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Deer Hunting

  • January 28, 2011

    QDMA Founder Named “Conservationist of the Year”

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    By Scott Bestul

    Joe Hamilton, founder of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), has been named Budweiser’s “Conservationist of the Year” beating out three other finalists for the prestigious honor. Hamilton accepted the award during the Golden Moose Awards ceremony, held during the 2011 SHOT Show in Las Vegas.

    I met Joe two years ago at a QDMA function, and the man is simply a class act. Among the most respected biologists in the country, Hamilton has spent his over 40 years studying wildlife and is an expert on many species, from amphibians to black bears. He’s among a handful of living biologists who has received a Career Achievement Award from The Wildlife Society, an association of professional biologists and researchers. Joe has also worked with other groups, such as Ducks Unlimited and The Nature Conservancy, to create conservation easements and expand hunting opportunity. But you’d never guess at his pedigree if you met this modest, friendly man on the street. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 28, 2011

    Food Photo Friday: Venison Pastrami on Rye

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    By David Draper

    On Wednesday, I wrote about my great venison pastrami experiment. Today I'm showing you what I did with it: pastrami on rye with provolone and a good yellow mustard. Served with a side of pickled green beans. Now that’s a lunch.

    Keep those food photos coming. You can send them fswildchef@gmail.com and we’ll post the best ones here. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 28, 2011

    When Getting Married, Having Children, etc...Remember to Consider Season Start Dates

    By Phil Bourjaily

    Today is my 27th wedding anniversary. Having married a wonderful woman who has put up with the decidedly non-glamourous life of a freelance writer –- inconsistent paychecks, dog hair and pheasant feathers in the house, my travel schedule -- I wouldn’t change a thing, except maybe our wedding date. Most of our hunting seasons are over by late January but every once in a while my anniversary does get in the way of something I’d like to do outdoors with a gun.

    Not only that, my younger son’s birthday falls on November 20, right in the heart of duck and pheasant seasons. It’s not that I don’t want to celebrate family milestones, it’s just that I wish they didn’t take place during hunting season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 27, 2011

    Illegal Hunting Uncovered From Maine to Pennsylvania

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    By David Maccar

    --Dave Maccar

    A four-month investigation launched by a tip to the Maine Warden Service in the summer of 2010 lead to the execution of five search warrants this week targeting illegal hunting activities as far south as Pennsylvania.

    The warrants, executed in a joint effort by the Maine Warden Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the federal Fish and Wildlife Service, lead to the seizure of firearms, bows, arrows, ammo, venison, antlers and other items.

    According to this story from examiner.com, four people were arrested and face various charges:
    A four month long investigation lead to five search warrants being executed Monday, January 24th. The target of these searches… evidence into illegal hunting activities. The Maine Warden Service received a tip during the 2010 summer that individuals had killed a large number of deer above the legal bag limit. This prompted an investigation that confirmed these accusations. Information was gathered through December 2010 that not only uncovered illegal hunting in the state of Maine, but these same poachers carried their activities into the state of Pennsylvania as well. A joint investigation between the Maine Warden Service, the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service led to the execution of search warrants on Monday. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 26, 2011

    Do You Live in fear of a CWD Zone?

    By Scott Bestul

    I do. Because today the Minnesota DNR announced that lab tests confirmed that a doe killed by a bowhunter last fall has tested positive for the disease. Here’s the story, released this morning by the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

    The CWD-positive deer was shot near the town of Pine Island, about 50 miles from my home. Interestingly, there was a large captive elk herd in the same area that had to be destroyed a couple a couple of years ago, after (you guessed it) CWD was discovered during random testing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 26, 2011

    Recipe: Venison Pastrami

    By David Draper

    by David Draper

    I was talking with Whitetails 365 columnist Dave Hurteau the other day, and we got on the subject of cured venison. Dave is a big pastrami fan and he wondered if you couldn’t make a venison version. I’ve done plenty of corned venison and corned goose breasts, which is just a side step from pastrami. Instead of brining the meat, I opted for a dry cure, followed by a coriander-black pepper rub and a few hours of smoke. While maybe not Katz’s Deli quality, the resulting venison pastrami was delicious. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 25, 2011

    Caption Contest Winner Announced!

