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Dark-eyed juncos — a sure sign of winter

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Call them juncos or snowbirds, their return means temperatures are dropping and snow will soon fly.

Trail cams give you an around-the-clock view

Thursday, October 24, 2013

If you’ve ever suspected there was a big buck roaming your favorite hunting grounds, you probably wished you could monitor the area 24/7. But that’s virtually impossible unless you use a trail cam. Trail cams are motion-activated, weather-proof cameras that can be strapped to trees or posts to monitor wildlife activity. Many uses Hunters, birders […]

Falling temperatures sends signal to fill the feeders

Thursday, October 17, 2013

When morning low temperatures dip into the 30s, I know it’s time to get serious about filling my bird feeders. Here’s a guide matching desirable birds to specific foods and feeders. The single food that attracts the greatest variety of feeder birds is sunflower seed in tube or hopper feeders. Black-oil sunflower is appealing because […]

Now’s a good time to plant shrubs, trees, vines

Thursday, October 10, 2013

If your backyard plans include adding new plants for next year, get a head start this fall. Just be sure to get started before the ground freezes.

Pheasants are a fading symbol of autumn

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The year I turned 12 I got my first hunting license. It was my first chance to hunt ring-necked pheasants. My father brought birds home every fall, and I wanted to join the hunt. My dad taught me to shoot with a used, single shot, 12-gauge shotgun. It was a lot of gun for a […]

‘M&M’ season for the birds, without the chocolate

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fall is also migration and molt season, for birds.

Black squirrels can create identification problem

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, everyone knows squirrels. “Squirrels,” however, is a generic term. I use it here to refer to game species — gray, fox and red squirrels. These are the three species of tree squirrels that most eastern state wildlife agencies recognize as game species. To confuse the issue just a bit, some […]

Tennessee approves first sandhill crane hunt

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Recently Tennessee’s Fish & Wildlife Commission approved the state’s first modern day sandhill crane hunt. It will run from Nov. 28 through Jan. 1. A drawing for 400 permits will be held Oct. 19. Sandhill cranes are a large (4 feet tall and 6- to 7-foot wingspan, 7 to 10 pounds), charismatic species that birders […]

Are some birds too small to hunt?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

My first night at Boy Scout summer camp many years ago, I was rousted from my sleeping bag to go on a snipe hunt. It was just a ploy to get first timers lost in the woods at night. Older scouts oversaw the event to be sure no one really got lost, and I learned […]

A duck stamp for every hunter and every birder

Thursday, August 15, 2013

At $15, a “Duck Stamp” is arguably the best investment a conservationist can make. More formally called the “Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp,” the Duck Stamp was created in 1934. Hunters lobbied for this “tax” on themselves to ensure that waterfowl would forever fill the skies. A supplement to a state hunting license, […]

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