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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...


Coaxing Perfection: Mike Miller’s Flintlock Muzzleloaders

Being an old-fashioned sort of guy, Mike Miller doesn’t get into discussions about the best centerfire deer cartridges or if a particular model of shotgun is better than another. But he’ll talk your leg off about why early American gunmakers usually chose maple rather than walnut for their gun stocks,...


How to Plant a Killer Dove Field

There was about an hour of flight light left when I pulled into Kerry Wix’s driveway. He met me in appropriate September attire, shorts and Crocs, and asked if I wanted to see the field before it got dark. Six acres of dead sunflower stalks and bare dirt doesn’t look...


How to Plant a Deer Orchard

Lush fields of clover, alfalfa and brassicas aren’t the only crops that will hold deer on your property. Once established, fruit trees can produce highly attractive forage for 40 years or more. The right trees produce edible fruit throughout the entire hunting season, drawing deer from a distance and holding...


Strut Report: Midwest Turkeys Finicky, Northeast Hunters Having Some Luck

Many seasoned turkey hunters from the Northeast clear out to the Great Plains are reporting lower turkey numbers than 5-10 years ago, and this observation is echoing louder across the turkey hunting community as the season progresses. If you’re still out hunting, consider being selective in your harvest. That is,...


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How to Make a Turkey Spur Keychain

If you’ve been turkey hunting for very long, chances are good you’ve built up a sizable collection of turkey spurs. You can string them up and hang them on the wall or from your rearview mirror, or you can make a band for your favorite cowboy hat. But you can...


Strut Report: Deep South Birds Holding Steady, Mid-South Longbeards Heating Up

Last week, I forecast the action to be the best of the season . In some places, it was. In others, the next seven days might be even better. Of course, some areas in the southernmost regions are now closed, or nearly so. That said, most states in the region...


Strut Report: Midwest Seasons Start Strong, Northeast Season Openers Look Promising

Last week, I mentioned that I’d be bowhunting during Wisconsin’s time-period A over hen and jake decoys and calling loudly. On opening morning, I hunted 200 yards from a roost and heard only three gobbles. A lone tom flew down and gobbled twice at my calls. He didn’t see my...


Turkey Hunting the Evening Shift

The afternoon doesn’t get much attention from hunters or turkeys. Birds hunker low in secluded places to while away the midday. Hunters take siestas to catch up on lost winks, or maybe work in the yard, around the house or at their job. But if your daylight and midmorning sessions...


Strut Report: Turkeys Firing Off in Midwest, Plains States

I mentored two boys during Wisconsin’s youth hunt last Saturday. While I expected the wintery, blustery conditions would stifle gobbling and strutting, they didn’t at all. Both toms the boys bagged gave us the full show. The first one, roosted alone more than 650 yards away across a paved road,...


Strut Report: Expect the South's Best Turkey Hunting in the Next Week

One step too far and that big, fat longbeard hit the deck, all but disappearing in a field of relatively short grass. Its red head turned a pale pink, and its snood shriveled to nothing. Two beady eyes peered from behind thin blades of grass. We waited to see who’d...


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