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  • November 16, 2009

    Chad Love: Trail Cams in the Classroom

    By Chad Love

    Trail cameras are, for hunters, becoming so ubiquitous that we often don't think about their potential for other uses. I certainly never did until my son said he wanted one for Christmas, not for hunting, but to record all the various wildlife that travels through our rural back yard.
    I thought it was a great idea, and in the broader context I thought it had real potential to get kids interested in the outdoors. But as I was perusing the excellent Southern Rockies Nature Blog recently I discovered a link to a teacher who had already figured that out.

  • November 16, 2009

    More Details on the Sad Story of the Biggest Eight-Point Buck Ever Killed

    By Scott Bestul

    Last week, a giant whitetail was allegedly poached near the town of Cannon Falls, Minnesota. The buck’s antlers sported a highly symmetrical frame and is said to have green-scored 192 B&C, and netted 188”. The inside spread of 28-3/8” is mule-deer wide.

    Lou Cornicelli, the Minnesota DNR big-game coordinator, had this comment about the monster buck ...

  • November 16, 2009

    Discussion Topic: Tim Pawlenty Under Gun Over Wounded Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Minnesota AP News:
    Gov. Tim Pawlenty shot a buck during the Governor's Deer Opener [on November 7], but he and his hunting companions were unable to find the wounded animal. . . .

    "We gave her the old college try two days in a row," said Mark Johnson, executive director of the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association and an organizer of Pawlenty's annual outing. . . .

    [T]he governor was unable to keep up the search because he had to leave for Iowa . . . [to speak] at a Republican Party fundraiser. . . Saturday night.

    Johnson said the rest of the hunting party — 10 people with close to 200 years of cumulative hunting experience among them — went looking for the governor's deer but determined that it wasn't all that seriously hurt.

    This report broke while I was away bowhunting in Iowa—but like the governor’s buck, the story is still kicking, with the potential GOP presidential candidate taking heat from nonhunters and hunters alike. For example, from the Star Tribune:

  • November 16, 2009

    11-Year-Old Idaho Boy Shoots Problem Bear Off Front Porch

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Teton Valley News
    An 11-year-old boy killed a bear at point-blank range last Wednesday night after it wouldn’t leave his family’s porch. The boy was at home with his younger sisters and after seeing the bear on the front porch and not being able to get it to leave, the boy retrieved a gun and killed the animal.

    Fish and Game Conservation Officer Doug Peterson said the black bear had been a problem in the area. . . .

  • November 13, 2009

    Hurteau: Help Me Score This Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    A guest post from Special Projects Editor (and Field Notes News Blogger) Dave Hurteau.

    I know. It’s not the greatest photo. But it was the best I could do from a treestand, in low light, as the buck cruised by on the heels of a doe.

    Last night I returned from an 8-day bowhunt in southern Iowa with F&S Whitetail columnist Scott Bestul. We had a mission: Kill a 150-inch buck. On November 6th, the third day of the trip, with the rut kicking in, we hung a stand in a pinch point between thick doe bedding cover along the edge of a standing corn field. That afternoon, I ...

  • November 13, 2009

    Chad Love: Best Tasting Ducks

    By Chad Love

    OK, waterfowl hunters, here's a question for you: if you had a chance to hand over one of your ducks to a world-class chef and have him turn it into a meal fit for the most discriminating of gourmands, what species of duck would you choose?
    Believe it or not, this isn't a hypothetical question, at least for California duck hunters.
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. – With fall duck hunting season about to take flight, Sacramento’s own Grange Restaurant & Bar is giving area hunters the chance to bring their (dearly departed) feathered friends into the restaurant and pay respects in delicious style as part of an exclusive four-course meal prepared by acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Tuohy. As the ducks make their fall pilgrimages across ...

  • November 13, 2009

    Petzal: Winchester's Wonderful Model 71

    By David E. Petzal

    Last week, while rooting through the used guns in a sporting-goods store upstate, I chanced upon a Winchester Model 71 in very nice shape. “That rifle,” said the store owner, "belonged to Floyd Patterson.” Patterson, who died in 2006, was heavyweight boxing champion from 1956 to 1962. He was one of the best men, and one of the worst fighters, ever to hold that title. In any event, he had fine taste in guns.

    The Model 71 was a modification of Winchester’s Model 1886, which has my nomination as the finest rifle ever built in America. Technically, the 71 was ...

  • November 13, 2009

    On Squirrel Collaboration and Wasted Meat

    By Mike Toth

    A guest post from Executive Editor Mike Toth.

    Most of us well know the inverse relationship between hunters collaborating on a squirrel and the squirrel itself. That is, the more the hunters collaborate, the less squirrel there is when the shooting is over. This rule was made abundantly clear earlier this week when Senior Editor Colin Kearns and I went after bushytails on a Wildlife Management Area in central New Jersey.

    Jersey is a shotgun-only state (with exceptions for muzzleloader), and my favorite squirrel load is ...

  • November 13, 2009

    New Hampshire Hunter Ends Maine Amber Alert

    By Dave Hurteau

    From AOL News:
    A 2-year-old girl whose temporary abduction sparked an Amber Alert in Maine on Monday is now safe at home again -- thanks to a passing hunter. . . .

    On Tuesday afternoon, said WMUR/News 9, a hunter named Michael Grant was tramping through a wooded area not far from Milton, N.H., when he saw a familiar truck. Grant recognized both the make and license plate from television news reports. . . .

  • November 13, 2009

    Montana Hunter Lost for Two Weeks Found Alive in Big Horn Mountains

    By Dave Hurteau

    From the Billings Gazette:
    Lost in the Big Horn Mountains, presumed dead by family and friends and hallucinating because of too much wind and too little food, Travis McMahan, stumbling up a creek, found a dead fish.

    “It looked all rotten,” he said. . . . “I cut its head off and skinned its back,” he said of the fish. “And there was good meat in there, so I ate it.”