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Minnesota Researchers Develop New CWD Field Test

I have reported on chronic wasting disease (CWD), an existential threat to deer herds and hunting, for more than a decade. This development is one of the best things I’ve heard in years. University of Minnesota researchers have discovered the first way to field-test deer for CWD. Presently, to have...


Meeting Milo Hanson

Every fall for 20 years I’d pass close to the farming town of Biggar, Saskatchewan, out in the middle of nowhere, on my drive north to hunt for a giant buck up in the province’s provincial forest, which is really out in the middle of nowhere. Riding along one November,...


Watch: Deer Crashes Through School Bus Window, Lands on Sleeping Student

A Virginia high school student asleep on his school bus got quite the surprise when a deer crashed through the front windshield and landed on the teenager’s back. According to USA Today , the bus was on its way to Powhatan High School when the crazy incident was captured on...


Texas Retirement Community Residents Want Deer Trapping to Stop

Some residents in the Sun City retirement community in Georgetown, Texas, say they want the deer-trapping program that’s been in place for 17 years to stop. “The primary reason why we relocated here was because of the wildlife and the natural beauty,” Sun City resident Laurel Mulvey told KXAN ...


80-Year-Old Retired Nurse Shoots Buck from Kitchen Window, and More Deer Hunting News

The Best Hunting Story of Last Season Virginia Luce, 80, recently retired after working 25 years as a nurse. She and her 83-year-old husband live and hunt on their 80-acre Texas spread. “I do all my hunting from the house now,” she told the Dallas Morning News. “My kitchen is...


Watch: Police Officer Helps Free Deer Trapped Under Car

One lucky deer managed to escape from beneath a vehicle following an accident in Southfield, Michigan, last week thanks to the help of a police officer. Officer Charles Becker with the Lathrup Village Police Department was called out to the scene of an accident after a driver hit two deer...


Has the .30-30 Really Killed the Most Deer?

Google “.30-30 for deer hunting” and up pops a million links that you can click on for information. Click the first one and you’ll read something like: “The .30-30 rifle has arguably killed more whitetail deer than any other single cartridge … with the round’s popularity still quite high, it's...


Deer With Hairy Eyeballs Discovered in Tennessee

A pair of hairy eyeballs might sound like an ingredient in a witch’s brew, but it’s actually a real affliction suffered by an unfortunate Tennessee deer. A young whitetail buck seen stumbling down the streets of Farragut, Tennessee, was discovered to have a disk of skin and dense hair completely...


Syracuse Begins Second Year of Deer Management Program

A deer management program for the city of Syracuse, New York, has just begun its second year with the goal of diminishing the impact of deer overpopulation in the area. The large numbers of deer have led to an increase in deer-vehicle accidents, have negatively affected parks, gardens, and the...


Is It Safe to Leave Treestands Out All Year?

In a perfect world, once deer season ends, we’d all go back to our hunting land, pull our treestands, carry them home, and store them in a locked shed where they’ll stay dry and safe until it’s time to hang them again next fall. If you only use two or...


Kansas Man Facing Prison for Poaching 60 Deer, and More Whitetail Headlines

Deer seasons are over, and we’re well into the second month of what looks to be another crazy trip around the sun. What’s going on in the wide world of whitetail news? New regs, postseason analysis, and a big poaching bust in Kansas, for starters. Here’s a roundup of the...


How Long Should Deer Taxidermy Take?

I was talking to a friend the other day who was grumbling about his taxidermist. “I took him a 10-pointer I shot back in 2018 and he’s still not finished,” Scott said. “Told me I might get him this summer.” Last week a friend texted me a picture of a...


Should You Walk or Ride an ATV to Your Deer Stand?

In my formative deer hunting years, I’d park an extra quarter mile from my hunting area, throw a climbing stand on my back, and hike all the way to my tree. Often as not I’d spook a deer somewhere along the way. Back in those days, too, I’d sometimes listen...


Do Gut Piles Spook Deer?

Don’t field-dress that deer near your stand, or you’ll ruin it for the rest of the season! That’s conventional wisdom with the time-honored stamp of approval from the old guys in deer camp. But does that mean it’s true? Do gut piles really spook deer? It’s something we can never...


Is it Safe to Hunt with Old Ammo?

The ammunition shortage of 2020 and early 2021 has had a massive impact on shooting and hunting. As early as last June, shelves were becoming bare of popular cartridges like the .223 and 9mm. By October, when most gun hunters started prepping for deer season, it was difficult if not...


Wisconsin Man Rescues Doe by Pushing Her Across Frozen Reservoir

A Wisconsin man braved thin ice to save a doe stranded in the middle of a frozen reservoir. According to USA Today , Gil Lencour spotted the deer in Cranmoor last Tuesday. He’d planned to use a leash to pull her to safety, but when she kept falling while trying...


Meat Hunter’s Rules for Shooting the Right Deer

There was a time, back before deer hunting became a contest for inches of antler, when hunters went afield with the primary goal of filling freezers with delicious venison. A healthy supply of wild meat meant good food on the table that didn’t have to be purchased at the local...


A Deer Hunter’s Resolutions for 2021

We are all ready for 2020 to be over. So over . While COVID has not impacted deer hunting as much as it has everything else in our lives, the pandemic did throw a few wrinkles my way last season, but I intend to iron those out for 2021 and...


California Wildlife Officials Remove Hammock from Buck’s Antlers

Wildlife officials have finally freed a buck from a hammock that had been entangled in its antlers for months. CBS13 first reported on the deer that was roaming the Fair Oaks neighborhood near California’s Lake Natoma back in September. Gold Country Wildlife Rescue had been tracking the buck with trail...


5 Things to Know About Muzzleloader Accuracy

Late muzzleloader hunts are the last hurrah in a lot of whitetail country, and they can be a great opportunity to kill a good buck. Big deer powerhouses like Iowa and Ohio offer seasons into January. But you have to make the shot when it happens, and muzzleloaders don’t always...


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