Bloggers on Hunting

Road harvest

It’s deer season and once again people are blaming hunters “chasing the deer” for the spike in vehicle/deer collisions occurring along Michigan highways and roads. ‘Taint so, of course. There are many reasons deer are more active in the fall and being chased by hunters is far down the list. In researching a few bits of data I found some…

Increase in license fees?

It’s interesting how cabinet agencies toe the line for the governor who appointed each secretary, even though some agency constituencies may have different ideas. At the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Fish and Wildlife Funding Forum held Nov. 13 in Madison, DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp heard from several sporting organizations that they think it is time for the DNR to…

Stop baiting deer on southeast’s Red tag farms – it could spread CWD

Last April when the Pennsylvania Game Commission board approved the use of baiting (on a limited basis) on Red Tag farms in several southeastern counties during deer season, I didn't like it. Hunting deer over bait isn't ethical, in my opinion, but ethics aside it's a dangerous proposition. We all know that feeding deer congregates them. Baiting is essentially feeding,…

Think Small for Rabbit Hotspots

Deer hunting didn’t become a part of my lifestyle until my teenage years were behind me, but November has always been a highly anticipated time of year for me because it marks the opening of rabbit season. Like squirrel hunting, rabbit hunting seems to have lost a great deal of market share in terms of participation since I came of…

Simplifying becoming too complicated

You’ve heard the complaints. “We don’t have any new trout anglers or deer hunters because the regulations are too complicated.  We’d need a Philadelphia lawyer to interpret them for us.” Well, guess what.  Some of us, through our favorite politician, the one we contributed heavily to during the last campaign, has helped us get a new regulation on the books…

Election’s over; deer and wolf hunts go on

That was a quick run. After gaining control of the state House and Senate in 2010, Republicans on Tuesday night lost both chambers, leaving Minnesota with Democratic rule in the House, Senate, and Governor’s office. Many of the names we’ve come to associate with outdoors and natural resources issues retained their seats, but we’ll have new chairs for the environment…

Big buck counties

Looking for a trophy buck in Minnesota this weekend? The Boone and Crockett Club yesterday sent out an email with a list of the top 125 trophy counties in the United States. The list, according to the email, is based on B&C big-game records dating to 1830. Two Minnesota counties appear on the list: St. Louis County in the northeastern…

Get "in" to hunting and get out of doors

Hunting is a sport that has been in my life since I can remember. The days of walking the fields with my trusty BB gun in my hands as my dad searched for pheasants in cornfields replay in my head constantly. Those days are long past, but the memories still live with me every day.  The memories that I made…

Seeing through binoculars

What kind of binoculars do you have in your pack?  Before talking with Trent Marsh from Hawke Optics, the only thing I was aware of was magnification. Whether glassing for the elusive white-tailed deer on public ground, or getting a closer look at an elk in Montana, there are other important elements to consider. Making sense of the numbers Consider…