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More than 8,000 Michigan deer dead from disease
The Associated Press via Grand View Outdoors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A disease has killed more than 8,000 Michigan deer this year, causing some hunters to possibly skip the season and dealing a blow to shops that sell hunting gear. The number of dead whitetails significantly has climbed since summer when hundreds were reported in just a handful of counties. Deaths now have occurred in much of the southern Lower Peninsula, west of Interstate 75, the result of a disease transmitted by a biting fly, according to the state Department of Natural Resources. More

The great game hunter who saved Teddy Roosevelt's life
The Telegraph    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
He was one of the greatest big game hunters, who saved Theodore Roosevelt, the former U.S. president, from a rampaging hippopotamus and ended one expedition with a haul of 11,400 animals killed or captured. But in the decades since he died, the name of Richard John "RJ" Cuninghame has slipped into obscurity, as his writings remained hidden in his family archives. Now, almost 90 years after his death, the astonishing story of his life can be told after his previously unseen journals emerged as part of an auction of the contents of his former home. More

Hunter, angler numbers picking up
The Topeka Capital-Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In recent years, states all over the country have been concerned about the numbers of hunters and anglers. In many instances, those numbers had declined, in some cases dramatically. Urbanization, competing interests, access, the economy and myriad other factors have likely led to the decline or at least was partially responsible. But with the latest release of preliminary figures from the 2011 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's latest survey of Hunting, Fishing and Wildlife Associated Recreation, there's good news. For the first time in nearly two decades, numbers of hunters and anglers age 16 and older actually increased. Eleven percent more Americans fished and 9 percent more hunted in 2011 than in 2006 (the survey is conducted every five years). More

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Deer hunters must be alert for tree stand hazards
The Florida Times-Union    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Many thousands of South Georgia deer hunters took to the woods as that region's general firearms whitetail season opened. In North Florida, primitive weapons deer season now is open, with area general firearms deer hunters hitting the woods Nov. 3. Although deer hunting statistically is among the safest of all sports, there are inherent dangers of hunting whitetails out of the timber tops. This clearly is shown every autumn by the number of accidents — and deaths — of outdoorsmen who tumble from tree stands. More

Understanding deer movement in farm country
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Dr. Dave Samuel writes, "Up until recently, a lot about what we knew on buck movements was simply based on observations. You’d see a particular buck here one day, and two days later you would spot him a mile away. Such observations were very superficial, but it was all we had. However, today we have new technology that allows researchers to pinpoint the exact, and I mean the exact, location of bucks, right down to a few square yards. GPS radio collars and satellites have opened up a whole new world relative to knowing where bucks move, how far they go, and how often they do so. The simple truth is that when you put GPS radio collars on deer, you literally know exactly where they are every second of the day. That is what North Carolina State University researchers did while studying deer movements at Chesapeake Farms on the eastern shore of Maryland." More

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Hunting season off to strong start in Montana
Daily Inter Lake    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is reporting a solid opening weekend for hunters in Northwest Montana. Hunting conditions could improve substantially with winter weather descending on the region. At the six Northwest Montana check stations, 2,879 hunters checked 129 whitetail deer (including 105 bucks), 11 mule deer and 18 elk for a 5.5 percent rate of hunters with game. This compares with last year's numbers for opening weekend: 3,174 hunters with 114 whitetail (including 83 bucks), 14 mule deer and 22 elk for a 4.7 percent rate of hunters with game. More

Logan Hawkes: Texas hunters, landowners responsible for deer management
Southwest Farm Press    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deer hunting in Texas is big business — a $1.5 billion industry. About 650,000 hunters will head to thousands of deer leases or to their own rural property this year to harvest well over a half-million deer, an annual ritual that many laud while others criticize for various reasons on both sides of the issue. Like it or not, deer hunting in Texas is big business, and more importantly, wildlife management specialists say hunting is absolutely necessary to ensure the number of deer in the state remain steady, manageable and in good health. Managing deer, however, is a science that requires more than a casual understanding. More


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