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  1. Hunting the Unknown - Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

    The September heat wave was killing the early season. I had been out a couple times, but it was pretty much a miserable experience. The meteorologist predicted a break in the weather. I am in the Marine Corps and had taken leave this week, as I had a feeling this would be the best chance for a deer in September. Wednesday, I was tied down to an appointment and of course, that was the morning the weather was to turn. I could not hunt the morning, but I knew I could get into a stand prior to...
  2. Hunting the Elusive Missouri Giant

    I was fortunate enough to hunt NE Missouri from November 7th - 13th. The 7th - 11th being archery and Missouri Firearm Opener on the 12th. This was an excellent hunt although I did not see the rutting action that I had hoped for when I originally planned the dates for this trip. I had encounters with 17 bucks during my time there, 8 of which were in my estimation 130" or better. Most the encounters involved these bucks moving through the timber at a laid-back pace, and totally unresponsive...
  3. Confessions of a Longbow Junkie

    I just returned from a successful caribou hunt in northern Quebec and I am concerned that the longbow I used may be on its last legs. Heck, I’ve had it for going on two seasons now and I’ve killed a couple of animals with it. How much more mojo could it have left inside? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about putting it in the closet with my other “retired” bows and getting a replacement. I saw a really cool looking riser/limb wood combination online the other day that I don’t currently...
  4. ADD MINI-SLAMS TO YOUR BUCKET LIST

    In North America there are 29 species of big game animals that sportsmen can pursue. Those fortunate to harvest all of them can rightfully claim they have taken the "Grand Slam" of big game, obviously, quite an achievement. How realistic is it to attempt such a feat? Not very, especially if your hunting budget is like mine and you haven't hit the Powerball lottery. To give you an idea of how expensive the task can be, a guy I know has completed the Grand Slam, with a bow, and he spent over...
  5. Choosing Bucks Over Beef

    As whitetail hunters, we've all met at least one person who doubts or disapproves of what we do and why we do it. Although many arguments can be made against hunting by those who do not believe it in, one of the more common opinions has nothing to do with hunting so much as convenience. They simply ask us why we spend money on guns and ammunition or bow technology, put on all of our specialized gear, and go sit alone in the cold woods for hours on end when we could far more easily go down to...
  6. Fair Chase Prohibits Hunting of Deer Fleeing Flood Waters

    Life in Missouri is a bit on the wet side these days as the mighty Mississippi flexes her muscles thanks to tremendous amounts of rain swelling her beyond her banks. Although shows of her strength in the past have proven similar, dealing with flood waters is a problem for us all. Whether it is road closures that have you trapped and unable to move about freely from home and work or that your home is one of the 7,100 structures overcome by water, times are tough in Missouri thus far in 2016....
  7. Record Opossum Harvested in Missouri

    As you're out and about hunting whitetail in Missouri, there are a plethora of animals also present in the woods that you may encounter. Though your focus may be on deer, that doesn't mean the possibility doesn't exist that you could stumble across something else that you'd like to harvest. One example of this is the opossum, an animal that is abundant in Missouri, for which the hunting season runs from November the 15th, 2015 to January 31st, 2016. Opossums are marsupial mammals that are...
  8. Body Aging Whitetail Deer

    Last week we discussed how to age a deer by its jawbone and the many reasons for doing so. Although this is useful information to have, it can only be performed on a deer you have already harvested and are thus able to peer inside the mouth of that animal. Since there may come a time during which you would like to have some idea as to the age of a deer before a harvest occurs, it is useful to know how to body age a deer as well. Many times hunters use the term 'let them go and let them...
  9. Aging Your Missouri Whitetail Harvest by Teeth

    Have you ever harvested a whitetail and wondered to yourself just how old that animal is? There are many reasons why it is useful to be able to age a whitetail. For the purpose of keeping information about population health as well as to make body condition comparisons that are accurate across the board, knowing a deer's age is quite helpful. The question is how do you actually make an age determination? There are actually two ways to do this, those being by physical examination or that of...
  10. Methods of Cooling Meat in the Field

    After putting forth the effort and expense necessary to harvest a whitetail, the last thing you want to do is lose the meat to something avoidable. Unfortunately there are some obstacles when it comes to keeping meat safe in the field if you are a few days from being able to bring it home or to a processor. In order to retain edible meat at the end of a hunting trip, it is important to know proper meat handling techniques as well as how to keep your future dinners safe from being the dinner...
  11. Increased Deer Harvest for November Firearms Season in Missouri

    Missouri's 10 day November firearms season (November 14th through the 24th) recently came to a close. During those 10 days, however, many hunters ventured forth into the woods in search of a deer to bring home. In a lot of cases, their efforts paid off with the result being a 14% increase in deer harvested this year during the month of November in comparison to last year during the same time period. The 2014 November season yielded a total of 166,383 deer harvested. In 2015, however, that...
  12. Things to Remember When Hunting Whitetails

    Everybody wants to have a great whitetail season. As Missouri hunters head into the woods, they want to achieve the goal of returning safely with a deer in tow. While that sounds simple enough, in order to make this and every hunting season the best for all involved, there are a few things to remember. Take time to brush up on the law before you set forth. Sure, there may be little to no change in Missouri hunting law from one year to the next, but how will you know if you don't bother to...
  13. Share the Harvest Operation Going Strong in Missouri

    Having a belly full of a warm meal is a wonderful feeling. At the end of a long, hard day, we look forward to having a hot dinner waiting at home. As we sit down to that meal, we may sometimes dine without giving much thought to how lucky we are to have that food on the table. Whether it is venison on which we are dining or something else, the fact of the matter is that we are lucky to have food on the table, and there are many others who cannot say the same. That is where Share the Harvest...
  14. Dip Deer Skulls in Paint for an Awesome Custom Look

    It is human nature to strive to be better, stronger, faster, and to have the coolest toys. We are naturally inclined to constantly try to outdo one another and stand out. Whether it is new guns, new bows, or new trucks, the competition amongst hunters can get pretty fierce. Another area in which we compete is the points on a buck. Everyone wants that trophy and the bragging rights that come along with it. Once we get it, we bring it home and proudly mount it to show it off to friends and...
  15. 15 Point Missouri Buck Killed with Atlatl

    The modern hunter has come a long way from those of days past. As technology has advanced, we've been able to take advantage of high powered scopes, precision rifles, and perfectly tuned bows. Although this is great for us, it wasn't always this way. Hunters in history have used other options to feed themselves and their families. One of those methods was the atlatl. Atlatls came to be long before the bow and arrow and have historical ties to much of the world. They are basically a spear...
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