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  • November 15, 2013

    Poachers Beware: RoboDeer Is Waiting

    By Colin Kearns


    Photo by Florida Fish and Wildlife

    This poaching sting by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission is almost diabolical in its brilliance.
       
    A robotic “faux deer” was positioned on the side of a road in an area that was closed to hunting. Apparently, it was just too tempting of a target for a hunter from Myakka City, Fla., to pass down. From the Miami Herald:

    FWC officers reportedly saw [Brett Russel] Thompson about 8:15 a.m. when he spotted the deer replica and got out of his vehicle.

    "He crossed a ditch and walked up toward the fence carrying a rifle," the report stated. "He placed the rifle on the fence to steady himself and shot at the replica."

  • November 8, 2013

    Now THIS Is Our Kind Of License Plate

    By The Editors

    Good luck in the woods this weekend!

    Thanks to Facebook fan Jeff Scott for sending us the photo.

  • November 8, 2013

    Garrison Keillor vs Minnesota Deer Season

    By Phil Bourjaily

    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.

    Finding stage hands was tough. Harder still was finding a deer hunter for Keillor to interview.

  • November 8, 2013

    Buck Rescue Video: Wisconsin DNR Saves 9-Point Trapped In A Basement

    By Nate Matthews

    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."

  • November 7, 2013

    A Hunting Q&A With Country Music's Tyler Farr

    By Ben Romans

    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.

  • November 7, 2013

    Friday Night Deer Fight

    By Ben Romans

    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.

  • November 7, 2013

    West Virginia National Forest Parcel Closed Due To Helicopter Logging

    By Phil Bourjaily

    The U.S. Forest Service and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is closing a parcel of the Monongahela National Forest during a helicopter logging operation for safety reasons. The decision comes shortly after a recent case when a deer hunter had to jump from his stand to avoid the blades of a tree-trimming helicopter hired by Duke Power in Indiana, an incident which remains under internal investigation.

    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.

  • November 1, 2013

    Charging Buck Was Rescued From A Grisly Death 

    By Ben Romans

    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.

  • October 25, 2013

    Wal-Mart Deer Hunter Gets Probation

    By Phil Bourjaily

    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.

  • October 17, 2013

    A Bobcat Ate My Gutpile

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Facebook fan Kyle Douglass sent us this clip, saying "I captured 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?"