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One in 100,000: Young Michigan Hunter Harvests Rare Albino Buck

October 21, 2014

Gavin Dingman with this once-in-a-lifetime albino buck.

An 11-year-old hunter from Oceola Township, Michigan took the deer of a lifetime when he shot a 12-point albino buck with a crossbow on Monday. The animal was well-known to local hunters, but Gavin Dingman ended up being the one to harvest it. "My dad was just like, 'Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you're not 100 percent, we don't want to injure it,'" Gavin told the Daily Press & Argus. The sixth-grader was hunting with his dad, Mick...

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Deer and Duck Prospects Good for Texas

October 21, 2014

Hunters in Texas can look forward to a better deer and duck season thanks to recent rainfall.

Biologists with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) have good reason to be optimistic regarding the state's deer and duck population. Significant rainfall in recent months has provided a much-needed reprieve from the drought that hunters had been bracing for, and it seems that the wet conditions are good for wildlife both on land and in the air. “I would say conditions have improved over most of the state the last couple of months,” said Kevin Kraai, TPWD Waterfowl Program Leader, in a press release....

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Traditional Fox Hunters Pivoting Toward Coyotes

October 17, 2014

Due to the scarcity of foxes, many fox hunters are now switching over to coyote hunting.

The sight of a mounted fox hunter in traditional attire---including red blazers and navy coats---is rare these days, and it seems that their quarry is rarer still. The coyote population on the East Coast is growing and in some areas pushing into fox territory. For the fox hunters in these regions, fewer foxes means that more and more clubs are finding coyotes a challenging, if unusual, substitute. “What the coyote has done is made [hunting] more difficult because the fox didn’t run into other areas.” Dennis Foster, executive director of the Virginia-based Masters of Foxhounds...

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Activist Group Hounds Wisconsin Wolf Hunters

October 17, 2014

After stalking wolf hunters and trappers in Montana, one group is hounding sportsmen during Wisconsin's wolf season.

Last month OutdoorHub reported on an animal rights group that planned on following Montana wolf hunters. Now, members of the same group say they'll do the same in Wisconsin. WUWM reported on Wednesday that the group announced their intent to track and document hunters during the state's third annual wolf season, which also began Wednesday. The group's leader, 48-year-old Rodney Coronado, said...

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Texas Officials Declare October “Hog Out Month”

October 16, 2014

Texas agricultural officials are encouraging hunters to go hog wild for feral pigs this month, and increase awareness of the state's hog problem.

Over five million feral pigs reside in the United States, and half of that five million are in Texas. The pig population there has been described by wildlife experts as one of the most pressing conservation issues in the state, and officials want the pigs gone. Not only do the unruly swine cause more than $52 million in agricultural damages every year, they are also in direct competition with wildlife such as whitetail deer, turkey, and quail. As part of a new concentrated effort to increase management efforts, the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has declared October "Hog Out...

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To Serve Bear: East Coast States Encourage More Sportsmen to Hunt Bruins

October 14, 2014

Do you know how to cook bear? If you live in New Jersey, you'll get a free cookbook with your harvest.

States like New Jersey and New York are urging more people to take up bear hunting this year in the face of a population boom across sections of the East Coast. Earlier this year the New York Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) loosened bear hunting regulations and quotas for upstate hunters, and now New Jersey is following suit with a campaign to put bear on the dinner table. “It’s tasty," Kelcey Burgess, the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife's bear...

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First Traces of Bluetongue Virus Identified in New Jersey Deer

October 14, 2014

New Jersey officials are warning hunters and livestock owners about the emergence of bluetongue disease.

New Jersey wildlife officials confirmed on Friday that the state's first traces of bluetongue virus have been found on two dead deer. According to the Department of Environmental Protection, the deer were discovered in Somerset and Morris County last month and tested positive for the disease, which is spread by midge bites. Experts often compare bluetongue disease to the similar epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD), as both share the same symptoms, affect the same species, and are not considered contagious. Bluetongue, however, has a...

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Video: Daughter’s Priceless Reaction to Her First Successful Deer Bowhunt

October 13, 2014

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Chris Bryan must be one proud father after this bowhunting trip he took with his daughter Reagan. With some coaching from dad, the young huntress made a solid shot at 25 yards. In footage recorded by her father, the arrow can be seen hitting home and the deer bolts off---but the highlight of this video is the priceless reaction from Reagan afterward. "I shot a deer daddy!" she managed to get out between giggles. For many hunters, there are few things more rewarding than to introduce the next generation to hunting, the joy of the outdoors, and conservation of America's wildlife. Sometimes...

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Colorado Bear Tries to Sneak into Hunters’ Tent

October 13, 2014

A bear barged into two hunters' tent in an area already known for its bear troubles.

Two hunters camped just miles outside of Aspen, Colorado had a close nighttime encounter last week when a bear attempted to enter their tent, only to be pushed away. According to KUSA, the hunters were visited by a bear three times on Thursday night near a region known for its escalating bear conflicts. During the last encounter, the bear ripped open one side of the tent and had to be fought off by the hunters. Thankfully, nobody was hurt. To officials with the Colorado...

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Kansas Bowhunters Asked to Help Solve Cold Case

October 13, 2014

Could hunters solve a 13-year-old missing persons case? Law enforcement officers hope so.

Law enforcement officials in Wyandotte County, Kansas are urging hunters to report anything out of the ordinary in the hopes of solving a 13-year-old missing persons case. The missing person in question is Branson Perry, who was 20 when he was last seen in 2001 near Skidmore, Missouri. Officials are not disclosing why they are focusing on the case now after so many years, especially in Kansas, but it may be related to a recent find. “We have actually found some people that have come forward with some evidence that has been located in some fields or some wooded areas,” Lt. Kelli Bailiff...

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