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Big Game Hunting

  • January 11, 2012

    Lessons Learned and Soliciting Queries for SHOT Show 2012

    By David E. Petzal

    This past year was an unusually active one for me. I dragged my rotting carcass across both oceans and to a number of states, and took 11 head of big game, with big game being defined as a wild swine or larger.

    Looking over the whole business, a number of things stand out. The longest shot I took was at an elk. It was 160 yards. The two shortest--at a red stag and a mule deer--were around 30 yards. The average for everything was 80 yards. None of this is long-range shooting, and leads me to wonder, where are all these 500-yard shots everyone is obsessing about? During the whole season, one person I was afield with took a long shot--400 yards--at an elk, hit it and was unable to find it. In the real world, at least from my experience, things still happen well inside 200 yards. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 11, 2012

    Cougar Season Coming to Nebraska?

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    --Chad Love

    Field & Stream’s Wild Chef extraordinaire, David Draper, has blogged about some pretty non-mainstream fare in the past, but might we soon be seeing him top that by whipping up a home-state batch of...cougar steaks? Maybe, if the state of Nebraska decides to open a mountain lion season. Mmmmm, tasty cougar...
 

    From this story on omaha.com

    Nebraska’s wildlife agency wants its ducks in a row in case it needs to declare open season on mountain lions. A bill introduced Tuesday in the Nebraska Legislature would allow the Game and Parks Commission to set a season and sell permits to hunt the state’s largest wild predator. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 9, 2012

    Missouri Mountain Lion Released Back into the Wild

    By Chad Love

    A mountain lion trapped earlier this week in Missouri was released after state biologists confirmed it was a wild lion.

    From this story on kctv5.com:
    A mountain lion caught in a trap in Southeast Missouri on Wednesday has been safely returned to the wild. The Missouri Department of Conservation reported that a private citizen in Reynolds County trapped the 122-lb. male mountain lion after the cat entered a large, cage-type live trap that the man set on Mark Twain National Forest land. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 9, 2012

    Scientists Find More Evidence in Lake Huron Pointing to Prehistoric Hunting Culture

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    By Chad Love

    Scientists have discovered what might be a "Lost World" of prehistoric caribou hunting culture on the bottom of Lake Huron.

    From this story in the Montreal Gazette:
    The recovery of a mysterious wooden pole at the bottom of Lake Huron is fuelling excitement among U.S. and Canadian researchers that they have found more evidence of a "lost world" of North American caribou hunters from nearly 10,000 years ago. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 6, 2012

    KS May Nix Hunting and Fishing License Exemption for Seniors

    By Chad Love

    In an age of reduced funding sources, declining hunter participation, and increases in the average age of hunters, can cash-strapped state wildlife agencies afford to continue offering exemptions to hunting and fishing licenses? That's the issue facing Kansas as its wildlife department prepares to ask the state legislature to eliminate the state's senior citizen exemption for hunting and fishing licenses.

    From this story in the Wichita Eagle:
    Kansas senior citizens could be required to buy hunting and fishing licenses after this year. For decades, residents 65 and over have been exempt from the annual permits that currently sell for about $18 each. Chris Tymeson of the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Commission said Thursday that the agency will ask the Legislature to remove the exemption. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 6, 2012

    Food Fight Friday: Elk Strap vs. Pheasant Marsala

    By David Draper

    Elk Strap vs. Pheasant Marsala

    If your New Year’s resolutions include going on a diet, you might want to avert your eyes as this week’s Food Fight is guaranteed to get your stomach growling. I’m putting one of my favorite pheasant dishes up against Wild Chef reader Chris Johnson’s stunning elk strap. I have a pretty good feeling Johnson is going to run away with this one, but maybe you readers will surprise me with a win. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 5, 2012

    NY Woman Sues Dog Breeder Over Genetic Abnormalities

    By Chad Love

    Does your dog have a soul? And if you answered yes, should you be able to sue an unscrupulous breeder for your dog's pain and suffering caused by genetic defects?

    These are just a few of the interesting questions being raised by a lawsuit now making its way through the New York legal system. This lawsuit seeks to reclassify dogs as "living souls" so their breeders can be held accountable for any pain and suffering the dog endures from genetic defects (A big hat tip to Patrick Burns at the always provocative and entertaining Terrierman's Daily Dose dog blog for the find).
 

    From this story on cbsnews.com:

    When Elena Zakharova took home her 2-month-old female Brussels Griffon from the Raising Rover pet store in Manhattan, she was excited about the new addition to her family. But, according to the New York Daily News, just a few months later in July 2011, the dog began whimpering and limping in pain. Now, her owner says despite expensive surgery, she will never run or walk like other dogs. Zakharova is claiming that the pet store sold her a dog with genetic abnormalities that could have been avoided if the pup were not bred from other dogs with disabilities. She is suing the business in a New York small claims court for the pain and suffering of the now year-old dog, which she named Umka.

