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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: Mister Elkhorn and the River Rats

December 19, 2014

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In a hunting camp, one hunter’s unrealistic expectations are sometimes spawned in the euphoric backwaters of another hunter’s extraordinary success and good fortune. Such was the case for me, following on the heels of M. R. James’ great victory on the third evening of my 1999 Newfoundland hunt for woodland caribou. His fantastic stag, arrowed at 20 yards, was the one Harold Pelley and I had jumped from his bed two days earlier on an island in the Gander River. That animal was the first of the species I had ever laid eyes on, so every other stag we found throughout the rest of the week...

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Wisconsin Has a New Record Whitetail Buck

December 18, 2014

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The Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club (WBBC) recently announced that they've certified a new state archery record for a typical whitetail buck that was harvested by bowhunter Adam Hupf in Dodge County on October 11. The new record was panel-scored to an official measurement of 200 4/8 inches gross and 191 6/8 inches net, surpassing the previous record taken by Dusty Gerrits in 2012. // Post by Read more »

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Grind Venison into Sausage

December 18, 2014

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SportingChef-Ep4 Want to learn more about grinding venison? Check out the video below! ...

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Video: Deer Bucks Antlers after Being Shot

December 17, 2014

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Filmmaker and hunter Jason Sebo got a late-season surprise when, after recovering a buck shot, he found its antlers discarded on the forest floor. "[It] ran about 60-70 yards, piled up," Sebo said in this video. "Unfortunately this time of the year, their horns begin to break off the pedestals and that's exactly what happened." Deer generally start shedding their antlers in late winter and start growing them again in late March or early April. It is not too uncommon for hunters to see bucks rubbing or shaking off their antlers, and older ones usually shed before younger ones. It also...

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How to Bowhunt Last Minute Bucks

December 17, 2014

The rut is over, and so is gun season. Now deer are focused on finding and consuming food. In the opinion of many deer hunters, the late season is the best time of the year to shoot a big buck--if you can handle the cold. Image copyright Getty Images/Lynn_Bystrom.

Many bowhunters consider the early season the best time to hunt deer, and with good reason. The deer at that time are undisturbed, they can be found in somewhat predictable daily movement patterns and the weather is nice for sitting in a treestand. The rut and the gun seasons open up and the normal patterns go out the door. Bucks are running around helter-skelter and hunters either figure out how to take advantage of the conditions, or just sit home and wait it out. The majority of bowhunters who have an unfilled tag in their pocket just hang it up and wait until the following year to go...

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How to Bowhunt Last Minute Bucks

December 17, 2014

The rut is over, and so is gun season. Now deer are focused on finding and consuming food. In the opinion of many deer hunters, the late season is the best time of the year to shoot a big buck--if you can handle the cold. Image copyright Getty Images/Lynn_Bystrom.

Many bowhunters consider the early season the best time to hunt deer, and with good reason. The deer at that time are undisturbed, they can be found in somewhat predictable daily movement patterns and the weather is nice for sitting in a treestand. The rut and the gun seasons open up and the normal patterns go out the door. Bucks are running around helter-skelter and hunters either figure out how to take advantage of the conditions, or just sit home and wait it out. The majority of bowhunters who have an unfilled tag in their pocket just hang it up and wait until the following year to go...

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What Las Vegas Taught Me about Elk Calling

December 17, 2014

Corey Jacobsen, the most decorated elk caller in the history of organized competition. Image courtesy RMEF.

The emcee asked for quiet in the crowded theater and the audience eagerly obliged. Then he called the day’s last competitor onto the brightly lit stage: “Caller number six, cow sounds, please.” Behind a curtain, judges waited for the first mewing vocalizations of elk. For the next 45 seconds, the competitor did his best, well-rehearsed routine mimicking the sounds of cows and calves, from soft whines to sharp barks. After a short breather, and a sip of water for the dry-throated contestant, the emcee asked for 45 seconds of bull sounds. The room filled with loud, resonant bugles,...

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12-year-old Girl Shoots Mountain Lion Stalking Her on Elk Hunt

December 12, 2014

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When Joshua Caldwell heard the gun shot, his first thought was that his daughter had bagged the bull elk they had seen earlier. As it turned out, 12-year-old Alyssa Caldwell had actually shot a mountain lion instead, at a mere five yards away, from where it could have pounced on the young hunter. “I already had a feeling that something was watching me or something, but I didn’t see the cat until it was close,” Alyssa told CBS 7. Alyssa and her father were building a makeshift blind in the New...

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Study: Deer React More to Firearms Season Than Archery Season

December 11, 2014

A Penn State study found that deer are much more aware of rifle season than archery season, which is of course, exactly what bowhunters want.

It has only been about two years since Pennsylvania State University researchers began fieldwork on their deer-forest study, but scientists are already drawing insights about the deer population in Pennsylvania's Rothrock and Bald Eagle State Forests. The study is focused onthe movement of 40 collared deer, both male and female, who transmit their locations back to Penn State researchers every few hours. During hunting season, however, scientists receive updates as frequently as every 20 minutes. In fact, a large part of the study focuses on how the deer react to hunters and hunting...

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Wolf Trapping Tips from Canada’s Premier Trapper

December 11, 2014

Wolf hunting and trapping opportunities are now available to many outdoorsmen throughout the United States. One of Canada's most well-known trappers, Gordy Klassen, has extensive experience trapping the canines and shared some of his expertise with the author. Image copyright Getty Images/photofellow.

Wolf hunting and trapping is now available to many outdoorsmen and women in the United States after years of prohibition. Expanding wolf populations have created new opportunities for hunters and trappers in states like Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Sportsmen now hunger for information about how to hunt and trap these amazing, but wary canines. The best way to learn how to catch a wolf is to look to those who have been doing it. In Canada and Alaska, wolves have not had the protections that they’ve known in the Lower 48, and many hunters and trappers...

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