When it comes to hunting the rut, sportsmen far and wide hang their hats on a lot of old information. But recent whitetail research allows us to reevaluate some of these misconceptions, and the new knowledge will help us hunt smarter.
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Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.
A new study on worldwide crocodilian attacks was launched at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, Australia today. The aptly named CrocBITE group hopes to help with the ongoing and future conservation of these species. Part of the study will deal with how successful conservation efforts of certain crocodilian species have led to more attacks on humans.
An example of this can be found in Australia’s Northern Territory. Crocodiles became a protected species there in 1971. Since that listing, their numbers have skyrocketed and so have the number of human attacks. [ Read Full Post ]
Outdoor Life Guns and Optics Test team member Mark Copenhaver took this 32½-inch smoker mule deer last week while hunting public land in Montana.
“I’ve been passionately hunting mule deer since I was 10 years old and this is one of the top three deer I’ve ever seen, much less had a chance to stalk and harvest,” he says. [ Read Full Post ]
You head into the woods to do some early season scouting and find a strange stand set right on your property line. No, they aren’t trespassers; and no, it’s not one of your hunting buddies. It’s the neighbor’s new son-in-law who married his way onto the property. His stand is set 3 feet on his side of the line. This stand will ruin your spot. It’s time to call the law, or is it?
I get calls and e-mails every year from hunters who get worked up over this kind of thing. They ask us for advice, but short of suggesting they have a friendly chat with the neighbor, legally there is little they can do. [ Read Full Post ]
Photo by Lon Lauber
You've heard why bank robbers target banks: It's where the money is.
The same reasoning should turn your coyote-hunting efforts to public waterfowl areas, state-managed wildlife areas where pen-raised pheasants are released, and anywhere else wingshooters are hammering birds. Coyotes go where the easy food is.
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Louisiana native Mark Alexander, 53, took a weeklong hunting trip in northeast 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 ]
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an opinion piece submitted by Dr. Gordon Jones of Broaddus, Texas. We welcome your essays on a variety of outdoors topics, just as we welcome your comments on this one.
I know the answer to the question in the headline, but almost no one will believe me. The drastic decline in the quail population throughout the South has been a passionate concern of mine for many years. The tragic and drastic decline in quail and other field-bird populations is the result of the massive and widespread spraying of herbicides by agriculture and forestry industries. I am as sure of this as I am that night follows day. [ Read Full Post ]