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  • August 28, 2009

    All Public-Land Deer Hunting DVDs

    By Scott Bestul

    I’ve been watching hunting videos for a couple of decades now and, for the most part, I consider myself a fan. While I won’t burn any hunting/outdoor (or other quality) time on watching other people hunt on TV, I’m happy to watch videos in the rare moments when I have nothing else going. And like many of you, I have my favorites; shows where the videography is great, the whitetails are pretty and the hunters portrayed seem like pleasant-enough individuals.

  • August 28, 2009

    “Mr. Buck” Poacher Claims Self-Defense, Then Pleads Guilty

    By Dave Hurteau

    Yesterday, 27-year-old Brandon Eugene Gregory pleaded guilty to entering a Houston wildlife sanctuary and beheading a tame deer known as “Mr. Buck.” He did not originally claim full responsibility, however.

    From the Houston Press’ Hair Balls blog:

    Brandon Eugene Gregory [originally] claimed that the beheading was done in self-defense after Mr. Buck attacked him

  • August 27, 2009

    What's Your Dream Buck Look Like?

    By Scott Bestul

    I think I’ve confessed my fondness for mulies in this space before. I have hunted them several times with my bow, and once with a muzzleloader. I was able to take a nice Montana buck with the smokepole, but the archery mulie has somehow eluded me. Someday, I hope, the cosmic tumblers will click and I’ll be able to kneel by a gorgeous bow-killed mule deer. In the meantime, I’ll enjoy the anticipation and dreaming.

  • August 24, 2009

    Hello Kitty: Bobcat Takes Down Deer

    By Scott Bestul

    We’ve discussed whitetail predation in this space before, but much of that talk has focused on the major players; wolves, mountain lions, coyotes, and bears. As the photo below illustrates, bobcats can also play a role in controlling deer numbers.

  • August 21, 2009

    Giant Sioux Falls Buck is Back and Bigger Than Ever

    By Scott Bestul

    I’ve made several posts regarding the huge non-typical whitetail living within the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, city limits shown below. Well the buck continues to not only live, but thrive.For an update on how he looks wearing his ’09 antlers, check out this video.

  • August 20, 2009

    The Price of Fine Trail Cam Shots

    By Scott Bestul

    I have been messing with a variety of trail cameras this summer. This field-testing involves several makes/models from different price ranges, mainly so I can make reasonably intelligent commentary about what you can expect for your money. It has been an interesting project….and it gets me out in the woods and fields!

  • August 20, 2009

    Bimbo, The Canadian Pet Deer

    By Dave Hurteau

    Um, I’m going to just post the story now. . . .

    From the Canwest News Service:

    Janet Schwartz thinks of Bimbo as her baby. A baby that happens to be a five-year-old deer.

    But the provincial Environment Ministry says the Ucluelet woman can't legally keep wildlife as a pet, and is asking Schwartz to release the doe back into the wild -- or to an animal-rehabilitation centre.

  • August 19, 2009

    Whitetail Are Tougher Than You Think

    By Scott Bestul

    Whitetails are tougher animals than most of us give them credit for. I have butchered enough deer to know that not all seemingly-deadly wounds from broadheads and bullets are fatal. Assuming infection doesn’t set in and ravage the buck (or doe) internally, a whitetail can take a lot of abuse and still recover.

  • August 14, 2009

    Alleged Father-and-Son Poachers Charged With Killing 26-Point Giant

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    Charged with misdemeanors in the incident are 45-year-old Wayne Nisiewicz and his 24-year-old son Anthony Nisiewicz, both of rural Horicon. Holmes says the son told wardens that he legally shot big buck with a bow and arrow but investigators believe the arrow wound was inflicted after the buck had died.

  • August 12, 2009

    Sharp-Dressed Man?

    By Scott Bestul

    One of my hunting buddies has a t-shirt that has always amused me. “There’s a place for all God’s creatures,” it proclaims in bold print, with various game animals silk-screened nearby. Then, in slightly-smaller script, the punch line: “Right next to the potatoes and gravy.”

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