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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: The Stalking Bull

October 30, 2014

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For an hour-and-a-half, I had been stalking him---"stalking" in the most aggressive manner possible! Every time I would grunt, thrash the brush, and run right at him (using all possible cover) he would move out ahead of me, staying just beyond bow-range. On two occasions in the early stages of the encounter, he had approached to within some 30 or 35 yards, but he had hung up in places where I could see only the tops of his antlers; then, after a while, he would silently steal away, forcing me to put the rush on him again. Even though I had managed to keep the wind in my favor, the pattern...

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9 Ways to Survive the Zombie Deer Apocalypse

October 30, 2014

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Picture yourself atop your treestand. The forest is quiet and the only sounds for miles around are the rustling of leaves, the occasional screech of the wind, and you sipping coffee from a thermos. You feel stiffness in the fingers of your right hand because you haven't moved them in so long, and the breeze is cold. You notice it swaying the bow next to you. That's when you hear it---a mad braying from somewhere deep in the woods. It's a high-pitched bleating that is unlike anything you have ever heard, and it has a distinctly ominous tone. Soon, the call is joined by others and the cold...

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First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Confirmed in Ohio

October 29, 2014

Chronic wasting disease has made its way to an Ohio captive deer herd.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Agriculture announced last week that a case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) has been discovered in the state. The disease was positively identified in a captive deer herd in Holmes County, and is believed to be the first case of CWD in Ohio. Wildlife officials stress that there is no reason to believe that the disease has been transmitted outside of the captive herd, which is currently under...

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The Definitive Guide to Harvesting Big Bucks on Small, Suburban Properties

October 29, 2014

Big bucks can be found on small suburban properties. Knowing how to improve the properties and hunt them with a low profile is key to success.

More and more big bucks are showing up in suburban areas. If you find the right small property and get permission to hunt there, you might be surprised to see what walks by your stand. I’ve seen some really nice deer in some really weird places. Often these places are in parks on the outskirts of cities, and even more often, big bucks live in bedroom communities where the habitat may not be ideal, but the hunting pressure is minimal or even nonexistent. Take for example the experience of Josh Runksmeier, a friend of mine who was discussing deer with a coworker who told him...

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One of a Kind? Jeff Foster’s 2011 Albino Mule Deer Buck

October 28, 2014

Jeff Foster with his albino mule deer buck. Have you seen one like it?

Just how rare are albino mule deer? Not even biologists have a definitive answer, yet some speculate that only one in 500,000 mule deer are born albino. Albinism occurs in mule deer far less frequently than in whitetail, and few ever survive into adulthood. That is why when Jeff Foster harvested a young albino mule deer buck, he suspected that it could be the only one of its kind. "In 2010 me and a couple friends of mine were in Kaycee, Wyoming and I spotted this albino mule deer," Foster told me. "I saw it three times and on the third time I showed it to my friends on the spotting scope...

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October Brings Big Bucks to Michigan Bowhunters

October 28, 2014

Chris Evenhouse harvested this great buck even after missing with his first shot. The buck green-scored at 205. Image courtesy Chris Evenhouse.

October means a lot of things to Michigan outdoor enthusiasts. There are the glorious colors of the leaves as they turn from green to various shades of red, yellow, orange, and brown before falling to the forest floor. There are tremendous fishing opportunities as salmon make their final push. Streams, rivers, and lakes come alive with fish grasping for one last feast before the winds of autumn bring the freeze of winter. For the deer hunter, however, it is the first opportunity to chase the elusive whitetail. Michigan’s archery season is a great opportunity to harvest a deer and this year...

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Field Rescue and Evacuation from the Canadian Rockies after a Close Call

October 28, 2014

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Global Rescue member Steven Huskey was on a hunting trip to the Canadian Rockies when suddenly things went very, very wrong. “During a steep, snowy descent through the Canadian Rockies in pursuit of an elusive bighorn sheep, I found myself sliding down the mountain toward a cliff. As I went over the edge, I instinctively grabbed for a sapling. It was like a made-for-TV-movie.” With help from Global Rescue, Huskey lived to tell the tale of his ordeal. “[As I fell,] the momentum of my weight and my pack dislocated my right...

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Video: Is This the Largest Whitetail Buck Shot on Camera?

October 27, 2014

Joe Franz (left) poses with his gigantic whitetail buck.

On October 12, hunter Joe Franz harvested a massive whitetail buck with a muzzleloader on his property in Iowa. Fortune has awarded this hunter the deer of a lifetime, but it was the foresight of the Trophy Pursuit team that put this incredible shot on camera. With a reported preliminary score of 258 and 7/8, this buck could very well be the largest ever taken while being filmed. http://youtu.be/mg7Z4juaGo8 "We are very excited to announce that Trophy Pursuit has filmed the harvest of what we think could be the largest wild, 100% fair chase whitetail to ever be captured on professional...

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Is Your Slug Gun Ready for Deer Season?

October 27, 2014

Sportsmen now have much more dedicated slug hunting equipment available to them than ever before.

Slug hunting for whitetail deer has experienced something of a renaissance in recent years. Building a slug rig used to simply consist of swapping in a short, open-choked barrel with rifle sights on your duck or pheasant gun. We relied on molded rifling on the slug itself to impart spin to the projectile and create some resemblance of accuracy. These were 100-yard hunting rigs at best---often more like 50 to 75 yard rigs. That big “pumpkin ball” carried enough energy to bring down a deer farther out, but consistent accuracy just wasn't there. Then came rifled slug barrels, and the...

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9 Questions with RMEF Ambassador Kristy Titus

October 23, 2014

Kristy Titus is a dedicated elk hunter and member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Britney Starr sat down with Titus to learn more about her background and her passion for elk.

Kristy Titus is an avid sportswoman with a passion for elk hunting. Along with being an ambassador for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF), she is also a featured member on Team Elk, RMEF’s television show. I recently caught up with Kristy to talk about all things elk hunting. Britney: Please tell us a little about your background in hunting. Have you been doing it for your entire life? Kristy: From the time I was two years old, I started riding with my dad, on his saddle, while packing into the backcountry. I had my own mule by the age of four, and still...

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