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Reflective Clothespin Trail Markers
If you've ever tried to find your way to and from a treestand after dark in a thick area, you'll know how easy it is to lose your bearings.

Missouri suspends permits for new deer breeders, big game facilities
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri has indefinitely suspended issuing permits for new big game hunting facilities and new wildlife breeding facilities that hold white-tailed deer or mule deer.

Dry conditions mean extra cow elk permits for Utah
From Utah Division of Wildlife Resources -- An additional 1,450 permits to hunt cow elk in Utah this fall will go on sale Sept. 6. Anis Aoude, big game coordinator, says Utah's elk herds are doing well, but dry conditions this year have affected p...

Hunter Numbers Up 9% between 2006 and 2011
-- A preliminary report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the number of hunters age 16 and older in the United States increased 9 percent between 2006 and 2011...

Black Hawg Down
Bouncing through the cattle pasture in a pickup, we were still within sight of the main dirt road when we spotted our first whitetail of the morning. That sighting was followed quickly by turkeys, plenty of doves, more whitetails and even an allig...

Stand Up and Shoot
When you hunt in Montana, expect surprises. I still remember one prairie dog shoot that I went to in mid-July. Prepared for summer weather, my fellow hunters and I spent the first three days of the hunt in the bunkhouse, watching snow pile up outs...

Losing the Draw, Winning the Lottery
My dad, Keith, brother Jason and I applied for Kansas tags in May 2007. Their names were drawn, but mine was not. Based on a recommendation from a friend, I booked a hunt with River's Bend Trophy Outfitters in Indiana. And because the date wouldn't...

Jamie Gray—From BB gun competition to Olympic gold
Previous failure can sometimes manifest in doubt. For Jamie Gray, it served as motivation recently on the world’s biggest sports stage, the Olympics. Gray, who lives in Phenix City, Ala., with her U.S. Army marksman husband, vividly remembers the...

Hunter Numbers Up 9% between 2006 and 2011
From National Shooting Sports Foundation -- A preliminary report from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the number of hunters age 16 and older in the United States increased 9 percent between 2006 and 2011, reversing a previous downward tr...

Can Deer Tell if it's Human Urine?
A biologist in Texas once told me that deer couldn't distinguish human urine from deer (or any other kind of animal) urine. Is there any truth to this?

Mauser 98: The Deer Gun that Johnny Brought Home
The waters flowing through German firearms history are as muddy as our own. However, it's safe to say that Peter Paul Mauser came up with his turnbolt action in 1897, and that the rifle was in the hands of shooters by 1898, hence the Model 98 Maus...

Bent Fletching? No Problem!
Like many hunters, I use a soft case to transport my bow from time to time. I often find my arrow fletchings have gotten bent from coming into contact with the sides of the soft case.

Layering for the Deep Freeze
Last November, while perched in a treestand overlooking the Missouri River just downstream from the confluence of the Yellowstone River, I was daydreaming about the hardships Lewis and Clark must have faced, specifically Mother Nature’s severe wea...

North Dakota PLOTS guide available online
From North Dakota Game and Fish Department -- North Dakota’s guide, Private Land Open To Sportsmen guide for 2012 is now available online

EHD confirmed in eight Michigan counties
From Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health and the DNR recently confirmed the death of deer in Ionia and Branch counties because of epizootic hemorrhagic disease...

Kansas pilot crossbow project ID numbers now online
From Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism -- Identification numbers required for crossbow hunters who have deer permits valid during archery season in units 1, 12, 15, and 19 for the crossbow pilot project can now be obtained online.

Like Clockwork
If you’re a deer hunter with a computer, chances are you’ve already seen Michael Burkley and his obscenely wide Mississippi buck from the 2008 season. Those images were the first to be mass-forwarded, ripped and posted on Internet sites across cyb...

When do bucks in Alabama lose and re-grow antlers?
When do bucks in Alabama lose and re-grow antlers?

Delaware offers new hunting map
From Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife -- New state wildlife area maps and updated regulations are now available for the 2012-2013 hunting seasons in print or online.

Ohio offers controlled hunts
From Ohio Department of Natural Resources -- In an effort to control deer populations impacting native plant communities, the Ohio is making available special gun and archery deer hunts at seven state nature preserves across the state.
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