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  • September 30, 2009

    The Gift Buck: Scott Bestul Tags Huge Bow Season Whitetail in Minnesota

    By Scott Bestul

    There is an old—and very truthful—saying that goes something like “a deer hunter is only as good as his ground.” I’d like to add a corollary to that maxim: “A hunter is only as good as his friends.”

  • September 25, 2009

    Recent Monster Bucks From Wisconsin

    By Scott Bestul

    Two winters ago in this space a reader told me I had “an Iowa fetish” after I’d posted several photos of Hawkeye State bucks. Well its time to spread the love (or psychosis, depending on your view) a little.

    I’ve already profiled two great Wisconsin bucks this week, and now I've got some more. I can’t help it that huge buck pics from the Badger State keep landing in my inbox, and I also can’t stop my neighbors to the East from tagging behemoths with a frequency that borders on the startling. I’m just a conduit, folks…

    Click here or on the photo to see more giant Wisconsin bucks

  • September 24, 2009

    Wisconsin Bowhunter Bags 30-Point “Lucky Buck”

    By Dave Hurteau

    In case you missed it on Scott Bestul’s blog, here is the hottest story in deer hunting so far this fall—with video.

    From the Post Crescent:

    A large crowd gathered Monday afternoon in front of Dutch's Trading Post as sportsmen and passers-by admired "Lucky Buck" — an elusive 30-point whitetail buck taken by bow Sunday night west of Fond du Lac.

  • September 23, 2009

    Wisconsin Buck Could Threaten State Non-Typ Record

    By Scott Bestul

    Badger State bowhunters have gotten off to a blistering start since their September 19th archery opener, shooting some whopper bucks. But its unlikely many will top the giant shot by Wayne Schumacher last weekend. Schumacher was hunting in Fond du Lac county when he arrowed a buck with 30 scoreable points. The antlers sported a 20-1/2” inside spread and the buck field dressed at 225 pounds.

  • September 22, 2009

    Kindergarten Teacher Takes First Buck with Bow

    By Scott Bestul

    Sue Falkner enjoyed her first season of bowhunting only last year. The Mondovi, Wisconsin, kindergarten teacher was introduced to the sport by her boyfriend, Kyle Stay. “I shot my first doe, but fell in love with the sport,” she says. “I just love being out there, watching animals and relaxing. It’s so peaceful!”

  • September 17, 2009

    Anti-Deer-Hunting Billboard Goes Up in Kansas City

    By Dave Hurteau

    From KCTV 5 News:

    Opponents of a plan to allow some people to shoot deer in Shawnee Mission Park are upping their efforts to prevent the killings. . . [by posting] a billboard in downtown Kansas City, Mo., . . . [that] reads, "Don't let your tax dollars become blood money. . . ."

  • September 11, 2009

    Big Kentucky Velvet Buck!

    By Scott Bestul

    Well it’s gonna be tough to top the New Mexico mulie that we got to ogle the other day, but this photo proves that the early stages of the ’09 season aren’t just for Western deer.

  • September 10, 2009

    New Mexico Gives Up Giant Mule Deer

    By Scott Bestul

    I’m always envious of Western hunters, primarily because—in most cases—they get to start earlier than the rest of us! I adore mulie and elk hunts for a number of reasons, but near the top of the list is that I only have to wait ‘til late August or early September to venture to that gorgeous country.

  • September 8, 2009

    How Is Your Fall Shaping Up?

    By Scott Bestul

    This morning, I sent my kids off to school, their first day of 5th grade. That event alone is the most dramatic sign that summer is over and fall has begun...the one transformation I can witness without ever leaving the house.

  • September 4, 2009

    Earn $5 a Doe in Illinois

    By Scott Bestul

    With whitetail populations booming in many areas, game agencies have used various methods to encourage a robust harvest of does. In my region, antlerless tags are usually abundant and relatively inexpensive. Across the river in Wisconsin, the DNR had for years used an Earn-A-Buck rule that required a hunter to kill and register a doe before receiving a “buck sticker” that allowed him to tag an antlered animal.

    These two examples—which illustrate the alternatives of “encouragement” vs. “requirement”—each have their fans, and one can debate which approach is the most effective. But the Jasper County (IL) Farm Bureau is trying a different approach to encourage bowhunters to shoot more does this fall; financial reward.

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