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Oklahoma producing more trophy bucks
The Oklahoman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Since 1932, Boone & Crockett's "Records of North American Big Game" has tracked trophies entered in 38 different categories of native North American big game. Boone & Crockett record books are published every six years, and the 13th and recently released edition features entries from 2004-2009. There were 46 trophy whitetails from Oklahoma listed in the book for the latest six-year time period — 24 typical racks and 22 nontypical racks. During the previous six years, Oklahoma had 44 entries — 12 typical and 32 nontypical. More

Several smartphone applications available for hunters, anglers
Richmond Times-Dispatch    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Andy Thompson says most of the outdoors lovers he knows aren't what you'd call Black Friday types. Yet many of those same outdoors people have given in to the smartphone craze sweeping the nation. Thompson says he's pretty sure this whole "app" thing is going to blow over any day. But in case all this technology is here to stay, he's prepared a holiday shopping guide for the smartphone-enabled outdoorsman or woman. More

Hunters get 99 wolves by end of deer, elk season in Montana
Montana Standard via Billings Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Hunters across Montana had killed less than half of the quota of wolves set by state biologists as of Sunday, the end of the rifle season for deer and elk. The state Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks had recorded that hunters had shot 99 wolves across 14 management units for the large predators. The quota was reached in only one wolf district, the large unit that stretches from just east of Butte to the North Dakota state line. More

Blind dog still helps his owner on the hunt
Minneapolis Star Tribune via The Seattle Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Watch Norm Moody's English setter, Golly, work a field for pheasants or sharp-tailed grouse, and you never would know the dog has a major handicap. "People who see us hunting have no idea he's blind," said Moody, 64, an avid bird hunter who lives near Hackensack, Minn. Golly (pronounced "Gully") hunted sharp-tailed grouse, pheasants and prairie chickens this month on South Dakota's expansive National Grasslands with Moody and two hunting buddies. More

Hunter bags black bear in Allegheny County, Pa.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Allegheny County, Pa., is not known as a destination for bear hunters. "If you are a bear hunter, and you have limited time to hunt, most guys are going to go where there are more bears to hunt, rather than hunt in Allegheny County," said Tom Fazi, information and education supervisor for the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Southwest Region. But Alvin Anthony of Buffalo, Butler County, bagged a 157-pound female black bear on private property in Fawn, Pa. It was the first time a bear in Allegheny County has been taken by a hunter since the Game Commission began keeping records in 1949. More

Arizona man spots jaguar; first U.S. sighting in 2 years
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More than two years after the demise of the country's only known wild jaguar, wildlife enthusiasts got some good news when a southern Arizona hunting guide saw another one, an adult male. It was the first confirmed sighting of the endangered cat in the U.S. since the other jaguar, known as "Macho B," died, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Donnie Fenn was mountain lion hunting in Cochise County, Ariz., with his 10-year-old daughter and a friend when Fenn’s hound dogs sped out of the canyon they were searching, Fenn told the paper. The jaguar leaped out of a tree, and Fenn’s dogs chased it. More

Hunters hoping blind creativity keeps them step ahead of ducks
The Times-Picayune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jared Serigne stood back to admire his work, and got some tips from Junior Mendoza. "You don’t want to crowd your blouses too close together," Mendoza said, placing his own bouquet of dried grass closer to the top of the wall. "You want them separated, but not in a pattern. We want a more natural look." No, this wasn't an interior decorating class. Anything but. Serigne and Mendoza were outdoors, on the banks of Bayou Terre aux Beoufs, in St. Bernard Parish, La., fresh from one duck hunt and working on making the next one better. Their strategy for improvement: some exterior decorating. More

Colorado lets hunters gobble up more wild turkeys
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The reintroduction of wild turkeys in Colorado has proven so successful that flocks of the gobblers are intruding on farms and ranches, prompting wildlife managers to expand hunting of the iconic American bird on private lands. The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission has adopted new regulations in two northeastern Colorado counties allowing increased hunting of the birds where they have raided grain silos, eaten hay left by ranchers for livestock or dug up crops. More

Army Corps to restore fish barrier power setting
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is restoring a higher power setting on an electric barrier designed to prevent Asian carp and other fish from using a Chicago-area waterway to migrate between the Great Lakes and Mississippi River systems. The barrier is one of three in the Chicago Sanitary and Ship Canal, part of a man-made waterway linking Lake Michigan to the Mississippi basin. The canal could provide a pathway to the Great Lakes for the large, voracious carp. Scientists say if allowed to gain a foothold in the lakes, the carp could destabilize the food chain and damage the $7 billion fishing industry. More

Female hunters aim big on opening day in Ohio
The Newark Advocate    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Even after 36 years of deer hunting, Kim Metheny still tosses and turns at night, dreaming of that big buck. The opening day of deer gun season, was no different in a sport many say is continuing to see more women taking to the fields and woods of Licking County, Ohio. Metheny, friend Barb Terry, of Akron, Ohio, and Lakewood senior Kaylena Moore, girlfriend of Metheny's son Connor, were out in the rain and chill before sunrise at Sugar Mill Farm. More

Hunt for venison with taste in mind
The Daily Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deer hunting is an American tradition in many families, providing millions with lifelong memories of wonder-ful days afield. And freezers stocked full of nutritious and delicious venison are the icing on the cake. Every hunter dreams of shooting a monster buck with huge antlers. But a big buck is probably an old buck, and the older they are the tougher they are. If best flavor is the goal, hunters should always set their sights on young deer. More

Missouri deer hunters deal with new normal
The Kansas City Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The "good old days" are definitely over for Missouri deer hunters. As recently as five years ago, hunters shot 235,000 deer over the 11-day statewide firearm season. In the season that ended Tuesday, hunters took 190,089 whitetails. That was still better than last year, when hunters shot 188,205. But resource scientists with the Missouri Department of Conservation think the results of the last several seasons reflect a trend. More

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