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Northeast Rut Report: Mature Bucks Getting Desperate

It’s not the scene you would expect to find playing out in the middle of a revolving mess of traffic, but there in the center of the roundabout were two bucks locked in battle. Adrenaline and testosterone had made them immune to the presence of vehicles twirling past at 30...


Southeast Rut Report: Mature Bucks Still Moving as Rut Wanes

Yesterday afternoon, Nov. 24, my buddy and Southwest Region Rut Reporter Miles Fedinec rolled into camp after a long trip from western Colorado. With another mule deer season behind him, Miles was looking forward to a few days of Kentucky whitetail hunting. We checked a few cameras, and Miles decided...


Grilled Wild Turkey Breast Stuffed with Cornbread Sausage Dressing

I love serving wild turkey at our Thanksgiving meal. Since wild turkey is considerably leaner than its barnyard cousin, it can tend to the dry side if overcooked. One of our favorite ways to overcome this is to fillet out one side of a wild turkey breast to form a...


Tips for Big-Water Mallards

Here’s an inconvenient truth: Mallards — a duck comfortable on sheet water, in creeks and marshes, or even feeding in ag fields — love big water. They roost on huge lakes and rivers, and loaf and feed at sprawling sloughs. And all that water can make hunting tough, especially considering...


A Q&A with Champion Pistol Shooter Jessie Harrison

Professional competitive pistol shooter Jessie Harrison is no stranger to shooting success. In fact, she just secured the national title at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Race Gun Nationals. She is also the first female shooter to achieve Grand Master status within the USPSA and has an impressive...


Southwest Rut Report: Mule Deer Rut Winding Down in Places

I’m sitting on a hillside writing this on my phone. As I do, I’m glassing four small bucks trying to court one doe. None of the bucks are mature. Over the last few days I’ve noticed a change in the mature bucks. They are still rutting, but they seem to...


Northwest Rut Report: Rut has Mature Bucks on the Move

Washington Washington bowhunters are hitting the rut just right this season. Northeastern Washington bowhunters are reporting seeing mature bucks beginning to chase aggressively, with trail cameras picking up many new arrivals from outside their regular territories. Cold, snowy weather has encouraged does to visit bait stations more frequently, oftentimes at...


Northeast Rut Report: Peak Rut Is On!

My wife forwarded me a concerned text message from one of her coworkers. The picture showed a young fork tine that had taken refuge right alongside her house. His brow line and cape showed traces of crimson, a sure sign of battles lost. “Tell her he’ll be fine,” I said...


Young Female Hunter Shoots Mountain Lion Before It Can Attack

Mackenzie Lappin was hunting deer by herself deep in the woods when she experienced one of the most terrifying moments of her life. She encountered an aggressive mountain lion that seemed unfazed by her efforts to scare it away. The scary encounter — caught on her cellphone video — happened...


Bourbon-Sorghum Hickory Nut Tart

Fall for hunters is all about putting food on the table. From large game to small, freezers are getting filled. But wild game isn’t the only food available in the woods this time of year. Mast trees are dropping their bounty now. If you can beat the local wildlife to...


Midwest Rut Report: The End of Lockdown Is in Sight

Historically, most Midwestern does are bred sometime between Nov. 10 and 20, with a peak around Nov. 15. We’re past that now, and might even be toward the tail end of the peak breeding window. That’s not a bad thing, though. As fewer does are receptive, bucks will be forced...


Southeast Rut Report: Peak Breeding in Some Areas, Pre-Rut in Others

As expected, the past week has been a lively one through much of the region. Here in western Kentucky, where I live and mostly hunt, gun season opened Saturday, and I’ve since lost count of the number of big-buck texts I’ve gotten. My 6-year-old son bagged his first deer on...


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