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7 Great DIY Deer Hunts

If you seek adventure, part of the allure of the outdoors is seeing new places. Hunting provides that opportunity and creates additional elements to enjoy. Forging a DIY pursuit can add additional fun, as being successful on your own sweat, time, and expertise makes it even more rewarding. Although hunters...


Do Biologists Listen to Hunters?

The chatter usually starts after a slow day in the deer woods or duck blind. Disgruntled hunters wonder what went wrong and begin to grumble about the folks charged with managing their wildlife. It’s nothing new. For years, hunters across the country have questioned the competency or even intentions of...


25 Hillbilly Squirrel Hunting Tips

At some point in recent history, squirrel hunting fell down the totem pole of upland game acceptability. Doves, quail, grouse, rabbits, and ring-necked pheasants — a species not even native to this country — all command more admiration and respect from a genteel crowd than squirrels. That’s a shame, because...


Lessons Learned from 15 Freaky 200-Inch Bucks

Huge whitetails are captivating. They’re so uncommon we rarely get to see, observe or shoot one, let alone learn from it. So when we read and hear stories of monster bucks, it’s important to dig into them and see what useful information we can glean. After a decade of writing...


Hunting the 3 States with the Most Deer

Hunters spend more time and money on gear, property, and habitat improvement for whitetails than any other North American species. Why are whitetails so popular among hunters? Supply. At least 44 of our mainland states — plus several Canadian provinces — have populations of whitetails to hunt. Why are whitetails...


10 More Deer Hunting Myths Debunked

A talking head on outdoor TV puffs his chest and declares, “Man, the full moon is the worst time to hunt!” Sounds pretty good, and you buy it. Your daddy told you never to overhunt a spot, and you never doubt Pops. Stands to reason that if another hunter tromps...


25 Tips for Dove Hunters

Dove season sneaks up on you. One day, you’re mowing the lawn, fishing or, heaven forbid, playing golf. The next, you’re up to your ankles in smoking empties. According to an often-quoted statistic, you’ll shoot five to seven shells per dove bagged. At that rate, the hull pile gets deep...


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Photo Gallery: From Buttons to Booner

The process of getting a whitetail from the button buck stage to the Boone and Crockett category is a mystical journey that includes a complex assortment of variables. It takes four basic ingredients to produce a buck with a 170-inch rack: age, genetics, habitat, and herd management. I’ve been fortunate...


7 Reasons Why OTC Elk Tags Beat Draw Tags

At least four different bulls bugled practically nonstop all morning long as I flanked a herd swarmed by satellite bulls. One beautiful 6x6 with a lovesick bugle grew attached to my cow calling around midmorning, but when he got to 60 yards — no shot opportunity — and didn’t see...


10 Best Times to Deer Hunt

Deer hunting is a game of odds. It’s also a game of decisions. Knowing when to hunt, when not to, and when the conditions are best for you are all part of the process. In my book, there are 10 times, conditions, or situations when odds become more favorable for...


When is it OK to Hunt a Property Line?

One October day, my buddy Steve barged into the camp house, face red as a blood moon. “Some dang guy is fence-sitting down on the south side,” he said, spittle flying. “Put a stand 10 yards off our line. I’m gonna go over there and tear it down!” “You’ll do...


Picking the Best Rifle and Caliber for Pig Hunting

Large wild pigs can move with a grace and silence that’s starkly at odds with their appearance. The boar that emerged from the thicket next to us did it without a sound, and he was comically large. My 7-year-old son, Anse, spotted him, and by the time he said something...


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