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The results moose lotteries are coming out!

The state of Maine has announced the winners of their moose permits!

You can check results here:

http://moose.informe.org/

4110 people drew Maine moose tags in 2013 out of 52,000 applicants. 10% are set aside for non-residents of Maine and God is good - after 10 years of applying I drew a cow tag for zone 4 in November! woo hoo!

New Hampshire also released their moose permit winner information:

http://www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Hunting/Hunt_species/hunt_moose.htm

There were only 275 moose permits issued in NH, but there are also alternates who might just get a permit.

New York’s 2013-14 migratory game bird seasons announced

From NY DEC:

"The tentative schedule for many of New York’s 2013-14 migratory game bird seasons is now available, allowing sportsmen and sportswomen to plan outdoor activities well in advance, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens announced today. Tentative season dates for ducks, geese, woodcock, snipe and rails can be found on the DEC website at: http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28503.html.

Talking turkey in New York

Opening morning of the 2013 turkey season was a gorgeous day. It was as beautiful as May could be – the spring grass was freshly sprouted green, the ground was warm and dry, the sky was blue, temperatures climbed from the forties through the seventies as the day progressed – and I was at work. That’s when I decided to take the next day off and go hunting.

The Saiga 12 shotgun – novelty or working gun?


The Saiga 12 shotgun promises everything an anti-zombie warrior could hope for. It is made in Russia by actual Russians. It’s black. It accepts detachable drum magazines. There is no two hand pump or lever action cycling required. It is semi auto and delivers multi-shot 12 gauge devastation down range.

Vanguard Spirit XF 1042 Binoculars

I received my pair of Vanguard Spirit Binoculars to review for Outdoor Hub at the height of the offseason.

Watch for Signs of Hemorrhagic Disease - NY, NJ, and PA!

From New York Hunting Today: QDMA Urges Hunters to Watch for Signs of Hemorrhagic Disease Posted: 17 Jul 2012 02:33 PM PDT While heat and drought don’t cause hemorrhagic disease (HD), they set the stage for biting flies that spread the viruses to whitetails.

A No Plucking Way to Dress Out a Whole Turkey

The old saying is that there is more than one way to skin a cat. Well – there is more than one way to dress a turkey. Some folks just pull the breasts off and leave the rest of the bird for the coyotes, but that seems wasteful to me. When we roast a whole turkey whether it is a Butterball or wild bird, the breasts make the main course of at least one meal and most of the remaining meat gets used for turkey sandwiches the next day while the bones are stewed into stock for future use as turkey soup.

Northeast Notebook: Smell the roses

Sitting Bull is famously quoted as saying "I will remain what I am until I die, a hunter, and when there are no buffalo or other game I will send my children to hunt and live on prairie mice.

If you are a hunter, you know exactly what he meant.  Peter Hathaway Capstick reasoned that there is biological proof that humans evolved as hunters.  He explained herbivores (prey animals) have eyes on opposite sides of their head to better watch against danger.  But all hunting mammals have forward facing eyes with which we focus on the prey ahead while stalking and pursuing them when they flee.

Our lives would be incomplete without the hunt.  Yet there are times when the hunt must pause.  Game laws and closed seasons protect against over hunting.  New York’s spring turkey season ended yesterday.  It is a long wait until the September goose season and even longer until we can pursue cotton tails and white tails in the fall.  I used to find this wait almost unbearable.  I would feel frustration seeing deer casually browsing in the summer fields.  I filled my evenings with reading about other’s hunts and longing for a chance to get back in the field.  

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