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  • June 30, 2009

    Mechanical Broadhead Debate

    By Scott Bestul

    “Mechanical” or “expandable” heads are a relative new kid on the broadhead block, but it looks like they are here to stay. I have used them—with varying results—on turkeys, but I have never launched one at a deer. Last year I vowed to shoot a doe with one in order to get some gauge of their performance, but for a long list of reasons that aren’t important, it never happened.

  • June 26, 2009

    Some Weekend Deer Humor

    By Scott Bestul

    I enjoy a good deer hunting joke, and a fellow whitetail geek sent this to me recently. I thought a weekend post would be a good chance to share some humor, and I encourage  you to reciprocate with a good deer joke of your own!

    Anyway, a 10-point buck, an 8-point buck, and a nubbin were all hanging out on a field-edge one fall evening, nibbling grass and plucking acorns off a tree.

  • June 24, 2009

    Your Thoughts on "Cross-Tagging"

    By Scott Bestul

    Deer hunters in my region of Minnesota will soon be mailed a survey asking them to consider several changes to season structure and hunting rules. Among them is the subject of “cross-tagging.” Currently, firearms deer hunters are technically allowed to tag just one buck here, but once your either-sex tag is filled, you can continue hunting and kill another buck if someone else in your hunting party puts their tag on it.

  • June 22, 2009

    On the Right Track

    By Scott Bestul

    Hunters who parent young kids (and I am one) are always seeking ways to get their offspring interested in the outdoors. It is an interesting tight-rope to walk: You want to provide opportunity and encouragement, but not push or force-feed it to them. Some kids are seemingly born with a coonskin cap on their heads (and the accompanying instincts and drive that make a great hunter), others, well…they need smaller, well-spaced doses. It is our responsibility to be sensitive enough to know when our kids are ripe for such experiences, and when they just need to play with a ball in the yard.

  • June 19, 2009

    Wolfing One Down...

    By Scott Bestul

    Last month I posted a pic of a fawn I’d found while enjoying a turkey hunting northern Wisconsin’s “big woods” region. In that post I mentioned the gauntlet of predators that young whitetail would have to run in order to survive to adulthood. Bears, bobcats, coyotes, even fishers are known to kill fawns.

  • June 18, 2009

    New Jersey Approves Crossbows For Archery Deer

    By Dave Hurteau

    From a New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife press release:

    On Tuesday, June 16, the New Jersey Fish and Game Council voted on adopting proposed amendments to the 2009 – 2012 Game Code.  . . .

    The most significant amendment adopted expands the definition of "bow" by removing the prohibition on all draw locking and draw holding devices and by including crossbows in the definition. This allows the use of crossbows in any bow and arrow hunting season and other hunting seasons for all species where the use of bow and arrow is allowed. . . .

  • June 17, 2009

    Waiting for Mugshots

    By Scott Bestul


  • June 15, 2009

    Summer Buck Battles

    By Scott Bestul

  • June 12, 2009

    The Kick is Up...And It’s Good!

    By Scott Bestul

    In my mind, trail cameras are popular because they mirror hunting itself. Sure you stick out a camera hoping to get a “shot” at a big buck, but if that’s the only thing that trips your trigger, you’re not paying attention. Last winter I had multiple pics of a cottontail rabbit that visited a mock scrape on a nightly basis, and my favorite photo of the summer was of a button buck I nicknamed “White Sox.” Sporting four perfect little white bands above his hooves, and a chalk-white circle around each eye, he was quite possibly the prettiest whitetail deer I have ever seen.

  • June 12, 2009

    Video Report: Brit Boys Stamp Baby Deer To Death

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the BBC:

    Keith Arthurs was walking his dog in Upton Country Park, near Poole, when he saw three teenage boys wearing hoods attack the fawn on Wednesday night.

    "One of them hit the fawn across his head."

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