Garrison Keillor of the “Prairie Home Companion” brings his tales of Lake Woebegon, “where where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average” to Bemidji, Minne., on the weekend when all the women, men and children of Bemidji go deer hunting. Nov. 9 is the opening day of Minnesota’s gun season, which made finding stage hands for the show a challenge, since so many Bemidjians plan to spend the weekend hunting. The city, one of many towns claiming to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan, lies near the headwaters of the Mississippi in the north woods, where the deer opener is as important as Thanksgiving.
Check out this video from WLUK-TV Fox 11, shot near Green Bay by construction worker Tom Treml. Treml and his co-worker, Matt Bukowiec, found the buck trapped on Monday morning when they arrived to continue work on a house they were building.
"We got out of the truck and instantly heard some rumbling in the basement," said Bukowiec. "We figured it had to be some kind of animal."
Tyler Farr's introduction to country music happened the summer he turned 16 when his stepfather—a guitar player for the legendary George Jones—took him on the road with the band. From then on, Farr committed himself to becoming a country music songwriter and performer.
These days, he's seeing his dream come true. He's written songs for a slew of other country artists, and his most recent single, Redneck Crazy, peaked at #2 on Billboard's country chart and is nominated for the American Country Award's New Artist Single of the Year.
Last Friday, Michael Scott of Nanaimo, British Columbia filmed two bucks fighting in his driveway (and through his neighborhood) and posted the footage on YouTube.
Scott told Global News he just arrived home and saw two deer walking down his street, eyeing each other and posturing for a fight—likely contending for the affections of a doe hiding in the bushes nearby. One buck raked a bush with its antlers, and when the other motioned to do the same, the battle began.
The logging begins just three weeks before the opening of West Virginia’s buck season, and the timing has upset some local hunters. Many others, however, are pleased to see active timber management taking place on the forest.
On Wednesday we found a two-minute video on Live Leak showing two men from Oklahoma using smartphones to shoot a whitetail buck at extreme close range. The clip went viral, generating lots of negative comments from hunters who thought that the men were simply too close to the buck. But it was only an excerpt from a larger video (below), one that paints a different story of the encounter.
Arcangelo "Angelo" Bianco, Jr. paid a total of $1,080 in fines, received six months probation, and performed 20 hours of community service for violations committed last year on opening day of Pennsylvania's buck season.
According to The Tribune-Review, Bianco was in the parking lot of the Indiana, Pa., Wal-Mart on the afternoon Nov. 26, 2012, when he spotted a deer, drove his pickup at high speed in reverse to get close to it, opened fire with a handgun and continued shooting at the deer as it crossed a highway and fell in a residential backyard. Bianco then loaded the deer into his pickup and drove away. There were eyewitnesses in the crowded parking lot and security cameras also captured footage of the incident.
Facebook fan Kyle Douglass sent us this clip, saying "Icaptured this video in northern Idaho of a bobcat eating my deer after I had cleaned it. I'm not much of a cat person but it was the strangest thing having this bobcat hang around me for a couple hours while I cleaned my deer. I was wondering if you would like to share the video for me?"
In efforts to protect California condors living the in the Zion Unit of southern Utah, deer hunters are urged to use non-toxic, lead-free ammunition, or, if they shoot lead, to clean up the gutpiles that may contain lead fragments that can poison the large carrion eaters. As reported by the St. George News, this year the voluntary Non-Lead Ammunition program run by the Utah DWR and the Peregrine Fund includes a twist: hunters who use lead-free bullets are entered into a drawing with some nice prizes: a four-wheeler and five hunting rifles will be given away.
Hunters who prefer to shoot lead bullets can enter, too. All they have to do is bring their gutpiles with them to the check station. It's a much different approach than California's lead ban in their condor zone.