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ATA 2016: New Deer Hunting Ground Blind Design Solves Bothersome Problem

Not all ground-blinds adhere to conformist design principals – some are just different, and others are simply better. The best-of-the-best – like the new Ameristep Haven Blind – are both. You see, Ameristep engineers have a reputation for designing the most intuitive ground blinds, and this standup performer is a significant example of their passion...

Chiggers are predatory mites. (Photo: Wikipedia/Alan R. Walker)

Chiggers are the Evil Spawn of Satan and Hate Deer Hunters

I don’t believe I have the words in a polite vocabulary to adequately describe the depth of my hatred for chiggers, also known as redbugs, spawn of Satan and some other choice words that might make sailors blush. Honestly, I think I’d rather be freezing cold or so sweaty that my pants sag than...

Arkansas has some outstanding deer hunting thanks to hunters' decisions and wildlife agency managament. This fine buck was killed in 2010 with a crossbow.

State Data Indicates Quality Deer Management Has Big Impact

Does quality deer management work? Depends on what your goals and objectives are within the QDM strategy you employ, whether it’s on a smaller tract or something larger. Quality deer management doesn’t automatically mean trophy deer management. The latter could be part of the former, but it’s not necessarily the end-all final must-do-this goal...

Chronic Wasting Disease is fatal to deer and now is in more than two dozen states and Canadian provinces.

Where Has This Fatal Disease to Deer Been Found Now?

A deer killed during the 2013 season has tested positive for Chronic Wasting Disease, which is fatal to deer and is now found in more than two dozen states and Canadian provinces. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received laboratory confirmation Feb. 28 that a second white-tailed deer killed in Maryland tested positive for...

Tests Reveal Fatal Deer Disease Has Doubled Despite Efforts

Despite chronic wasting disease having been around for more than four decades, wildlife biologists still haven’t been able to figure out how to stop or slow the spread of the fatal deer disease. Now, it appears to have doubled in the percentage of deer in one state where officials are trying to take their...

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February Deer Hunting Could Expand, Based on Data and Biology

Alabama deer hunters watched in dismay for years as counterparts in northwest Florida and southeast Mississippi hunted into February during the peak of the rut. The season always ended Jan. 31 in Alabama, no matter what. No zones, no extension into February despite hunters’ proclaiming they were seeing chasing and breeding activity well into...

Deer Importation Still Under Review Despite Concerns About Fatal Disease

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission deferred action until September on a rule prohibiting the importation of live captive deer into Florida from out-of-state sources. At its June 13 meeting in Lakeland, Commissioners said they wanted more time to hear from staff and stakeholders about options designed to reduce the chances of chronic...

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Hunting Season Passes Without Reported Fatality

Hunting is safe and getting safer according to the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s newly released report on hunting-related shooting incidents (HRSIs) in 2012. For the first time since the commission began tracking such incidents in 1915, a year came and went without a single human fatality related to gun handling in hunting and trapping. There...

Coyote Catalog Connects Hunters, Trappers

The state Agriculture and Game and Fish departments have launched a cooperative project to connect coyote hunters and trappers with landowners who would like to reduce coyote populations in their area. Called the “Coyote Catalog,” the project creates an online database similar to what the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has used for...