot sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and cayenne pepper to ma...

Zero Bow Bucks in Two Decades
Betting against Larry Lee could empty your wallet. Whether puttering around the golf course he now manages or perched in a treestand, the 56-year-old former coal miner is apt to win. The man from McCalla, Ala., is a competitor to the core. And the...

NH Unit M antlerless deer permits now available
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department

 -- Up to 4,000 hunters who want the chance to take additional antlerless deer in Wildlife Management Unit M in southeastern New Hampshire can purchase Special Antlerless Deer Permits for Unit M.

CWD not found in Arizona-tested deer or elk
From Arizona Game and Fish Department -- After testing 1,185 deer and elk taken during the Arizona 2011 hunting season, results show no Chronic Wasting Disease present in deer and elk tested.

Antlerless deer Limited Permit applications due Aug. 24
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Applications for West Virginia’s 2012 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all DNR district offices, Elkins Operations Center and Charleston Headquarters.

Michigan fall turkey applications on sale through Aug. 1
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Applications for Michigan fall turkey hunting licenses are on sale through Aug. 1.

Survey reveals ND pronghorn population continues decline
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Biologists recently completed the 2012 pronghorn population survey, which revealed the statewide population is 20 percent lower than last year.  The Game and Fish Department is recommending the p...

Salty Soil Food Plot Dilemma
I have a spot in south Louisiana where I'd really like to plant a food plot. It is an old oil field location and has a residual amount of salt in it.

Public comment opens on expanding wildlife refuge hunting
From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- A proposal to open one new refuge to hunting and to expand hunting opportunities at 16 national wildlife refuges in 14 states, if approved, would provide additional public hunting opportunities in fulfillmen...

More than 1,200 KS nonresident deer permit available
From Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism -- After Kansas’ initial nonresident deer permit drawing in May, approximately 4,000 permits were leftover in 11 deer management units for the 2012 season.
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