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The Toughest Turkey Hunting States

Defining a tough turkey hunt is tricky. Some hunters expect to easily fill tags on cooperative birds. Others measure a quality hunt by the standard of unpressured, gobbling turkeys in pretty places. Two old-school measures of toughness include shut-mouthed or henned-up strutters. Still, certain states are especially tough due to...


5 Best States for Pig Hunting

Feral hogs are one of the country’s great ecological disasters. Few pests are more difficult to control, or more immediately detrimental to native ecosystems. In fact, some biologists consider hogs to be the most destructive invasive species on the planet. Though their spread across the United States has been slowed...


What Will Deer Hunting Be Like in 10 Years?

When I moved on from squirrels to hunting deer with my dad in the 1970s, there were about 200,000 whitetails in Virginia. Today, we’ve got five times that many. In the 1980s and ’90s, we went from “if it’s brown it’s down” to the “big buck” era. Whitetail management was...


Best Turkey Hunting Road Trips

The familiar gravity of the open road is strong as black coffee, as familiar as the playlist you sing to, beating time on the steering wheel. Landscapes slip by like a movie on fast forward. Gas stop to gas stop, you wheel through the dark to the season’s first daybreak...


Favorite Turkey Decoy Setups of the Pros

Jake and hen decoys? Strutter and breeder? Full flock? Even with hyper-realistic fakes in your arsenal, you still need to adjust your tactics to the time of the season and how turkeys are behaving. The truth is, sometimes decoys work. Sometimes not. Why do realistic decoys fail? Often, it’s a...


7 Best Land Improvements for Wild Turkeys

The average turkey hunter would probably be shocked at how few mature gobblers their land produces each year. World-renowned turkey researcher Michael Chamberlain explains it like this: “Let’s say you have 100 hens in your population. “80 of them attempt a nest — not all do. “Around 20% hatch at...


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...


What to Know About Your First Controlled Burn

An unexpected wind swirl whipped the flames of what had been a slow backfire and sent them suddenly quartering uphill and across the field, full of dormant broom sage and plume grass. My buddy Danny and I were standing on top of the hill, next to a box blind, leaning...


Realtree Fishing Pro Dustin Connell Wins REDCREST 2021

In his very first MLF tournament, Realtree Fishing Pro Dustin Connell won the season’s biggest event – the REDCREST 2021. “We added Dustin to our Realtree Fishing Team late last year after hearing so many good things about his dedication to the sport and its growth,” said Realtree Fishing Brand...


Early Season or Late: What's the Best Time to Kill a Turkey?

I’ve turkey hunted in snow so heavy that I couldn’t see the decoy just 15 yards in front of me. I’ve also hunted in 90-degree heat while wading through thick, green vegetation that limited my visibility almost as much as the snow. Both of those happened in my home state...


8 Mistakes Rookie Coyote Hunters Make

Coyote hunting experts like Mark Zepp can make it look so easy. No matter how many times you watch guys like that stack up predators on video, you just can’t figure out how to duplicate their success. They seem to bring coyotes running to the gun every time they make...


Why January is the Best Month for Deer Scouting

It was a gray, bone-chilling evening, one of the last of the Virginia gun season. Steve Reynolds was fixing to climb down from his stand and call it a year when he looked up and saw a 150-inch buck inching out into the plot of brassicas he was watching. Boom!...


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