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10 More Deer Hunting Myths Debunked

A talking head on outdoor TV puffs his chest and declares, “Man, the full moon is the worst time to hunt!” Sounds pretty good, and you buy it. Your daddy told you never to overhunt a spot, and you never doubt Pops. Stands to reason that if another hunter tromps...


25 Tips for Dove Hunters

Dove season sneaks up on you. One day, you’re mowing the lawn, fishing or, heaven forbid, playing golf. The next, you’re up to your ankles in smoking empties. According to an often-quoted statistic, you’ll shoot five to seven shells per dove bagged. At that rate, the hull pile gets deep...


7 Reasons Why OTC Elk Tags Beat Draw Tags

At least four different bulls bugled practically nonstop all morning long as I flanked a herd swarmed by satellite bulls. One beautiful 6x6 with a lovesick bugle grew attached to my cow calling around midmorning, but when he got to 60 yards — no shot opportunity — and didn’t see...


10 Best Times to Deer Hunt

Deer hunting is a game of odds. It’s also a game of decisions. Knowing when to hunt, when not to, and when the conditions are best for you are all part of the process. In my book, there are 10 times, conditions, or situations when odds become more favorable for...


Research Names Walleye Most Midwestern Thing on Earth

In a story reported by the Washington Post , the most Midwestern thing on earth is the walleye. I’m not making this up. Results were calculated based on the keywords used in Airbnb ads. Property owners interested in renting out their places use the word “walleye” more than any other,...


When is it OK to Hunt a Property Line?

One October day, my buddy Steve barged into the camp house, face red as a blood moon. “Some dang guy is fence-sitting down on the south side,” he said, spittle flying. “Put a stand 10 yards off our line. I’m gonna go over there and tear it down!” “You’ll do...


Picking the Best Rifle and Caliber for Pig Hunting

Large wild pigs can move with a grace and silence that’s starkly at odds with their appearance. The boar that emerged from the thicket next to us did it without a sound, and he was comically large. My 7-year-old son, Anse, spotted him, and by the time he said something...


The 3 Most Expensive Hunts in North America

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy first? Most of us think for a few moments before answering. Some might go for a sports car. Others might tour Europe. How about a beachfront mansion with an elevator, movie theatre, pool, and private chef? But...


Advanced Tips for Bass Fishing Boat Docks

Bass love cover. Whether it’s for the purpose of ambushing prey or hiding from predators, largemouth and spotted bass are object-oriented fish. Problem is, not all bass lakes are full of thick weeds or downed trees. In fact, many aging reservoirs around the country are nearly devoid of their once-bassy...


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...


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