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  • Road-Killed Waterfowl? The Struggle is Real

    While constructing a recent blog post about lightning killing snow geese in Idaho, I thought about other odd ways in which waterfowl die. Diseases play a big role. In some high-density situations, boats might fatally strike roosted birds before dawn. And most folks are aware of aircraft smashing into geese...

  • Turkey Hunting: Did Hens Ruin Your Spring Season?

    As a turkey hunter, is your glass half full or half empty? In Florida this season, right after fly-down, a boss hen clucked, yelped and laid on some forceful cutting back at our every call. More birds flew down and gathered around this loud-mouthed hen turkey — more hens and...

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10 of the Best Deer Hunting Games for 2018

I remember when my parents bought their first computer. I was a kid. And I didn’t know much about them when I first started using one. (Obviously.) But I quickly got the hang of the deer hunting game my parents bought me for Christmas. And I’d be lying if I...


12 Reasons Some Hunters Kill Big Deer But Others Don't

Some guys and gals seem to always kill big deer. Other hunters rarely do if ever. So what’s their secret? Well, it isn’t just one thing. But those who frequently kill big deer have certain things in common. These 12 things are some of those.


The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Be a Better Archer

Accuracy is of the utmost importance when shooting a compound bow. Sure, the technological advancements found in a compound help, but there’s still much room for error. It isn’t easy to be a proficient shooter. Every little bit helps. This tip is all about reducing torque. It’s easy to make...


Bowfishing: What to Do with the Fish

It's not uncommon during an average day of bowfishing to accumulate a barrel full of carp. While bowfishing will never eliminate carp from local waters, thinning the highly invasive species remains a guilt-free enterprise. Still, waste has always bothered me. Worthwhile uses, where legal, is using carp for bear bait,...


Waterfowl Fun Facts

Although duck and goose hunters closely study and observe their favorite birds, we often know relatively little about the intricate details of their physiology and life history. In that spirit, let’s review some fun facts about a few of our favorite fowl. The Old Honker's Home? Everyone knows honkers can...


Cool Old-School Documentary on the Wild Turkey Success Story

It's hard for some to believe the wild turkey was once threatened with extinction. This "Return of the Wild Turkey" documentary by the Missouri Department of Conservation, and posted on YouTube by "MObirds," will take some of you back to a time when America's greatest game bird was less prominent...


Video: Feral Kitten Attacks a Wild Turkey

Feral cats do plenty of damage to wild bird populations. This fact is well-documented . Watch as a feral kitten attempts to do just that in this "tarpon534" YouTube video. Go here for more Realtree turkey hunting . Find us on Facebook .


Mushroom Hunter Finds Two-Headed Fawn

A mushroom hunter in Minnesota stumbled upon quite a find and his discovery is being hailed by researchers as a landmark case among wildlife oddities. Two years ago, the mushroom hunter discovered conjoined white-tailed fawns, which were stillborn and believed to have been the first recorded case of conjoined deer...


Turkey Hunting: Big Timber Gobblers

On the road, around the country, I'm often out there well before fly-down time. Locally, in Maine where I make my home base, I often don't leave the cabin until an hour or two after fly-down. That's what I did on opening day. Why? The early window of time lets...


Watch Man Rescue Drowning Deer

A Texas man came to the rescue of a drowning deer this week, and it was all caught on camera. In a video uploaded to Facebook by the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable's Office, an unidentified Walden man can be seen swimming with a deer in his arms, while using...


Eastern Redbud Blossom Jelly Recipe

One of our favorite turkey hunting spots is a small ridgetop field surrounded by eastern redbud trees (Cercis canadensis). My favorite thing about the little field is that it is normally irresistible to strutting gobblers (this season being the exception), but a close second is the beauty of the fuchsia...


Top Duck Hunting Weather Misconceptions

Folks love to talk about “ducky” weather, but few can agree on what that entails. Some emphasize wind. Others insist the bottom must be falling out of the barometer. And a few get into crazy meteorological minutiae. After a while, you begin to suspect that waterfowlers have more misconceptions than...


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