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Entries for November 2011



Twilight Shooting…Are you prepared?
One thing I thought about recently relating to simulating field hunting conditions is practicing in low-light conditions. All of our practice in the back yard is more than likely done during daylight hours, I have never thought to shoot in twilight ...

Browning's Mountain Ti
South Texas’ elusive nilgai bulls are fun to hunt and yield some of the tastiest meat on the planet. They are also tough to hunt and even tougher to bring down - two qualities that keep the crew from Winchester Ammunition and Browning Firearms com...

Results from first ever turkey survey now in
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Turkey productivity was average in 2011, according to a report just released by the Fish and Game Department summarizing results of its first-ever wild turkey brood survey.

First Elk
-- Elk hunters in Oregon have to enter a drawing to get an “any bull” or “spike only” tag, or no tag at all.  I had been entering my son Tim in the draw for several years, thinking the odds of him getting drawn were slim. Then he got lucky, a...

Black bear hunt begins Dec.10 in three Eastern Kentucky counties
From Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources -- Opening day of Kentucky's newest big game season arrives earlier this year on Dec. 10 when hunters can participate in a two-day quota hunt for black bears in Harlan, Letcher and Pike coun...

Idaho nonresident tag sales start Dec. 1
From Idaho Department of Fish and Game -- Licenses, tags and permits for 2012 go on sale at 12:01 a.m. MST, Dec. 1, except for the nonresident Selway B elk tags which go on sale at 10 a.m. MST.

New Jersey 6-day firearm deer season opens Dec. 5
From New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife -- Dec. 5 marks the start of the New Jersey 6-day firearm deer season. The traditional buck season runs through Dec. 10.

Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou?
The bounds of brotherly love might have been tested last November if Johnathan Mewis had remained in Alberta one more day. After a week of sharing a blind with his older brother, Dave, Johnathan was eager to get an early start for the long drive ba...

How to Prevent Muzzleloader Mishaps
In 1975, the second year of Pennsylvania’s winter flintlock season, I was invited to join a commercial outfitter in the Pocono Mountains for a post-Christmas muzzleloader hunt. Two of the participants were New Jersey hunters who, a couple days be...

Spring 2012 turkey hunting periods extended to seven days
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wisconsin's spring turkey season begins with the April 7 and 8 Youth Hunt, and the regular season begins April 11

Spring turkey, black bear permit applications due Dec. 10
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wild turkey and black bear hunters have until close of business on Dec. 10 to apply for available permits for Wisconsinís spring turkey and black bear hunting seasons.

Another ND mule deer tests positive for CWD
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- A mule deer taken from unit 3F2 during opening weekend of the deer gun season has tested positive for chronic wasting disease.

Check your Carbon Fiber arrows and Check them well!
Just about everybody is using carbon arrows these days, and for good reason. They're durable, light, versatile and accurate. There was a time when many hunters resisted the change to carbon arrows, largely based on tales of meat contamination and s...

Arkansas shortens turkey season by two days
From Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- During its November meeting, the Game and Fish Commission shortened the turkey season from last yearís total of 18 days to 16 days. The season framework was approved after a review of recent harvests and ...

Workshop to focus on restoring bison to Northern Plains
From Wildlife Management Institute -- A workshop "Bringing Bison Back: Americaís Last Big Game Challenge," is scheduled at the 77th North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Atlanta March 12.

NH turkey survey reports upswing in population
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Turkey productivity was average in 2011, according to a report summarizing results of its first-ever wild turkey brood survey.

Buckshot Today
There are only three reasons for anyone to be reading an article on buckshot. First is if you’ve never used buckshot on deer, and are curious. Second, you may wonder about buckshot’s application for defense against dangerous critters. Third, you h...

His Turn to say "Cheese"
Mike "Tater" Haviland has spent the majority of his life following the most famous of outdoor celebrities on their adventures, while humbly capturing it all on video to share with viewers. He spends an average of 240 days in the field each year, p...

No Second Thoughts
On Sunday, Oct. 14, 2007, at about 6:30 a.m., I was on the way home from work when my brother called to ask if I wanted to go deer hunting. I was pretty tired and really didn’t want to, but I told him I would go for a short while. I went home, put...

Do feeders put deer at risk of disease?
Does the use of a feeder really put deer at risk of disease?
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