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Rabbit hunters have long known that wild bunnies can carry diseases such as tularemia. Deer hunters have been hearing about diseases such as chronic wasting disease (CWD) for many years, but more recently hemorrhagic diseases such as bluetongue virus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) have been getting a lot of the spotlight. Even though there is no evidence humans can contract CWD or EHD, there are precautions that hunters should take.  While there’s no evidence that chronic wasting disease (CWD) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) can be transmitted to humans, it’s smart to take precautions when field dressing deer. Keep…
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You can improve your odds of tagging a big buck this season by practicing the following low impact deer hunting tips.  Once you've tagged your buck, try not to forget the principles of low-impact hunting. Maintain stealth and get him out of there as quickly and as quietly as possible. 1. Rotate Your Spots – If you have more than one property to hunt, it may allow you to pick the best one for that particular day’s conditions. However, you also want to regularly rotate between properties so that you don’t over-hunt any single one. If you don’t have that…
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Most hunters understand the importance of scent control and how to practice it when it comes to your body and hunting clothes. However, many hunters overlook their various pieces of hunting gear, many of which they’ve had for years and are loaded with offensive human scent. These items need to be washed, if possible, and/or de-scented too. Here’s a list of some pieces of equipment I’ll bet you never considered.  Don't tromp through the woods with your gear stinking to high heaven. Spray down your equipment with scent elimination as well as your hunting clothes before heading into the woods.…
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Last week we discussed a few ways to practice low-impact deer hunting. Let's look at a few more ways minimize your impact and maximize your chances of tagging a big buck this season.  Always Maintain Stealth Take the same precautions when you are scouting, setting out trail cameras or putting up treestands and ground blinds as you would when actually hunting. This means keeping as quiet as possible, staying out of sight and following good scent control practices, including wearing gloves and rubber boots. Just because hunting season has started yet doesn't mean that deer won't be spooked by you.…
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