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Entries for September 2012



What Exactly is a "Mature" Deer?
Last year I hunted with an outfitter who imposed an antler score minimum of 140-inches, or any "mature buck." I hear hunters use the term "mature buck" a lot, but I'm still a little confused about what that means, exactly. Can you help clear this u...

Fall family project—Building a Deer Blind
Hunting together as a family, whether for deer or bison or mastodon, used to be all about the meat.  But today, hunting is also about parents and children spending time with each other in the great outdoors. A perfect family project parents ...

From Passed Shot to Pass-through
-- My story ends with a big buck down, but it begins with this huntress making a judgment call that some hunters won't believe. As the 2012 bow season approached, every hunter who had put time and effort into preparing for the upcoming season was v...

Feel Less Kick
Recoil is the rearward motion of a gun on firing. Kick is the slap of the gun's movement we feel. One thing for sure about kick: The less we endure, the better we shoot. There are a few steps you can take to reduce recoil, from modifying your shoo...

Dog Food Bag Archery Target
Here's a great way to construct archery targets for field-tipped arrows by using empty dog food bags. You'll need two large dog food bags, the type that have an inside lining reinforced with plastic or a fiber grid, not just the paper kind. Open th...

Holding Out for an Alberta Giant
New York deer hunter Tony Vanditto is into guns, especially deer rifles. But he couldn't have predicted that a gun purchase would lead him to whitetail hunting heaven. It was word-of-mouth testimony that lured him westward and across the border. ...

Call your Senator!
Buckmasters and the National Shooting Sports Foundation are encouraging all firearms owners, hunters and sportsmen to immediately call their U.S. Senators and urge them to vote YES on a critically important procedural motion that will allow the Se...

See More Deer
One of the basics of winning a game of whitetail hide-and-seek is to detect the animal before it sees you. Truth be known, thousands of deer escape the meat pole each season because things happen the other way around. They see (or hear or smell) h...

Multiple Fawn Births
Here in Missouri, during the last few years, I have noticed an increase in multiple births of deer. A few years ago I saw my first set of twins, and in the last two years I have seen several sets of triplets. Any guesses as to what is causing this?

Weatherby Announcements
I wanted to share some cool news from the 2012 Weatherby Writer's Conference at Kessler Canyon, Colorado, where Ed Weatherby and his staff have shared information about their new products for 2013. There are several updates across the line, includ...

Not Your Garden-Variety Buck
-- Using one eye, I peeked out from behind the old wooden shed. My quarry for the past 24 days, the non-typical monster buck that had occupied all my recent dreams, had just appeared and was on a trail leading to me. Its body was angled slightly ...

.270 vs .280
One of the favorite topics for gun writers over the years has been the ".270 vs. .30-06." It's like if you haven't written at least three or four such pieces, you've not yet achieved journeyman status as a gun scribe. But there's a reason we see s...

Mineral Lick Trick
If you take trail camera photos overlooking mineral licks, sometimes deer don't cooperate as you'd like, especially during the hot, dry days of summer and early fall. I have a trick to entice deer to use the lick during dry months, and it's as inex...

"Forth Wheel" Scores in Kansas
When the unbelievably huge buck lowered its head to sniff the scrape, Nick Missler had to lower his rifle and check to make sure the scope's power was not dialed up to 9. The rack appeared so big that he was sure he had mistakenly cranked the scop...

So You Want to Join a Hunt Club?
The approval of your application for the Hit ‘n’ Miss Buck Club arrived today, and you can’t wait to write a check for the deposit on a year’s membership. Hold on a minute. Pour a cup of coffee and ask yourself a few questions. First off, what do...

Where'd My Dominant Buck Go?
I have been using trail cameras to help me keep track of a big buck I missed the last day of hunting season last year. No luck finding him so far.

ND bighorn sheep numbers increase
From North Dakota Fish and Game Department -- While many of North Dakota’s western big game populations remain at low population levels, bighorn sheep numbers are strong, according to Brett Wiedmann, big game biologist.

CSI training in the West Virginia Mountains Sept. 16-20
From West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Investigating a hunting-related shooting incident can be as difficult as finding a needle in a haystack—which is why 40 wildlife officers from 16 states will participate in a 40-hour specialized...

Chipmunks - cute, but...pesky
You are sitting on your porch enjoying an early fall sunset, or maybe an early morning sunrise, when the silence is interrupted by a rather sharp “chuck-chuck-chuck” sound coming from the shrubbery. Not seeing anything and unsure of what it is, yo...

The Freak!
-- There isn't a time I can remember hunting not being a part of my life - a big part. I've been fortunate to have grown up hunting with my dad, and everything I know about the outdoors I've learned from him. He taught me how to scout with trail c...
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