2014 Deer Season Biologist Video Updates

Click here to play the videoThe final round of biologist updates for this season are ready for you to view! As we enter the final week of firearm deer season, everyone is curious about what’s happening out in the woods. These biologists will give their take on what they’re seeing, what they’re hearing from hunters in the area, what can be expected based on available food sources and more. This week we hear from biologists Dusty Arsnoe (south central Upper Peninsula), Zach Cooley (southeast Lower Peninsula), Chad Fedewa (central Lower Peninsula) and Nik Kalejs (southwest Lower Peninsula) about what to expect in their part of the state. If you haven’t picked up your deer licenses yet, head to your local retailer or E-License so you don’t miss out on the hunt. Also, don’t forget to tweet your harvest photos on twitter with the hashtag, “#MiDeerPic.” Good luck this last week of firearm deer season!

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Long Beard® XR™ Sets New World Record in NWTF Still Target Competition

 

 GW:  I’m a believer and since taking a gobbler with this stuff last spring, I’ll stick with it.  The best patterning shotgun ammo ever and the price beats the competition, too.

EAST ALTON, Ill. (November 25, 2014) –Fall is officially here…the World Series is over, professional and college football games are in full swing, and competitors in the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Still Target Competition have set world records with Winchester® Long Beard XR turkey ammunition. Not just once, but three times, and in Long Beard XR’s first year of competition.

It’s safe to say Winchester rose to the top of the innovation platform yet again by dominating competitive and hi-dense loads. Winning the 12-gauge Open Division and winning the 12-gauge Hunter Division with 54 pellets in a three-inch circle at a distance of 40 yards, is impressive to say the least, but setting a new world record knocks it out of the park. Introduced in 2014, Long Beard XR quickly became a turkey slamming game changer while turning hunters into true believers.

12 Gauge Hunter: Bobby Sears (Hazelhurst, GA), new world record holder
12 Gauge Open: Scott Kirsch (Plainfield, IN)

“We knew we had something truly innovative with Long Beard XR,” said Brett Flaugher, Winchester Ammunition vice president of marketing, sales and strategy. “To be able to see our product completely dominate the competition, shatter the current record and set a brand new world record, makes us very proud.”

Be on the lookout in 2015 for Long Beard XR Magnum loads featuring Shot-Lok™ technology, offering the tightest patterns and longest shot capability of any lead turkey load in history. It will be available in 12 gauge, 3 inch, 1 7/8 ounce shot and 12 gauge, 3 ½ inch, 2 1/8 ounce shot both in shot sizes 4, 5 and 6.

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Bucks in the City – Hunting Metro Whitetails

What a terrible afternoon! Two horseback riders had ridden by down the neighbor’s property line and now the other neighbor’s boy was out on his ATV tearing up the ground. He was buzzing by so close I had to turn my face because the breeze was blowing the dust in my eyes. Disappointed, I was about ready to get down out of my treestand when I saw a slight flicker of antler in the sunlight. My binoculars picked out a massive buck bedded down within 100 yards. Now I couldn’t move, nor did I want to!

The afternoon went on and I cursed the ATV. It was amazing…that buck was bedded within thirty yards of the ATV trail and it never seemed to bother him. Finally the sun dropped behind the trees and the ATV sounds stopped. A couple does popped-up from their beds and ambled by. There were dry leaves but I could hardly hear them, because even though the ATV noises had stopped, rush hour on the highway sounded like flies buzzing in my ears.

My binoculars stayed glued on the buck. At long last he finally rose-up and stretched. He did a good scent-check of the area, waved his nose in the air and started browsing in my direction. To make a long story short, I drove an arrow through both lungs when the buck reached 22 yards and he expired seconds latter about 100 yards away.
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Michigan rears and stocks muskellunge to create fishing opportunities

The Department of Natural Resources recently finished stocking 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings into 21 water bodies located throughout the state in an effort to enhance Michigan’s fisheries.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally producing muskellunge, Great Lakes and northern. The DNR has been rearing muskellunge in its hatcheries since the 1950s. While the hatchery program initially focused on the northern muskellunge strain, it has shifted focus in recent years to the Great Lakes strain as it is native to Michigan and widely distributed in water bodies throughout the Lower Peninsula and eastern region of the Upper Peninsula. Continue reading

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State rears and stocks muskellunge to create fishing opportunities

The Department of Natural Resources recently finished stocking 36,228 muskellunge fingerlings into 21 water bodies located throughout the state in an effort to enhance Michigan’s fisheries.

