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Is Iowa Still the Big-Buck Promised Land?

On June 17, I received the e-mail that anyone who enters Iowa’s deer draw hopes to find in their inbox: My application had been successful for an either-sex, late-muzzleloader deer tag, which also includes a mandatory antlerless tag. My last Iowa deer tag was a 2019 archery tag, so I’m...


How to Pattern a Buck During the Pre-Season

Deer season is just around the corner, and before long, opening day will be knocking at the door. Will you be a step ahead of the game? While there are no guarantees in whitetail hunting, we can increase our odds of success dramatically by keying in on bucks during the...


Build Your Own Shooting Range

Remember that buck you missed? I’m not talking about the one in your formidable years. I’m talking about the shot you blew a couple seasons ago on that deer that should be hanging in your den. You know, the one you see in your mind every time you look at...


How to Fish the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

There are still remote places to be explored. Places with no roads, no motorized vehicles, no grocery stores or restaurants. They're wild, bucket list places where the only sounds you hear are birds, waterfalls, windswept waves, insects, and the occasional moose grunt or wolf howl. Places where it is still...


25 Tips for New Deer Hunters

Black, beady eyes bore into yours. Ears sling forward like two satellites homing in on a signal. Then the inevitable — deafening snorts that send every deer in the field packing. You’ve spooked another deer, and filling that first tag seems tougher than ever before. Looking from the outside in,...


9 Ways to Ruin Your Outfitted Hunt

Outfitted hunts can be very exciting. I’ve done several of them, and most were with salt-of-the-earth folks who respected one another and had a great time. But I’ve shared a couple of camps with chest-thumping types who cussed and drank more than they hunted. It ruined an otherwise great atmosphere...


Punching Match: Slop Fishing Tactics for Giant Bass

Slop. Junk. Grass mats. Whatever you call it, the thickest vegetation in the lake often draws the biggest bass. But heavy cover presents a problem: How in the world do you fish this stuff? Fans of pro bass fishing often watch in awe as the nation’s top anglers take incredible...


Top 5 Things to Know about Brassica Food Plots

If you’ve paid attention to the hunting media in the past decade, you know that brassicas have received a lot of praise. Brassicas are fast-growing annual forages that provide excellent nutrition for deer. When deer catch on to the palatability and attraction of brassicas, few plants can influence a herd...


David Blanton’s Best Trail Camera Tips

Some hunters might not like summer, but I think it’s an exciting season, mainly because of the information and entertainment I enjoy while running trail cameras. The process is pure fun, letting me savor the woods during the off-season and glimpse deer and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Moreover,...


The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


Realtree MAX-7 is Our Most Effective Open-Country Waterfowl Pattern Yet

Realtree MAX-7 features photorealistic imagery of common elements found in open waterfowl habitat such as reeds, mud, cattails, milo, and corn. MAX-7 combines these elements in the foreground of the pattern with a highly detailed layer of cracked mud and moss in the background to unite the pattern and enhance...


15 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Biology and Behavior

One of the most interesting aspects of deer hunting is observing whitetails in their natural habitat. Seeing what they do and determining why they do it can be exhilarating. And although we still don’t know everything about whitetails, biologists have made great advancements in the past 20 years. Check out...


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