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Patrick Durkin

Patrick Durkin

Outdoors writer/editor, weekly columnist for 17 Wisconsin newspapers, regular contributor to American Hunter magazine, and former editor of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine.

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The Forensic Science of Catching Poachers

Wildlife Management

The Forensic Science of Catching Poachers

Crime-scene investigators in December 1997 determined that someone killed Paul Horvat, 54, with three shots from a .243 Winchester while he was deer hunting in Pennsylvania’s Menallen township, a 20-minute drive north of Gettysburg. Horvat’s corpse was lying in a creek, and he’d been shot in the...
Patrick Durkin Sep 23, 2022
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Archers Are Killing More Deer Than Ever Before

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Archers Are Killing More Deer Than Ever Before

Bowhunters are taking record numbers of deer across the whitetail’s range, with crossbows accelerating the long-term increases compound bows triggered a half-century ago. That surge is most obvious in Midwestern and Northeastern states, where archery seasons are typically longer and warmer, given...
Patrick Durkin Sep 6, 2022
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The Mystery of America's Stonehenge

Anthropology

The Mystery of America's Stonehenge

If you’re driving through the rocky ridges of southeastern New Hampshire and see a sign for “America’s Stonehenge,” don’t expect a peek into North America’s hitherto-unknown megalithic past. America’s Stonehenge is more a modern nickname for an intriguing New England sightseeing attraction than the...
Patrick Durkin Aug 1, 2022
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Photos: Red Fox Raids Grackle Nest

Wildlife Management

Photos: Red Fox Raids Grackle Nest

A pair of grackles near Stoughton, Wisconsin, learned the hard way in early June that red foxes can climb trees far better than what humans often claim in common lore and nature books. The grackles lost their entire hatch to a red fox, which had little trouble raiding the nest 18 feet up a spruce...
Patrick Durkin Jul 18, 2022
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