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  • January 30, 2012

    Deer Rifle Vs. TV: What Show Would You Shoot?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last week the Muskegon Chronicle added to the anecdotal evidence that the venerable .30-30 Winchester--despite it’s long track record--is in fact a little underpowered for use on modern television sets.

    According to the article, a 66-year-old man from Oceana County allegedly fired a .30-30 deer rifle at his television Monday night. The television, however, was still functioning when police arrived. It's unknown what show the man was watching. And, you’ll be shocked to learn, he was intoxicated. Now, I know that none of you would ever get drunk and shoot your television set with a deer rifle, but if you did…

  • January 26, 2012

    Post-Season Bachelor Party

    By Scott Bestul

    The deer season has been closed here in Minnesota for about a month, but I can’t keep from snooping around the timber, even if it’s just for a 10-minute walk. It was on such a jaunt last week that I discovered the unmistakable sign of a buck working some scrapes. So I ran back to the house, grabbed a trail camera and mounted it so it overlooked the pawing in the snow.

  • January 23, 2012

    Poll Question: Do You Use Lead-Free Ammo for Deer?

    by Scott Bestul

    The latest headline in the ongoing lead-vs.-lead-free debate comes from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, which last week reported that veterinarians at the University of Minnesota Raptor Center expressed frustration at what they describe as the continuing toll that lead bullets wreak on eagles and other raptors. Vets at the Raptor Center say that 17 eagles were brought to them with lead poisoning last year alone, down slightly from a 25- to 30-bird average. Most of these eagles, vets contend, ingested lead while feeding on hunter-killed deer carcasses. Lead-poisoned eagles can become blind, too weak to fly, and/or suffer internal damage and seizures.

    Some hunters are getting on the lead-free train. Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, says that education is the key to reducing the number of lead bullets that hunters use in their rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders. “As time goes on,” Johnson says, “More and more deer hunters will start using nontoxic bullets, and that will be good for the eagles.”  (VOTE BELOW)

  • January 20, 2012

    Wyoming Game and Fish Department Lobbies for Deer Baiting Bill

    By Scott Bestul

    As a rule, deer biologists tend to hate baiting. But in a likely unprecedented move by a state game agency, the Wyoming Game & Fish Department is asking the state legislature to help them legalize baiting in the state. According to this AP story, biologists are struggling so mightily to control whitetail populations that they’re looking to add another strategy to their toolbox.

    It’s important to note that in this case, officials intend to limit the use of bait to urban areas or other deer-control hotspots. Their hope is to be able to lure deer to spots where the animals would be more vulnerable to harvest, and to areas where shooting is safer. No plans seem to be in the works to legalize baiting on a broad basis at this time.

  • January 19, 2012

    Why Whitetail Food Plots Work Better Than Bait

    By Scott Bestul

    It’s time to plow under the clover-plot-equals-corn-pile argument. Of the many fresh debates germinated by modern whitetail management, none has proved faster growing or hardier than food plots vs. bait, in which one side insists that planting plots to attract and kill deer is no different from luring them to a mound of carrots or sugar beets. This may sound perfectly sensible…until you soil-test the dirt from which the logic grows.

    Food plots are very different from baiting—and better for the health of the deer herd as well as for hunting. And while it’s true that a small plot of lush clover in the middle of otherwise barren woods may be no different from a pile of corn in terms of fair-chase principles, food-plot planting and management provides a long list of tangible and intangible benefits. Here are the main ones.

  • January 12, 2012

    Trivia Question: What Bow Did Bo Duke Shoot?

    By Dave Hurteau

    We all have our embarrassing secrets. I’ll spare you mine, for the most part. But for the purposes of this blog, I will admit to one: As much as I would like to trace my interest in archery to the likes of Hill, Bear, Pope, or Young, the truth is that the real greats were all before my time. No, being a product of the television generation (an embarrassing admission itself), my initial fascination with archery was sparked by the exploding arrows of—cringe—Bo and Luke Duke.

  • January 11, 2012

    Vibration and Hand Shock from Compound Bows in Super Slow Motion

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you saw David Maccar’s recent post “High-Speed Video: .308 vs. Soup Can”  (if you didn’t you should) then you know that we recently had the use of some spectacularly sophisticated high-speed cameras.

    For this video, we wanted to see something that is normally only felt: hand shock and vibration from a bow. At 19,300 frames per second, two things jump out at me:

  • January 9, 2012

    The Latest in Whitetail News

    By Dave Hurteau

    Today’s roundup leads with three particularly provocative stories.

    First, from the Iowa City Gazette, a Cedar Rapids deer hunter’s experience with a lead-poisoned eagle changes his opinion on lead-free ammo. Would it affect yours?

    Second, from the Boston Herald, a hunting accident raises a pair of legal questions: Should Massachusetts’s law (a) require hunters to gain permission before hunting private property, and (b) clearly identify their target before shooting. What do you think?

  • January 6, 2012

    Deer Antlers Key to Curing Osteoporosis?

    by Scott Bestul

    Whitetail nuts aren’t the only ones fascinated by deer antlers these days. Spanish researchers digging into the causes of osteoporosis feel deer antlers can provide a clue to the cause of the degenerative bone disease that afflicts millions, particularly older women. This recent news release summarizes the work of researchers at the University of Castilla-La Mancha (UCLM), who studied an outbreak of antler breakage among deer in 2005.

    Traditionally, osteoporosis has been linked to a calcium deficiency in the sufferer, but when scientists studied weak-antlered deer they found the animals were lacking in manganese, a mineral considered essential to calcium absorption. Apparently the winter of ’05 was intensely cold, which caused plants to reduce their normal concentrations of manganese. The deficiency was passed right on to the deer that fed on the plants, and led to the outbreak of broken antlers.

  • January 5, 2012

    Poll: Where Do You Aim at a Broadside Buck?

    By Dave Hurteau

    You are carrying a gun (centerfire rifle, muzzleloader, shotgun) loaded to fire a projectile plenty large and powerful enough to stop any whitetail (.270, .50 caliber, 12-gauge slug). All else being equal, where would you aim at this broadside buck?

    A. Neck (Green)

    B. Shoulder (Red)

    C. Behind the shoulder crease (Blue)

    D. Other (Black)

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