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  • May 28, 2010

    Bestul: Hunting Clothes that Mask Your Heartbeat

    By Scott Bestul

    Deer hunters have long debated the existence of a 6th sense in whitetails. You can paint the scene as well as I can. A buck approaches your stand from upwind. You make no movement, create no sounds, yet for seemingly inexplicable reasons, the buck suddenly gets goosey and blows out of there. What the heck happened?

    The folks at Human Energy Concealment Systems (HECS) say they know; it’s the Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR) produced by the hunter. According to HECS, “It’s a scientific fact that every time our heart beats or our body moves, we give off EMR. Scientific research has also proven that animals and humans can detect EMR, particularly when it becomes more intense, or spikes, as is the case when our heart beats faster at the sight or close proximity of game.”

  • May 27, 2010

    Hurteau: Whitetail Headlines of the Week

  • May 25, 2010

    Hurteau: Buck-Scoring Contest Tie-Breaker

    By Dave Hurteau

    In case any of you missed it, last Friday I announced a two-way tie in the buck-scoring contest. MB915 and jlove51wl were each only 3/8 of an inch off the actual total gross score of our four original bucks. Each has no doubt spent every waking hour since then honing their buck-scoring skills—not to mention sweating bullets—and now each is poised to take home a brand new Bear Attack bow.

  • May 21, 2010

    Hurteau: A Tie In The Buck-Scoring Contest

    By Dave Hurteau

    Wow. Very impressive people. Out of roughly 200 guesses, almost 40 of you—a whopping 20 percent—came within 5 inches of the actual total gross B&C scores of our four bucks. And two of you—the closest guessers—were each just 3/8 of an inch off. So let’s break down the bucks:

    My buck (buck 1) grosses 136 1/8. When I arrowed this deer, everybody who saw it guessed it at around 140. And why not, its spread is over 19 inches and the longest tine is a little more than 11. But ain’t quite as big as it looks, which goes to show how tough it is to top 140 with an 8 pointer. (Not that I’m complaining. He’s just fine the way he is.)

  • May 20, 2010

    Hurteau: Hunting For Permission

    By Dave Hurteau

  • May 19, 2010

    Hurteau: When Is Composting Baiting?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Have you noticed the sudden composting craze among Wisconsin deer hunters. No, not yet? Well it can’t be far off. Before the summer is over, hunters all across The Badger State will be heard saying, “Yeah, I’m really into composting. I’ve got six, seven piles. It’s so, you know…responsible…and everything. . ..”

    From Fox News:

  • May 17, 2010

    Bestul: Scent Lok Found Guilty of False Advertising

    By Scott Bestul


    One of the outdoor industry’s heavy hitters took a big counter-punch last Thursday. That’s when U.S District Court Judge Richard Kyle issued a “summary judgement” that found ALS Enterprises, maker of the popular carbon-based “Scent Lok” hunting clothing, liable for false or deceptive advertising. Also named in the suit were Cabela’s Wholesale, Cabela’s Inc., and Gander Mountain Company, companies that either sold Scent Lok products or were licensees who used Scent Lok patents to make and market their own clothing.

    [See a story update here]

  • May 17, 2010

    Hurteau: Buck Scoring Contest, Final Round!

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay then, who wants a new bow? Who wants a brand-spanking new Bear Attack? The friendly folks at Bear Archery will send it right to your doorstep. All you have to do is take a close look at this fine-looking buck taken by F&S Deputy Editor Jay Cassell (continuing the theme of F&S Bucks) and guess it’s gross B&C score. Then add it to your guesses for the first three bucks (linked below), and post your grand total in the comment section of this post. Remember, fractionals count.

  • May 13, 2010

    Shoot Me Down: Camouflage Is Overrated For Deer Hunting

    By Dave Hurteau

    Camo is overrated for deer according to our own ENO (pictured below), winner of the previous “Shoot Me Down,” whose research and use of an outside source impressed me enough to offer him the coveted prize of doing my job for me, as a guest blogger. Put another way, ENO is my guest. So, as I’ve said before, be nice. Disagree, certainly. Nail him to the wall if you must. But be nice about it.

  • May 12, 2010

    Hurteau: The Other Side of the Michigan Bait-Ban Case

    By Dave Hurteau

    In April, I posted a link on the Field Notes blog reporting that Michigan District Court Judge Patricia Morse ruled the Lower Penninsula’s deer-baiting ban "unconstitutionally vague” in tossing out a case in which one Ken Borton faced misdemeanor charges levied by the DNR because, according to the Lansing State Journal, his backyard bird feeder was attracting deer.

    In your comments, several of you suggested that the DNR was overstepping, but MLH offered this:

    [The Bortons] have a very popular website where people can view, night and day, all types of wildlife that come to their feeders. Turkey, deer, and bears show up. You could count on seeing deer at the feeder almost every night. Even though they aren't baiting the deer for hunting, this setup pretty much counters the intent of the DNR to keep deer from eating in a confined space and potentially spreading disease.

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