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Is Iowa Still the Big-Buck Promised Land?

On June 17, I received the e-mail that anyone who enters Iowa’s deer draw hopes to find in their inbox: My application had been successful for an either-sex, late-muzzleloader deer tag, which also includes a mandatory antlerless tag. My last Iowa deer tag was a 2019 archery tag, so I’m...


25 Tips for New Deer Hunters

Black, beady eyes bore into yours. Ears sling forward like two satellites homing in on a signal. Then the inevitable — deafening snorts that send every deer in the field packing. You’ve spooked another deer, and filling that first tag seems tougher than ever before. Looking from the outside in,...


Top 5 Things to Know about Brassica Food Plots

If you’ve paid attention to the hunting media in the past decade, you know that brassicas have received a lot of praise. Brassicas are fast-growing annual forages that provide excellent nutrition for deer. When deer catch on to the palatability and attraction of brassicas, few plants can influence a herd...


David Blanton’s Best Trail Camera Tips

Some hunters might not like summer, but I think it’s an exciting season, mainly because of the information and entertainment I enjoy while running trail cameras. The process is pure fun, letting me savor the woods during the off-season and glimpse deer and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Moreover,...


The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


15 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Biology and Behavior

One of the most interesting aspects of deer hunting is observing whitetails in their natural habitat. Seeing what they do and determining why they do it can be exhilarating. And although we still don’t know everything about whitetails, biologists have made great advancements in the past 20 years. Check out...


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The 10 Toughest Game Animals in North America

Is there really such a thing as a “tough” game animal? After all, a bullet or arrow through the vitals will do the job on anything, from squirrels to elephants, right? That’s true. But equally true is that some critters, due to the size of their vitals, thickness of hide,...


Really, How Old is that Buck?

More than ever, deer hunters want to know the age of the animals they’re shooting. In fact, for many hunters, the question of whether a buck is “mature” or not is more important than the size of its antlers. The proof is in nationwide harvest trends. According to the National...


How to Protect Your Hunting Spots

Hunter numbers are declining everywhere, so they say. But private land lease prices are skyrocketing, land sales prices are soaring, and public lands are busting at the seams with people. It’s never been more important to protect the hunting spots you do have. Here are some things to do, and...


A Cheapskate’s Guide to Bowfishing Gear

Part of what makes bowfishing so much fun is that it’s accessible to just about everyone. You can spend a great day on the water shooting a bow, and as a bonus you can end up with the main ingredient for a fish fry (or maybe a really good fish...


Bowfishing Shooting Tips: Hit More Fish in Fewer Shots

If you’ve never been bowfishing, get ready to do a lot of missing, at least for the first little while. Bowfishing shot opportunities happen fast, usually at moving targets and unknown distances. But there are unique challenges too, including light refraction and judging distances under water. Still, you’ll be surprised...


Off-Season Game Plans for This Fall's Bucks

The winter woods seem almost too calm, with beams of sunlight showing through the canopy and onto the snow. Then the silence is broken by a limb snapping behind me. A slow turn of my head reveals a big 10-pointer I’d followed for two years. The season before, in the...


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