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Entries for July 2011



The One-Fox Deer Drive
-- It was opening day, and I was watching for deer from my permanent tree stand. Around 8 a.m., I heard a shot coming from the area my father was hunting.  I called him on my cell phone. “I’m standing right next to a huge 8 point,” he said. ...

Louisiana reopens Sherburne Wildlife Management Area
From the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -- Effective Aug. 1 the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will re-open Sherburne Wildlife Management Area. The site has been closed since May for flooding.

Aug. 19 deadline for youth bonus antlerless deer hunt applications
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Beginning deer hunters have a unique opportunity to participate in three bonus antlerless deer hunts on private land in Osage County Oct. 7 - 9, in Ellis County Dec 9 - 10,  and in Alf...

WV limited permit anterless deer applications now available
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Applications for the 2011 Antlerless Deer Season are now available at all DNR district offices, the Elkins Operations Center and Charleston Headquarters.

Oops! WV pocket calendar has archery deer opening date error
From the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources -- Anyone with a pocket calendar published by the West Virginia Divisions of Natural Resources and Forestry should be aware important dates and other information have been changed since the calend...

New for 2012, mentored hunting for youth in Michigan
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Michigan will provide new hunting opportunities for youth under the age of 10 by creating a mentored hunting program for the 2012 hunting season. The program is known as the Hunter Heritage Progra...

August 3 deadline for NH moose hunt auction bid
From the New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game -- Auction bids for the New Hampshires moose hunt must be received by August 3. A total of five moose hunt permits are available through the auction, and proceeds benefit the Wildlife Heritage Found...

Michigan offers women shooting, archery, hunting workshops in August
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- A variety of opportunities will be available for women to learn more about shooting, archery and hunting in August through the Becoming an Outdoors Woman (BOW) program. The hands-on workshops, des...

Wisconsin seeking residents to help biologists monitor deer herd
From the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Wildlife researchers are asking hunters and wildlife watchers to continue sending their summer deer observations during August and September.

Spotted Skunk
Nikki Castleberry almost couldn't believe her eyes. A live trap set for woodrats in the Chattahoochee National Forest held an Eastern spotted skunk. The subspecies endemic to Georgia is supposedly found across much of the state. But in reality, s...

Which Release is right for you?
With so many choices on the market today, how do you know what release is the right release for you? There are many different kinds and several manufacturers to choose from. Like most other archery components, it all comes down to preference and t...

X’s in Texas: Testing Barnes’ new Triple Shock X-Bullet
George Strait’s voice leaked from the speakers of the big Ford F-250 I was driving toward the San Antonio airport. All his exes live in Texas, and I was leaving a few there myself. Ol’ George was singing about women. I, on the other hand, was remi...

Oklahoma 2011-2012 hunting regulations now available online
From the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation -- Hunters can now view online the newest version of the Oklahoma Hunting Guide regulations for the 2011-12 hunting seasons.

Application deadline Aug. 14 for KS Special Hunts Program
From the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks -- Kansas Special Hunts Program offers a variety of limited hunts designed to introduce youth and novices to hunting in an uncrowded setting with good opportunity for success. Youth hunts, mentor hunt...

Leftover youth elk, deer, impaired hunter licenses on sale Aug. 10
From the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish -- Hunters who were unsuccessful in this years annual drawing for big-game licenses will have another shot in August when almost 3,500 deer, elk and javelina licenses go on sale on the Game and Fish we...

Fall turkey hunters reminded of UP reduced quotas
From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Turkey hunters are reminded the quota for licenses was cut dramatically from 4,000 licenses to 1,500 this year for the Upper Peninsula. Aug. 1 is the deadline for fall wild turkey hunting license ...

Thirty Acres and a Mule – of a buck
Few deer hunters would trade big woods serenity and fresh air for the ambient noise of a nearby highway and a breeze tainted by diesel fumes. But one bowhunter from Fort Wayne, Ind., has learned that aesthetics have little to do with one's chances...

New hunters should take Hunter Ed courses now
From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- Utah is encouraging hunters to sign up for a Hunter Education class now, especially young hunters, because the start of youth hunt days and regular hunts only two months away.

The Great Bait Debate
At exactly 5 p.m., the feeder kicked on and scattered corn onto the dry ground 100 yards from my tripod stand. I propped my gun on the bar in front of me, lowered my head and prepared for the buck that was going to trot out of the north Texas brus...

Florida asks hunters to continue monitoring deer for CWD
From the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission -- Years of extensive testing of the states white-tailed deer population has led Florida to find no evidence of Chronic Wasting Disease. The state tested 910 free-ranging deer during the pas...
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