Successful Summer Scouting
from Whitetail Journal
Complain as they might, ninth-graders can’t escape the take-home paperwork. Deer hunters, too, have their own sort of paperwork to tend to, only their homework comes during the freshman’s off-season and is called “scouting.” Freshman or hunter, though, the hoped-for result of homework, is the same – a better future, whether that future is a successful career or a bruiser of a whitetail buck. But scout in the summer? Isn’t archery season still weeks away? What can the bowhunter hope to learn in the summer that he or she can’t discover a couple of days before the opener? Actually, a lot: summer scouting is critical to successful whitetail hunting.
The Giant of El Rucio
from the North American Whitetail
Hunting deer in South Texas wasn't new to David Coleman of Columbus, Mississippi, when he booked a 2006 hunt on the McAllen Ranch near Edinburg. But even time spent chasing big bucks on the famed King Ranch couldn't have prepared him for the events that unfolded in mid-December in "el Rucio." More
Process Underway for Third Alligator Hunting Season in Arkansas
The first step in the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s process of the very popular alligator hunting season has just been finalized. For the past couple of weeks, AGFC field crews have been busy conducting alligator spotlight surveys all across south Arkansas. The AGFC will review the proposed hunting season dates in June with final approval coming in July. A total of 28 permits will be available with 20 of those coming through the computer draw process, Assistant Chief of Wildlife Ricky Chastain says. More
The Long and Short of It
from the American Hunter
Shooting at long range is not an art, it’s a science. You, your rifle and your ammunition are a joint venture in advanced marksmanship and practical ballistics. And you, my friend, are the weak link in the chain—the unreliable, inconsistent, error-prone human that you are. Don’t take it personally, but your hardware is much more predictable. More
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Chipper Jones: 'Hunting is a Little Like Baseball'
from the Atlanta Journal Constitution
Chipper Jones plays the game of baseball about as well as anyone who has ever played. His friends also will tell you he’s an outstanding hunter. For Jones, the two sports have always walked hand-in-hand. And they still do. If you want to find Jones during the offseason, you might want to look for the nearest field. His hunting skills are now recognized in a series of “Buck Commander” videos, featuring him and many of his baseball hunting buddies on various trips. More
23 State Attorneys General to Attorney General Holder: "No Semi-Auto Ban"
Last week, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms. "We share the Obama Administration's commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans' access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems," the letter said. More
More Women Getting Gun Training
Robin Boruta is a saleswoman and instructor. Tonight, she's teaching a ladies-only gun class. "We're seeing a lot more women take that next step, and kind of be brave about it," she says. "They're still a little unsure. They're still a little intimidated. But they want to be able to carry those guns." More