Hunting On The Brain

July 6, 2005 — So, it’s the Fourth of July week — time to start thinking about hunting seasons, right? Well, it won’t be long now. In fact, some early deer-bowhunting seasons will be underway out West in a matter of weeks. So, to help you start thinking about hunting, we’re featuring news about the Pennsylvania Sunday hunting debate, crossbows in Virginia, the approval of rifles for Iowa antlerless deer, and much more!

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A Grizzly Week In Alaska

June 29, 2005 — Grizzly bears clawed their way into the national headlines this week, beginning with the fatal attack of two seasoned wilderness campers Saturday at Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. We also have the report of another Alaskan bear close call, a story about a new program to make it easier to introduce youngsters to the joys of hunting, and more!

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Dog Hunting For Deer

John E. from Georgia writes to ask about dog hunting for deer. “I know that dog hunting for deer is an old tradition, but dogs keep spoiling my treestand bowhunts. Over the past few years there seems to be more and more problems. What’s going on?”

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A Tale Of Two Hunting Dogs

Hunting dogs are near and dear to my heart. Upland bird hunting and waterfowling are a big part of my life, and dog work is big part of my interest in hunting. I wanted an all-around dog that could handle both upland and waterfowling chores. A dog that would be part of the Boa family also had to be a good companion in the house and on the road throughout the year. I was lucky enough to find those qualities in a couple of dogs.

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Coon Hunting Takes Different Kinds Of Dogs, People

Duke couldn’t care less about pointing pheasants or grouse. He doesn’t herd sheep or collar criminals. You’d never find him pulling a sled or fetching a tennis ball. Duke is single-minded. He’s a Walker Hound, and all he wants to do is hunt raccoons. And he is very good at it, too!

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Of Turkeys And Dogs

Oscar is a do-all bird dog, equally at home retrieving ducks or flushing pheasants, but his favorite trick is scattering turkeys. The dog’s job when it comes to fall turkey hunting is to scatter the flock in every direction and then return to his master — rather a neat trick. Finding a flock of turkeys in the fall is the easy part. Scattering them is another thing entirely.

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Older Hunting Dogs Need Special Care

Keeping an older hunting dog healthy and active is a challenge, but the rewards are numerous. Unfortunately, a sporting dog usually starts to feel the effects of aging just when he or she is well trained, calmed downed, easy to handle and has the business of hunting and retrieving down to a science — in other words, in their prime.

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How To Speak Dog

Stanley Coren, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and life-long dog owner, has written a guide to dog communications that will help every dog owner, from experienced handler to first-time puppy raiser. It could do for human/canine communications what the horse whisperer claimed to do for horses.

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