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Louisiana native Mark Alexander, 53, took a weeklong hunting trip in northwest Kansas this month and returned home with a potential state record. Alexander harvested this giant typical whitetail on Nov. 5 while hunting with Red Dog Outfitters in Sheridan County, Kan. The monster bruiser's unofficial score measured just 2/8 of an inch more than the current first place archery buck. Here's how the amazing hunt went down.
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This week’s field reports offer plenty of evidence that the rut is winding down across most of whitetail country. Doe/fawn groups are reuniting and returning to common feeding and congregation areas. Food is once again becoming the focus and bucks are starting to cut does a little slack. Some bucks are even beginning to tolerate other bucks again. By the end of next week, things should be pretty much back to normal across whitetail country with whitetails focusing on staying alive more than breeding. It’s time to adopt post-rut hunting tactics. [ Read Full Post ]
No sportsman on this continent has a monopoly on frustration when it comes to access. We all wish we had more, whether we’re Eastern trout anglers, Southeastern turkey hunters, Rocky Mountain elk bums, or Canadian hikers.
But Westerners’ access frustrations are born of tantalizing proximity to public land, much of which is inaccessible. The frustrations are detailed in a spot-on piece in last weekend’s Bozeman Daily Chronicle.
About 5 percent of my home state of Montana is owned by the state, and managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation, which manages thousands of 640-acre sections spread from border to border. These lands are a the legacy of our homesteading era a century ago, when two sections—typically 16 and 36—in each township were set aside as rural school sites and funding engines for local education. The idea was that grazing or logging from the sections would fund schools in each township, reducing the property-tax burden on homesteaders. [ Read Full Post ]
The 2013 deer season just got stranger.
Earlier this month we told you how Georgia hunter Sam Hogan took an albino buck.
Now comes word that a Minnesota hunter has taken an 8-point doe. That's right. An 8-point doe.
Phil Klein was hunting near his father in north-central Minnesota when he heard a doe bleating. At first the younger Mr. Klein believed the sound to be his father in a nearby stand. That wasn't the case.
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The whitetail rut is still on in full force. More and more does are being bred every day as whitetails across the country are busy ensuring the survival of the species. But the breeding phase of the rut is transitioning from crazed bucks running about chasing does to hunter-savvy bucks getting it done on the quiet. [ Read Full Post ]
Anyone who has ever tried to draw a tag in a trophy unit in the West, and especially Wyoming (just ask our editor), will get the joke in this video immediately.
There are plenty of general seasons and over-the-counter units for hunters to chase elk, mule deer, and whitetails all throughout the Rocky Mountain states. But in those units you'll typically experience high hunting pressure and a low number of mature bucks or bulls.
If you want to hunt in places that offer the best chances of seeing a B&C animal, you're either going to have to pay big dollars for an outfitter or throw your name in the tag lottery. Obviously, the makers of this video have been trying, unsuccessfully, to draw a good tag for years.
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