Whitetails

One tag down and a doe on the ground – but not until after an 18-hour roller-coaster ride

Right now, my work schedule is insane and doesn’t allow much time to do anything, let alone hunt. But I’ve been taking every opportunity I’ve been afforded to spend time in the deer woods. On Oct. 28, I got off work at four in the afternoon, raced home, and headed to a stand. Obviously, a late start was not ideal, but you’ve gotta hunt…

Final countdown for highly anticipated Minnesota firearms deer opener [video]

According to the Minnesota DNR, deer numbers are up following three years of conservative harvest regulations designed to rebuild the population, coupled with three relatively mild winters. The DNR anticipates the 2017 deer harvest will be in the 200,000 range, similar to the most recent 20-year average of nearly 206,000.

A beech bonanza may make for tough hunting

This encounter with an incredible supply of beech nuts was amazing.I hunted fall turkeys one day last week in Tioga County, visiting Pete Clare at his storied Turkey Trot Acres hunting lodge, where fall turkey hunting with dogs has emerged as an autumn tradition, albeit a shortened one given New York state’s fairly brief fall turkey hunting season. It was an enjoyable…

Hides-for-Habitat Program: plenty of hide drop points, habitat donation possibilities

Follow the link in the story to a map that includes drop-point locations across the state for the Hides-for-Habitat Program. It’s that time of year. Deer-hunting time. So, hunters, what to do with the hides from those harvested deer? The Minnesota Deer Hunters Association Hides-for-Habitat Program is designed to take donated deer hides provided by deer hunters and market those…

Explaining DNR’s mandatory CWD testing in central, north central, southeastern Minnesota [video]

A video (above and at mndnr.gov/cwd) explains how to get deer tested for chronic wasting disease. Testing will be required in portions of north-central, central and southeast Minnesota during the opening weekend of firearms deer season. Precautionary testing from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4, to Sunday, Nov. 5, will determine whether chronic wasting disease may have spread from…