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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,...


Favorite Turkey Decoy Setups of the Pros

Jake and hen decoys? Strutter and breeder? Full flock? Even with hyper-realistic fakes in your arsenal, you still need to adjust your tactics to the time of the season and how turkeys are behaving. The truth is, sometimes decoys work. Sometimes not. Why do realistic decoys fail? Often, it’s a...


7 Best Land Improvements for Wild Turkeys

The average turkey hunter would probably be shocked at how few mature gobblers their land produces each year. World-renowned turkey researcher Michael Chamberlain explains it like this: “Let’s say you have 100 hens in your population. “80 of them attempt a nest — not all do. “Around 20% hatch at...


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...


What to Know About Your First Controlled Burn

An unexpected wind swirl whipped the flames of what had been a slow backfire and sent them suddenly quartering uphill and across the field, full of dormant broom sage and plume grass. My buddy Danny and I were standing on top of the hill, next to a box blind, leaning...


Early Season or Late: What's the Best Time to Kill a Turkey?

I’ve turkey hunted in snow so heavy that I couldn’t see the decoy just 15 yards in front of me. I’ve also hunted in 90-degree heat while wading through thick, green vegetation that limited my visibility almost as much as the snow. Both of those happened in my home state...


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11 of the Best New Bows for 2021

If you’re in the market for a new bow, 2021 is looking to be a good year to buy. The heavy hitters of the compound bow world continue to innovate, with new materials and features to push the envelope on performance, handling, and value. Here’s a quick look at 11...


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10 Coyote Trapping Mistakes Beginners Make

It’s a good thing my living wages didn’t depend upon my early trapping efforts . I’d have been one pitiful fur trader. When I started trapping a few years ago I caught some raccoons and opossums early on, but it took the better part of two seasons before I caught...


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10 Trees That Will Hold Deer on Your Hunting Property

Mention planting for deer, and most hunters automatically assume you are talking about food plots. There is no doubt that a nice food plot will attract and hold deer in an area. But planting trees and shrubs can also be an excellent way to improve the hunting on your property,...


Why January is the Best Month for Deer Scouting

It was a gray, bone-chilling evening, one of the last of the Virginia gun season. Steve Reynolds was fixing to climb down from his stand and call it a year when he looked up and saw a 150-inch buck inching out into the plot of brassicas he was watching. Boom!...


10 Tips for Training a Squirrel Dog

The last thing I needed was another hunting hobby. Between hunting at home and out-of-state trips, there seems to be something going on every weekend from September to February. Besides, I’d squirrel hunted all my life in the traditional, sneak-slowly-through-the-hardwoods way. I’d never hunted with squirrel dogs. How much better...


When a LifeLine Saved a Life

Scott Bestul was looking forward to an evening hunt in southern Minnesota. It was a 25-degree November afternoon with snow on the ground, and Bestul — a 40-year veteran of the deer woods and longtime whitetails columnist for Field & Stream — knew it was likely to be a good...


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