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Friday was the official start of Colorado’s dove hunting season and because the Arkansas Valley of southeast Colorado is so vast, scouting for the birds is essential – at least according to two hunters.

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A new law in Texas would allow hunters to shoot feral hogs and coyotes from hot air balloons. But now, balloonists in the Lone Star State are refusing to offer the opportunity to participate in the activity, citing logistical problems.

The Texas Tribune recently spoke with many balloonists and insurers across the state, and they all said they hadn’t heard of anyone planning to hunt hogs from hot air balloons.

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Dove hunting season begins in Oklahoma on Sept. 1 and this year hunters will have more places to hunt and view wildlife.

As The Oklahoman reports, the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation will open new areas this year for hunting.

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Luke's Dragon Claw 50+caliber air rifle shoots not only 50-caliber round balls and pellets but also the Air Bolt, which is an arrow.

The Dragon Claw is pressured to about 3,000 psi via a scuba or carbon fiber tank and provides multiple shots on each filling. There is a low and high power setting. Low power works great for many shots when target shooting but when hunting big game such as wild hogs or exotics, the high power setting is recommended.

Antler rattling on the High Plains

Nov 19, 2016
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This week, Luke talks about his success  in attracting whitetail bucks by rattling antlers and, discusses a "new" set of rattling tools that bring in bucks from great distances. 

As Rattling Forks owner Steven Ray says, "If they can't hear it, they won't come!"

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Oklahoma hunters are being warned to watch out for “rabbit fever,” reports KFOR.

Officials say the bacterial infection could spread across the Sooner State in coming weeks. According to the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife, there have been two recent confirmed cases of “rabbit fever”—also known as tularemia, as well as several more suspected cases.

Hot spot for hunting wild hogs in Texas

Nov 12, 2016
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This week, Luke takes us to eastern Texas to hunt wild hogs.

Hunting guide Larry Large of Hunting East Texas talks about one of the best spots for hog hunting in the eastern part of the state, located about an hour east of Dallas, near Athens.

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Kansas voters won’t just be choosing a president tomorrow at the polls; they’ll also be deciding on a matter close to the heart of sportsmen.

As The Topeka Capital-Journal reports, voters in Kansas are deciding this year whether hunting and fishing should be protected by the state constitution. The potential amendment has been overshadowed by other races this year, but the issue has raised a pitched battle all the same.

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Smith Center, KS, physician Joe Barnes is a hunter. He purchased farm land for hunting, and was disappointed the land looked so barren following harvest. He was consulted by Pheasants Forever Farm Bill biologist Tyson Seirer on ways Barnes and his tenant producer could make crop fields more hospitable for pheasant and quail at little additional expense.

Conserving Playas Puts Land to Its Best Use

Nov 24, 2015
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Larry Haynes of Holyoke, CO, used to farm right through playa lakes in a field. He stopped that practice because in too many years, it was impossible to harvest crops that were flooded-out in the wetlands. He's a proponent of putting land to its best use. In his case, that meant developing those wetlands into wildlife habitat to benefit autumn and winter hunting.

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This week, Luke discusses some of his views on hunting on HIGH PLAINS OUTDOORS. It's important for hunters to show respect for the animals and birds that they hunt. Granted, wild hogs are a problem for many in the south and southeast but swine, for many decades have been a staple food source. Even though wild hogs present problems to landowners, they are still animals and, as wild hogs, game animals. They should be treated with respect by hunters.

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If you’re driving through southeast Colorado this fall, you might encounter a different sort of roadside checkpoint. It’s not for drunk driving or border security.  It’s for poachers. 

Last week two dozen Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and law enforcement officials checked vehicles on Highway 50 at Lamar for hunting violations, as reported by Russ Baldwin in the Prowers Journal.

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Sometimes I think hunters use hunting as an excuse to get into the fields and woods. If they said, “I think I’ll spend day after day out-of-doors,” many of their friends and family members would wonder exactly what goes on in the woods or fields. They might jump to incorrect conclusions just because they don’t understand how time in nature renews a soul.

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As farmers across the Midwest have simplified the landscape and plowed up grassland to grow more corn and soybeans, habitat for pheasants, quail and other grassland birds has become increasingly scarce and their numbers are falling.

In Nebraska, wild pheasant concentrations have fallen 86 percent since their peak in the 1960s. The pheasant harvest during hunting season in Iowa is off 63 percent from the highs reached in the 1970s. In areas that used to be overrun, you’ll struggle to find a pheasant now.

Luke Clayton just returned from an elk hunt in Colorado mountains.  Bear numbers and sightings were at an all time high.  A couple close encounters gave Luke a photo to remember, and another guide an opportunity to share his candy bar.  Larry Weishuhn gives some insight into causes for the increased numbers.  Plus, as usual, a good bit of ‘hard core’ campfire talk!

Spot and stalk on the high plains is a completely different game.  Here, creatively seek out the highest vantage point.  That could be a windmill tower, a knoll, or even the top of your pickup cab.