The Blade’s weekly hunting report

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The Blade’s weekly hunting report

Winter Rules: The snow and the cold can be game-changers for deer hunters, since the weather forces whitetails into certain behavior patterns that just might tip the scales in the direction of the hunter, if they can tolerate the elements. The recent push of cold air, which followed our first significant snowfall of the season, has the deer congregating more, and moving about, according to veteran bow hunter Rock Vetell, owner of Rock Solid Archery in Weston. “They are herding up right now, and if you can stand the cold, my best advice is to get out in it, and do what you can do,” he said. “When it is this cold, food becomes tougher to come by and the deer have to get up and go, so if you see one, you’ll probably see 10. But unless you are in a really well protected blind, you can only stay out there so long.”

the-bladeOhio Small Game Seasons: The cottontail rabbit hunting season continues through Feb. 28, with a daily bag limit of four. The ringneck pheasant season remains open through Jan. 8, with a daily bag limit of two roosters (males). Michigan Grouse: The late grouse season opened Dec. 1 and continues through Jan. 1, giving hunters a second opportunity to pursue these birds. “The December grouse hunt is pretty special. The leaves are off the trees, and flushing grouse are more visible,” MDNR upland bird biologist Al Stewart said. “We had a pretty warm fall, so now with cooler temperatures, it’s good scenting conditions for dogs.”


Originally posted by MATT MARKEY at The BLADE OUTDOORS EDITOR
December 16, 2016 12:11 AM
Contact Blade outdoors editor Matt Markey at: mmarkey@theblade.com or 419-724-6068

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