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  • October 30, 2009

    Bestul: Massive Main-Frame Eight Point from Park Rapids, Minnesota

    By Scott Bestul

    Minnesota bowhunter Eric Hendrickson knew he was looking at a special deer last summer. Hendrickson is a hard-working, self-employed plumber who trades farm labor for hunting privileges on a property near his home near Park Rapids. “I saw this buck feeding in the fields several times two summers ago on the farm, and again during this past summer. I even shot video footage of him a couple of times,” Eric says. “And then he disappeared for awhile.”

  • October 29, 2009

    Wisconsin Hunters Debate 16-Day Deer Season PLUS More Whitetail Headlines

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Duluth News Tribune:
    Many of the Wisconsin residents who turned out for a public hearing Wednesday night in Ashland said they don’t want to see an end to the state’s traditional nine-day gun deer season that begins the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

    The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is proposing a 16-day gun deer season beginning two Saturdays before Thanksgiving. . . .

  • October 28, 2009

    The Weekly Rut Report

    By Scott Bestul

    Over the course of the next several weeks, I’m going to devote one post per week to report on the status of the rut in the area I’m hunting. I’ll discuss the deer behavior I’m seeing and how I interpret it, and also share some of the tactics I’m using. Hopefully you’ll chime in and use this space for the same purpose…and we can all learn from each other, as well as share some hunting tales.

  • October 26, 2009

    Ever Followed a Buck for Multiple Seasons?

    By Scott Bestul

    For many of us, the day we kill a buck marks the very first time we’ve ever seen him. I have waged a few campaigns against individual deer that lasted the better part of one season, and were sometimes marked by multiple encounters.

  • October 23, 2009

    Deer Hunting Divas

    By Scott Bestul

    The January issue of Outdoors Magazine—a periodical covering hunting and fishing in the Northeast—asks the question “Can the beautiful women we see on television really hunt, or are they just selling sex appeal?” The magazine also promises to “shine a spotlight on the steamy world of women and whitetails.”

  • October 22, 2009

    Grandma Bags Church Meeting To Bag Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    I know this is Whitetail365, but I also know you guys appreciate a good mule deer story when you see one.

    From Nevada’s The Record-Courier:

    Most hunters would agree that a 250-yard kill shot on a large, four-point buck in the high desert country of Elko County is a pretty good take, even better when the hunter turns out to be 75-year-old great-grandmother Doris Bauman.

  • October 21, 2009

    Outdoor TV Goes “Big Time”

    By Scott Bestul

    I’ll start with a confession; I have watched very little outdoor television. That’s partly design, but mostly accident. When we moved into our current home our twins were just babies; when Shari and I weren’t too darn busy tending kids, we were just too tired to tune in. So we put off ordering cable or satellite, and our rabbit ears pick up nothing but local stations, and poorly (we live in the country). By the time we had baby-raising under control (assuming that’s possible) we realized we didn’t miss television much and just never got back to it. We’ve got a tv, but it’s little more than a movie-watching tool

  • October 19, 2009

    Video: Hunter Shoots Rack to Unlock Bucks

    By Scott Bestul

    Last year, we ran a photo essay in this space provided by a South Dakota couple who separated two locked-up whitetails with a saw. This turned out to be a neat-and-tidy way of getting the job done that resulted in freed-up deer. But it was not, as many of you noted, a method that was without danger.

  • October 16, 2009

    How Does Your State Handle Youth Hunting?

    By Scott Bestul

    I was lucky enough to shoot my first buck in my first hunting season. I was 12 years old, and I remember that opening morning as clearly as—please don’t tell my wife—my wedding day. I wanted to be a deer hunter long before the state (Wisconsin) said it was legal, so a lot of anticipation preceded that hunt.

  • October 15, 2009

    90-Year-Old Woman Bags 9-Point Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    From Fox 11 News:

    The 9-point buck would have made a fine buck tale on its own. But this story is made by the woman who bagged him, 90-year-old Delores Wilhelms of the town of Forest. . . .

    "I've never seen one so big so close," she said. "I said oh my god, and you know you're supposed to be I picked up my bow, aimed it, and bingo. . . .

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