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  • January 5, 2012

    Deer Dogs With Pea Soup Sauce

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    By Editors

    The secret is to keep the recipes simple and cook with what you have, while enjoying each moment. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 4, 2012

    Food Fight: Breakfast Burrito vs. Hash

    By David Draper

    As much as I love the freelance lifestyle, the one negative effect it has is on my waistline, much of which I attribute to the proximity of my desk to the fridge. While it is nice to have all-day access to a kitchen, it’s sometimes too easy to overeat. And much of what I overeat comes in the form of some type of breakfast dish. (Whether or not it’s before noon, doesn’t matter. Another benefit of freelancing.) Here are two simple favorites, one that has ridden a wave of popularity recently, while the other remains a humble standard served at late-night diners across the country. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 4, 2012

    South Dakota Ranch Hand May Get Ticket for Shooting Mountain Lion

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    By Chad Love

    Authorities in South Dakota are debating whether to let a ranch hand keep a mountain lion he shot out of a tree, or ticket him for it.  

    From this story on therepublic.com:  

    South Dakota wildlife officials are deciding whether a Harding County ranch hand can keep a mountain lion he killed while working on another rancher's land, in a complicated case that has the president of the state Wildlife Federation wondering if the shooter should actually get a ticket. Shannon Secrest of Buffalo told wildlife officers he discovered the lion in a tree last November when his dogs began barking. He shot and killed it, and reported the incident to the state Game, Fish and Parks Department. Secrest now wants to mount the big cat for display, but officials are trying to iron out several matters in the complicated case including whether Secrest properly killed the cat out of season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 29, 2011

    Special NJ Nighttime Coyote Hunt Starts Next Monday

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    By Chad Love

    Hot on the heels of New jersey's contentious, litigious and largely successful bear season comes the Garden State's first special nighttime coyote hunt.

    From this story on newjerseynewsroom.com:

    First it was the black bears, now it’s coyotes. Beginning next Monday, New Jersey will permit hunters to shoot the wolves on the spot for a special hunting season. The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife estimates more than five thousand coyotes are running wild around in the Garden State. Biologist Andrew Burnett says they usually prey on rodents and rabbits, but can easily attack small pets, alarming many residents and pet owners.
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  • December 28, 2011

    A Project for 2012

    By David E. Petzal

    A little while back I spent an hour at the range helping a friend of mine mount a scope and get a rifle sighted in for his young son. Everything worked, and dad took the boy to Pennsylvania to hunt deer. As it turned out, they didn’t get one, but the father was nice enough to send me a photo of the kid in his stand, and the expression of joy on his face is unmistakable. I e-mailed my friend that whether or not his son goes on to be a serious hunter, that deer hunt will be pure gold for the rest of the boy’s life.

    Small contributions like this can make a very big difference. If you are a hunter/shooter with some experience, there is a beginning hunter/shooter out there who can use your help. These are not easy sports to break into; there is an immense amount to learn. Questions lead to other questions, and the number of people who have the answers is shrinking. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 27, 2011

    Recipe: Hoppin’ John with Venison Sausage

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    By David Draper



    When I was very young, all my mom’s family would gather at my grandparent’s house on New Year’s Eve for a big food-related feast. Each year would feature food from a different country, such as Chinese one year or Mexican the next. (Chinese and Mexican were about as foreign as you could get in western Nebraska in the mid-1970s.) I don’t remember much from those meals, other than gorging on fortune cookies, which I still love today.

    The extended Richards clan isn’t alone in instituting some type of New Year’s food tradition. Many of the most popular ones are symbolic of peoples’ hopes for economic growth and progress in the coming year. Some folks eat only pork, because pigs root forward, versus poultry, which scratch backwards. Other foods are featured for their resemblance to money, such as greens and cabbage, or beans which are said to represent coins. [ Read Full Post ]

  • December 23, 2011

    Gray Wolf Hunting and Trapping Season Expected in Minnesota

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    --Chad Love

    Could Minnesota hunters get the chance to hunt wolves next season? It's starting to look that way.

    From this story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

    A wolf hunting and trapping season could begin in Minnesota as soon as next fall, following Wednesday’s news that the state’s gray wolves will be removed from the federal government’s threatened species list and management returned to the state within 30 days. But details of a wolf season have yet to be worked out, Department of Natural Resources officials said Wednesday.“We’re considering a season that would involve both hunting and trapping,’’ said Ed Boggess, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division director. “It could be in effect this fall; it may take longer.’’  [ Read Full Post ]

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