Michigan is home to two strains of naturally producing muskellunge, Great Lakes and northern. The DNR has been rearing muskellunge in its hatcheries since the 1950s. While the hatchery program initially focused on the northern muskellunge strain, it has shifted focus in recent years to the Great Lakes strain as it is native to Michigan and widely distributed in water bodies throughout the Lower Peninsula and eastern region of the Upper Peninsula. Continue reading

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Two Kawkawlin men each face $4,000 in restitution in redhead duck poaching

GW:  From heroes to zeros

Two Kawkawlin, Michigan, men have been ordered to pay $4,000 each in restitution payments to the Game and Fish Protection Fund and $625 each in fines and court costs and were sentenced to five days in jail for being over the bag limit for redhead ducks, according to conservation officers with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Travis Vennix, 22, and Timothy Diehl, 22, both of Kawkawlin, admitted to shooting 20 redhead ducks while hunting Oct. 13. The bag limit for redheads is two per hunter. In addition to their fines, restitution and jail time, both had their hunting privileges for the remainder of 2014 revoked, along with the next three calendar years. They were sentenced last week by Judge Allen Yenior of the 81st District Court in Arenac County.

Vennix and Diehl were waterfowl hunting Oct. 13 when they encountered DNR conservation officer Nick Atkin, who was checking waterfowl hunters, at the Pine River boating access site in Arenac County. Officer Atkin noted they were acting nervous when he spoke to them, but because of the darkness and fog he couldn’t see that the pair hid a stringer of 18 redhead ducks under the boat dock at the site. When Vennix and Diehl arrived on shore with their boat, Officer Atkin noted they had two redhead ducks in the boat with them.

On Oct. 14, the DNR received a Report All Poaching (RAP) Line complaint from a hunter who found a stringer of 18 redhead ducks shoved underneath the boat dock at the access site. Officer Atkin, along with conservation officer Phil Hudson, then tracked down the hunters he had encountered the previous night and obtained a confession from them that they shot 20 redhead ducks while hunting that day. Continue reading

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DNR charges Waterford man with elk poaching in Montmorency County

GW: So, what about knowing your target? Maybe the sleeze did, maybe he didn’t, but he’s still a sleeze.

A 51-year-old man from Waterford, Michigan, has confessed to killing an elk on the opening day of firearm deer season, according to Department of Natural Resources conservation officers who investigated the incident.

A deer hunter hunting in Montmorency County north of Atlanta Nov. 15 contacted the DNR’s Report All Poaching (RAP) Line to report he had found a dead elk. Conservation officers from the DNR’s Gaylord Customer Service Center responded and located the 4×4 bull elk and determined it had been killed by a single gunshot.

After a lengthy investigation by the officers, a suspect was identified and a confession was obtained. Charges currently are under review by the Montmorency County Prosecutor. Continue reading

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Kahr® Arms Offers a Gift This Holiday Season

Pomona, NY – During this season of gift-giving, now is the time to purchase any Kahr Premium Series product and qualify for a free Kahr E-Gift Card worth $50.

The E-Gift Card promotion applies to the purchase of any one of the 50+ models from the Kahr Premium Series, which includes the TP, T, P, K, PM, and MK Series. The $50 E-Gift Card can be used towards the purchase of any parts and accessories from the Kahr E-commerce website. IMPORTANT NOTE: CW, CM and CT models in the Value Series Kahr pistol product line are not included in this promotion. Kahr pistol SKU numbers starting with the letter “C” are not included in this promotion, for example the CW9093. Continue reading

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CORBON Offers Cyber Weekend Sale Starting On Black Friday

CORBON will be holding a cyber weekend sale beginning Friday Nov. 28th at 12:01 AM thru Monday Dec 1st at 11:59 PM. All weekend specials will be available on our website at www.CORBON.com.

Purchase $100 worth of ammunition or gift certificates and get a free T shirt and free shipping. A $200 purchase gets you a free T shirt and a box of .223 ammunition plus free shipping. $300 or more gets you a free T shirt, a box of .223 ammunition free shipping and a gift valued at $20. Continue reading

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Leica Sport Optics Announces Special Opportunity on All Geovid Rangefinding Binoculars for Black Friday

ALLENDALE, NJ – Leica Sport Optics is offering a special opportunity to purchase all new Geovid rangefinding binoculars at 10 percent off the regular selling price for a limited time only, November 26 through December 1, 2014. This offer is the first ever “Black Friday” special undertaken by Leica. Continue reading

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