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The Story of Whittaker Guns

My 14-year-old son, Potroast, was starting to fidget in his truck seat. We’d been on the road a couple hours, en route to Whittaker Guns, near Owensboro, Ky. Potroast had been poring over reviews of the new Remington V3 Turkey Pro since back before turkey season. After watching the guys...


9 Things Duck Hunters Never Say on Facebook

Waterfowlers stand out during summer. They favor backwater mud runs over pleasure boating and cut family vacations short because the guys needed a fifth shooter for trap league. That also holds true on social media , where you can see duck hunters interrupting the steady stream of fishing and camping...


5 Secrets to Buying Good Hunting Land

You’re imagining it right now. A 50-acre tract of pristine hunting real estate. That shiny, newly printed deed sparkling when the light hits it just right. And a big buck up on the wall the first year of hunting on it. But are you ready to pull the trigger on...


North Dakota Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Up

Abundant spring rains might have Midwestern farmers fuming, but they’ve given prairie-pothole ducks a lift. According to a June 24 article on the North Dakota Game and Fish website, Spring 2019 breeding duck numbers increased by about 20 percent from 2018. The GFD’s 72nd annual spring breeding duck survey, conducted...


5 Myths About Buying Hunting Land

Most deer hunters dream of owning their own land, but many believe it’s out of their reach. The thought of buying land can cause a lot of anxiety, but a lot of that is due to a few rampant misconceptions. In reality, buying land is a fairly simple process. At...


Wood Ducks: Our All-American Waterfowl

Editor's note: This post originally ran July 4, 2017. On this uniquely all-American day, I thought it would be cool to nominate an all-American duck. My pick? The wood duck . Yeah, I know mallards are more plentiful and widespread. And it’s true that wood ducks aren’t unique to the...


Are You Hauling Too Many Decoys?

If you've duck hunted long, you've probably, at some point, been drenched in sweat from stumbling through muck or thigh-deep water in the pre-dawn. You've likely asked yourself if you really needed to lug all those heavy blocks to your spot. The answer? Maybe not. It really depends on the...


Duck Guide Jeremy Dersham Recalls Special Diver Hunt

Jeremy Dersham was hooked on the outdoors lifestyle long before he began guiding waterfowl hunters , but a frigid outing during his youth sealed that passion forever. “Growing up, my family and I pursued upland game, small game, waterfowl and, of course, big game,” said Dersham, owner of Ridge and...


Delta Waterfowl Tracking Ringnecks

Many of the ring-necked ducks in a groundbreaking Delta Waterfowl study have reached their breeding grounds and have likely begun nesting, the organization reported June 12. A map on Delta’s website shows where 15 marked ringnecks have settled. The earliest, a bird dubbed TWP, was nesting April 18. Another hen,...


Dr. Duck on Taking New Hunters

Dennis “ Dr. Duck ” Loosier knows the challenges of learning to hunt ducks without a mentor. That’s why he’s so passionate about introducing newcomers to the sport . “I fell in love with duck hunting the first time I went,” he said. “My father and grandfathers did not hunt...


Alpha-Gal Syndrome is a Deer Hunter’s Nightmare

Imagine that you shoot a buck and throw a nice, fresh backstrap on the grill in celebration. You gather around the table with your family for a meal, but after the feast, you fall ill. Rashes. Dizziness. Vomiting. Anaphylaxis. Excruciating stomach pain. That’s exactly what happened to Insights Hunting’s Glen...


7 Tips for Better Bluebill Hunting

If June seems like an odd time to discuss bluebill hunting , remember this: Those black-and-white rockets will be on the move in 100-some days. As such, it’s time to hone your game. Try these tips to boost your success on ’bills this season. Be a Hoarder Decoying scaup —...


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