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What to Know About Treestand Safety Harnesses

Safety when hunting aloft should be at the forefront of our thoughts. We owe it to our families as well as ourselves. If you have loved ones who really care about you, then you need to be wearing a full-body safety system. Like most hunters, I’ve got several harnesses stored...


A Delta Specklebelly Primer

It was early January in the Delta, and we were on total lockdown. A weeklong cold front had pushed in and frozen rice fields top to bottom. Our attempts to open water resulted in frozen spigot heads and dead batteries on ice eaters, which wound up keeping enough water open...


10 Commandments of Taxidermy When Prepping Deer for the Taxidermist

I’ve always been a fan of European mounts. They take up less room, cost less money, and have a certain aesthetic that shoulder mounts just can’t match. However, when I arrowed my first Booner last season, it was an easy decision to get a full mount done. I was lost...


3 Ways to Find Pressured Deer

Here are three super hunting tactics that could spell the difference between wall-hanger success and deer-tag soup. Racks In The Rabbit Patch While we deer hunters tend to lean toward the woodlands when hunting, after being hunted for a few weeks, the deer that were there seem to increasingly disappear...


Quail Hunting in Utah

If you own a good pair of running shoes — or better yet, a trained hunting dog — hunting Gambel’s quail in southwestern Utah might be a fun adventure this fall. Population Estimates, Where to Hunt Utah’s quail hunt opened Nov. 3. The number of Gambel’s quail has dipped a...


South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Journal

Artist Ed Anderson recently wrote to us from Idaho and said: This is a reminiscence of traveling to South Dakota with my dad. I couldn’t tell you if the hunting was good or not, but it was such a departure from the suburbs. When I was a kid, those birds...


How to Hunt Eastern Coyotes

Most of us have watched the open-country coyote hunts filmed in the vast mesas and prairies of the West. We've seen coyotes coming in on the run from hundreds of yards away, then pausing for that perfect shot. It is a remarkable sight, a long-distance visual of your quarry approaching...


Why Bucks Push Does to Weird Places During the Rut

It’s the rut. You’re sitting in your favorite November-time treestand. Expectations are high for a buck traveling through that pinch-point in front of you. And then you spot a big buck — hot on the heels of a doe — and they both disappear into a car-garage-sized thicket of cover...


How to Not Pressure Deer

Pressure is one of the largest dampeners of deer movement on a given property. The more hunting pressure there is, the more it affects the local deer herd. That translates to fewer opportunities to tag one of those deer you’ve been targeting all season. Luckily, there are ways to prevent...


10 Steps to Stalking Deer With a Bow

Looking for that edge on deer this year? This strategic gem could be your ticket to a wall-hanger . That said, most bowhunters opt to do their whitetail hunting from treestands, be it during the early, mid or late portion of the season. However, you can also effectively stillhunt. The...


Flashback: The Kentucky Elk Restoration Project

As the first rays of an approaching sunrise poked through the darkness, I could see a cow elk grazing along the top of a ridge a several hundred yards away. As more light filled the hollows, several other elk were spotted, slowly but certainly making their way to the top...


Scoring Your Whitetail Trophy

Not every buck needs to make the records book to be considered a trophy, but if you‘re curious as to how your buck measures up, here are some tips on how to score your whitetail. Tools of the Trade To accurately score your buck, you will need a 1/4-inch wide,...


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