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August 19, 2023

Here are the ‘must-haves’ for public land deer hunters

If you’ve never hunted deer on public land, there are plenty of small items you’d never think to bring if you’re used to hunting on the back 40, when all of your gear is a comfortable distance away in your truck or a cabin.
These consequential pieces of gear have a nasty habit of tripping you up while you’re learning the ropes of public-land hunting. Fortunately for you, I’ve been caught without all of these items while deep into public land at some point, so now you can avoid the pain of learning these lessons the hard way.

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New background check system forthcoming in New York

Nearly a year after several provisions of Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Concealed Carry  Improvement Act took effect, one long-anticipated component of the legislation is about to be realized. 
The New York State Police recently held an informational call with stakeholders summarizing what is known at this time about the eventual roll-out of a new state-run background check system for both firearms and ammunition. The system will be overseen by the State Police who will serve as the “point of contact” and will conduct the background checks, superseding the federal NICS system. 

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Drones being used to recover wounded deer: Is that a good thing?

When legislation was passed in 2018 to allow the use of blood-tracking dogs to recover big game, the move made sense.
Despite the fact that it took 10 years for the legislation to finally pass, when it comes to recovering game, all options should be on the table. Or should they?
Is it possible that some game-recovery tactics go too far and blur the line between locating a wounded animal and simply searching for a nice buck to shoot?

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Is a field test for CWD coming soon?

Some are “definitive” tests. Others are not; these merely “fail to detect” the presence of disease. At least one assay has the potential to detect prions in environmental samples.

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Sporting clay shooters take aim during Wisconsin’s state meet

Evan Guttormson and Ben Klein didn’t know each other heading into the state sporting clays shoot, but they had at least one thing in common – they joined more than 350 other shotgunners at the Wisconsin Sporting Clay Association’s annual state meet, Aug. 2-6 – this year at J&H Game Farm near Navarino.

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Ohio’s young clay target shooters learn how they can continue shooting in college

At the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s (SCTP) National Championships held at Cardinal Center during July, student athletes from across the country had an opportunity to compete in a number of shotgun sports, including trap, skeet, sporting clays, bunker trap, and international skeet.
SCTP shooters who competed in the nationals ranged in age from Rookie (5th grade and under) through Intermediate (grades six to eight), through Junior Varsity and Varsity (grades nine to 12), to College athletes. Seeing college athletes competing at the nationals often prompts younger shooters, and their parents, to wonder how they can aspire to shoot on the collegiate level some day.

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Lobster in Chicago River? No, it was a creature much worse

If you’ve ever kayaked down the Chicago River, fished or relaxed along any of the waterways in the area, you may have encountered all sorts of creatures — an enormous snapping turtle, a stray alligator or maybe something that looks a lot like a lobster.
One listener of National Public Radio station WBEZ testified she saw something lobster-like swimming around the city. So if it wasn’t a lobster, what did the listener see? It turns out the creature the listener saw was a red swamp crayfish, and its presence in Chicago waterways is a warning sign. According to one ecologist, that particular crayfish species currently inhabiting the Chicago River is second only to Asian carp in terms of its invasiveness and potential to wreak havoc on local ecosystems. 

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