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  • October 6, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On Hunting And The Recession

    By Dave Hurteau

    Is the recession affecting your hunting season? Outdoor columnist Bill Monroe with The Oregonian recently put that question to Beaver State sportsmen and got a complicated answer. On one hand, some folks just don’t have the extra cash to spend on our sport.

    During the construction boom not long ago, cement mason Tom Thomas used to wish he had more time every fall for hunting.

    Now, during the worst recession in his lifetime, he has been lucky to work two or three days a week.

  • October 6, 2009

    Illinois Hunter Killed By Friend In Bowhunting Accident

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Evansville Courier & Press:

    Aaron J. Long, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday night. According to Wayne County Sheriff Jim Hinkle, Long had been hunting near the Sam Dale Lake State Park with several friends Thursday evening when he decided to come down from his deer stand earlier than expected.

  • October 6, 2009

    New Rules Set To Protect Yukon Caribou

    By Dave Hurteau

    From CBC News:

    The Yukon government imposed the measures, effective immediately, to curb a decline in the Porcupine caribou herd, considered the Yukon's largest herd. Government wildlife officials estimate the herd to have between 90,000 and 100,000 animals, which is only half the size it was 20 years ago.

  • October 5, 2009

    The Magic Heeling Stick

    By David DiBenedetto

    When it comes to Heel, Pritch is a poor student. She’d rather follow her nose than my knee any day of the week. As usual, the fault probably lies in my delivery of the lesson but recently, thanks to a tip from a local trainer, I found a homemade device that has made a huge difference.

  • October 5, 2009

    Deer Candy: Phil Bourjaily's Favorite Venison Jerky Recipe

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Mostly, I like my venison cooked so rare that it’s scary to look at on the plate. I do like beanless deer chili and the occasional pot roast, but mostly, the simpler the recipe and the bloodier the meat, the better venison tastes. In fact, I have a lot to say about those who ruin perfectly good deer meat by grinding it into salami, deer sticks and breakfast sausage.
    Time for me to come clean about my own guilty venison pleasure. Technically, what my son John and I make is jerky, but we call it “deer candy.”

  • October 5, 2009

    Another Early Season Giant!

    By Scott Bestul

    Editor's Note: Check out the full story of this huge buck in our photo gallery.

    It’s impossible to ignore the whitetail rut, but here is yet another reason to focus on early season when you know there’s a monster buck in the area. I don’t know much detail about this buck, other than it was shot in southeastern Kansas by a young man named Parker Madl and the green non-typical score is rumored to be in the 230” neighborhood. That’s a very good neighborhood indeed!

  • October 5, 2009

    Discussion Topic: On The Supreme Court And Hunting Videos

    By Dave Hurteau

    Do you realize that there is a federal law that prohibits the sale or possession for commercial gain of material that depicts living animals being "intentionally maimed, mutilated, tortured, wounded, or killed"? Sound familiar? Sound like your favorite hunting video or TV show? Of course, hunters worthy of the name never intentionally maim, mutilate, torture, or wound. But we do intentionally kill, and more and more often these days it’s done on video for commercial gain.

    So what gives?

  • October 5, 2009

    5-Year-Old Shoots Potential-Record 800-Pound Gator

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Houston Chronicle:

    There are hunters who go a lifetime dreaming of that big kill. Then there's Simon Hughes, who helped nab a beast of an animal on an East Texas hunt — while still in the first grade. The 5-year-old boy from Goodrich was part of a hunting crew that recently killed an 800-pound, 12-foot-6-inch alligator that has wildlife experts shaking their heads.

  • October 5, 2009

    Illinois To Host Coonhound World Championship

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Chicago Tribune:

    Illinois has landed the Professional Kennel Club's world coonhound championships, a 10-day event that had been held in Kentucky for nearly two decades.

    While residents of Salem, Ill., prepare for the arrival of nearly 2,000 of the nation's best hounds later this month, business owners in Kentucky still are chafing that they lost an event with an economic impact of up to $3.5 million. . . .

     

  • October 2, 2009

    Who's Your Dog Training Hero?

    By David DiBenedetto

    When I hit the dog-training wall… When I’m sure that I’ve ruined pup… I always find myself looking for guidance and support from talented amateurs and pros. Close to home I rely on my older brother and a handful of established pros like Pam Kadlec of Just Ducky Kennels. I bounce my problems off these folks, and they give me honest appraisals and solutions.