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Kansas Has a New Hunter!
-- Two years ago, my son Bryce wanted to try deer hunting. At age nine, he wasn’t quite strong enough to draw poundage adequate for bowhunting, so we chose a rifle. During several outings, Bryce endured some very cold and harsh Midwest winter con...

Impromptu Bowhunt Ends with State Record
As Wayne Schumacher sat in his stand watching the late-afternoon shadows steadily darken, he briefly daydreamed about a huge 24-point buck that had been photographed near the property he was hunting. The thoughts that went through his head were no...

Choose Kids' Mentors Wisely!
My tip is for hunters to surround themselves with good people. Choose friends who challenge you to be an ethical hunter, a better sportsman, as well as people who give back to hunting so our great sport will be there for future generations.

Hunting sheds in Utah? Take ethics course
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Late winter and early spring is a tough time for elk, moose and especially deer in Utah. In fact, it's the worst time of the year for the animals.

Planting Persimmons
Bob, I want to plant persimmon trees in my food plots. How hard is it to raise them, and do persimmons require any special treatment other than keeping the deer off of them?

Veteran's Day Dream!
-- I was hunting in North Carolina on a very cold Veteran’s Day morning in 2013 with my 73-year-old, handicapped father when the flash of antlers caught our attention. Quickly, as the buck moved through the pines, I lifted my Savage muzzleloader ...

Old Timer's Bag o' Tricks
If you are like me, you enjoy saving and eating the heart and liver from your deer. The problem is getting these tasty parts out of the woods without losing them or making a mess.

2009's Coolest Buck?
On Nov. 30, opening day of Ohio's 2009 firearms season, Brian Stephens harvested an outstanding buck while hunting his 180-acre family farm in the southwestern portion of the state. The 40-year-old software developer has enjoyed spending quality t...

The Legend of Ol' Pigeon Toe
His broad track was distinct, sinking all the way down to his dew claws in the red soil along Tallawackee Creek. His long toes spayed under his considerable weight and his right front hoof turned sharply inward, making his track quite recognizable...

Do Deer Move in the Rain?
According to results from one study conducted by Dr. Mickey Hellickson in Texas, deer movement did not change during a 0.85-inch rain event, but increased 70 percent during a 2-inch rain event.

Station Me in Ohio!
-- I'm 29 years old and am currently serving in the United States Coast Guard. The service has kept me moving around for the past five years. Because I have been hunting since I was 10 years old and I’m a big advocate for archery and bowhunting, I...

Ruger's No. 1 Light Sporter
The Ruger No. 1 single-shot rifle hit dealers shelves in 1967. The bolt-action M77 was a rifle for the masses, but the No. 1 was classy. Bill Ruger was a classy kind of guy. He liked the lines of the Gibbs Farquharson rifle and got his design team...

Rake Away the Crunchables
One of the most important aspects of deer hunting is getting to and from our treestands quietly. Without silent entries and exits, deer are alerted to our presence which decreases our odds of success.

My Bayonet Buck
His story, like many father-and-son hunting stories, begins with a confession: While I want to spend more time hunting with my dad, I find myself too busy to make good on my promises. In my case, a high- school and college football career pretty m...

Bald Spots on Deer
Bob, I watch a lot of hunting shows and have always wondered why so many deer, especially the big ones in places like Iowa and further up north, oftentimes have large sections of hair missing on their backs and sides?

Hunter Does Papa's .30-30 Proud
-- My husband, our two sons Hunter and Seth and I moved from Tennessee to Moneta, Virginia, in May of 2013. We’d been looking forward to the chance to go hunting together as a family all year long, so we decided not to travel back to Tennesse...

Boy, Oh Boy
The Schulz family lives on a small farm close to Cincinnati, but they own about 80 acres in Brown County to the east. It was here that Kirk Schulz and his then 7-year-old son, James, began to hunt deer together. James started with a shotgun before...

Hunting Sheds is a Fun Challenge
At the end of winter, many people shun being outdoors, but hunting deer antler sheds can be an enjoyable and rewarding activity. As a bonus, searching for sheds can also be a means of scouting for the following deer season. If you think that seei...

Ohio remains top deer hunting state
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- Deer-archery season ended Feb. 2, bringing all seasons to a close, during which Ohio’s hunters checked 191,459 white-tailed deer during the 2013-2014 hunting seasons.

Top Secret Public Land Tip
I like to bowhunt Missouri’s public hunting grounds from mid-September thru mid-January, which is a long season. This is permissible in Missouri because a compound bow is considered a legal weapon during all the deer seasons as long as you have the...
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