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Congratulations 2013 Photo Contest Winners!

First Place:
Dennis Johnson’s “Ohio 17 Point””This non-typical buck has 17 scoreable points. Taken in early November on a Base Camp lease. The buck was following a doe and was shot at 20 yards. This photo was taken the next day.”
Second Place:
Will Draughon’s “Wisconsin 181 3/4 P&Y Whitetail””This 298 lb Monster was shot at a water hole on 10/2/13.”

Third Place:
Casey Howard’s “Daylan’s buck he named Chocolate Face”

“February of last year, my son and I saw this buck in the cut corn field with several other bucks on our leased property. Right away we noticed he was a mature 10 pointer with a big chocolate head. We found his shed antlers about a month later 10 yards apart in the cut corn. Daylan said that this was the buck he was going to take. We got pictures of him all summer long on our trail cameras. You could tell he was a lot bigger than he was the previous year. After an uneventful early season with no sightings of Chocolate Face, Daylan knew that the rut was still ahead so he stayed positive. The big whitetail continued to show up on trail cameras at night. On opening weekend of gun season, we were in a stand. We hadn’t seen a deer all evening when at about 5:30 I looked over to my right and noticed a very large bodied deer coming through a gap in a fence separating 2 fields. When I looked through the binos, I could tell it was Chocolate Face. “It’s him, it’s him”, I said. Daylan was visibly shaking.  He held his breath and put a 180 yard shot directly into the boiler room. He ran about 30 yards before piling up. Daylan’s patience finally paid off with him harvesting the buck of a lifetime that green scored 155 6/8. Needless to say this one will be hard for him to top!!”

Start Planning for Next Season

As hunting seasons draw to a close across the country, some hunters will stash away their gear only to wonder where they put it when next season rolls around, while others will get to work for the up and coming season. Frankly, this is where we separate the part-timers from the serious hunters who are successful year in and year out.  So much to do and so little time seems to be a theme in this fast pace life. Why would deer management be any different? Whether you own land or lease the land you hunt, there are always things you can do during the off season to increase your odds for success for next year.
Article by Erich Long

Shed Hunting:  5 Tips to Become a Better Bone Collector

With the warmer weather and the snow melting, it’s time for some shed hunting this week.

Check out this article for some helpful tips.

Article by Scott Bestul
Photo by Donald M Jones

Spring Turkey Hunting Tips

Very few outdoor experiences can compare with spring turkey hunting. The sport can, to say the least, be challenging, exciting and in some cases almost addictive. When a gobbler sounds off up close, or he’s strutting just out of range, even the most experienced hunter’s heart tends to pound uncontrollably.

This article covers some of the basics to help get you started hunting wild turkeys. (continued)

Article by Ron Eakes, Wildlife Biologist

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