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Fishing Drop-Shot Rigs for Big Summer Bass

By now, most bass anglers are familiar with the drop-shot rig. Two decades have passed since the tactic first hit the fishing scene. The drop-shot’s origins are in Japan, where finesse-fishing gurus perfected the technique and later shared it with West Coast anglers facing tough fishing conditions in the clear...


How to Protect Your Hunting Spots

Hunter numbers are declining everywhere, so they say. But private land lease prices are skyrocketing, land sales prices are soaring, and public lands are busting at the seams with people. It’s never been more important to protect the hunting spots you do have. Here are some things to do, and...


A Cheapskate’s Guide to Bowfishing Gear

Part of what makes bowfishing so much fun is that it’s accessible to just about everyone. You can spend a great day on the water shooting a bow, and as a bonus you can end up with the main ingredient for a fish fry (or maybe a really good fish...


Bowfishing Shooting Tips: Hit More Fish in Fewer Shots

If you’ve never been bowfishing, get ready to do a lot of missing, at least for the first little while. Bowfishing shot opportunities happen fast, usually at moving targets and unknown distances. But there are unique challenges too, including light refraction and judging distances under water. Still, you’ll be surprised...


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...


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