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  1. 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...
  2. 5 Diseases Affecting Whitetail Deer

    In a perfect world, deer, and other animals for that matter, would be unaffected by illness and disease. Unfortunately, this is far from the reality we know and there are several health issues that plague cervids. Although seeing disease in action may be a reasonably rare occurrence, it is still important that Missouri Whitetail hunters familiarize themselves with these diseases. Being able to recognize and identify disease will not only help prevent further spread but also reduces risks of...
  3. 5 Steps to Develop a Good Bow Hunting Ethic

    The excited anticipation present when setting out in a bow hunt only grows as you complete a successful harvest. Bringing home a deer taken with a bow sounds easy enough, right? Sure it is, provided you take into account a few necessary tactics and take the time to hone your skill before setting out on a hunt. Anyone can go out in the field with a bow and hunt, but it is entirely possible that person will come out of the woods with nothing to show for their time. It is only those who put in...
  4. 5 Tips for Hunting the Rut

    Every deer hunter is poised to take advantage of the rut. It is during this time of year that bucks are most active as they harass does and search for a mate. This is an ideal time to score yourself a nice trophy, but it is helpful to observe your hunting area beforehand in order to gauge your chances of success. Five good ways to do so are listed below. 1. Keep an eye on the weather, especially wind and precipitation that will affect scent such as rising hot air and sinking cool air. By...
  5. 5 Whitetail Hunting Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

    Making mistakes is a part of life that we all know rather well. No matter how hard you try, regardless of the best effort you put forward, sometimes details are overlooked and mistakes are made. This does not make us bad hunters; instead, provided we learn from mistakes, it will ultimately make us good ones. The good thing about mistakes, however, is that all we tend to make the same ones, making it easy to learn valuable lessons from one another. When you find yourself reaching a hunting...
  6. 91,460 Missouri Whitetails Harvested in the 2014 November Portion of Firearms Opening Weekend

    Opening weekend is an exciting time for whitetail deer hunters not just in Missouri but all over the country. As hunters make their way out into the woods for the first hunt of the season, there is a certain electricity in the air, a hopefulness that this hunt will bring a great bounty. Aches and pains are forgotten as hunters trek determinedly out into nature, looking forward to forgetting about their real world woes and replacing them will the joys of an opening weekend harvest. For many...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Attracting Deer In Missouri

    Instead of going out and searching for deer, there are ways you can make the animals come to you. The state of Missouri is one of the best locations in the country for deer hunting, and you'll have no shortage of deer coming your way, if you know how to attract them. Whether it is in your backyard, or a designated piece of land, attracting deer is a simple process, if they are known to frequent the area. Attracting deer is also a good idea when camping or hunting on unfamiliar lands. The...
  10. Avoiding Rabies While Hunting Whitetail

    There are all kinds of dangers present in the Missouri woods for which all whitetail hunters should prepare. Whether it is dehydration, rough terrain, or inclement weather, we think and plan ahead so we are able to deal with these situations as they arise. Another part of the protection you should afford yourself when hunting is knowing the warning signs of rabies and how to prevent transmission. Photo: WBALTV Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system of infected...
  11. Bills on tap to tackle MDC, slash budget, make licenses nearly free

    In Jefferson City there are a number of bills on tap in the state legislature that aim to trim the Missouri Department of Conservation's budget by cutting the Conservation Tax while others pose to do everything from forcing the agency to pay $500 to every motorist hit by a state-controlled deer to mandating dead deer be tested for CWD. In all, there are over a half dozen bills pending for the 98th General Assembly of the Show Me State. (Image from MDC) The breakdown is as follows: HB 315...
  12. Bleaching Skulls with Hydrogen Peroxide and Water

    When a trophy buck is harvested, the pride and sense of accomplishment is not something we want to soon forget. In order to pay tribute to the animal and the event, the head of the whitetail is often mounted. Typically this is done to look as natural as possible and resemble the deer as it was in life, retaining the look of having a healthy coat and eyes. For some, however, something else entirely is preferred. Photo: Bad to the Bone Skull Cleaning It could be that you want to display your...
  13. 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...
  14. Bow Season Preparations

    Many of us are eagerly awaiting the beginning of Missouri bow season and it won't be long now! Rather than kick back while you wait, however, there are plenty of preparations you could be taking so you are ready to go on opening day. There is nothing worse than getting out to the field and finding something amiss that sidelines you before you even get started, so get busy taking care of business in advance so your bow season will be off to a good start. Having your bow checked and tuned is...
  15. Building a Missouri Shooting House

    When hunting season opens and you prepare to trek into the woods, it is imperative that you have a plan to enact once you select a hunting destination. Will you be moving about, stalking your game, or will you instead hole up and still hunt instead? If you plan to still hunt, you are going to need a good place to position yourself while you wait, and that is where a shooting house comes into play. It is possible to spend your time still hunting in the field leaning against a tree or perched...
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