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10 deer hunting tips to take to the bank Bill Winke takes the tricks of the trade he's learned along the way and shares them with American Hunter magazine ...

10 tips to take to the bank
It took the author a decade to learn these lessons about when, where and how to hunt and kill big bucks. Some of them may not be big news. But any number of them should reveal something for anyone.

1. Hunt the Best Three Days of the Season
There is no better time to be in a tree trying to shoot a mature buck than those two or three days when the first doe comes into estrus. This occurs sometime during the first week of November in most areas. Bucks will be cruising, and some of them will be big. This is what we think of as classic rut hunting. Unfortunately, if you miss this first two-day frenzy you miss your best chance of the season to shoot a mature buck. It becomes more a case of hit-or-miss after that.

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From Cabela's - Cabela's Offering Pre-Black Friday Deals


Online and in-store daily deals available Nov. 13 - 26

Sidney, Nebraska - Cabela’s Incorporated, the World’s Foremost Outfitter® of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, today announced it is offering daily deals online and at its U.S. retail stores, Thursday, Nov. 13 through Wednesday, Nov. 26, as part of the company’s Holiday Head Start: Pre-Black Friday Deals.

Each day, three new Pre-Black Friday deals will be offered for one day only, online and in-store, while supplies last. These exciting deals offer outdoor enthusiasts an opportunity to get a head start on their holiday shopping this season.

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From the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control - Coyote hunting season remains open through Feb. 28

Coyote - image from the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control website

Harvest reporting required and encouraged

Dover, Delaware – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife reminds hunters that Delaware’s coyote hunting season is in progress and remains open through Saturday, Feb. 28. Coyote trapping season runs Monday, Dec. 1 through Tuesday, March 10.

Coyote hunting regulations include:

  • All coyotes harvested by hunting or trapping must be reported to the division within one business day of harvest by calling 302-735-3600. These reports will provide information on coyote abundance and distribution that will help further guide the division’s scientific management of the coyote population.
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From Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks - Deer Harvest Stays Steady in Western Montana

Elk in Montana - image from the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks website

Helena, Montana - Deer harvest remained steady and elk harvest slow through the second week of big game hunting season in west-central Montana.

Deer totals at the Bonner hunter check station show 132 white-tailed deer so far, which sets a record for this time of the season at Bonner since 2009. Mule deer checked through Bonner are up 50 percent from last year and 16 percent above the four year average. An elk harvest of 31 through the Bonner station is 18 percent lower than this time last season and 40 percent below the four year average.

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From Sportsman Channel - Sportsman Channel’s “Salute to Service” Continues with Special Veterans Day Line-up on November 11

Sportsman Channel’s Special Veterans Day Line-up

Documentary “MURPH: The Protector,” Back-to back episodes of “Beyond the Battlefield” and “NRANEWS Cam & Co.” highlight network programming during the day

New Berlin, Wisconsin - As a part of Sportsman Channel’s “Salute to Service” initiative, the network will air a full day of programming dedicated to veterans and the armed forces on Tuesday, November 11 at Noon-8 p.m. ET. Salute to Service Veterans Day Tribute Sponsored by Bravo Company is highlighted by a special airing of the critically-acclaimed documentary MURPH: The Protector, back-to-back episodes of Beyond the Battlefield and one hour of NRA NEWS Cam & Co.

Actor/Humanitarian Gary Sinise, once again, will serve as the network spokesman for “Salute to Service,” which includes Sportsman Channel’s Salute to Service Veterans Day Tribute Sponsored by Bravo Company. The event will honor the nation’s service heroes with programming that merges veterans’ love of the outdoors ... more on Sportsman Channel's Salute to Service Veterans Day Tribute ...

From the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources - Utah prairie dog still protected

Utah prairie dogs are still fully protected by Utah state law - Photo by Lynn Chamberlain.

Court ruling raises questions

Salt Lake City, Utah - A recent court decision has left some in southern Utah wondering whether the Utah prairie dog — a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act — is still protected in the state.

