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Three Plead Guilty to Beating Deer to Death in Truck

Three men from Georgia pled guilty and were sentenced in Stuttgart (Ark.) District Court last Thursday on charges stemming from a video of one man beating a deer in the back of a sport utility vehicle. The video, posted to social media in late January, quickly went viral, garnering thousands of views in a...

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Alleged Poachers Busted After Leaving Heads by Their Garage

If you’re going to do dumb stuff then you better be smart about it, and it appears two men with bad intent on their minds didn’t heed that advice. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Officers charged two Washington County men with numerous hunting related violations and misdemeanors after discovering a collection of...

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What’s the Best Weather for Deer Hunting?

Most states offer early archery seasons and in recent years these seasons have featured unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures in the 40s and highs in the 60s might make for comfortable tree-stand vigils, such temperatures literally shutdown daytime deer activity. In fact, the weather’s influence on deer activity has been scientifically documented as a major...

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Double-Dipping Deer Poacher Pleads Guilty

A deer poaching case involving a distinctive vehicle, an alert citizen, and a groundswell of public interest has concluded with fines and license suspensions for a Roosevelt, Utah man. A Citizens Against Poaching (CAP) call started it all. In early November of 2014, a concerned citizen called the CAP hotline to report what he thought...

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Poachers Banned for Life After Multiple Violations

Two Tennessee men have been banned from hunting in 44 states for the rest of their lives, fined thousands of dollars and are sentenced to community service for numerous poaching violations in the most severe penalties handed out in the state wildlife agency’s history. Densibel Calzada and Eddy Albert violated dozens of state wildlife regulations...

Some hunters wouldn't think twice about shooting this deer while others wouldn't even consider it. Who is right? Both of them, because hunters have to make their own choices and shouldn't worry about what someone else's decision because everyone's different.  (Photo copyright Daniel E. Schmidt)

Step Back Before Spewing Egotistical Hate, Jealousy about Deer Hunting

One of the worst things about hunting and fishing is the egotistical, stupid, ignorant and jealous crap that spews from people’s mouths and fingers online about someone else’s success. Kill a few wood ducks or a small buck? Well, you’re not a “real” duck hunter because those aren’t greenhead mallards! You’re not a “real”...

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Of Deer Bait, Minerals, Food Plots and Petty Ethics

I’ve touched on this topic previously at this blog, but today’s visuals help drive the point home a little more clear. I’ve long-held the contention that anyone who argues against baiting for deer — yet plants food plots or maintain mineral sites — are hypocrites. Plain and simple. What’s more, anyone who argues against...

Reece Hankins with his 180-inch Mississippi buck

Top Deer Biologist Bails Amid Big Bait Brouhaha

Politics and biology don’t always mesh like peanut butter and jelly, and sometimes that can have results that affect hunters in the long run. The Deer Project leader for the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks submitted his resignation days before the state’s politically-appointed wildlife commission relaxed a “line of sight” regulation for deer...

North Carolina fake buck antlers screwed into skull

State ‘Record’ Buck is a Fake; Faker Hit With 4 Wildlife Violations

A North Carolina man who claimed to have killed a state record non-typical white-tailed deer with a bow admitted to faking the news and screwing in a set of antlers from Pennsylvania on the deer killed in North Carolina. Nick Davis, of Elkin, N.C., admitted to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officers that the story...