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Deer Hunting Mistakes Guaranteed to Ruin the Rut

The rut is the Super Bowl of whitetail hunting. Bucks that typically behave like ghosts are suddenly vulnerable, and your chances of tagging a wall-hanger are at their highest. But whitetails are still whitetails—always cautious and rarely pushovers. So there are plenty of ways you can go wrong. Here are 15 ways you can turn the annual breeding season into a surefire flop...

Hunter Safety: Tips for a Safe Archery Hunt

Bowhunting doesn't involve firearms, but it does present two unique risks. Every year there are reports of hunters falling from trees or jabbing themselves or other hunters while carrying arrows in their hands. Another risk is letting an arrow fly without being certain what's behind the target. Arrows, especially carbon arrows, can hit with great force at distances as far as 100 yards from the point of release. Here are some tips to keep you safe and have an enjoyable archery hunt...

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Arkansas Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Opens Oct 21
Posted on: 10/17/17

Arkansas Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Opens Oct 21. Six deer, of which no more than two may be bucks. The statewide seasonal bag limit may be taken in any combination of zones or methods, as long as zone bag limits are not exceeded. Additional bag limits are set by...

Minnesota Hunters Reminded about Whole Carcass Importation Ban
Posted on: 10/17/17

Hunters who harvest deer, elk, moose or caribou outside of Minnesota are reminded that whole carcasses cannot be brought into the state. This restriction is part of efforts to minimize the opportunity for chronic wasting disease to become established in Minnesota. Only the following cervid parts may be brought into Minnesota...

Minnesota Rules for Portable Stands on Wildlife Management Areas
Posted on: 10/17/17

Minnesota hunters planning to use portable stands on wildlife management areas this season are reminded to check regulations to learn when they need to remove stands after hunting. “In most of the state, leaving stands overnight on WMAs is not allowed and they must be removed at the end of the day. But there is a change in an area of northwestern Minnesota...

Montana 2017 Harvest Static for Antelope Opener
Posted on: 10/17/17

The number of hunters who stopped at Fish, Wildlife and Parks check stations in south central Montana during the opening weekend of antelope season was up 6.5 percent from last year. But the antelope harvest remained nearly identical. On Saturday and Sunday...

N.C. Youth Deer Hunting Opportunity Offered in Craven County on Dec 9
Posted on: 10/17/17

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a youth-only deer hunting opportunity on Dec.9 at Weyerhaeuser-Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County. The permit-only hunt is limited to 10 youth, ages 12 through 17, on a first-come-first-served basis. Permits must be...

Alabama 2017-18 Big Buck Photo Contest Opens Along with Deer Season
Posted on: 10/16/17
The Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association is hosting its sixth Big Buck Photo Contest for deer hunters in Alabama’s Black Belt region. The Big Buck photo contest will run from the start of the archery deer season on Oct. 14, 2017 until February 14, 2018. The winner is based on...

Delaware 2017-18 Youth Hunting Days for Waterfowl & Deer
Posted on: 10/16/17

DNREC has designated three upcoming Saturdays as youth hunting days on both public and private lands statewide. Youth waterfowl hunting days for youth hunters ages 10 through 15 will be Oct. 21 and Feb. 10, 2018. Delaware’s annual deer hunting day for youth hunters, as well as for non-ambulatory disabled hunters, will be...

Indiana Deer Hunting with a Rifle is Now Illegal on Public Land
Posted on: 10/16/17

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is trying to quickly spread the word that hunting deer with a rifle is now illegal on public land. The “firearms deer season” starts Nov. 18. “What people need to bear in mind is that those center-fire rifles are only legal for use on...

Minnesota 2017 Deer Hunts will Take Place at Several State Parks
Posted on: 10/16/17

Special hunts to prevent overpopulation of deer and protect resources will take place this fall at several Minnesota state parks. Access to the parks will vary during these hunts. Some parks will remain open to all visitors, some will have...

S.C. 2017 Bull's Island Archery Hunts Fact Sheet
Posted on: 10/16/17

Bull's Island is accessible only by boat, so hunters must bring everything they need for the hunt. Water and restroom facilities are the only amenities on the island. But that doesn't mean you can't enjoy some creature comforts. Shan Burkhalter give you some information for hunting on this island. This year's hunts will be held...