The answer is yes. Although the court ruling invalidated federal protections on state and private lands, Utah prairie dogs are still fully protected by Utah state law.

Unless you have a certificate of registration from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR), you may not kill or remove a Utah prairie dog.

Court decision

The ruling by Federal Judge Dee Benson returned management authority—for Utah prairie dogs that are on non-federal land in Utah—back to the state. DWR Director Greg Sheehan is happy about the ruling.

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From the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries - Opening Weekend Fall Deer/Turkey Harvest Numbers Reported

Liam McDoneil from Loudoun County with his first buck - image from VDGIF website

Richmond, Virginia - The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' (DGIF) early harvest numbers for deer and turkey show good results, with a double-digit increase in the deer harvest for the opening weekend of muzzleloading season as compared to last year. While turkey numbers were down, the abundance of acorns and windy weather during the weekend certainly influenced their movement patterns.

"It's very gratifying to see folks taking advantage of the new opportunity to hunt over a full weekend. Preliminary deer harvest numbers for both the archery season and the opening of muzzleloading season look very promising. We have good populations of deer and turkey, so I encourage hunters to take advantage hunting opportunities with family and friends. It's a great time of year to be in the woods," said Bob Duncan, Executive Director of the DGIF.

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From the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Department - Statewide Pheasant Season Opens Nov. 8

Pheasant from the American Hunter website Sacramento, California - The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is providing several pheasant hunting opportunities at northern California Type A wildlife areas for 2014.

The general pheasant season opens on Nov. 8 and extends through Dec. 21, 2014.

For the 2014 hunting season, wildlife areas are open for pheasant hunting as follows:

Type A wildlife areas in the Sacramento Valley (Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge, Delevan National Wildlife Refuge, Colusa National Wildlife Refuge, Gray Lodge Wildlife Area, Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area’s Little Dry Creek and Howard Slough Units and Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, and only the first Monday (Nov. 10) of the pheasant season. Grizzly Island Wildlife Area will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays, and only the second Monday (Nov. 17) of the pheasant season.

While the Llano Seco Unit of the Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area is closed for waterfowl hunting as a result of the drought, it will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays during the general pheasant season. Permits for entry will be issued at the check station through the morning lottery which begins at 4 a.m., with the draw occurring at 4:30 a.m. Entry is also available through first-come, first-serve lists at the check station.

Type A wildlife areas in the San Joaquin Valley (Los Banos Wildlife Area, Mendota Wildlife Area, North Grasslands Wildlife Area, Volta Wildlife Area and San Luis National Wildlife Refuge) will be open for pheasant hunting on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays only during the pheasant season. Kesterson National Wildlife Refuge will be open for pheasant hunting on the first Monday of the pheasant season (Nov. 10).

The Wister Unit of Imperial Wildlife Area in Imperial County and San Jacinto Wildlife Area in Riverside County will be closed to pheasant hunting this year.

Type C wildlife areas will remain open as normal.

In 2010, CDFW reduced the number of days that certain wildlife areas will be open for pheasant hunting due to a decline the number of hunters targeting pheasant and the cost to operate check stations during the first week of the season. This reduction remains in effect. In response to the continued decline, CDFW is entering the second year of working with Pheasants Forever and the United States Geological Survey to implement pheasant population assessments and identify factors limiting their populations to develop potential management actions.

The modifications of the shoot days on Type A wildlife areas are pursuant to the California Code of Regulations, Title 14, subsections 550(i)(1).

For more information on specific hunting opportunities, hunters should contact their regional CDFW office.

From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources - 18 state parks to close temporarily for deer reductions

Deer hunting in Indiana parks - image from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources website Indianapolis, Indiana - Select Indiana state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.

The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 17 and 18, and Dec. 1 and 2.

The state parks affected are Brown County, Chain O’Lakes, Charlestown, Clifty Falls, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormick’s Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, Tippecanoe River and Whitewater Memorial.

These state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.

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