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  • April 18, 2014

    Bowhunters Help Reduce Car-Deer Collisions Outside Cincinnati

    By Ben Romans

    The number of auto accidents stemming from deer collisions outside of Cincinnati is declining, and residents have bowhunters to thank.

    Indian Hill Rangers Police Chief Chuck Schlie told the Cincinnati Enquirer that drivers reported just eight collisions in 2013—down from 44 in 1997—and he credits a tightly monitored, archery-only deer hunting program for the decline.

  • April 10, 2014

    NY Suburb's Deer Birth Control Program Gets Slow Start

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Organizers of a whitetail birth control program in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, admit the effort is off to a slow start, citing heavy snow, regulations, and “the unpredictability of the animals.” Workers from the Humane Society of the United States had hoped to catch 40 to 50 does and inject them with a birth control drug, but they have only caught eight after a month, The Associated Press reports.

    The contraceptive program, designed by Allen Rutberg, director of the Center for Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University, is said to be the first attempt to control a free-roaming deer population in a suburban area. “Free roaming” is the key word, unfortunately for the HSUS workers trying to capture deer. Heavy snow in the park the deer ordinarily call home drove the animals into the shelter of back yards, forcing workers to go door to door asking permission to capture deer.

  • April 8, 2014

    Are UFOs Scouting for Deer?

    By Ben Romans

    There’s something mysterious in the Mississippi sky watching the deer on Rainer and Edith Shattles’ land — or is there? That’s the question the couple is asking after a series of images captured by a trail camera on their property in the Cumbest Bluff area in Jackson County show mysterious lights appearing and disappearing above unsuspecting whitetails.
     
    “We have unusual things happen around here that happen, but it’s usually associated with our grandchildren. But this case, we didn’t know what it was,” Edith said. “I was looking for a nice buck to be showing up on the trail camera actually.”

  • March 25, 2014

    Video: Off-Duty Policeman Frees Deer Stuck on Fence

    By Ben Romans

    An Attleboro, Mass., family rescued a whitetail deer that wedged its hind legs between the slats of a backyard fence, pinning its chest and head to the ground.
     
    Grant Kelley, 7, said the encounter started Saturday when Dixie, the family dog, wouldn’t stop barking in the backyard. He went outside and immediately noticed something on the fence.

  • March 18, 2014

    Awesome Deer Stand Photos From Wisconsin

    By Ben Romans


    Photo by Jason Vaughn

    Photographer Jason Vaughn didn’t grow up with much hunting experience. So when he moved to Wisconsin and saw deer blinds in rural for the first time, he was captivated by their beauty and wanted to learn more about them. That interest has transformed into his “Hide” series, a project chronicling the setting and history behind Wisconsin’s hunting tradition, Slate.com reports.
     
    Vaughn would drive around the state looking for blinds to photograph. During the process of seeking permission from the owner, he’d usually learn something unique about a stand’s construction or history — many are handmade and passed down among family generations.

  • March 7, 2014

    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Opens More Refuges to Hunting and Fishing

    By David Draper

    Earlier this week, America’s sportsmen and women got permission from Uncle Sam to hunt and fish on thousands of additional acres of public land. According to a recent press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 26 National Wildlife Refuges will either be opened up to hunting and fishing for the first time or have opportunities expanded. Currently, regulated hunting is allowed on more the 335 wildlife refuges, while anglers can fish on more than 271 different complexes within the National Wildlife Refuge system.

  • March 7, 2014

    Is GQ Magazine's 'Learn to Kill in Seven Days or Less' Good for Hunting?

    By Kristyn Brady

    In the March 2014 issue of GQ, city-bred writer Rosencrans Baldwin tells the story of his first hunt, for Montana big game, under the tutelage of his foul-mouthed country-bred Uncle Cy. As a new hunter myself, Baldwin’s narrative "Learn to Kill in Seven Days or Less" is alternately relatable (“the thought of actually killing something this morning has my stomach in a boil”) and cringe-worthy (“I reach for my beer and accidentally point the loaded rifle at Cy's stomach.”)

  • February 19, 2014

    Kansas Buck Survives 2 Months With Severed Head Locked in its Antlers

    By Phil Bourjaily

    A wildlife management class on a coyote trapping trip in Kansas caught and rescued a buck that had been carrying the head of another buck locked in its antlers for months, outdoorhub.com reports. The class instructor, Luke Laha of Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas, had seen the deer two months earlier with the antlers, head and spine of another buck stuck in its antlers. Scavengers had eaten the rest of the dead deer.

  • February 14, 2014

    Food Fight Friday: Leftovers Edition

    By David Draper

    It’s no secret that I’m a fan of leftovers. In several past Wild Chef posts I’ve touted the value of them. I especially appreciate it when last night’s dinner becomes today’s lunch in a whole new form. This week’s Food Fight honors upcycling wild ingredients into dishes that could easily find a home on a diner’s lunch menu. And don’t forget, we would love to feature your fish or wild game dish here, so snap a photo, write up a short description and send them to fswildchef@gmail.com.

  • February 12, 2014

    Bad Bill: Oklahoma's 12-Point Antler Restriction Causes Hunters to Freak Out

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Let a 10-pointer walk? That would have been the law if an incorrectly worded bill had passed the Oklahoma Legislature.

    Representative Colby Schwartz of Yukon, Okla., a deer hunter himself, introduced legislation that would have limited adult Oklahoma hunters to only taking deer with more than six antler points. As his bill was written, however, the proposed antler restriction would have been six points on a side.

    Angry deer hunters made their feelings abundantly clear with calls and e-mails. Some seemed to believe the proposal was a back-door measure to curtail hunting.

    "My e-mail is a little out of control," said Caitlin Harwell, Schwartz's legislative assistant. "We are by no means trying to take away the sport of hunting and keep people from hunting in any way."

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