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Dinging and Coughing Fool 20-pointer
By Josh Spencer -- On Friday, Nov. 14, 2008, I woke up at 5 a.m. and went outside to see what the weather was like in Mt. Sterling, Ky.  It was cold, there was only a slight breeze, and it was pitch black. Conditions couldn’t have been more p...

Arkansas hunter news round up
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Bowhunters must wear orange during gun seasons. Sure, hunters can hunt deer with archery equipment, including crossbows, or black powder weapons during the modern gun season, but they must follow hunt...

Hunting season turns out better for those who follow safety rules
From the Missouri Department of Conservation At this time of year, hunters’ daydreams are apt to involve front-page photos of themselves with whitetail bucks whose antlers sport more points than a porcupine.

Redemption Wore Eight Points
By Bill LeConey -- Hunting state woods in southern New Jersey isn’t the “ideal” hunting conditions. The whitetails receive a lot of pressure. There aren’t vast corn and soybean fields for them to eat. And without antler restrictions, many young de...

Bemidji State Game Refuge closed to 2009 firearms deer season
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Deer hunting in the Bemidji State Game Refuge, a 74-square-mile refuge that surrounds the city of Bemidji, will be closed to the 2009 regular firearms deer season. The refuge is open only to arc...

Delayed agricultural harvest causes deer hunting safety concerns
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Standing corn is a safety concern this firearms deer hunting season, according to Capt. Mike Hammer of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

Poor weather at Camp Ripley, MN doesn’t deter bow hunters
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Archers took a two-day total of 171 deer during the first two-day bow hunt Oct. 15-16 at Camp Ripley Military Reservation north of Little Falls.

Driving in the Thick Stuff
By Caleb Lyon -- During the late muzzleloader season in central Iowa, Pete Lyon took this 141 5/8-inch 11-point buck on a deer drive. We were pushing a small section of timber towards Rob, a stander, when I jumped the buck and a couple of does. The ...

474 deer taken in early Ohio muzzleloader season
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources    -- Muzzleloader hunters took 474 deer during last week’s early muzzleloader deer hunt according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. 

Hunters previously denied may receive Deer Management Permits
From the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation -- Approximately 21,000 Deer Management Permits (DMPs) will be issued to hunters who were previously denied permits earlier this year during the initial DMP application period that en...

Deer hunting workshop in Lincoln on Nov. 10
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- A free deer hunting workshop is scheduled for Nov. 10 in Lincoln, and the event is for hunters of all ages and experience levels. Deer Hunting 201 – a Deer Hunting Primer, will include discussion on de...

A Trophy Forgotten
By Robert Gratson -- We’ve all heard tales of a hunter shooting a deer and then someone taking it from them. This is one of those stories. It happened to me in Fayette County back in the 1992 archery season. I was hunting with a very close friend ...

Funnels, Tunnels, Turnpikes & Other Prime Sign
The single best clue to unraveling the secrets for tagging trophy bucks is to nail down their travel routes. One of the enduring questions about understanding buck behavior is whether or not their travel patterns are set in concrete. Let's face it: I...

I Wish He Had a Doe With Him
By John Fritz -- We have a relatively short firearms season here in Indiana (it's 15 days beginning Nov. 15) so the anticipation really starts to build around the first of November. My home and property are adjacent to a heavily wooded coal mine re...

Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger Program expanded
From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control -- State officials have joined representatives from local charities to highlight the Delaware Sportsmen Against Hunger program and to thank the Quality Deer Management Assoc...

Texas plans youth only hunts for turkey, whitetails
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Passing on the hunting heritage to the next generation of hunters is what the special youth-only seasons are all about, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. It has  set aside Oct...

My Buck of a Lifetime
By Paul Daman -- It was a cold, crisp November morning in Aberdeen, Ohio, the peak of the rut during the archery season. I had been on the stand for what seemed like all day, but it was only 10:30a.m. A cold front had moved out heavy rain the night ...

Nebraska hunting news round up
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Apprentice volunteer hunter education instructors will be trained in upcoming sessions in North Platte and Grand Island.

More NM elk hunts available for youth, late-season archery hunters
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- More than 2,200 elk hunting licenses, including 1,995 set aside for youth hunters, will be available in a first-come, first-served sale on the Department of Game and Fish website.

Of Sons, Friends and Brothers
By Ronald Harp -- My story begins several years ago after many years of rather unproductive deer hunting with one of my best friends, David. We hunted mostly public land, seeing does occasionally but never a buck. Then I read an article in one of t...
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