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May 19, 2023

Buck beds: Why some seem to matter more than others

Bucks with a few years of age on them seem to almost never bed randomly, which makes locating their beds pretty predictable. You’ll find beds in some terrains where the buck using it seems almost unkillable. Hill-country bedding comes to mind, where they often bed based on wind direction to use both sight and smell to their advantage.
Finding this bed felt different. The buck was using it so frequently because it contained the best cover in an area where habitat diversity was otherwise limited. Really pinpointing bedding areas like this has helped me put together detailed plans that have paid off in past seasons. 

St. Croix Rods Customer Appreciation Day, 75th anniversary celebration set for June 17

St. Croix Rod is inviting anglers to join one another in celebration of fishing – as well as St. Croix’s 75th anniversary – at its 2023 Customer Appreciation Day, scheduled for Saturday, June 17 at the St. Croix Factory in Park Falls, Wis.
The unique event will include fun opportunities to learn about the rod-building process, informative fishing seminars from St. Croix pros, casting classes, a free brat lunch, special 75th anniversary prize drawings, and special deals on St. Croix rods and apparel and other items.

Iowa plays its part in nationwide Pheasants Forever success

To pheasant hunters and wildlife enthusiasts, there is nothing more beautiful than native grassland habitat, alive with a myriad of different wildlife populations.

That was the vision of a small group of outdoor enthusiasts, who in 1982, created an organization named Pheasants Forever (PF). It gained the reputation as the “habitat organization” and for good reason. Iowa is certainly a strong state when it comes to PF. There are 100 local PF chapters, two Quail Forever chapters and two student PF chapters within Iowa’s 99 counties.

Michigan Natural Resources Commission eyes whitetail regulation changes

Michigan hunting regulations are set on a three-year cycle, and 2023 marks the year for deer regulations to be discussed, changed, or tweaked. 
The DNR Wildlife Division is proposing several changes to current deer regulations, and one of the state’s natural resources commissioners has added several amendments he hopes to push through as well. Antler point restrictions, and season dates are up for discussion.

Pennsylvania study shows many more of state’s elk calves die than previously thought

A three-year study that was recently completed shows that elk calves in Pennsylvania survive at a much lower rate than previously thought. This new discovery likely will affect future elk management decisions.
The research was the work of former elk biologist aide Avery Corondi, now in a master’s degree program at Penn State. It was done in cooperation with and fully funded by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Ohio’s wild turkey kill is up as spring season nears its end

As turkey season is winding down around Ohio, harvest numbers compared to last year are witnessing a bit of an uptick.
Harvest numbers supplied by the ODNR Division of Wildlife (DOW) through May 14 showed Ohio’s cadre of hunters had killed 14,279 birds. That compares to the 10,734 turkeys harvested during the same time period in 2022. The three-year average for that time frame is 13,353.

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