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  • July 30, 2009

    Trail Cams: A Sure Cure For Those Post-Vacation Blues

    By Scott Bestul

    I was on vacation with my family for the better part of a week, and it is always tough to return. But last year, I figured out a trick that lets me look forward to getting back home; I stick out a bunch of trail cameras! Instead of mourning my return to work routines and house chores, I find my excitement building the closer the vehicle gets to our house.

    So after helping unload the van ...

  • July 24, 2009

    The Ultimate Portable Blind?

    By Scott Bestul

    I have profiled some unique deer blinds in this space before, but nothing quite like the model featured in the video below. I have to be honest here; there is absolutely no chance I will ever own one of these, and only the slimmest of odds that I will ever have the opportunity to hunt from one.

  • July 23, 2009

    Snowsled Deer Slaughter Case Prompts New Legislation

    By Dave Hurteau

    From Wisconsin’s WBAY ABC 2 News:

    A Waupaca County judge suspended the felony case against Nicholas Hermes, one of three men accused of running down deer with snowmobiles. . . .

    Animal mistreatment charges were dropped against brothers Robby and Rory Kuenzi after two different judges ruled the men cannot be charged with both illegal hunting and animal mistreatment.

  • July 22, 2009

    Hay, Now That's a Find!

    By Scott Bestul

    For most of us, shed-hunting season is long over. For Bill Monahan (pictured) and his family, hard-working Minnesota dairy farmers, it’s just getting interesting. Bill’s wife Lucy called a mutual friend to report a shed-hunting story that’s pretty unique. Apparently, Bill was unloading hay bales from their second hay crop this week when he  noticed a tine sticking from one of the bales. Bill dug the shed from the bale.

  • July 20, 2009

    Urban Legends

    By Scott Bestul

    One of the largest whitetail bucks I have ever seen was not running across an Iowa cornfield, or careening through a northwoods clearcut, or even languishing behind the high-fence at a petting zoo.

  • July 15, 2009

    My Engine’s Runnin’ a Little Hot

    By Scott Bestul

    I have lived in—and driven through—prime whitetail country for most of my adult life. Amazingly, I have hit only three deer with my vehicle. Actually, scratch that. Every whitetail my vehicle has made contact with has run into me. There was a Wisconsin doe that head-butted my front tire, an Iowa buck that took out my driver’s side mirror and door (I thought that one was coming into the cab with me), and a Minnesota doe that slipped on the pavement and slid into my grill.

  • July 13, 2009


    By Scott Bestul

    I have posted a few deer-vs.-predator bits in this space. But nothing like the one included in the video clip here. Granted, this has nothing to do with whitetail deer, and watching it will teach you more about snakes than their prey...but it was fascinating stuff for me, nonetheless.

  • July 10, 2009

    Tree Stands, Harleys, and the "F&S Buck"

    By Scott Bestul

    If you’re a regular on this website, you no doubt recall the “Field & Stream” buck, the video of which caused quite a sensation last summer. The buck, filmed in Buffalo County, Wisconsin, by guide Scott Kirkpatrick, was shot in early November by bowhunter Bob Decker. The monster whitetail scored 233-2/8” and ranks 8th among all Wisconsin non-typicals and is the Badger State’s top bow-killed nontypical buck.

  • July 9, 2009

    Speed Freaks?

    By Scott Bestul

    Fresh back from the 4th of July holiday weekend, I received a letter from a Mr. D. Keezer, who had taken the time to read the FS bow test, which appeared in the magazine’s July issue. Mr. Keezer noted that he’d also scanned recent advertisements from bow companies, and that these companies were posting arrow speeds significantly faster (in one case 47 feet per second) than the ones we posted in the bow test.

    Were these companies, Mr. Keezer wondered, making false advertising claims?

  • July 9, 2009

    Reaction To Fawn Beating: “Deer Are Not People”

    By Dave Hurteau

    (see Elderly Women Charged With Beating Fawn To Death coverage from our Field Notes Blog)

    From Don Surber’s blog in West Virginia’s Daily Mail:

    A little old lady killed a deer in her garden. Now people on the Internet are demanding that she be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


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