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 […]

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 […]

An Open Letter to TV Hunting Hosts

An Open Letter to TV Hunting Hosts

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen More than anything else, you are an ambassador for hunting. Remember that. It’s more important than your famous name, than the dozens of trophy heads nailed to the broad side of your barn, than the big company you own, than your millions of dollars. Hunting has been good to you. But […]

The Wrong Hands for Guns

The Wrong Hands for Guns

Contributing Writer Steve Sorensen Last fall I had a serious eye surgery. A skilled surgical team at UPMC Mercy Hospital in Pittsburgh had to fish out a stray lens implant and sew in a new lens from the inside. In the process they made seven incisions in my eyeball and changed out all the vitreous, […]

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