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7 Hot Tips for Hunting Squirrels

Squirrels

7 Hot Tips for Hunting Squirrels

Squirrels torment me every deer season, moving over the leaves as if they’re imitating a big buck sneaking through the woods. Every winter after I’ve punched my tag, I vow to come back to get my revenge on the bushy-tailed scoundrels. It helps that they taste damn good, too. Whatever your motivation...
Can Logging Help Game Populations in the East?

Public Lands & Waters

Can Logging Help Game Populations in the East?

By most accounts, the 1970s and ’80s were the good ol’ days for public land hunters in the East. Deer and hunter numbers, along with success rates, were booming on national forest land in the region. These days, the hunting cultures that once thrived in places like the George Washington, Pisgah, and...
Why Are Humans Scared of Snakes?

Natural History

Why Are Humans Scared of Snakes?

Post a photo of a live snake on social media and see what happens. Odds are, the comments will follow a common theme: “Kill it.” A photo of a one-foot garter snake basking on the edge of a dock and a full-grown rattlesnake ready to strike will often draw the same response: “The only good snake is a...
Do Waterfowl Limits Matter?

Ducks

Do Waterfowl Limits Matter?

Does hunting mortality have significant long-term influence on waterfowl populations? This debate continues within both the hunting and biological research communities, but the answer isn’t as simple as some hunters might like. Some biologists believe hunting to be additive. That is, birds killed by...
Sterilize or Slaughter? America’s Feral Horse Problem

Habitat

Sterilize or Slaughter? America’s Feral Horse Problem

For some, wild horses and burros are an iconic symbol of the West, representing the freedom and ruggedness that define the frontier. For a growing number of conservationists, hunters and others concerned about native wildlife and habitats, feral horses are a scourge on the landscape. They trample...
Are Flooded Cornfields Altering Duck Migrations?

Waterfowl

Are Flooded Cornfields Altering Duck Migrations?

The worst season ever? If you skim through various waterfowl hunting forums and social media pages, you’d certainly think last duck season was a bust. Many hunters across the country spent more time griping about the lack of ducks than they did shooting ducks. In some circles, intentionally flooded...
Lions, Coyotes and Insurance Companies: Oh My!

Policy & Legislation

Lions, Coyotes and Insurance Companies: Oh My!

Thanks to DNA research, we now know coyotes migrated to the Eastern United States via two routes: across the South, where they spread into Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and around the Great Lakes, where they occasionally bred with wolves along the way. Those northern coyotes filtered down...
A New Silent Spring: Where are the Turkeys?

Wildlife Management

A New Silent Spring: Where are the Turkeys?

It is nothing short of remarkable, a conservation success story rivaled only by whitetail deer. Once on brink of extirpation from much of their historic range, wild turkeys are now thriving. They are found in all 48 contiguous states, plus Hawaii, Mexico and parts of Canada. Thank conservation...