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    First, in case you missed it during the flurry of Shot Show posts last week, we want your opinion on the State of the Whitetail Union. Click here to tell us what you think are the best and worst aspects of today’s deer hunting. Now to the caption contest.

    This time to choose the finalists I wrote all 356 captions on individual slips of paper, stuffed them into the pockets of my dirtiest pants, and did a laundry. Here are the ones that came out intact and still legible:

    "New from Summit! The worlds most effective treestand anti theft device! Never loose another treestand to theft! (Summit is not responsible for accidental maulings)" –oki515

    “Burp....” –Happy Miles

    “Excuse me sir, do you have your hunting license? Umm, on second thought, you look legal.” –Booner Chaser [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 24, 2011

    Vermont Rejects Proposed October Antlerless Deer Season

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    By David Maccar

    Despite a recommendation from state biologists, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board rejected a proposed four-day muzzleloader season for antlerless deer to be held in October.

    Though this story states that Gov. Peter Shumlin said having hunters in the woods during leaf-peeping season wasn’t a factor in his decision, he didn’t offer a clear reason for being against the hunt.

    From this story on WCAX.com:
    State biologists recommended a new anterless deer hunting season this fall, but that was rejected by the Fish and Wildlife Board after Governor Peter Shumlin made his opinion clear he was against it.
    [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2011

    SHOT Show 2011: The Nosler Legacy Rifle

    By David E. Petzal

    About the Video: Nosler’s newest big-game rifle is the design of the founder of the company, as explained by rifle sales manager Shawn Finley. It’s wood-stocked, accurate, and gorgeous. [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 21, 2011

    SHOT Show 2011: E.R. Shaw's Rex White on Re-Barreling Your Rifle

    By David E. Petzal

    About the Video: Pennsylvania-based E.R. Shaw has been around for nearly a century, and while they're best known for rifled-slug barrels, they make terrific rifle barrels, too. Shaw's Vice President of Marketing, Rex White, talked to me about when it's time to re-barrel your gun.

    [ Read Full Post ]
  • January 21, 2011

    Sharing Sheds for the Right Reasons

    By Scott Bestul

    My friend Josh shot a very nice buck during this year’s late muzzleloader season. It was a buck he knew well, from numerous trail camera photos and several encounters over the last couple of seasons. Josh’s buck was a fine, mature animal and one that any hunter would be proud to tag.

    [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 20, 2011

    State of the Whitetail Union: We Want Your Opinion!

    By Dave Hurteau

    Has this shown up in your mailbox yet?

    If not, it should soon. In this, the February 2011 issue, F&S delivers its "State of Whitetail Union," featuring what we see as The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the modern whitetail boom. Scott Bestul and I will be posting excerpts and related material right here in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, we want your opinion.

    Using this format…

    The Good: What you see as the best thing about today’s deer hunting

    The Bad: What you see as the worst thing about today’s deer hunting [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 19, 2011

    Announcing The Buck-Scoring Contest Winner!

    By Dave Hurteau

    by Dave Hurteau

    And we have a winner.

    But first let me again shower you with compliments. (I hate to do it, but it’s important to our advertisers that you keep coming back.) For the second time since I started these things, an astounding 20 percent of contestants guessed within roughly 5 inches of the actual total gross score of our four bucks. Think about that for a second. Now think about how easy it is be to 5 inches off any single buck. Also, it has to be said that mwmrtn is a buck-scoring freak. For three constests in a row now, he has been within 5 inches of the actual total score—well within, including one stint as a finalist (tied for best overall guess.)

    Now to the bucks: [ Read Full Post ]

  • January 18, 2011

    Details In The D’Acquisto Case

    By Dave Hurteau

     by Dave Hurteau

    Earlier this month, I posted a link to a story by the Illinois Outdoor News reporting that Andrae D’Acquisto, former owner of Lone Wolf Treestands and current owner of Lone Wolf Productions, which produces Whitetail Addiction TV, had pled guilty to hunting without a valid Illinois hunting license and habitat stamp, and that in the plea agreement, baiting charges were dropped. You may remember that I promised you more information. I wanted to hear from D’Acquisto, as well as from a warden who was on the scene. On Thursday of last week, I received a statement on D’Acquisto’s behalf from Lone Wolf Productions, and on Saturday morning I spoke with Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer Rich Logsdon, who worked the case. [ Read Full Post ]