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Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


Small-Bore Shotguns for Duck Hunting

Why would any duck hunter trade his 12-gauge for a pipsqueak shotgun? There are several reasons, actually. How many times do you need a 2-by-4-esque punch to the shoulder from a 3.5-inch magnum before you wonder if there might be another way to bring down a duck? Reduced recoil is...


Do Cedar Trees Make Good Deer Habitat?

Many deer hunters wonder about eastern red cedars. Do they make wildlife habitat better or worse? Across much of the eastern United States, there are massive stands of them. Do you leave those, or cut them down? Here’s what to know. A Case for Red Cedars Cedars can be assets...


No Man’s Land: Are Whitetail Vitals the Same from Deer to Deer?

Everyone knows about “no man’s land.” It’s allegedly above the lungs and below the spine, and plenty of debating has still failed to settle that discussion. However, I’ve experienced a second “dead zone,” so to speak — low and behind the heart. I am aware of five bucks that were...


10 Great Careers for Hunters

One of the best deer hunters I’ve ever known was a used-car salesman. Neither his career choice nor his easy-going nature screamed “stone-cold killer,” but he was obsessed with bowhunting. And he was able to take time off to hunt and to develop relationships with folks who gave him useful...


Outfitted: New Bowhunting Clothes and Boots from ATA 2020

It’s not out of the question for there to be a 100-degree temperature difference between the first day of bow season and the last one. If you’re as obsessed with all of this as we are, then you know your clothing and footwear are as important to success as your...


Hunt Prep: New Stands, Blinds, Trail Cams and More from ATA 2020

Serious bowhunters know that a successful hunt is usually just the culmination of a months-long puzzle. It's the prep that truly matters. Today’s hunters know more about the big game they’re chasing than any generation prior — and they’re more successful at it, too. This is partly because of all...


Tuned Up: New Bowhunting Accessories from ATA 2020

If you’re shopping for a new bow, you’re going to need to make a trip down the accessory aisle, too. As bows have become faster, lighter and more efficient, sights, rests and other accessories have become at once more rugged and more precise. Today’s bowhunters have it better than ever...


Sweet Shooters: New Bows and Crossbows from ATA 2020

The first bow show of a new decade begins today. Since 1997, members of the archery industry including manufacturers, dealers, media, state agency representatives and more have gathered each January for the Archery Trade Show — known to most as the ATA Show — where the year’s best new bowhunting...


How to Train a Shed Hunting Dog

There was a time when shed antlers were an afterthought. You picked them up on the edge of a cornfield on a late-season bird hunt, or out of a honeysuckle thicket on a spring turkey hunt. Not anymore. Shed hunting has gone mainstream with organized events, specialty gear websites, numerous...


12 Reasons Duck Hunters Get Skunked

Most hunters don’t shoot ducks every day. Bad luck, mishaps afield and many other factors let the skunk creep into our blinds now and then. Even so, some hardcore guys fill the boat consistently. If you’re not in this elite group, you might take a long look at your tactics...


The Ultimate Late-Season Trail Camera Plan

First, I offer my condolences. Building anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness and months of big-buck scrolling led you to this point. A buck tag remains unfilled in your pocket, and desperation is setting in. It won’t get the best of you, though. While many hunters are consumed with thoughts of...


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