Southern Deer Hunting

From the Carolinas to the plains of Texas, deer hunting has a long and storied history that exists to this day. Traditions have been passed down through generations at deer camps despite changes in wildlife management, populations, methods of hunting and societal influences. Still, deer hunting and enjoying that is the heart of it all. In this blog we’ll take a look at all those things and more, including trends, gear, hot topics and more.

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Montana Legislature Strikes Out For Hunters On Lighted Nocks

A few things of note as Mother Nature delivers, hopefully, her last ugly scrawlings of winter before we can escape into spring and summer … Montana legislators were bludgeoned from the fence they straddled during a recent vote that would have opened the door for bowhunters to use lighted nocks to hunt wildlife. A...

Getting youngsters involved in hunting and fishing is critical for the future of both pursuits.

Bama’s License Numbers Up, Or Are They?

Annual surveys by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service show a range of data for hunting and fishing, including license sales and expenditures for all 50 states. Data is compiled over a five-year period and then released by the USFWS. The most recent report was released in 2012. It’s a great indicator of trends...

Arizona Bark Scorpions are just one of many critters in the Southwest that hunters have to watch for.

Brewers GM Doug Melvin Stung By Scorpion, And Not The Cactus League Team

Doug Melvin, general manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, usually has a routine spring training that involves meetings, decisions, games and so forth. But Melvin got whacked on the finger by a scorpion Wednesday evening in his condominium, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, which obviously isn’t part of his normal routine. Veteran Brewers beat...

Bowhunter Marissa Ballard with a great Florida buck!

Bowhunter Arrows Huge Florida Buck!

Some fine bucks come out of Florida each year and over the years there have been some good ones, but Marissa Ballard definitely has a head-turner! Stan Kirkland, public information officer with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, related the info to The Archery Wire about Ballard’s bowhunting success. She and her husband, Dusty,...

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Clemons: Deer Management Changes Coming in Southeast

By Alan Clemons State agencies managing for deer and wildlife have a tough gig because not only are they dealing with critters, they also have to deal with politics and human beings. That’s a broad generalization, I know, but it’s true. Managing land for wildlife is challenging enough even on a smaller private tract....

Alabama deer hunters may see changes in the future, including a check-in system for state officials to gather better data and an extension into February in the southwest portion of the state.

Alabama Commissioner to Propose Long-Sought February Deer Season

A deer season extension into February for southern Alabama, rumored for months and sought for years by hunters in that area, will be proposed by the state’s conservation department commissioner. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor As reported by Jeff Dute in the Mobile Press-Register, the season would be through Feb. 10 for a portion...

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Do You Need A Do-Over With Your Shot?

It’s rare for any hunter to walk away from a field or reflect on a hunt and not think about whether a shot could have been better. By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor Whether with a bow, crossbow or firearm, there are times when we hesitate. A little voice – instinct, caution, doubt? –...

Mark Whitlock, right, accepts an award from the Alabama Retail Association in 2010. (Photo: ARA)

Alabama Outdoor Retailer Mark Whitlock Loses Battle With Lymphoma

Mark Whitlock, founder and president of Mark’s Outdoor Sports and a longtime conservationist, died Wednesday afternoon after a two-year battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Whitlock, 52, founded the popular and well-known outdoors store in 1979 in Vestavia, a suburb south of Birmingham, Ala. Nestled in a strip mall on an...