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Hunting Michigan’s Antlerless Whitetail Deer

July 25, 2014

While harsh winters usually mean fewer fawns, so far things are looking good for Michigan’s deer herd.

Whitetail deer hunting in the Great Lake State goes back well before there was a Mackinac Bridge, an auto industry, or even statehood. Each fall hundreds of thousands of Michigan hunters take to the woods during the youth, archery, firearm, and muzzleloader seasons. With such a tremendous responsibility to the heritage of the sport, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has to work carefully to manage the herd, ensuring that future hunters have the opportunity to harvest a Michigan deer. One of the tools used by biologists is the antlerless deer harvest, done by draw permit...

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Ohio Village Battles Growing Coyote Population

July 22, 2014

New Boston village officials say that coyotes, sometimes mistaken for wild dogs, are overrunning the town.

The village of New Boston in southern Ohio is getting some unwanted visitors, and local officials say that pets are no longer safe on the streets after a group of coyotes moved into the area. The situation has grown to the point where village administrator Steve Hamilton told reporters that it was no longer simply a nuisance, but a danger. “Usually I get called out on dogs running wild and things like that,” Hamilton told the Portsmouth Daily Times. “I’ve had a couple over...

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Dogs Gone By: On the Front Line in the War Against Prairie Dogs

July 21, 2014

The battlefield upon which the author's battle against prairie dogs was fought: Silver Spur Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming.

We awoke at dawn. Most of us were slightly nervous, but energized by the certainty of impending combat. I doubt the enemy ever sleeps. They’re too busy digging tunnel networks. We’d been the ones to choose the field of battle---the Silver Spur Ranch in Encampment, Wyoming. Encampment is an eerily appropriate name given the enemy’s permanent dug-in positions. Our foe has a great propaganda machine, although I have absolutely no idea how they can afford such a thing. As a result, most people know them as those cute, adorable, and cuddly...

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The BAREBOW! Chronicles: The Bowling-ball Ram

July 18, 2014

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After two unsuccessful hunts on Todagin Mountain (one as a nonresident in 1986 and one as a resident in 1991) I was convinced I finally understood the terrain and the habits of the local Stone sheep population well enough to be able, with a bit of luck, to outsmart one of the many resident rams. The real challenge, as always, was going to be finding and outsmarting a legal ram. There were plenty of barely-sub-legal rams around, but finding and identifying a legal one had always been the difficulty on Todagin Mountain. This meant either eight years of age, or having horns that met the...

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Starr’s South African Safari, Dispatch Two: More Hunts and an Elephant-back Excursion

July 17, 2014

Michelle, Britney, Cindy, and Andrea feeding their elephants.

Greetings from South Africa! For the past few days my “to do” list has read, “Go to Africa. Hunt. Make memories,” and I’ve been doing just that. I’m leading a group of five female hunters in the Eastern Cape with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, of which I am a co-owner along with my father Dwaine Starr and professional hunter Louis Bodill. Here are a few highlights from days four, five, and six of our hunt. Zebra Day four started with my hunting partner Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer shooting a blue wildebeest in the Fort...

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Emerald Ash Borer and Your Hunting Land

July 16, 2014

Clear evidence of emerald ash borer infestation can be seen under the bark of dead trees. The wavy lines are caused by burrowing larvae.

Like many of you, the area I deer hunt has a mix of hardwoods bordering some open ground that I’ve set up food plots in. The hardwoods have been a mix of maple and ash, with a few others mixed in. The ash trees have been around the longest and have provided the biggest, straightest trees for attaching stands to. Thanks to a pesky bug, things are changing for me this fall. A new pest was detected in Southeast Michigan back in 2002: the emerald ash borer (EAB). In its adult form, the borer is a metallic green beetle that is roughly one half-inch in length, munches on ash leaves, and is not...

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Film Festivals and the Future of Outdoor Recreation

July 16, 2014

Film festivals that include content portraying outdoorsmen and women in a positive light can have a noticeable impact on the public perception of outdoor sports. Seen here is a gathering for the Grand Teton Awards Gala for the 2013 Jackson Hole Film Festival.

Films, television, and video in general are the primary storytellers of our times, and stories are a prime force in creating and changing culture, including how people view outdoor sports and conservation. There is a definite need for more mainstream TV and films that show outdoor sports in a positive way. One way to encourage more positive stories about outdoor sports is through awards shows and film festivals that support filmmakers, as well as entertain and educate. You may think that mainstream media award shows and festivals are probably biased against hunting and fishing. Not so....

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TwistRate: A Crowdfunder for the Outdoors

July 14, 2014

TwistRate officially launched in July, and has a number of hosted projects already underway.

Thanks to the internet, it's now easier than ever for modern inventors to share their ideas with the world, but finding the right platform can be tricky. Unless you've been living under a rock, you've probably heard of crowdfunding websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. The premise is simple: put your idea on a pedestal and see how the world reacts. If you have something of merit, than you'll likely see money pour in from thousands of eager funders who want nothing more than to see you succeed---and possibly a more material reward. TwistRate is the...

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Starr’s South African Safari, Dispatch One: Nyala and Caracal

July 11, 2014

The author with her caracal. Image courtesy Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer.

Greetings from South Africa! For the past few days my “to do” list has read, “Go to Africa. Hunt. Make memories,” and I’ve been doing just that. I’m leading a group of five female hunters in the Eastern Cape with Starr & Bodill African Safaris, of which I am a co-owner along with my father Dwaine Starr and professional hunter Louis Bodill. Here are a few highlights from our hunts, so far. Nyala My hunting partner Michelle Whitney Bodenheimer and I started our first day in search of warthogs. We were located near Fort...

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L’Oréal Parts with Aspiring Model after Hunting Photo Emerges

July 11, 2014

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Axelle Despiegelaere, 17, got a taste of international fame after photographs of her at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil went viral. Cheering on the Belgian national team in her native country's colors and a horned hat during a soccer match against Russia, Despiegelaere quickly became an icon of the World Cup. According to The Independent, cosmetics and beauty giant L'Oreal took notice of the young aspiring model and...

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