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Entries for November 2012



Pride of Her Forefathers
-- I am so proud of my 11-year-old daughter! Kaylin had been hunting with me before, but it wasn't until this past spring she began to show real interest in bagging her first deer. This 2012 season has been her first year for actually doing the ...

New Life for Levers
At one time, lever-action rifles ruled the roost. Early bolt guns and one-shooters were sneered at as second best. It used to be that every new cartridge introduced, even the early sizzlers like the .22 Savage High Power, made its debut in a lever...

The Great Backyard Bird Count
Plan now to get involved with the 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count. It’s a 4-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are. The 2013 GBBC will take place February 15 t...

Hello Stranger
Most successful deer hunters are patient by nature. Many will continue to sit in a deer stand day after day if they think a big buck roams the area. Clark Dirden waited three years for his. Back in 1996, while Clark was halfway up a tree, hanging ...

Milkweed Wind Indicators
We've all seen hunters use powder to check the wind direction. Here is something we use here in Pennsylvania that I believe to be a better option. I use the seeds from a milkweed pod. The seeds inside of the pod are similar to the seeds of a dandel...

A great first turkey
November 18 dawned as a cold winter morning in Texas. It was just 32 degrees outside, and Trey and his dad Gregg Fuller were hunting together. It was the peak of the whitetail rut and Trey was waiting for a big buck to make an appearance. Most of...

Call for Photos!
In 2012, The EHD (Bluetongue virus) took a heavy toll on several deer herds in North America. Buckmasters will be reporting on this phenomenon in future magazine articles and needs photos.

Déjà vu All Over Again
They say that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, and until late January of this year I believed that was true. In January of ’03, I rattled in a gorgeous 8-point buck on John Miller’s intensely managed property in Bullock County, Ala...

Aging Toothless Deer
I've just harvested a Pennsylvania buck that we have collected many trail cam photos of over the past four years. Oddly, we've had very few live sightings of it. By the photos, we guessed it to be at least 6-years-old, but after finally harvestin...

Happy Birthday to Me!
-- I met George Popovich of Carolina Whitetail Outfitters in January 2008 at the Yankee Sportsman's Classic in Essex, Vermont. He had a little booth set up with a dry-erase board that read: Three Day Hunt, Three deer, $1,000. The sign really caug...

The Versatile .44 Mag
I seem to have a .44 magnum revolver at hand every time I head to the shooting range or hunting field. For good reason, too. The .44 Remington Magnum is a very versatile cartridge in a revolver. By selecting different weights and styles of bullets...

And What a Crown It Was!
Two years ago, my good friend and bowhunting partner, Dusty Boyko, was showing me trail camera photographs of some nice bucks he'd caught on film. After one look at them, I was sold. I needed a trail camera, but there was one problem: They cost mo...

Offensive Odor Oversight
When preparing for a big hunt, most hunters work hard and spend a lot of money trying to stay scent-free. We wash our clothes in special detergents, use hunting shampoos, dress in the latest carbon fiber clothing and spray ourselves down with odor ...

Ohio Youth Hunters
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Ohio youth hunters checked 9,178 white-tailed deer during the two-day youth gun season, Nov. 17-18.

Rattler's Digest, Part 2
The first installment of Rattler’s Digest discussed how sparring gnaws at bucks’ curiosity in the early season, but does not intimidate, which makes sense since they’re fairly friendly just out of velvet. Then, the author advised you to increase t...

White, Albino or Piebald Deer?
I'm aware that a true albino deer is rare, and differ from white deer. It's illegal to take one here in Tennessee, and as much as I'd like having one in my trophy room, I doubt I'd shoot one even if it was legal. It would be satisfying enough just...

My First Shot!
-- Growing up as the daughter of a police officer, I was taught the importance of respect for guns. Dad wanted us to know just how dangerous guns could be and taught us by shooting and blowing up fruit at the firing range. The joy of shooting a...

The Tack-Driving .308 Winchester
It was the last day of a two-week safari in Zimbabwe’s lowveld. I’d just showered and dressed for a farewell celebration when my friend, professional hunter Norman Crooks, suggested we pile in the Land Cruiser for one last look. He said it was jus...

Smart Hunters Use Smartphones
When I first started hunting, I was always with my fiancé, and I never worried about the need to contact someone if something should happen. Now that I've grown as an outdoorswoman and I'm hunting by myself, I like the peace of mind that comes from...

The Longest Yards
Indiana hunter Brad Thurman was sure the magic of the day was about to pull a disappearing act ... The bedded buck flicked an ear and lifted its chin a couple of times as if nodding, checking for scent. Brad's belly-crawling through the meadow cea...
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