Bloggers on Hunting

Dead deer tally tops 2,000

We knew an updated count of dead deer in the state would likely top 1,000. But we never expected it to eclipse twice that. DNR today announced results of monitoring deer deaths attributed to Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD).  As of Sept. 30, there were 2,043 deer reported as probable EHD deaths, with reports from 76 counties.  The highest numbers were…

Worried about increasing prevalence of EHD in deer

For years hunters have expressed concern that the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s deer management program has reduced numbers to dangerously low levels in some areas of the state. While I agree this has happened in some instances, I can’t help but wonder if there is a greater threat on the horizon for Pennsylvania’s deer herd. This threat isn’t the result of…

Elk meetings set

The DNR is asking sportsmen for their thoughts on the state’s elk management plan and the possible of expansion of the Clam Lake herd – and the creation of a new elk herd in Jackson County – with transplant animals from Kentucky. The DNR has scheduled five public comment sessions for early October. The meeting dates and locations are: •…

11-year-old kills her first bear

Then I was 11 years-old I remember being thrilled at just seeing my dad, Phil, shoot a deer as I sat next to him. I can’t imagine the rush of pulling the trigger on a 285-pound bear at that age – especially one that just about knocked my tree stand over. But that’s what 11-year-old Grace Gladem, of Portage, did…

Are You Ready for Some Hunting?

As I write this, there are nine days and counting until archery season opens. Like they seem to every year, August and September have dragged on while we dream of fall winds that will send cooler temps our way. Last year was hectic — to say the least — for me, and to be honest, hunting season sneaked up on…

2012 Montana archery elk/mule deer hunting journal notes

OK folks, filing this one from somewhere within striking distance of Bob’s Bar, Motel, Restaurant, Laundromat, Gas Station, Shower Outlet and Wi-Fi Station in Neihart, Montana. I’m here with Bill McCutchin, of Boulder Junction, his son, Rick, of Wrightstown, and his nephew, Derek McCutchin, of Randolf. These are just notes that I’ve typed up at the end of each day of…

On the hunt

It’s on! Sept. 15 has traditionally marked the beginning of fall hunting seasons for a lot of Michigan hunters. Sure elk season opened late last month for a select few who won the elk lottery. Bear hunting season started on Sept. 10 for several  thousand hunters who were successful in that lottery and the early goose seasons have pretty much …

The hunter migration has begun

Many of my fellow outdoorsmen and women are emerging from their summer lairs and heading into the pre-deer season woods. The mission is obvious: do some pre-season scouting and get those tree stands up. The shorter days, cooler temperatures and the overall feel of fall have each of us a little —  in my case, a lot — geared up…

Archery in Montana

It's noon on my first day of archery deer and elk hunting in the Little Belt Mountains of Montana. The Little Belts are in the Lewis and Clark National Forest. I'm able to file this blog today thanks to the good graces of Tony and Sherry Juntunen, who own Bob's Bar, Dining and Motel in Neihart, Mont. Don't ask me…

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days Are Here Again

Southern Illinois Hunting and Fishing Days celebrates its 25th anniversary on the campus of John A. Logan College in Carterville this month, and while I’m a relative newcomer compared to many of the faithful attendees from the past quarter-century, planning another weekend at the expo still feels like something of a homecoming.                     The event takes place on Sept. 22-23…

Really, it’s amazing CWD hasn’t been discovered here

I could sense the despair in Dr. Walt Cottrell's voice. As the wildlife veterinarian for the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Cottrell has seen virtually every malady that can strike any species in the state. He's seen it all… almost. The Game Commission has launched a media campaign, if you will, to raise awareness of the risk of chronic wasting disease and…

Wisconsin's state turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp winners announced

New stamps for turkey, pheasant and waterfowl hunters were selected on Aug. 25 and will be issued to hunters during the 2013 hunting seasons. Winning the wild turkey contest, with a painting of an early morning gobbler ready to depart from a tree branch was Craig Fairbert, of Ladysmith.  Fairbert is no stranger to winning wildlife stamp contests as he…

Take the family to the woods – and thin out the squirrel population at the same time

A few weeks ago, squirrel season opened in Illinois. As a bowhunter in the Prairie State, these cute, bushy-tailed, little critters morph into my arch-nemeses come Oct. 1. They have an annoying way of tampering with even the most in tune sense of audio as they manipulate the forest floor into continuously sounding like a sauntering whitetail approaching a shooting…

Deer hunters in northern Wisconsin will now be able to shoot coyotes during the firearm deer season this fall.

Thanks to persistent efforts of the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation, in particular Ralph Fritsch, past president and current Wildlife Committee chair, the Natural Resources Board voted unanimously Aug. 8 to open the coyote hunting season during the gun deer season in wolf management zone one. The season had been closed because wolves were added to the Wisconsin and Federal Endangered Species…