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Big Game Hunting

  • October 29, 2013

    B&C Ranks Top Trophy Big-Game States: Wisconsin Tops the List

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    By Scott Bestul

    Home to the Packers, the Badgers, and more beer and cheese than is healthy for anyone, Wisconsin is  also cementing its reputation as Trophy Central in the Boone & Crockett record books. B&C's latest big-game awards book recognizes trophies taken across North America from 2010 to 2012, and Wisconsin leads all destinations with 412 trophy animals listed for the period. Second place goes to Alaska, with 221 entries.

    This is fascinating stuff for whitetail hunters, largely because those Wisconsin entries are comprised of only two big-game species; deer and black bear. The next five states/provinces, in order, are Alaska, British Columbia, Wyoming, and Colorado, all home to multiple species of big game. Wisconsin's closest competition in the whitetail arena is Ohio (6th place, 144 entries) and Kentucky (7th place, 139 entries).

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  • October 29, 2013

    ABC Calls Humane Society A 'Conservation Group' In Black Rhino Tag Auction Story

    By Phil Bourjaily


    CC image from Wikipedia

    The Dallas Safari Club plans to auction off a permit to hunt one of the world's last 5000 black rhinos. The hunt will take place in Namibia. The club estimates the tag will raise somewhere between a quarter of a million to a million dollars which will go into a conservation trust fund to help save the black rhino.

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  • October 28, 2013

    Montana Road Trip: Big Elk In Big Sky

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    By David Draper

    For the ultimate trophy trip, go after a Montana bull.

    For any road trip, it's good to have a detailed plan. But it's equally important to leave a little room for luck. Even the best-laid plans are prone to going off track now and then, but a willingness to go with the flow just might lead to the biggest bull of your life, as it did for me on what was supposed to be a backcountry elk hunt in Montana.

    Road Trip Checklist: Days required; 7-10: Necessary Paperwork: Combination license ($809); elk permit for draw unit ($9): Must-Have Gear: Bear spray; Before You Go: Get into "elk shape" by hiking local hills, carrying a loaded pack; Last-Resort Guide: Montana Hunting Co.


    Photos by Tom Fowlks

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  • October 28, 2013

    Seattle Teen Paralyzed After Elk-hunting Accident

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    By Ben Romans

    A Seattle, Washington teen elk hunting with friends on October 18, 2013 was paralyzed when a rope tied to a truck and pulling an elk they harvested snapped, recoiled and struck him in the back of the neck.

    Seattle NBC affiliate KING reports that Kevin Wayne Jr., 17, was flown to Harborview Medical Center for treatment but is unable to talk or feel anything from the chest down. Doctors say it's likely he'll never walk again.

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  • October 28, 2013

    12-Year-Old Bags Maine Moose

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    By Phil Bourjaily

    Too many kids start hunting now by sitting in blinds and killing turkeys, or sitting in shooting houses and killing deer (sometimes even two trophy bucks in a day), and you wonder if they ever learn what hunting is really about. In that light it's refreshing to read the story of David Kidd IV, who comes from a line of moose hunters named David.

    After drawing a Maine moose tag, passing hunter safety and learning to shoot and use a compass, Kidd and his father went hunting. They slept under the stars, scouted for two days, hiked and hunted hard for two days, got wet and cold and had one close call. Finally, on the next day he got very lucky when his father spotted a large bull after five minutes into their drive – and being lucky is part of hunting, too.

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  • October 25, 2013

    Damn! Elk are Tough, Part 1

    By Dave Hurteau

    After one of my last posts, 365-regular and fellow Bangorian Douglas asked about my recent elk hunt. I've been meaning to blog about this, but you now how things go this time of year.

    Anyway, it was great. I hunted at Elkhorn Oufitters's high-country camp near Craig, Colorado. It was a rare September rifle hunt, during which some fellow writers and I tested, among other things, Mossberg's new MVP Predator 7.62 NATO.

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  • October 25, 2013

    609-Pound Black Bear May Be New South Carolina Record

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    By Ben Romans

    In the last hours of shooting light on October 21st, 2013, South Carolina hunter Heath Smith made a 170 yard shot on a 609-pound black bear. The current state record is 594 pounds.

