May 9, 2008
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Hunters are keeping tabs on their whitetails more than conservative talk show hosts are keeping tabs on the new administration. Your summer intelligence gathering can oftentimes be used for a slam-dunk hunt in the early-season. If not, file the information away and look for the buck in the neighborhood once the appropriate season opens for you. [ Read Full Post ]
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Wolf hunting seasons that have been approved in Idaho and Montana may continue as scheduled, a federal judge in Montana ruled earlier today. [ Read Full Post ]
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A fascinating new scientific study dispels a widely held assumption among hunters and biologists alike that older, dominant male whitetail deer generally prevail in the breeding process and contribute overwhelmingly to any given herd’s overall genetics.
The study, appearing in the August issue of the Journal of Mammology, reveals that bucks of all ages and maturity generally have an equal chance at breeding. [ Read Full Post ]
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Here at the Strut Zone, we're always keen on sharing additional turkey hunting opportunities with you guys. Back on September 8, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) began accepting 2010 special-opportunity spring turkey hunt applications. The deadline for submissions is midnight (EDT) October 13.
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Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea writes on examiner.com on Sept. 7 and 8 that he can find “no Constitutional justification” for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Some take a softer line, he notes, such as Rep. Zack Space (R-OH) and Rep. Steve King (R-IA) who believe the agency can be reformed. They have co-sponsored they say is backed by "defenders of the Second Amendment" in the House of Representatives. This is a "companion bill" to legislation introduced to the Senate in April by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID), Codrea reports. [ Read Full Post ]
Fifteen hunting and conservation organizations, including the U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and the National Wild Turkey Federation, last week denounced President Obama's nomination of an avowed anti-hunter to a high-level administration position.
According to Alan Clemons, writing for ESPNOutdoors.com, the nomination of longtime attorney and law professor Cass Sunstein to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs :has drawn harsh scorn and a concerted grassroots effort to block the appointment through calls and emails to Senate leaders.: [ Read Full Post ]
Day 12, Monroe Elk Hunt, September 4, 2009
We decided to forgo the vast network of roads and 4 wheeler trails for a distant roadless area in the unit. Just 3 days previous, we had spotted a couple hundred elk headed in that direction… we were filled with anticipation and hope, not to mention we were down to two days left in the hunt. This day started at 4:00 a.m. and ended the next day at 3:30 a.m., 23.5 hours door to door. It was one of the finest days of elk hunting I’ve ever had. We stalked 6 different GREAT bulls. It was sunny, it rained, the wind was calm, and then it blew hard. We had hunted the previous 11 days looking for a monster and we finally found him. The rut was in full swing and we had the experience of a lifetime, in a sliver of the finest elk country I’d ever seen. This story is best told through the eyes of the hunter, so I will leave you with Mr. Andrew Crow’s words. Enjoy!
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The other night one of the top stories on all of my local news stations was a negative incident that involved a so-called hunter. Apparently, some poacher entered a piece of land and was hunting without permission. The landowner was an elderly woman who immediately confronted the trespasser and was assaulted. Luckily, the poor woman was not injured, but the media absolutely beat the story to death. It’s amazing how quickly the mainstream media will jump on any negative aspect associated with hunting. The guy involved in this incident had no business being portrayed as a hunter. More than likely, he is the type that shoots deer out of season, spotlights from the road and damages private property. However, the media will routinely stereotype all of us by the actions of just a few. In reality, a true hunter despises poachers, probably more than the rest of our society that doesn’t hunt. Sadly, it seems all of the positive aspects of hunting finds a way to slip through the cracks and are never exposed to the rest of the world. [ Read Full Post ]
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Yesterday, while out scouting at daybreak, I heard a gobble in the nearby woods. Then another. That's right. Autumn turkeys gobble; even late-summer birds. On the roost and on the ground. I know, some of you have heard differently. Talk is cheap. Experience pays dividends. If they’re fall jakes, they sometimes gobble after making a kee-kee-run, tagging it right on the end of that call. I’ve scattered autumn longbeards too only to have each one gobble hard on their return to the flush site. I defy anyone to tell me that's not just as exciting as a spring hunt.
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With dove season, and for that matter early goose and even teal seasons, going full bore, you need to take precautions to keep your pup safe.
The early seasons are a great time for us to knock the rust off our wingshooting and head afield, but the with the September 1 openers comes the danger of heat-related injuries and death for our four-legged friends.
When you hit the field this weekend, be sure to keep them safe by using the following tips: [ Read Full Post ]
Days 10 & 11
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After our late morning wake up, we hoped the elk would be in the same place tonight as when we glassed them last night. Catching up on some extra sleep would be good for our motivation. We hiked back to where the elk had been just one evening before and found very little sign. We saw only one cow elk. After returning to the truck, we drove to a lookout and began glassing. Bugles started coming from below our location and pretty soon at least 5 different bulls could be distinguished. We drove home in the dark, stopping at least a dozen times to turn everything off and listen to them. At one point we were in the middle of a trio of bugling bulls. [ Read Full Post ]
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I'm working on a photo gallery for OL.com on the best quail dogs and wanted to get your input on which breeds you believe are the most adept and qualified for chasing the diminutive fowl. [ Read Full Post ]
St. Louis Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols—who knows a thing or two about hitting and distance—receives some pointers from Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Thompson about the preferred platform for long-distance communication by Navy SEALs. Pujols and All-Star reliever Ryan Franklin were among five Cardinal players who toured the Naval Special Warfare facilities while in San Diego for a series with the Padres August 20-23.
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Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea alerts Second Amendment advocates of a subtle appointment by President Obama taht could have a profound influence on your rights. David Michaels, Obama's nominee to head the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, has made "past attempts to frame guns in terms of public health. Exploiting it to further citizen disarmament is something the academic left, from which Michaels hails, has been pursuing for years.
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