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How to Hunt the Phases of the Rut

A doe comes crashing through the timber and blows right by your treestand. Seconds later, a top-heavy, big-bodied buck trots down the same lane, hot on the doe’s trail. It stops mere yards from you, lip-curls, and belts out the gnarliest grunt you've ever heard. That’s what the rut is...


5 Favorite Fall Fishing Bites

It’s a great time of year to be on the water. With cooling temperatures come great angling opportunities everywhere we look. In the far North, many fish strap on the feedbag and prepare for winter. Farther south, a welcomed cool-down means greater activity for everything that swims. We can’t go...


The Best Times to Deer Hunt in 2022

A good day to hunt is any day you can get off work. But knowing that some days will be better than others, I flipped through the calendar, analyzed moon phases, guessed the weather as best I could, and predicted when the hunting will be best this season. October 31...


3 Brothers Tag Monster Bucks During Kansas Youth Season

What’s better than harvesting a monster buck on opening night? Well, having your brothers take their own monster bucks during the same hunt, of course. That’s how it happened for brothers Noah, Micah, and Westin McCauley during the Kansas youth season in September. Tevis McCauley, the boys’ father, owns and...


Fall Fishing for Flathead Catfish

Autumn is my favorite season. From early September, when crimson flames first set the black gums and sumac ablaze, until mid-November, when the last of the mountain oaks transform from summer’s green to the oranges, golds, and reds of autumn, I’m absorbed with being outdoors, enjoying the coolness and ever-changing...


4 Tips for Killing More Specklebellies

White-fronted geese and snow geese have experienced a population boom the past few decades. Dark geese are seen less frequently in the southern reaches of flyways — debatably from warming winters, changing agricultural practices or a combination of those factors — but specks and snows saturate the skies where Canadas...


How to Read Rub Lines

“Look at this rub!” Alicia shouted. I know that my wife has seen more than her fair share of buck rubs, but the nature of her reaction proved that what she’d just found was very, very special. As I hurried over to where she was standing, my jaw dropped. Right...


Presidential Blades

Although an American president has practically everything done for him these days, there was a time when he had to shoulder the grunt work just like the rest of us: pencils to sharpen and envelopes to open; potatoes to peel and sticks to whittle. Chances are the commander-in-chief performed such...


Shallow-Water Fall Bass Tactics

With the crisp fall air comes a feeling of renewal for outdoor enthusiasts. Fishing picks up, hunting season is upon us, and temperatures are perfect for a midday hike or mountain-bike ride. At times, there’s too much to do. Like many folks, I’ve always wished October was a hundred days...


19 Crazy Deer Hunting Videos

Deer hunting is full of surprises — good and bad. Rarely do things go according to plan in nature, but that’s OK, because it’d be boring if it did. Sometimes, you need something interesting to shake it up. Some of these videos are just that. Others are just shocking, wild,...


Should You Lease That Duck Field?

A drive from the Missouri Bootheel through eastern Arkansas reveals a landscape littered with rice and bean fields — and, it seems, a pit blind at every glance. That’s just a snapshot of a common duck hunting phenomenon in the mid-South. Fields with pits command a premium in many areas...


6 of Our Last 11 Bucks Have Had CWD. Now What?

I caught movement to my right as the buck walked around the side of the hill below a rock outcropping, nose to the ground and on a mission for the first hot doe. I slowly stood and came to full draw as he disappeared briefly behind a large red oak...


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