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Nikon SlugHunter BDC 200
Remember when hitting a gallon can three times out of five at 40 paces earned a slug gun “tack driver” status?  Back when I was a 17-year-old whippersnapper flush with Holstein-milking money, I arrived at the family’s preseason sighting-in se...

No Knife Sharpener, No Problem!
Whether you are filleting fish or field dressing a deer, there are times you need to touch up the edge of a knife in the field but there simply isn't a sharpener on hand.

Splitting the Difference
Ohio carpenter John Bennett had his choice of three stands when he headed to the wispy Medina County cornfield on Dec. 7, 2008. One of those was a ladder stand within feet of where he'd seen a couple of giant whitetails during bow season. But he d...

Can Deer Be Picky Eaters?
Bob, I put in a small plot of winter turnips that are growing very well. The trouble is, the deer are not eating it! Why might this be?

Adventure Exceeded!
-- It started to sprinkle rain as I attached my bow to my pull-up cord. I hadn't packed raingear since it was still warm, and I hadn't checked the forecast since I'd been in a hurry to get into my stand before daybreak.  I continued to climb...

Hogs Every Which Way
Wild pigs are causing mega trouble in America. A national Feral Swine Conference held recently in Fort Worth, Texas, brought pig experts from everywhere. The upshot of the meeting was, “eradication is no longer practical.” The conference conclude...

PSE Crossbow Recall
Precision Shooting Equipment, Inc., the manufacturer of the referenced crossbows announced today that it will conduct a product recall on its 2013 TAC Elite, 2013 TAC Ordnance, and 2013 Enigma crossbows.

Appear, Deer!
Have you ever scrolled through your trail cam photos and not paid much attention to the really dark ones that appear to have nothing in them? This can be a huge mistake!

A (Very) Little Vacation Time
Getting time off from work is not easy for me, so, in deer season, I often take a partial vacation day – two hours – so I can go hunting. Three years ago, on such an occasion, I left the office at 12:30. This gave me four hours to get to my famil...

Late Season Food Plot Planting
Can you recommend something good to plant in my food plots at the beginning of October? I hunt in northern Illinois.

Poetry in Motion
-- The story about my first deer hunt really started Christmas of 2008 when my parents got me my first gun, a .22 caliber Cricket.  My dad, Rich, and I started shooting at our sportsmen club and I got better each time. For years, I kept shoot...

Missouri youngsters check 18,676 deer in early hunt
From Missouri Department of Conservation -- Missouri hunters ages 6 through 15 checked 18,676 deer Nov. 2 and 3. It is the second-largest harvest on record for the state's early youth portion of the firearms deer season.

Mathews Unveils 2014 Bows!
Mathews Archery is excited to unveil the 2014 Mathews Creed XS and Monster Chill R! The Creed XS features a compact profile with the forgiveness and accuracy serious bowhunters demand.

Following in Granpa's Footsteps
Some of my fondest memories of growing up are of hunting with my dad. I could not wait to go to deer camp with him to join my grandpa, uncles and cousins. With the fire roaring in the fireplace and snow falling outside, the men played cards while ...

Never Assume!
This classic mistake has happened to me more times than I'd like to admit, and I bet it's happened to you, too. After sitting in the stand for several hours without seeing so much as a squirrel or bird, I would stand up to stretch or grab a snack ou...

Can Buck Fawns Grow Spikes?
Bob, is it possible for a 6-month-old buck fawn to grow spikes? We have a healthy food supply and good genetics, and believe we've seen a buck fawn with 2- to 3-inch spikes.

Endangered whooper spotted in Kansas
The first migrating whooping crane has been spotted in late October at the Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, near Stafford in central Kansas. Whooping cranes, an endangered species, are North America’s tallest bird, some reaching 5 feet in height w...

In the Blink of an Eye
-- November 8, 2008 is a date that will live with me forever. I was definitely at the right place at the right time, and sheer luck was on my side that entire day. It was unusually cold in northern Louisiana, and my feet were simply extensions of ...

Compass Usage for Treestand Setups
Experienced hunters use a compass for more than just map reading. To make my treestands most effective during hunting season, I always carry a compass.

US Army permit no longer needed for Fort Polk, Peason WMAs
From Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries -- The annual federal permit previously required to hunt on Fort Polk and Peason Ridge Wildlife Management Areas is no longer required, according to officials with the US Army.
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