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Entries for January 2012



When and where do deer most likely bed?
What is the anatomy of beddings? I see a lot here in Iowa but no sightings of the deer that left them. When do they bed and leave them?

For Better or Worse
“With this ring,” “‘til death do us part,” “through sickness and in health” are things we remember saying when joining in solemn assembly with the one we vow to spend the rest of our lives with. There is one line that most of us forget from that s...

Colorado landowners can earn extra cash from big game access
From Colorado Department of Natural Resources -- Landowners in southeastern Colorado who open their property to hunters can earn extra cash by enrolling in Parks and Wildlife's Big Game Access Program for the 2012 hunting seasons.

DNR, NWTF mentored youth turkey applications due Feb. 13
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- First-time youth turkey hunters ages 12 to 17 have the chance to go afield this spring and learn from an experienced National Wild Turkey Federation volunteer.

Missouri archery deer, turkey harvests up from last year
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Bowhunters posted increases in both deer and turkey harvests during Missouri's 2011-12 archery deer and turkey hunting seasons, topping the previous year's figures by more than one-third.

Giving Back and Teaching
-- Charles Herron wasn't looking for any special recognition a few years ago when he started sharing his love for the outdoors with young hunters in central Alabama. Herron, who started out with a pulpwood truck and chainsaw 35 years ago, has done...

CWD found in two Missouri free-ranging deer
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Two positive test results for Chronic Wasting Disease were found in the 1,077 tissue samples taken from free-ranging deer harvested by hunters in north central Missouri during the 2011 fall firearms dee...

Wisconsin takes over wolf management; problem areas addressed
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Beginning Jan. 27, the gray wolf will no longer be considered a federally endangered species in Wisconsin and other parts of the western Great Lakes region.

Fewer ND spring turkey season applications available
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota has decreased the Game and Fish Department offering of 5,795 wild turkey licenses for the spring by 925 from last year.

And There I Was
-- I woke up early to drive to a 60-acre property about an hour from my home. It was December 16, 2007. I’d not had much luck hunting the abandoned farm, but decided to...

All Fogged Up
These past few years I have learned from experience that wearing a neck scarf, gator, or face guard over my mouth can save your hunt.

2007's Biggest Buck
Nov. 29, 2007, the day I shot the 35-pointer that set tongues wagging across all of North America, wasn't the first time I saw the buck. The previous year on the very same field, my wife, Gail, and I both shot at and missed it. I can't speak for ...

Do doe's really scrape?
Do doe's really scrape, and if so what is the difference in a buck and doe scrape? Also is there a time that does scrape or do they scrape for a reason like bucks?

Iron Sights or Glass?
The morning sun spilled over the cactus-choked Texas hillside where I sat in a box blind hidden beneath an ancient mesquite. The stand provided a good view of several well-worn game trails leading to and from a feeder that spewed its contents twic...

Minnesota wolf management plan to take effect Jan. 27
From Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- On Jan. 27 Minnesota's population of wolves transition from federal protection to state management by the Department of Natural Resources, bringing a number of law changes.

NJ spring turkey permit application period opens Jan. 25
From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- New Jersey hunters can apply for spring turkey permits beginning Jan. 25.  Applications can be made either online or at license agents.

MO managed turkey hunt application deadline is Feb. 29
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Turkey hunters have until Feb. 29 to apply for managed hunts during Missouri's 2012 spring turkey season.

NH 2012 moose hunt lottery now open
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- New Hampshire's 2012 moose hunt lottery is now open. Entering costs are $15 for New Hampshire residents and $25 for nonresidents.

Ron Spomer Receives Bushnell Award
-- In 2011 Bushnell Outdoor Products created the Bushnell Bill McRae Lifetime Achievement Award to recognize the vast contributions the legendary writer and photojournalist has...

My Name is Linda, and I'm a Deer Hunting Addict
I am the oldest of five girls reared in the country and taught by our father to shoot at an early age. My husband, Joe, has been deer hunting since the first legal Kentucky deer season in 1968. He took our two kids and me with him in 1985, and I’ve b...
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