December is just around the corner and for those of us who enjoy hunting, have another opportunity to hunt deer, this time using with our muzzleloaders.
Muzzleloader permits in Nebraska, are unlimited, and purchased on-line or from Nebraska permit vendors.
The muzzleloading season in the Cornhusker state opens shortly after the close of our rifle deer season, opening on December 1st running through December 31st.
In Nebraska, muzzleloader hunters have the opportunity to tag a buck, as Nebraska muzzleloader permits are either sex permits.
In years past, scopes weren’t allowed when hunting with a muzzleloader.
This changed later when scopes up to one-power were allowed on muzzleloaders, which to some hunters was worse than using iron sights.
Later that regulation changed as all scopes now being legal on muzzleloaders.
In South Dakota, permits for muzzleloaders are also unlimited. The South Dakota muzzleloader season has three permits, the any deer, doe and the two doe permits with the season’s opening the same as Nebraska, opening on December 1st and continuing through December 31st. [Read more…]
Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal
The story I’m about to tell you is true
It’s springtime. The year is 1968.
I’m kneeling on the bank of Nebraska’s Verdigre Creek. I’m staring at an earth worm wriggling free of the detritus that had broken from the bank as I had climbed from the stream’s waters.
It was my first time on this little trout stream just 90 miles west of Sioux City, north of the small community of Royal. I had never caught a trout. And I desperately wanted to add a rainbow and a brown trout (both were found in this stream) to my life’s list. Problem was, I wanted to take them on a fly. [Read more…]
To know which tactics will best serve you during late season it’s best that you “take your herd’s temperature.” That means you need to know the “status” of the herd. Everything will hinge upon temperatures, if you have snow and whether or not there are does left that haven’t been successfully bred yet. Frequently there are does that aren’t bred or didn’t effectively conceive during the main rut, which in the northern half of the country will normally take place during mid-November, and as late as January in the deep south. If they haven’t been bred successfully they will come into heat 28 days later. And if “it” doesn’t happen that time they’ll come into estrus again 28 days after that. And under thriving conditions it is also possible for first year doe-fawns to come into heat their first time – this may happen anytime from December through February and occurs most often in areas where conditions are good and they have ample nutrition. [Read more…]
Just this last week, we were coming down the highway when an SUV came down the highway with a deer carcass strapped on its luggage rack.
It was not a huge deer; it was just a dead deer hanging off the top of the vehicle.
As it approached, I thought to myself that ought to upset the anti hunters! It was not that it offended me to see the deer, it was the fact there are people out there who are looking for another reason to come down on hunters.
Not too many years ago, hunting was a way of life, a way to feed the family.
Things have changed, as our population becomes more urbanized, with more people living in the cities than we do those living in rural areas, removing people from the land and in a lot of cases reality. [Read more…]