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One Arrow Ends Five Years of Dreaming
-- After five unsuccessful years of eating Missouri archery tags, I was anxious to return there for my annual week of Midwest madness. That's what my three hunting buddies and I call our seven days of bowhunting at a good friend's property. Being...

July 13 deadline for KS deer firearm permit applications
From Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- Firearm Either-Species/Either-Sex Deer permit applications for residents are due July 13; permits allow firearm hunters to take a mule deer or white-tailed deer of either sex.

Alabama Red Beans & Rice
I've had a couple of friends from New Orleans ask me what made these "Alabama" red beans and rice. I reminded them that Louisiana isn't the only state with Cajun and Creole culture.  Alabama has plenty of Cajuns, too, down in our own bayou co...

Dangerous Bear Medicine
It was a foggy afternoon when master guide Jim Boyce and I motored our small skiff quietly along the calm waters of Baranof Island in southeast Alaska. On shore up ahead was a huge brown bear, slurping up herring eggs laid on kelp at high tide. W...

Leftover Michigan bear licenses on sale starting July 9
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A total of 224 leftover bear hunting licenses for the Bergland Management Unit hunt Sept. 25 to Oct. 26 will be available for purchase in July.

Pipe Insulation = Extra Rail Padding
Most fixed-position ladder stands and climbing stands come equipped from the factory with a metal shooting rail. This metal rail, in most cases, is covered with a Velcro-on type of padding that is covered by cloth.

Mathews Donates $150,000 to Breast Cancer Research
-- It is the most common cancer among women in the United States and is also one of the leading causes of cancer related deaths among women - regardless of race...

No Smoke and Foggy Mirrors
Before the alarm clock sounded a seventh time, Susan Chapman kicked her husband, Mike, out of bed. He'd planned to get up at 4:30, plenty early enough to walk the 10 minutes to his deer stand under the cover of darkness. It was a clear and cold S...

Trading a 2x2 for a 4x5!
-- The second day of my mule deer hunt began at dawn on Oct. 21, 2011 at Idaho's Broadmouth Canyon Ranch. My guide, Devin Bowman, and I were situated atop one of the pristine Blackfoot Mountains which overlooked several ravines funneling together ...

How to Stop a Walking Buck
One nice thing about so much whitetail hunting on television these days is that you can watch others make a mistake, figure out why, and avoid making it yourself. One of the most common mistakes I see on televised hunts is the noise hunters make ...

ND fall turkey applications due July 5
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Applications for this fall’s turkey season must be in the mail and postmarked before midnight July 5. Only North Dakota residents are eligible to apply in the first lottery.

Missouri managed deer hunt applications open July 1
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Hunt dates, locations and other details for online application to Missouri’s managed deer hunts will be available July 1 at mdc.mo.gov/node/8712.

Indiana spring turkey harvest fourth highest on record
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Despite warmer than normal temperatures, preliminary results put Indiana’s spring wild turkey harvest at fourth highest on record at 12,594 birds. Only 2010, 2009, and 2006 spring season harvests ra...

Apply July 1 for Indiana reserved hunt opportunities
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Beginning July 1, Indiana hunters can apply for reserved hunt opportunities for Dove, Military/Refuge Deer Firearm & Archery, State Park Deer Reduction and Pheasant Draw hunts.

Wild Turnips and Herbicide
I have spent a lot of time, money and effort planting several food plots that usually end up infested with wild turnips. My plots are planted with alfalfa, oats, clover, etc.

Magical Evening in Missouri
-- The night of Oct. 27, 2009, was a life changing experience for me, and one I will never forget. I was hunting private property in Bates County, Missouri, on near perfect day for hunting - light winds and overcast skies. I could just feel that t...


Aug. 3 deadline for NH moose auction bid
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department
 -- Hunters who didn’t get picked in the NH moose lottery still have an option to hunt moose in New Hampshire this fall through the Wildlife Heritage Foundation Moose Permit Auction. Bids must be receiv...

More than 4,000 Kansas nonresident permits now available
From Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism -- 
Unsuccessful applicants for Kansas nonresident deer permits can now apply for one of the more than 4,000 permits left over in other units after the initial drawing.

How Much .30 Do You Need?
"That treeline is just over 150 yards away," said Gerald Melnychuck, pointing to the left of the blind. "If a buck shows up on the far side of the field to your right, you might get a shot at 250 or even 300 yards. Our Saskatchewan deer run pretty...

Never, Ever Give Up!
Something my father instilled in me as a young hunter is to stay alert from the time I leave the truck until the moment I unload my rifle and get back in the truck to go home.
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