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  • What Is Whitetail Deer Carrying Capacity?

    “Carrying capacity” is an often-used concept in deer management discussions. Biologists, managers and hunters routinely refer to the carrying capacity of an area, or whether a deer herd is above or below this magical point. However, is the term being used the same by each? What does carrying capacity actually...

  • How to Deer Hunt in Suburban Areas

    The images are ingrained in our minds — a monster whitetail in a woodland setting or in a lush farm field. Since our infancy, those classic images have appeared in paintings, calendars, advertising and hunting magazines. So, it’s no small wonder that when hunters think of trophy-racked bucks, remote woods...

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Pennsylvania Pheasant Hunting: More Birds This Season

A Pennsylvania native, I hunted cottontail rabbits with my late dad's beagles. Several over the many years were pretty birdy, often finding and flushing woodcock, ruffed grouse and yes, planted pheasants. Captured in memory: a rooster towering out of swamp tangle, the protesting alarm cackle of this cockbird, long tail...


5 Times Duck and Goose Calling Really Shines

In some duck and goose hunting situations, calling doesn’t matter. For example, few diver hunters carry a call, as divers tend to be less vocal than most puddle-duck species. And when birds have been pressured heavily, they sometimes learn to avoid even our most plaintive renditions of a lonely Susie...


Remington Introduces Premier Expander Shotshell Ammunition

Deer hunting. Hog shooting. This new shotshell slug provides an option for you. The Remington Premier Expander features Barnes all-copper-tipped Expander slugs. As shotshell dynamics go, six cutting petals deploy at impact, inflicting terminal damage and pass-through penetration. Delivering 2 3/4-inch or 3-inch magnum-caliber terminal performance in either 12 and...


How to Remove Skunk Smell from Your Dog

My English setter Radar had a grin on his face, but I wasn't smiling. He'd just had a little visit with a skunk. Now what? Well I rounded the rascal up, growled my drawn-out human, " Nooooooooo ," snapped his leash to that stinky orange collar he now wore, and...


10 Tips for Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

Hunting deer with a muzzleloader has advantages, including honing your hunting skills, providing a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and it can help fill your freezer. Muzzleloader hunting requires you to get close, closer than is necessary for most centerfire rifle hunters. That’s part of the allure said Realtree pro...


How to Bowhunt Pressured Whitetail Bucks

Pressured whitetails can be difficult to hunt. It’s no secret that unpressured deer behave much differently than their heavily hunted brethren. That’s why it’s imperative to do certain things (and not do others) when pursuing these jittery, edgy animals. Here are seven steps to help make it happen. 1. Consult...


12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...


What They Learned: Experts Share Wisdom From the Marsh

Some of life’s most valuable lessons are learned through experience. Hunting is no different. Just ask any waterfowl hunter with a few years under his belt. On second thought, don’t bother. We did that for you. Here’s what four veteran hunters have learned from spending much of their lives in...


You’ve Been Hanging Your Deer Wrong for Years

A rope around the neck or a gambrel through the Achilles tendon — that’s how most hang their deer. Walk into any well-respected steakhouse locker, though, and you’ll see beef hanging completely different. The ideal way to hang your ungulate for aging is using a technique called the tenderstretch method...


Hunting the Modern Cottontail Rabbit

Hunters have been pursuing the Eastern cottontail ever since the time of the earliest Native Americans. Although hunter numbers have declined from peak numbers, rabbit hunting still remains extremely popular overall and is one of the most popular small game pursuits. However, the dynamics of hunting cottontails have changed dramatically,...


Why We Love Our Hunting Dogs

Midnight trips outside. Barking at daybreak. Puppy accidents and chewed-up prized possessions. And then, yes, slowly, they grow up – and even then, you grin and bear it sometimes. I love it. You dog folks know the deal. You either are, or you aren’t, a dog person. Would you rather...


10 Deer Hunting Tips for Suburban Bowhunting

We live in a time when it’s harder to get away from civilization during the hunt. But smart hunters have learned to embrace the urban setting and take more (and bigger) deer because of it. If you’re late to the party, but really want to join in the festivities, take...


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