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From Labs to wirehairs to setters, a bird dog hunting life list

From Labs to wirehairs to setters, a bird dog hunting life list

The author has hunted pheasants, grouse, and other upland game behind many incredible sporting dog breeds. He'd like to add some more.

November 2014
Hunting big bucks takes discipline

Hunting big bucks takes discipline

I am always amazed by how quickly some hunters will give it up after only a few slow days in a stand

November 2014
Illinois shotgun deer hunters hoping for fast start

Illinois shotgun deer hunters hoping for fast start

According to DNR figures, 29 percent of the firearms harvest last year took place on the opening Friday. Close behind was the Saturday harvest, which accounted for 28 percent of the harvest.

November 2014
Oh say can she see? Deer research has eye for does

Oh say can she see? Deer research has eye for does

While research of deer eyesight is hardly new, Cohen and his colleagues at the Deer Lab at the University of Georgia have spent years trying to take things a step farther, themselves.

November 2014
New Illinois DNR report: Raccoons led the fur charge

New Illinois DNR report: Raccoons led the fur charge

According to the report, trappers and hunters sold nearly 15 percent more furbearer pelts last season compared to the year before.

November 2014
Butchering Big Game

Butchering Big Game

When you do your own butchering, you know that the meat has been handled with care, and you get the cuts you prefer.

November 2014
Speak the Language: How Whitetails Communicate

Speak the Language: How Whitetails Communicate

See that buck standing at the edge of wood land cover? His head is tipped upward and his nostrils are flared.

November 2014
Rut-hunting strategies for late-season… mallards!

Rut-hunting strategies for late-season… mallards!

White-tailed deer hunting and the rut consuming your brain right now? Pause and get your fill of waterfowl, greenheads especially, before freeze-up.

November 2014
Duck hunters hope to shoot down recent past

Duck hunters hope to shoot down recent past

What they really needed was for the pleasant autumn weather to take a long, long hike – one that would not see it return until around Christmas time.

October 2014
Trappers face uncertain prices, but ‘buzz’ holds

Trappers face uncertain prices, but ‘buzz’ holds

Will roller coaster fur prices kill the buzz enjoyed by Illinois trappers?

October 2014
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