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30 Acres, Three Years, Three Minutes
By Tim Albrecht -- November 16, 2007--When I left my truck, I watched two falling stars descend the western sky. Perhaps they would bring me luck. I wished for one of the "legend" bucks in the area to walk past my tree stand. Two neighboring farmers...

Nebraska muzzleloader deer season opens Dec. 1
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Excellent deer hunting opportunities remain in Nebraska as the muzzleloader season arrives. The season runs Dec. 1-31. The recently completed firearm season proved that plenty of deer and large bucks ...

Minnesota hunters take fewer deer during firearms season
From the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources -- Minnesota’s firearms deer harvest is down 11.6 percent from 2008 but on track with expectations, according to the Department of Natural Resources. Since the season opened Nov. 7, preliminary re...

Ohio hunting license sales peak this time of year
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- The Sunday before deer-gun season in Ohio is traditionally the peak day of the year for hunting license sales according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Last year, O...

Determination changes things
By Stephen Ferguson -- Although I have been hunting for several years, I’ve never taken a really good buck that I’ve  been happy with, so last year my son and I were determined to change that. We’d been scouting for a week and knew where we we...

Maine’s Marsh Island deer reduction effort successful
From the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife -- The second Marsh Island deer depredation hunt, an effort to assist the City of Old Town and the Town of Orono with nuisance deer problems and public safety concerns, took place over a th...

Ask The Biologist: Button Bucks
Hi! My name is Albert Jenkins from Markleysburg, Pa. I am 12 years old. I was wondering if you could tell me if a button buck loses his little antlers the same as a buck that has regular antlers. The short answer is "no" because a true button buck d...

Trumpeter Swans—Mates for Life
What has white feathers, a black bill, and eats up to 20 pounds of water plants a day?  Now you see how a trumpeter swan can grow to weigh between 25 and 35 pounds.  The trumpeter swan is the largest water bird in North America.  Their...

How Does A Compass Work?
People often say you should carry a compass when you go into the woods so you won’t get lost. How does that work? If possible, hold a compass in your hand while you read this. The Earth is like a huge magnet spinning in space. There is an imaginary ...

All About Fawns
The whitetail fawn’s coat coloration enables the animal to blend with patterns of sun and shade. Researchers counting the number of spots on fawns found them to range from 272 to 342. Spot size averages between 0.6 and 1.3 centimeters (0.24 to 0.51 i...

Deer Signs
What's a buck rub? Buck rubs are long polished scars that you can see. They’re found low on saplings and bushes where the deer’s antlers have scraped away bark. Rubs signify that a buck inhabits the area.

Deer Talk
Whitetails, especially does and fawns, sometimes communicate by bleating like a lamb or bawling like a calf. Bucks and mature does also snort, and a buck’s snort is often characterized by a kind of whinnying or whistling. Very little communication a...

Deer Glands
White-tailed deer have five sets of external glands: 1) preorbital glands in the corners of the eyes; 2) tarsal glands on the inner surfaces of the hind legs; 3) forehead glands located, as the name implies, on the forehead; 4) metatarsal glands on t...

Deer Antlers
Why do bucks grow antlers? Whitetail bucks’ antlers evolved as a weapon system and display mechanism associated with social hierarchy, especially in terms of reproduction. Are Antlers like bones? Antlers are the crowning glory of the male white-taile...

Deer Colors
Albino deer are white and as rare as gold. If you ever see an all-white deer in the woods, you will be very lucky. These deer, called albino whitetails, are quite rare. Only one deer in 100,000 is born this way, say biologists. Chances of seeing one ...

Deer Tracks
The print of a deer’s cloven hoof is a split heart shape. The pointed end is forward. Size varies greatly from region to region and from one subspecies to another. Most tracks are between 2 and 3 inches long on relatively hard ground. If they are muc...

Sign up by Dec. 15 to get first issue of new MDC kids’ magazine
From the Missouri Department of Conservation      -- Young Missourians have until Dec. 15 to sign up for the first issue of Xplor, a multi-media mash-up billed by the Missouri Department of Conservation as nature-tainment. &#...

Blind Ambitions
With a small pile of lumber, some leftover vinyl siding and a few days off from work, I decided to build a box blind to use on a 200-acre lease my buddies and I had just acquired.  I built the blind on a 4’x4’ postal pallet, using 2x4s for the frame...

No confirmed CWD in North Carolina, wildlife officials say
From the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission -- The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is alerting residents that the state currently has no confirmed cases of Chronic Wasting Disease in deer. A newspaper erroneously reported a deer was di...

Wolverine – Nasty News!
What animal is known for its nasty reputation? The wolverine has been called Indian devil, skunkbear and glutton. Those who know report wolverines are short-tempered, anger easily and may spray a foul odor on aggressors. Wolverines don't hibernate l...
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