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Ohio Hunters Set New State Harvest Record
From the Ohio DNR -- A total of 252,017 deer were killed during Ohio's 2008-09 hunting season, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife. This season's total surpasses the 2006-07 record total of 237,316. The final ...

Missouri bears are part of the Show-Me Landscape
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Show-Me State hunters see them. So do anglers and campers. Most encounters are fleeting, leaving surprised outdoors people wondering how a black bear got into Missouri. The answer is “over the m...

Missouri deer season dates, urban zones change this fall
From the Missouri Department of Conservation -- Hunters planning vacations around Missouri’s firearms deer season should look carefully at 2009 deer hunting seasons approved by the Conservation Commission last year. The structure of Missour...

Commission considers revised deer zone boundaries
From the Alabama Game and Fish Commission -- Commissioners for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission were presented with proposals for the 2009-2010 hunting seasons Feb. 19, and will make a final decision at its March meeting. One major proposed ch...

8th Annual Spring Turkey Hunting Clinic in Kansas
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- On March 28, the Flint Hills Gobblers Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks Hunter Education Program will conduct its 8th Annual Spring Tu...

Generational Glory
By F.V. “Fred” Davis -- It was the second morning of the 2007 Indiana firearms deer season. I telephoned my dad, Freddie, to ask how his hunt was going.  “I shot at a buck, but I don’t know if I got him,” he said...

A New-Found Obsession
By Lindsay Creasy -- After several years of successful deer hunting, I had become somewhat bored. Although deer hunting was still a passion, some part of me wanted something different with more of a challenge. Ironically, soon after my longing for ...

Small Lease, Big Texas Buck
By Ronald Payne -- This past year was tough on hunters. With all the rainfall we had in East Texas, the deer just didn’t have a lot of incentive to get up and move around, except, of course, at night. That said, my friend Jeff Cunningham and...

First deer by muzzleloader
By Dennis Thielke -- What began as a very frustrating deer season ended on a happy note in mid-December. I saw a few deer, but I never got a shot at one during Minnesota's bow season. I got to pull the trigger during the firearms season, but I had n...

Rothe Buck That's Scared of His Own Shadow
By Roman York -- Three years ago, I was fortunate enough to get exclusive rights to hunt a north Georgia property that's known to hold some big deer.  The area hadn't been pressured by hunters since the turn of the century, or so I was told.&nb...

Michigan Begins Fawn Survival Study
From the Michigan DNR -- The Department of Natural Resources today announced the start of a new research project in the Upper Peninsula. The project will investigate the role of predators, winter weather and habitat on white-tailed deer fawn surviva...

First Buck by Bow
By Michael Glenn Jr. -- Although I now live in Alabama, I was born in Mt. Vernon, Ill.  Every Thanksgiving, I go back home to hunt with my father for six or seven days. This is the only time we get to spend together in the woods. Whenever our ...

Ohio DNR invites public comment on Wildlife issues
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources  -- COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife invites the public to its annual Open Houses on Sunday, March 1, 2009, from noon until 3 p.m.   "A...

Input Requested from Ohio's Waterfowl Hunters
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife is asking Ohio waterfowl hunters to evaluate its waterfowl management program.  The survey may be taken on...

Deer hunters set state record in Indiana's 2008 season
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Indiana deer hunters registered a state record by bagging more than 129,000 deer during the 2008 hunting season.   The 129,748 total surpassed the previous high mark of 125,526 set in 2005 a...

The Family That Hunts Together Stays Together
By Ray Alexander -- I've always put in long hours bowhunting, but with my 11-year-old son Ray Alexander III coming of hunting age, all we did was hunt squirrels for weeks. Finally, I decided to take a few hours to walk the ridge with my bow. I had ...

Opportunity and Redemption
By Matt Kirksey -- It was November 2006. The Alabama deer season had just gotten underway, and I was itching to get in the woods with my oldest son, Hunter. All week he had been telling me he was going to go. However, as 12-year-olds are apt to do, ...

What Would You Trade for a Trophy Buck?
By Wayne Barber, Jr. -- Like many a Southern boy, I went to Illinois looking for a hunting adventure. Little did I know that I would actually have the hunt of a lifetime. My good friend and owner of the Illinois Connection, Doug Benefield, was tell...

That's No Doe!
By Jacob Rickett -- I play baseball at North Georgia College State and University. When not in class or on the ball field, I'm in the woods - either hunting deer or chasing turkeys in Oglethorpe County. If it's not hunting season, I'm bass fishing. ...

Indiana CWD Testing Comes Up Clean
From the Indiana DNR -- Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) was not detected in the 862 deer collected during the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife's 2008 CWD sampling. In every year since 2002, DFW employees have been collecting CWD samples from hunter-...
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