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Better Safe Than Sorry
If you shoot a compound bow much, you know how quickly a poorly maintained bow string dries out and frays. Now imagine if your compound string slid across a hard surface every time you shot. You'd have to replace your string about once a week if th...

Close your eyes for a better shot
Shooting well consistently with a compound bow depends largely on muscle memory. The more you think about a shot, the more likely you are to mess something up.

The Farm
-- It was the start of a new archery season, I was feeling pretty confident because I had done a lot of pre-season scouting and saw some nice bucks on the familiar hunting grounds I call “the farm.” It was actually two farms parallel with one anot...

Deer deaths possible indicator of EHD
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- Wildlife biologists believe recent reports of white-tailed deer deaths in western North Dakota could indicate the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Michigan posts antlerless license drawing results online
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Michigan hunters can find antlerless deer license drawing results and leftover antlerless license quantities posted online at

Wisconsin black bear hunting season opens Sept. 7
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- A total of 9,005 permits have been issued for Wisconsin's black bear hunting season, Sept. 7 to Oct. 11. The statewide harvest quota is 5,235 bears, the same as in 2010.

Take a Rest
Marksmanship is a developed skill. Some shooters are born with the gift, but few are natural Annie Oakleys. Learning to place a bullet with precision under hunting conditions takes practice. Experienced hunters instinctively seek a rest whenever p...

Popular ND hunting areas affected by flooding
From North Dakota Department of Game and Fish -- More than half of 72,000 wildlife management area acres along the Missouri River, once a haven for wildlife and a destination for hunters, will likely be devoid of each this fall.

Agencies prohibit hunting over bait
From North Dakota Game and Fish Dept. -- Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl produc...

Public Land GIANT
Being in the right place at the right time generally counts for something. And this might be particularly true when it comes to hunting big whitetails. Many tales are told of ones that got away. They were too far, too fast, or it just flat out di...

OH, IN nonresident landowners now need nonresident licenses, permits
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- The new law, which went into effect July 1, requires nonresident landowners in Ohio and their children and grandchildren to purchase a nonresident hunting license or permit, fur taker permit or non...

Scents and Scents-ibility
Some studies suggest a whitetail’s sense of smell might be 10,000 times more sensitive than ours. We don’t know for sure, and the number isn’t really important. What is important to deer hunters — especially bowhunters — is doing everything you ca...

Commission revises aerial hog, coyote depredation permit rules
From Texas Parks and Wildlife Department -- Effective Sept. 1, qualified individuals can pay to take depredating feral hogs or coyotes from a helicopter under rules adopted Aug. 25 by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission.

Tennessee rule for using bait for hunting does not change
From Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency -- The Wildlife Resources Agency has been receiving inquiries concerning hunting with the use of bait. The statute concerning the use of bait (TCA 70-4-113) has not been changed.

Hunting dominant bucks topic for NH Aug. 31 seminar
From New Hampshire Fish and Game Department -- Hunters may be able to increase the odds of harvesting a whitetail this fall by attending a free talk on improving deer-hunting strategies. The talk will be held Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at the New Hampshir...

Leftover Wisconsin fall wild turkey permits on sale Aug. 27
From Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources -- Remaining permits for Wisconsinís fall turkey hunting season will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at noon Aug. 27.

NJ residents asked to report deer exhibiting EHD symptoms
From New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection -- Residents and hunters in the East Amwell, Hopewell and Hillsborough areas of west-central New Jersey are asked to be alert for white-tailed deer wildlife biologists believe are experiencing Epi...

Register for Indiana reserved hunts now
From Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- Hunters can register now for special reserved deer hunts, and can check results online at

Poor Man's Custom
Very early in my career as a rifle weenie, I realized the only way to get the exact gun I wanted was to have it built to order. I don’t mean a “custom” job in the purest sense whereby one takes delivery of a finished rifle built by someone else. N...

Stop the Wind
Hunting clothing has come a long way over the years, as has our awareness about how to dress for different conditions. Regardless of how many layers you wear, at some point in your layering you MUST stop the wind in order to stay warm -- and the f...
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