According to a fascinating and ongoing whitetail project conducted by researchers at Penn State, discretion and secrecy are top priorities to a doe about to give birth in May or June. Does split up and avoid contact with other does of their social group. A young doe that will give birth for the first time will seek out a secluded fawning site outside of her core area. An older doe will usually return to the same fawning spot each year to give birth. Most yearling does generally give birth to a single fawn. Twins are common among adult does. The researchers point out that in Pennsylvania where this project is happening, 80% of pregnant yearling does have single fawns; 74% of does 3 years [...]
I went for a hike Saturday and got eaten up by bugs. You’ll be out there shortly, hiking down to the river or camping, and you’ll suffer the same fate if you don’t spray down. While I don’t like to use repellent, you should. Insect bites aren't just itchy and uncomfortable; mosquitoes and other insects can transmit Lyme disease, West Nile virus and other nasty stuff. In the latest tests by Consumer Reports, here are 4 top repellents to use this summer. Non-DEET: Sawyers Fisherman's Formula ($9.99 from Cabela’s), with active ingredient 20 percent picaridin Repel Lemon Eucalyptus, which contains 30 percent oil of lemon eucalyptus. Both of the above non-DEET products repelled mosquitoes and ticks for at least 7 hours, [...]
From the BIG DEER archives, one of my favorite bucks all time: Colin Bourrier and his dad, Albert, had been seeing a small buck behind their house all summer. On the second day of Manitoba’s 2007 archery season (August 28) Albert headed off an hour away to hunt a better spot in the bush, while Colin, who had just turned 15 at the time, climbed into a tree stand behind the house, hoping to shoot the small buck. Colin waited, oh, about 30 minutes and here came a buck—not the little guy, but a velvet giant that nobody in those parts had ever seen before! Colin drew his bow and smoked the titan at 10 yards. Albert, a taxidermist, rough scored [...]
For the fishers on the blog, from Missouri Department of Conservation: HOLY CRAPPIE! Earlier this week, young angler Brady Murr caught this whopper of a black crappie in a private pond…weighing in at 4 lbs. 11 oz., just shy of the 5 lb. state record…Brady's father contacted MDC to weigh the fish and determine a positive species ID. Brady and his father later released the fish alive into the private pond from which they caught it. Love crappie fishing, that's a monster! Way to go Brady for the catch and release!
From indystar.com: A controversial proposal that would have allowed Indiana deer hunters to use high-powered rifles is likely dead. Wildlife officials at the Department of Natural Resources are recommending against the proposal, saying the deep rift it caused among hunters has proven too contentious. While it's possible the Indiana Natural Resources Commission could buck the agency's recommendation next week, longtime followers of the 12-person board say it's very rare for that to happen. The proposal would have allowed the use of centerfire rifles larger than .243 in Indiana's firearms deer season. Currently, only muzzleloaders and slug guns are allowed, along with a few pistol calibers. The DNR says Indiana's nearly 266,500 deer hunters were split on the issue. But officials [...]