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No CWD found in PA hunter-killed deer samples
From Pennsylvania Game Commission -- Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was not found in samples taken from hunter-killed deer during the state’s 2011 hunting season, according to Dr. Walt Cottrell, wildlife veterinarian.

Public can help monitor the health of KY deer herd
From Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Wildlife watchers can help researchers track and monitor the health of Kentucky’s deer herd.

An Even Better Day
-- It has been a lifelong dream of mine to harvest a truly giant whitetail. On a cold December morning in Iowa, that dream came true. My dream began when I was 9 years-old, with my first buck. That was when my dad decided I was old enough to go on...

Archery park now a reality for Summit founder
By David Rainer -- The wait is finally over for John Woller. The Decatur resident who has been an avid archer for as long as he can remember has been counting the days since the idea was hatched to construct a community archery park in his hometown.

Google's Anti-gun Policy
-- Google, a company that should know better than to censor the flow of online information, has chosen to ban search results related to firearms and other products it deems not "family safe" in its Google Shopping function.

Dove Gun Memories
It was a typical Utah dove hunt. Jack Nelson and I left home at dawn, headed to the nearby desert. Forty minutes later, I was driving over a gravel road through endless miles of sagebrush. "Think we'll find any birds?" Jack asked. "Haven't spotted o...

Don't Overlook the TRUE Tenderloins
Hunters new to the sport, and even some of us old-timers, might not be aware that the absolute best piece of venison is the tenderloin, not the backstrap. There seems to be a widespread misconception about the two.

Paint of a Different Color
Why don't you go hunting." It was a statement, not a question - one every hunter longs to hear, especially from the lips of his significant other. Mike Navrat got those marching orders on Tuesday, Nov. 6, just as he was about to start in on the c...

Texas Prepares for CWD Possibility in Far West Texas
-- The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish (NMDGF) has informed Texas officials that three mule deer harvested a few miles from the Texas border last hunting season have...

USFWS grants nearly $1 million for WNS monitoring
From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has granted awards of $962,981 to 30 states for white-nose syndrome (WNS) projects. State natural resource agencies will use the funds for surveillance and monitoring of ca...

Massachusetts releases 2011 deer harvest numbers
From Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife -- Deer Project Leader David Stainbrook reports a total of 11,154 white-tailed deer harvested by licensed hunters during combined 2011 seasons.

Norma's Buck
If Norma Essex has learned one thing in 40-plus years of deer hunting, it is that patience and perseverance usually pay. The Cedar County, Mo., native has been chasing deer around the southwest Missouri county since the first legal hunting season ...

Do Deer Have a Sixth Sense?
I've noticed on several occasions, especially when bowhunting, that deer tend to sense me if I make direct eye contact with them. I can be completely upwind from them and motionless, but they will make me out nearly every time if I look directly ...

Woman's Ocellated Gobbler Slams Door
-- On the last leg of my World Turkey Slam, I'd be pursuing the Ocellated Turkey, or Pavo Ocellata, in the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. This turkey hunt would be vastly different from any I'd experienced, including my Rio Grande, Merria...

New brochure summarizes WV hunting season changes
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- The hunting and trapping regulations summary brochure for 2012-2013 is now available at all West Virginia hunting and fishing license agents, Division of Natural Resources district offices, the ...

Registration opens for new Utah predator control program
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Registration began July 1 for Utah hunters to participate in the Predator Control Program, and receive compensation for taking coyotes.

Basics at the Bench
Sighting-in a rifle is a chore that too many hunters put off until right before the deer season rolls around. In terms of excitement, checking the zero on an existing gun ranks up there with painting the house or cutting the grass. You know the dr...

Keep Year Round Firearm Data
We all look forward to deer season throughout the year, yet generally don't spend near the time on the range that we should. Some hunters prepare by sighting-in rifles shortly before the season begins. I've even heard of guys doing this the night ...

Big Enough
The late Robert Ruark, journalist-turned-Bwana back when all film was black and white, once described Africa's ornery Cape buffalo as being able to look at you as if you owe them money. Cows in Kansas wear a more vacant expression. They look at yo...

Even a Blind Squirrel
The squirrels and mice in Phillips County, Kan., must have cataracts. The skinny little rodents probably roam the woodlots, head-butting trees and tumbling into stump holes while searching aimlessly for sustenance. Justin Hogan, to the contrary, ...
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