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A Hunters Pre-Season Checklist
Posted on: 08/18/18

You are a hunter. Your thoughts are now drifting toward cool, crisp mornings, falling leaves and maybe a bit of snow cover on the ground. It is time to do your homework. Here is a handy, but extensive checklist for you to use to make certain that you are fully prepared when your hunting season arrives...

Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game
Posted on: 08/18/18

Big game hunting needs some amount of seriousness. Planning is necessary due to the risks involved like high altitude, cold weather, exhaustion and fatigue, and attacks from wild animals. Common among the big game animals in North America are moose, elk, deer, caribou, buffalo, big horn sheep, mountain lion and bears. The Hunting Gear Checklist for Big Game covers the necessary hunting equipment needed in the field to transport and perserve your trophy...


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Letter From TBC Press - Thank You Hunters

With hunting season in getting into full swing, hunters from across the nation are walking the woods & fields. It’s not just the meat, however, that these hunters are bringing in. Hunters are not just contributors to wildlife management or meals for individual families, but also to local small businesses who experiences a major uptake during this season...

Hunters: Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course & Why You Should
Posted on: 09/19/18

One of the most popular pieces of equipment used by deer hunters is a tree stand. Tree stands can be dangerous if they are used incorrectly or carelessly. Nationally, one in three hunting injuries involves a tree stand. With more and more news on death and/or serious injuries regarding treestand accidents, The Backcountry Press wants to stress the importance of treestand safety. Take the FREE Treestand Safety Course from

Michigan Holding Public Meetings Regarding Proposed Deer Antler Point Restrictions
Posted on: 09/19/18

The Thumb Hunters for APRs organization will host two public meetings to explain and answer questions about its proposal for new Michigan deer antler point restrictions (APRs) for Huron, Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties. The meetings will take place...

Montana Youth Only Pheasant, Waterfowl Hunt Sept 22-23
Posted on: 09/19/18

Montana's young hunters will have the state’s waterfowl and pheasants pretty much to themselves this Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22-23. Licensed hunters ages 15 and under may hunt ducks, geese, coots, mergansers and ring-necked pheasants statewide on these two special days set aside for youngsters, but they must be...

Wisconsin 2018 Fall Hunting Forecasts
Posted on: 09/19/18

Fall hunting and trapping seasons in Wisconsin are well underway, and a number of hunting and trapping forecasts are now available to help hunters and trappers prepare for their time in the outdoors. Forecasts for the following species can be found at the links below - each forecast is located on the corresponding species page...

Wisconsin Statewide Regular Season Duck Zones Open Sept 29
Posted on: 09/19/18

Wisconsin duck hunters in the North, South and Mississippi River zones will begin another fall duck hunt one-half hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept 29. The Northern zone will begin Sept 29 and run through Nov. 27. The Southern Zone will run from...

Arizona Confirms Disease Affecting Mule Deer in the Prescott Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) has confirmed a disease event affecting some mule deer in the Yavapai Hills community and surrounding areas near Prescott. After receiving reports in recent weeks from residents who observed deer that appeared to be...

California 2018-2019 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Oct 20
Posted on: 09/18/18

California’s 2018-2019 waterfowl hunting season is fast approaching, with one special early opportunity for young hunters in California’s Northeastern Zone. The weekend of Sept. 22-23 is designated as Youth Waterfowl Hunting Days in this zone only. The majority of hunters will take to the blinds Oct. 20 in most zones. Specific opening and closing dates...

Minnesota 2018 Waterfowl Hunting Season Opens Sept 22 - Good Opener Expected
Posted on: 09/18/18

Duck hunting is expected to be good when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, Sept. 22, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The duck season structure is similar to recent years. Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones...

Ohio to Hold Controlled Deer Archery Hunt Drawing in Mercer Wildlife Area
Posted on: 09/18/18

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is hosting a one-time drawing Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 1:00pm for archery deer hunting on the Mercer Wildlife Area. Participants must register prior to 1:00 pm and show a valid 2018-19 hunting license and deer permit. Controlled hunt dates include...