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Off-Season Game Plans for This Fall's Bucks

The winter woods seem almost too calm, with beams of sunlight showing through the canopy and onto the snow. Then the silence is broken by a limb snapping behind me. A slow turn of my head reveals a big 10-pointer I’d followed for two years. The season before, in the...


Video: Hen Turkey Defends Her Nest from Raccoons

There’s a lot of talk these days over nest predation of wild turkeys, particularly from raccoons, but evidence of it is difficult to capture firsthand, since most predation happens at night. Hens don’t stay on the nest 24/7, particularly in the early phases of incubation, but as the clutch gets...


Coaxing Perfection: Mike Miller’s Flintlock Muzzleloaders

Being an old-fashioned sort of guy, Mike Miller doesn’t get into discussions about the best centerfire deer cartridges or if a particular model of shotgun is better than another. But he’ll talk your leg off about why early American gunmakers usually chose maple rather than walnut for their gun stocks,...


Tennessee Moves to Later Turkey Season, 2-Bird Bag Limit, No Fanning on Public Land

The Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission voted on a slew of big changes for the 2023 spring turkey season during a series of open meetings June 2 and 3, 2022. You can watch the full meetings here and here . So what do the changes look like? The first is...


How to Plant a Killer Dove Field

There was about an hour of flight light left when I pulled into Kerry Wix’s driveway. He met me in appropriate September attire, shorts and Crocs, and asked if I wanted to see the field before it got dark. Six acres of dead sunflower stalks and bare dirt doesn’t look...


How to Plant a Deer Orchard

Lush fields of clover, alfalfa and brassicas aren’t the only crops that will hold deer on your property. Once established, fruit trees can produce highly attractive forage for 40 years or more. The right trees produce edible fruit throughout the entire hunting season, drawing deer from a distance and holding...


Pennsylvania Turkey Hunter Gets a Gobbler in 49 States

Editor’s Note: The U.S. Super Slam is taking a gobbler in all 49 states where they live (there are no turkeys in Alaska). Though the idea of it is growing in popularity, it’s still a feat only a handful of hunters have been able to achieve. Earlier this month, we...


Strut Report: Late-Season Turkey Hunting Tactics Still Working up North

Turkey season blows by way too fast, doesn’t it? It seems like I just wrote my first Strut Report last week, but that was actually six weeks ago. We’re now in the fourth quarter, and this is my final report. But some of the best turkey hunting of the year...


Big Bass and Barbecue on “Pond Wars”

It was just five minutes into a four-hour derby when Lee Ellis, a guy best known for shooting big bucks in big cities with Seek One productions, flipped a creature bait through a grass mat and set the hook into a 7.18-pound bucketmouth of a bass. Fishing with professional angler...


Strut Report: Midwest Turkeys Finicky, Northeast Hunters Having Some Luck

Many seasoned turkey hunters from the Northeast clear out to the Great Plains are reporting lower turkey numbers than 5-10 years ago, and this observation is echoing louder across the turkey hunting community as the season progresses. If you’re still out hunting, consider being selective in your harvest. That is,...


What’s Causing Poor Hatches of Turkey Poults?

Of the many challenges facing wild turkeys right now in parts of the country, there are a number of things we don’t know, but one thing that’s unequivocal. There aren’t enough poults surviving to increase — and in some cases, even maintain — healthy turkey flocks from year to year...


Learn the Secrets of Long-Pole Crappie Fishing

My introduction to catching panfish on a long pole came during trips to the South as a youngster. Bank fishing around my Ohio home was a small pond affair, reserved for kids with no access to a boat. But down south was an entire culture built around the shoreline strategy...


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