    Smith told The State that while he thought the bear might be a big one he'd seen on trail cameras, he didn't know just how big it was until he approached it for the first time.

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  • October 22, 2013

    What's Worse: Screwing Up Bad or Screwing Up Stupid?

    By Dave Hurteau

    Last night, I missed one of the better bucks I’ve seen from a New York bow stand — a nice, clean 10-pointer at least 3-1/2 years old. Few bucks around here live to see their second set of antlers, so the fact that he was a little shy of the Pope and Young Club makes him no less a dandy.
     
    I’d made an aggressive move. With deer entering this small field from odd directions, I had been hunting it pretty conservatively. But yesterday afternoon I decided to move my stand to where most of the deer had been coming out and take a chance that any others might catch my wind. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    Dad Reports Son For Poaching Alligator With Machete

    By Ben Romans

    On Oct. 11, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers arrested 19-year-old Corey Hardie for illegally killing an American alligator after receiving a tip from the man’s father.
     
    According to this story in the Sun Sentinel, Hardie texted a photo of the gator to his father, Tim, in early August. The elder Hardie didn’t like what he saw and emailed the image to the commission. When officers confronted Corey on Sept. 30 and read him his rights, he allegedly blamed a 27-year-old "friend," but the story proved false after officers listened in on a phone call where Hardie admitted he “hacked” the gator with a machete. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    Hunters Rescue Elk Calf From Muddy Wallow

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    By Ben Romans

    A recent post on Elk Tracks, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s blog, recounts the story of two archery hunters in central Idaho that were scouting a series of high-mountain wallows and watering holes last September when they discovered a calf stuck in the mud.
     
    Jeff McConnell and Brant Hoover were hunting outside McCall, Idaho, working through a series of mountain meadows and mud holes. At the sixth wallow, they jumped a bull and a few cows, but one cow seemed reluctant to leave. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    A Bull And A Buck In Wolf Country

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    By Jeff Holmes

    Bill Williams of Lewiston, Idaho, hunts a portion of the storied Clearwater River Country that has been less popular with hunters over the last several years because of the presence of wolf packs and resulting shifts in deer and elk populations and behaviors. Late last week, amidst fewer competing hunters than normal – both human and canine – Williams took this bull elk in the morning and dropped this big, mature whitetail in the evening.
     
    “A lot of people won’t even hunt here anymore,” said Williams of his favorite spot in the mountains of north central Idaho, a state that is perhaps home to the best whitetail opportunities anywhere in the West. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    Study Shows More Hunters Are In It For The Meat

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    By David Draper

    Although it shouldn’t come as a surprise to readers of this blog, a recent study by Responsive Management has put numbers to the motivations behind hunting—and meat came out on top. The study, which was released last Wednesday, asked Americans ages 18 and older about their most important reason for hunting in the prior year. Of those polled, 35 percent selected “for the meat” as the most important reason for their recent hunting participation, a 13 percent uptick from a similar survey conducted in 2006 when just 22 percent of hunters said “for the meat” was their biggest reason for going afield.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 21, 2013

    Three Decoy Tactics For Hunting Bears With Bows

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    By Bill Vaznis

    Trophy boars are smarter than your average bear. But even the savviest old bruin has a few chinks in his armor. Using a decoy is an exciting way to exploit them. Even weary old black bears will come in spoiling for a fight. Here are three strategies for drawing a dominant, hungry bruin into bow range. [ Read Full Post ]

  • October 16, 2013

    Take a Senior Hunting

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Monday I had the pleasure of playing dove guide to an older gentleman. Our mutual friend Springerman3 suggested I offer to take him out since he, Springerman, would be off in Wisconsin hunting grouse. Keith has permission to hunt a cornfield full of doves and I had a feeling my good deed might be rewarded if I said yes. We met at the field Monday. Keith is 78 and his knees don’t work as well as they used to. While he stays active he told me he hadn’t done any wingshooting since he gave up pheasant hunting 15 years ago. I ferried him out to a bale of corn stalks we could use as a blind, set up some decoys, then drove the truck back to the road and walked in to join him. Keith turned out to be excellent company in the field and we had a very pleasant afternoon. I spotted doves for him, hung out, visited, shot a few birds myself, then went and got the truck and drove it back out to pick him up at quitting time. [ Read Full Post ]

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