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  • November 30, 2009

    Cornhusker Giant Threatens State Non-Typ Record

    By Scott Bestul

  • November 24, 2009

    Weekly Rut Report

    By Scott Bestul

    First off, apologies to readers of this blog for the absence of last week’s rut report. Due to some technical difficulties it did not get posted, and I’ve received at least one email wondering what was up. Hopefully we’re back on track now.

  • November 19, 2009

    Whitetail Deer and Deer Hunting Headlines: 11/12 - 11/19

    By Dave Hurteau

    Deer Hunter Kills College Student, Injures Two Others
    (I hate posting stories like this, folks, but the news in the news. This is a heartbreaking tragedy that could have been avoided—and it serves as a sober reminder to us all to make safety the number one priority.)

  • November 18, 2009

    200 Reasons To Get Back In Your Treestand

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you caught my last post, you know that F&S Whitetail columnist Scott Bestul and I just returned from an 8-day bowhunt in southern Iowa. We were after a 150-inch buck. There are lots of them, comparatively speaking, in The Hawkeye state. But even here, the best place to find one is at the taxidermist’s, especially with 75-degree temperatures in early November and a sea of corn still standing. So between morning and evening hunts, we dropped in on Risher Taxidermy (641-647-2648) just outside of Centerville, IA, where we found owner Monica Risher working on a ...

  • November 16, 2009

    More Details on the Sad Story of the Biggest Eight-Point Buck Ever Killed

    By Scott Bestul

    Last week, a giant whitetail was allegedly poached near the town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The buck’s antlers sported a highly symmetrical frame and is said to have green-scored 192 B&C, and netted 188”. The inside spread of 28-3/8” is mule-deer wide.

    Lou Cornicelli, the Minnesota DNR big-game coordinator, had this comment about the monster buck ...

  • November 13, 2009

    Hurteau: Help Me Score This Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    A guest post from Special Projects Editor (and Field Notes News Blogger) Dave Hurteau.

    I know. It’s not the greatest photo. But it was the best I could do from a treestand, in low light, as the buck cruised by on the heels of a doe.

    Last night I returned from an 8-day bowhunt in southern Iowa with F&S Whitetail columnist Scott Bestul. We had a mission: Kill a 150-inch buck. On November 6th, the third day of the trip, with the rut kicking in, we hung a stand in a pinch point between thick doe bedding cover along the edge of a standing corn field. That afternoon, I ...

  • November 9, 2009

    Is This Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin Buck the New World Record Typical Whitetail?

    By Scott Bestul

    A 12-point buck shot Nov. 5 in Sheboygan Falls, Wisc., will almost certainly become the new Pope & Young world record typical whitetail and has a strong shot at toppling the Milo Hansen buck from the top spot in the Boone & Crockett record book as well. The buck was taken by Michael Gregoire on his brother’s farm. It was 4 1/2 years old and grossed 217 5/8 inches typical when green-scored by an official Boone & Crockett scorer.

  • November 6, 2009

    Fining Poachers Based On Boone and Crockett Scores

    By Scott Bestul

    Wrist-slap fines for poaching have long been a problem. Serious poachers—or even casual “thrill killers”—are often willing to risk getting caught if they know retribution won’t be too bitter a pill to swallow. In response, many states have amped up the penalties for poaching or other wildlife violations, and one of the more recent ways they've done this with whitetail poachers is to use a fine-calculator based on the buck’s antler size.

  • November 4, 2009

    Weekly Rut Report

    By Scott Bestul

    First off, I appreciate everyone who took the time last week to send in reports of the rut activity (or lack thereof) in your area. It is always fascinating to me to see how sometimes-small regional variations can make a huge difference in the level of rutting behavior that hunters witness.

  • November 2, 2009

    To Pee or Not To Pee Off Your Treestand?

    By Scott Bestul

    Many years ago, when Shari and I were first dating, my wife-to-be was under the mistaken notion that I drank a 20-ounce bottle of pop every time I went hunting. Finally, I had to confess that I was not hooked on soda. The bottle was empty when I stuffed it in my backpack and, um, filled if my bladder convinced my brain we’d been in the treestand too long.