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Go West. Hunt Cheap.

The American West is one of our nation’s most prized possessions, long associated with adventure and land that’s as wild as it is beautiful. For many eastern hunters, it’s also a place where dreams can be found in the form of pronghorns scattered across the open landscape, mule deer grazing...


3 Keys for Duck Hunting All Day

Sometimes, hunting all day is the only way to eke out full straps of ducks, and those ordeals can test your resolve and mettle. Careful preparation and a solid mindset can help you succeed during daybreak-to-sunset “grinder” hunts. Let’s examine three critical considerations to pull off sunup-to-sundown sits. Pick Your...


The Straight Manure on Garden Compost

Black gold. We aren’t talking about oil here. We’re talking about compost, which is about the best thing you can put on your garden soil. It’s organic, and it will increase fruit and vegetable yield better than manufactured fertilizer. Here’s the best part: it’s free. This magical soil amendment is...


Dutch Oven Doughnut Bourbon Bread Pudding

Every state has a top spot for the best doughnuts. In Kentucky, it’s a toss-up between Spalding’s Bakery in Lexington and J & H Bakery down in Greenville. Don’t even come at me with your suggestions of superiority for another bakery. I’m sure there are others in Kentucky making a...


Should You Jump-Shoot Those Ducks?

Most waterfowling is straightforward. After mallards in green timber? Set up at a likely hole, and work that call. Honkers in cut corn? Set the layout blinds and full-bodies before dawn. Divers on big water? Launch in the dark, and have a layout spread ready at first light. But areas...


Stopping Preventable Archery Gear Problems

For us, it’s custom to creatively break the news of tagged bucks. For example, after one successful hunt, I nearly made it through dinner before someone finally asked how it went. I began a deadpan delivery about seeing a big one, how it worked a rub at 50 yards, then...


Followed by a Brown Bear, this is One Calm Kid

An Italian boy showed amazing composure while being followed closely behind by a large brown bear, and the heart-stopping encounter was caught on camera. According to CNN , 12-year-old Alessandro was on a mountain hike with his family in Trentino, Italy, when the bear began following him. Loris Calliari, the...


Why Windy Days are Great for Deer Hunting

You hear it all the time at hunting camps, bow shops, and anywhere else deer hunters congregate: “Deer don’t move on windy days.” And there’s no questioning Granddaddy when he recites that bit of wisdom for the fiftieth time. You’re safer lining a pack with medium-rare deer steaks and walking...


How to Preserve Sourdough Starter

A good sourdough starter is a valuable thing to have around. So valuable, in fact, that starters have been kept alive and passed down through multiple generations of the same family. That might not sound like a big deal until you stop to consider that the same starter some families...


Alligator Discovered at Kentucky Lake

From deer and turkeys to elk, Kentucky has an abundance of wild critters. But alligators aren't on the native species list. That's why folks enjoying Kentucky Lake a couple of weeks ago got quite a surprise when they encountered a 3-foot gator near Kentucky Dam. Conservation Officer Lee Cope with...


Tips for Summertime Coyote Hunting

After spring turkeys are tagged and before fall deer, upland, and small game seasons kick in, summer can drag on forever. Sure, you can go fishing, but a hunter can only sit in a boat for so many days. We need a critter to chase during those off-season months. Luckily...


5 Diving Ducks You Love to Hate

Diehard big-water hunters know that diver hunting can be just as rewarding — and frustrating — as chasing greenheads and honkers . Consider these birds, which will probably visit a lake or river near you this fall. 1. Offshore Bluebills Every diver guy has seen this: Distant bluebills suddenly gain...


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