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Big Game

Elk Hunting Tips: The Basics of Long-Range Scouting

Next to deer, the big-game animal most whitetail hunters want to pursue is bull elk. They are big and dramatic, and so is the country they call home.

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Bullet Deflection Test

The bull is standing broadside just behind that screen of brush. Do you shoot through the limbs and hope your bullet punches home? Or do you wait for a clear shot, even if it means the elk might get away?

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DIY Moose Call

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  • May 15, 2014

    Traveling With Guns - 2

    I just got back from a 10-day trip to South Africa and, once again, got to experience the maddening inefficiency and foolishness that characterizes how our government behaves toward those of us who own guns.
    Upon landing in Atlanta, me and my fellow hunters had to go through a four-step process to make our connections home, which was three steps more than necessary. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Officials Reduce Moose Hunting in Maine and Alaska to Better Manage Declining Populations - 0

    This winter we reported on a handful of new moose studies that cropped up in different states like Maine and New Hampshire, as biologists set out to learn why moose numbers were plummeting. Now, in response to preliminary data, wildlife officials in Maine and Alaska have adjusted their hunting seasons in an attempt to better manage shrinking moose populations.

    Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will reduce moose permits by 25 percent for the 2014 fall season due to the recent impact of winter ticks, the agency announced Friday. Officials in Alaska shut down drawing permit hunts altogether for moose on Alaska’s North Slope, according to a Department of Fish and Game press release from Monday. Both states cited higher than average mortality rates as cause for curtailing their annual hunts. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 15, 2014

    Whitetails: Why This Year's Fawning Period is Critical - 0

    Remember last fall’s rut? Well I do and in my part of deer country, it peaked somewhere around the second week of November. Fast forward 190-210 days and you have fawn drop. By my math it should peak in most places somewhere around the last week of May to the first week of June. But, roughly 15 percent to 20 percent of the does breed a month or so prior to peak rut, so their fawns are hitting the ground now.

    This is an important year for fawning. The fierce winter of 2013-2014 took its toll on the deer herd in many northern locations. Some deer didn’t make it through and others suffered from malnutrition caused by low temperatures and deep snows. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 14, 2014

    Exclusive Clip from Discovery Channel's New Hunting Show 'Kodiak' - 1

    The Discovery Channel is promoting a new 4-part series called Kodiak that premiers tonight (10 p.m. ET) and features a trio of families that run a hunting and fishing lodge out of Kodiak Island.

    The series matches a trend in the Discovery Channel's focus on reality television set in Alaska. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 13, 2014

    Micro Manager: Do Some Math and Save 40 Percent On Your Food Plot Seed - 3

    Those of you who have been following the Micro Manager series know that I've set a budget of about $1,500 for the first year of habitat work on Noah's Farm, a 17-acre parcel I purchased late last summer.

    While $1,500 is a fair amount of money, it's a spartan budget considering everything that needs to be done. That become abundantly clear when shopping for the seed I'll need for food plots and screening cover.

    As mentioned previously, my primary concern for this year's habitat work is focused on enhancing the existing browse and food sources that already exist on the land. I value security and holding cover far more than food in my area of heavily-hunted southern Michigan, thus the bulk of my efforts (and cash) will be focused there. [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 9, 2014

    Hunting Tip: Camouflage Won't Help if You Set Up in Sunlight - 0

    You're invisible. Or at least you think you are. After all, you've done all the right things: bought that pricey camo that matches your surroundings, painted your face with lots of greasy face paint, and you are even wearing camo boots. Now all you have to do is sit there, soak in a little sunshine, and wait for a big buck to show himself.

    But when a buck does come in, he spots your position and blows out for the next county.  The problem? You set up in the sunlight (see the photo above). [ Read Full Post ]

  • May 8, 2014

    Video: Bulldogs vs. Black Bear - 0

    Cue Foils has some tough dogs.

    When Ms. Foils’s two bulldogs heard – or smelled, who knows – a black bear in their New Hampshire neighbor’s yard, they broke through a plank fence to confront the bird feeder mooch. The bear, even though he was much bigger than the dogs, fled the scene. [ Read Full Post ]