Georgia Firearms Deer Hunting Season Opens Oct 21
Posted on: 10/13/17

Georgia firearms deer hunters can take to the woods beginning Sat., Oct. 21 and continue through Jan. 14, 2018 statewide. Hunters can check out the interactive map created to see the opportunities available for the counties they hunt. If you hunt on National Forest land, either-sex days may be...

Maryland 2017 Early Muzzleloader Deer Hunting Season Opens Oct 19
Posted on: 10/13/17

The first segment of Maryland’s muzzleloader deer season opens statewide Oct. 19. This is one of several deer hunting opportunities offered in the state and typically coincides with pleasant fall weather. The early muzzleloader season runs from Oct. 19-21 in Deer Management Regions A and B. Region A consists of Garrett, Allegany and...

Louisiana Hunter Shoots Potential Archery State Record Non-Typical Buck
Posted on: 10/12/17

A dentist in Louisiana has a great reason to be smiling this month, after he took down a buck that could go down as the biggest non-typical deer taken with a bow the state has ever seen – and the hunting story is as good as gold . As Louisiana Sportsman reports, Dr. Frank Sullivan had more than a couple run-ins with this buck – in fact, he thought it died twice!...

Montana Hunters be BEAR aware as General Big Game Season Starts Oct 21
Posted on: 10/12/17

Antelope rifle season is in full swing, archery season is still underway and the general big game season starts Oct. 21. It’s important for all hunters to practice bear aware behavior. In Montana, bear country can be anywhere in the western half of the state and sometimes beyond. Recently grizzly bears have...

Big Time Texas Hunts Entry Deadline Oct 15
Posted on: 10/12/17

Hunters hoping for a chance at premium guided hunt packages through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Big Time Texas Hunts program have until midnight Sunday, Oct. 15 to enter. That’s the deadline for the opportunity to be selected for these top shelf hunting adventures. In addition..

WV Special Antlerless Deer Season Opens Oct 21
Posted on: 10/12/17

The three-day special antlerless deer season for youth hunters, persons who possess a Class Q/QQ permit and senior citizens with a Class XS license will soon be underway. The first segment of the season is one day, Oct. 21, and the second segment is...

Florida 2017 Muzzleloading Gun Season Opens in Zone C Oct 21
Posted on: 10/11/17

The beginning of Florida muzzleloading gun season immediately follows the close of crossbow season in each zone annually. Season dates run Nov. 18 – Dec. 1 in Zone B, Oct. 21 – Nov. 3 in Zone C and Dec. 2-8 in Zone D. During muzzleloader season, bows and crossbows also are legal methods of taking game on private lands. On wildlife management areas though, only...

Illinois 2017-18 OTC Deer Permits Available
Posted on: 10/11/17

Illlinois surplus over-the-counter 2017-18 deer permits are available first come first serve untill quotas are exhausted or untill close of season, whichever occurs first. Resident combination and antlerless-only archery deer permits are available over-the-counter (OTC) from DNR Direct license and permit vendors. Over-the-counter sales of remaining 2017 Illinois Firearm Deer Permits will begin on Oct. 17. Individual hunters can...

Ohio State Parks Offer New Opportunities for Deer Hunters
Posted on: 10/11/17

Approximately 1,200 acres previously closed to hunting will be available to bow hunters as part of controlled hunts at Deer Creek, Malabar Farm, and Maumee Bay state parks. Hunters must be present at the drawing location they are interested in hunting. All three drawings will occur at 1pm on Saturday, Oct. 21. All hunts are...

Ohio Special Lottery Deer Hunt Available for Logan County
Posted on: 10/11/17

Transportation Research Center, Inc. (TRC) will hold a lottery drawing for special deer hunt opportunities on Thursday, Oct. 26, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). The hunts take place on TRC managed property located in Logan County. The drawing will take place at...

Georgia 2017 Primitive Weapons Deer Season Opens Oct 14
Posted on: 10/10/17

The week-long primitive weapons deer hunting season opens Saturday, Oct. 14. Last year, almost 42,000 hunters took to the woods with muzzleloaders, bringing in almost 6,000 deer, according to the Georgia DNR. All deer hunters do need to remember that they are required to report their harvest through Georgia Game Check. During the primitive weapons season, hunters may use...