By not considering the environmental dynamic, a superior buck, and his DNA, could be eliminated.
Pair of conservation police officers helped make the Mighty Mississippi a safer place on this day.
Last year, the DNR implemented changes to hunter safety requirements that I’m absolutely not okay with. In fact, in my opinion, they’re downright irresponsible and could lead to tragic consequences. Now, it appears that more modifications are coming soon, and like last year’s, I don’t see them as a positive thing.
When it comes to the growth cycle and outcome of an individual buck’s antler formation, the most crucial and overlooked element, by far, is the role of the doe.
Probably the two biggest misconceptions about culling to improve antler genetics are the “spike” debate and environmental influences.
Basically, it boils down to costs vs. benefits, and how the variances in this ratio affect buck movements during the breeding season in countless ways. But it doesn’t end there, as we’re well aware of how buck activity comes to life around the end of October.
While much attention is paid to growing big bucks, it all begins with doe health, and spring food plots that include self-regenerating perennials.
Spring and perennial food plots can have a giant impact on doe and fawn health during the crucial periods of gestation and lactation.
Turkey or no turkey, time spent in the field with Dad a memory that will last a lifetime.
Oftentimes, a deer believed to be an antlered female is actually not a female at all, or may be part female. Or, the animal could possibly be a buck with serious reproductive problems — just a few of many possible explanations.
What I like most about CDAC is that assessments and recommendations are determined according to each individual county’s specific deer season goals.
Perhaps a Wisconsin County Deer Advisory Council meeting will provide some clarity into how other states take initiative to include public insight into the policy-making process of any given deer season.
From a hunter’s perspective, weather sure messes with turkey season, especially for those of us with kiddos who look forward to youth season.
Yes, posting was of a cougar, but it wasn’t spotted here, as was falsely claimed.
Why drain our camera batteries, max out memory cards, and waste time deleting pointless pictures if all that’s needed is to flip that trigger-delay-switch over to 10-minutes?
More hunters needed to step up and become certified to teach the hunter safety classes.
All things considered, the naturally occurring physiological and biological reduction in metabolic rate greatly increases the chance that a deer is to live to see the reprieve of springtime.
Don’t be cheap or cut corners when you are buying hunting equipment.
Last fall, a doe with some type of growth on her brisket-area, began showing up on one of our trail cameras.
A quick browse through the “Cuffs and Collars” page in each issue of Illinois Outdoor News reveals that there are plenty of hunters in the state who could probably use a lesson on ethics.
The Illinois deer season ended Sunday (Jan. 15) with a total of 53,677 deer taken, down from the 2015 archery harvest of 56,740
The Illinois deer season wraps up Sunday, and although harvest numbers are expected to be a bit down compared to last season, the end is a good time to reflect not only on success but on hunter attitude
DNR managers say the cost of tracking and monitoring CWD is worth it as the state has been able to keep the deer disease at bay compared to neighboring states
Conservation Police Officers are busy year round
A preview of the look at daily duties of Illinois CPOs
Upon learning that a wolf survey, courtesy of Illinois Natural History Survey and DNR was being circulated, I thought, “great, just what we all need…