Once a Spike, Always a Spike?

Once a Spike, Always a Spike?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen We used to hear it said often, “Once a spike, always a spike.” A generation ago most hunters knew little about what went on in the deer world outside hunting season itself and a few scouting days leading up to the season. Today’s average hunter has access to much more knowledge. […]

Shots at Whitetails

Shots at Whitetails

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Years ago I missed a standing shot at a young buck and it boosted him instantly to top speed. I locked my eyes on him as I ejected the spent .30-06 round and chambered another. Then I picked out a spot ahead of the deer. When he entered my scope I […]

Is a Record Buck in Your Future?

Is a Record Buck in Your Future?

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Hunting whitetail deer is popular, so it’s no wonder we have so many record books. Many states, maybe most, have record books. Besides states we have a regional record book kept by the Northeast Big Buck Club. Pope and Young keeps records of bucks taken with archery tackle. Safari Club includes […]

Genetically Inferior Deer

Genetically Inferior Deer

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Would you shoot a genetically inferior deer? When hunters talk about genetics in whitetail deer, we’re almost always talking about antlers. So maybe your answer is, “Yes, I’ve done it many times? I can never seem to get a buck with good antler genetics.” Or maybe your answer is, “Yes, we […]

Help Fight Chronic Wasting Disease

Help Fight Chronic Wasting Disease

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Chronic Wasting Disease may be the most serious threat to deer we have ever seen. Is CWD worse than EHD, the other disease we’re hearing about? Yes, definitely. Epizootic hemorrhagic disease (sometimes called “blue tongue”) affects deer that get bitten by an infected midge. EHD is fatal, but it’s seasonal, and […]

Turn a Kid on to Hunting

Turn a Kid on to Hunting

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen As the average age of hunters increases, one of the big issues in the hunting world today is how to get more kids involved in hunting. It’s not easy, but it must be done. The future of hunting, and of wildlife in North America, depends on it. I’ve seen several ways […]

Groundhogs and Groundhog Dogs

Groundhogs and Groundhog Dogs

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Soon after the snow melts, the carnage begins. Rodents that snoozed the winter away in underground burrows leave their dens soon to be hit by cars. Yes, the most common animal we see dead along the roads in our area is the ever-present woodchuck, often called the groundhog. In early spring […]

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