Hiking ‘Above It All’ At Yellowstone’s Mammoth Hot Springs

Steps away from the attractions given multiple stars by Michelin and AAA travel guides, there are typically trails where, with an hour or two of sweat and initiative, one can rise above the restless throngs. Beaver Ponds Loop, a five-mile trail above Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone National Park, is one such venue.

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September’s Mule Deer

The turning of September is a time of transition for the bowhunter. Most whitetail seasons aren’t yet open. The best waterhole hunting is waning. Bears aren’t prime. The hot antelope and elk action is still two weeks off. Caribou hunting is probably good, but so far, far away. The turning of September is for one purpose in the minds of many bowhunters: the stalking of mule deer.

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What Does Do Bucks Mate?

John K. from Wyoming asks the following. "Since we now know that some young bucks mate does, my question is, do those young bucks just mate young does or do they mate more mature does as well?"

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Study Shows Cutthroats Feed More In Afternoon Than Morning

Nine Wyoming cutthroat trout were implanted with radio transmitters and followed from mid-July to late August. To get a complete picture of what the trout were doing around the clock, each fish was individually monitored for at least one minute in every hour, over a 24-hour period. The study revealed many things including that the cutthroats fed 15- to 19 hours each day with only 40 percent of the fish feeding after dark. Ninety percent of fish fed at dusk and dawn. And based on stomach flushes, trout fed more than three times as much in the afternoon than in the morning.

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Antelope By Bow: Part 1

I’ve had a long love affair with the king of the prairie — the pronghorn antelope. I’ve come to believe that the singularity of the creature, the spectacular scenery he inhabits, and the fascinating hunting methods employed to pursue him are among the best things going in bowhunting. Best of all, there are several intriguing ways to bowhunt the prairie speedster.

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Too Many Mulies

I was glassing some willows when I noticed an abnormally large leaf protruding from a funny-looking branch. It was the ear and antler of a buck. I had to cover 20 more yards to get within 40, my self-imposed maximum shooting distance. When I covered 10, watching the ground to stay shy of any noisy obstructions, I raised my eyes. A doe stood between the buck and me, peering at me, and her unmistakable body language had caused the buck to rise warily.

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A Wyoming Whitetail Adventure

A few years ago, I traveled to southeastern Wyoming to bowhunt whitetails along the Platte River. There was 4 inches of snow on the ground, so I lit out covering ground in search of clues. As I neared the river, deer tracks began to show up in good numbers. On my third morning on stand, I missed a hurried shot at a buck that I would come to know well. Shortly after firstlight later that week, like a dream, the big 8-pointer was headed my way.

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