Predators as much a problem as hunters for deer
As the deer gun season approaches, there’s a tendency to ignore predators as a factor that limits deer populations. And after reviewing deer harvest numbers released by several state wildlife agencies, it’s no wonder.
A true artist cooking wild game
I first met Eileen through her husband, John. In fact, John was in attendance the first time I was tasked with hosting writers on a media event. I was super nervous and very reluctant to interact with the other writers. John noticed my nerves and settled me down by simply taking the time to talk about subjects I was familiar with, like wingshooting and shotguns. We quickly became friends and have hunted together in such far-off places as Argentina, New Zealand and Texas, to name a few.
Are deer as smart as they sometimes seem to be?
Every fall I hear about a big buck someone has been tracking and watching for weeks. But when the gun season arrives, that big buck vanishes, only to reappear a few weeks later. Are deer really that smart?
Hunters Helping the Hungry feeds families
A survey came across my desk this week and to be honest, as a deer hunter and someone who enjoys nature’s wonderful bounties, it sparked my interest. The gist of the national and state-level survey conducted by Responsive Management is that obtaining meat is an increasingly important motivation among American hunters to go afield. It probably comes as no surprise, especially for us sportsmen who have cherished the practice of farm/field to table meals for years, that hunting for food is a motivating factor. Besides, fresh venison is good for you, and if taken care of and prepared properly, tastes wonderful.
Trail cams proving a valuable tool
If you’ve ever suspected there was a big buck roaming your favorite hunting grounds, you probably wished you could monitor the area 24/7. But that’s virtually impossible unless you use a trail cam.
An incredible day for a duck hunt
I was really looking forward to this opening day. Don’t get me wrong, every hunting season opener is special — especially when you get older and realize just how fragile they can be. For sportsmen, the anticipation and planning for the opener of a particular season has caused many daydreams to come true and the year-long hard work to pay off.
Get planting before ground freezes over
Though most of us get the itch to garden in the spring, fall is the best time to plant wildflowers, trees, and shrubs for wildlife. That’s because fall plantings have time to recover from transplant shock before new growth begins.
Bonus day of hunting
Bonus hunting days aren’t marked on a calendar. You can’t count them as part of your scheduled hunting plan. That’s the thing about a bonus day; they are simply special and should be cherished as so. They are life’s little gifts — like finding a 20 in your freshly washed jeans or flipping through the channels and stumbling onto your favorite John Wayne movie.
Pheasant is a fading symbol of autumn
The year I turned 12 I got my first hunting license. It was my first chance to hunt ring-necked pheasants. My father brought birds home every fall, and I wanted to join the hunt.
The joy of fishing the New River
There’s no doubt that the mighty New River is one of the best smallmouth fisheries in the country and it only takes one time fishing it to see why. However, it’s fished a little different this year due to all of the rain and high water we experienced this summer. With a break from the wet weather and the river dropping, I contacted my good buddy Sammy Pugh, owner of New River Trophy Outfitters, to plan a float trip for the weekend.
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