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Fall Fishing for Flathead Catfish

Autumn is my favorite season. From early September, when crimson flames first set the black gums and sumac ablaze, until mid-November, when the last of the mountain oaks transform from summer’s green to the oranges, golds, and reds of autumn, I’m absorbed with being outdoors, enjoying the coolness and ever-changing...


4 Tips for Killing More Specklebellies

White-fronted geese and snow geese have experienced a population boom the past few decades. Dark geese are seen less frequently in the southern reaches of flyways — debatably from warming winters, changing agricultural practices or a combination of those factors — but specks and snows saturate the skies where Canadas...


How to Read Rub Lines

“Look at this rub!” Alicia shouted. I know that my wife has seen more than her fair share of buck rubs, but the nature of her reaction proved that what she’d just found was very, very special. As I hurried over to where she was standing, my jaw dropped. Right...


Presidential Blades

Although an American president has practically everything done for him these days, there was a time when he had to shoulder the grunt work just like the rest of us: pencils to sharpen and envelopes to open; potatoes to peel and sticks to whittle. Chances are the commander-in-chief performed such...


Shallow-Water Fall Bass Tactics

With the crisp fall air comes a feeling of renewal for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing picks up, hunting season is upon us, and temperatures are perfect for a midday hike or mountain-bike ride. At times, there’s too much to do. Like many folks, I’ve always wished October was a hundred days...


19 Crazy Deer Hunting Videos

Deer hunting is full of surprises — good and bad. Rarely do things go according to plan in nature, but that’s OK, because it’d be boring if it did. Sometimes, you need something interesting to shake it up. Some of these videos are just that. Others are just shocking, wild,...


Should You Lease That Duck Field?

A drive from the Missouri Bootheel through eastern Arkansas reveals a landscape littered with rice and bean fields — and, it seems, a pit blind at every glance. That’s just a snapshot of a common duck hunting phenomenon in the mid-South. Fields with pits command a premium in many areas...


30 Reasons You Won’t Get Your Target Buck This Fall

We deer hunters expect every new season to be the best one yet. That’s a good attitude to have, because you’d be a salty curmudgeon if you didn’t. But rarely does a season turn out exactly as we hope, especially if you’ve got a specific target buck in mind. What’s...


The Best—And Worst—Hunting Fads of the Past 40 Years

The fat 4-pointer glided in below my perch, young muscles rippling in the morning sun. I pulled the Bear and the aluminum arrow sliced the air. Then that sound — thwack. The buck mule-kicked and bolted. When I heard him crash, I shinnied down the tree, stepped out of the...


Kentucky Hunting Buddies Double Up on Opening Day Monsters

Robby Bishop and Hunter Wood were destined to be friends. Robby’s dad and Hunter’s grandfather were best friends and hunting partners. Their cousins and uncles all hung out together. So, when the two started talking about mutual outdoor interests years ago, it was only natural that they became friends. “There’s...


How Far is too Far to Shoot Whitetails With a Bow?

After hearing a snort-wheeze, I trained my eyes on the shelterbelt south of my stand. First I spotted a young buck, but then I saw bits and pieces of larger antlers in the background. The dandy public-land 10-pointer was a no-brainer; I readied my bow for what appeared to be...


6 of Our Last 11 Bucks Have Had CWD. Now What?

I caught movement to my right as the buck walked around the side of the hill below a rock outcropping, nose to the ground and on a mission for the first hot doe. I slowly stood and came to full draw as he disappeared briefly behind a large red oak...


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