Tag: 2018

White Wild Turkey: The Causes and Odds of Encountering This Rare Color Phase


A full-body mount of a white phase wild turkey.

White wild turkeys are extremely rare animals. As turkey hunters gear up to hit the woods this spring, only a handful will likely experience one of the rarest sights in the woods. That is a sighting of a smoke-phase or white turkey. It seems like a handful are shot here in North America every year. […]

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Bill in New Hampshire Blocked, Would Have Banned Rabbit Capture for Dog Training and Trials

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Recent legislation proposed in New Hampshire threatened the age-old New England tradition of rabbit hunting with hounds. A proposed New Hampshire bill, which was introduced in January 2022, set to limit the ability to train hunting dogs with wild rabbits. Presented by representatives Edith Tucker (D) and Dennis Thompson (R), the initiative also had the […]

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5 Things That Can Make a Winter Hard on Game Animals

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Game Animals in Winter

Tough conditions aren’t just brutal for humans — they can have a serious impact on wildlife too. If you’ve ever seen the crazy injuries a deer can survive — like a crossbow bolt through the skull or gaping wounds from a run in with an SUV — you already know they’re incredibly resilient creatures. While […]

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Gear Review: Garmin Xero A1i Pro


The rangefinding bow sight got even better with several notable improvements for bowhunters and target shooters. When Garmin debuted its Xero A1i rangefinding bow sight at the Archery Trade Association Show in 2018, the company’s booth was swarmed by media, buyers, and even the competition for days. The revolutionary technology was completely new to the […]

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Targeted Conservation for Pheasants

Targeted conservation for ring-necked pheasants in agriculturally dominated landscapes By John Laux, NGPC Upland Game and Access Program Manager Similar to many surrounding states, Nebraska’s ring-necked pheasant populations have experienced long-term declines – a trend driven largely by continued habitat loss. Over time, changes in agricultural land-use (i.e. grassland conversion to cropland, “cleaner” farming techniques, …

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Flashback to When Poachers Took 75 Walleyes From Detroit River

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walleye

These poachers went way over the limit on walleye. Twin brothers from Michigan lost their fishing licenses for one year and will have to pay over $2,700 in fines and reimbursement stemming from a May 2018 walleye poaching incident on the Detroit River. The brothers, 54-year-old Benjamin and Steven Schrouder, pleaded guilty in the 27th District […]

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Michigan Poacher Facing $59,000 in Restitution for Illegally Killing 9 Trophy Bucks

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Deer Poacher Michigan

Michigan man allegedly stayed out all night poaching deer. A call for a domestic violence incident led the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to make a major poaching bust in Van Buren County Michigan in October. The DNR says 33-year-old Justin Ernst of Decatur is facing 15 charges from the DNR stemming from nine bucks […]

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Antler Point Restrictions: Are They Good or Bad for Hunting?

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Antler Point Restrictions

Are antler point restrictions helping or hurting hunting? As modern deer hunting continues to evolve in the 21st century, wildlife management officials are consistently looking at new ways of controlling and growing the deer herds in their states or provinces. There has been a monumental shift towards creating a better age structure in many areas […]

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