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8 Shotgunning Mistakes That'll Make You Miss

Ducks have a knack for bringing out the shooting mistakes in all of us. Sometimes I think I even invent a few new shooting mistakes each season. But the worst gaffes seem to happen before even picking up the gun and pulling it to your shoulder. These mess-ups sting a...


Has CWD Ever Actually Killed a Deer?

Swim through the rough seas of deer hunting discussions on social media, and you’re bound to spy a vessel full of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) posts. And it’s a safe bet someone responded in the comment thread with something like, “CWD has never even killed a deer. If it has,...


Pay Dirt: Planting Apple Trees for Deer

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Genre: Land management Produced By: Realtree Digital Cast: Bill Winke | Slade Priest Released: July 16, 2019 Runtime: 9 minutes 48 seconds Watch Here: Planting Apple Trees for Deer and Other Wildlife A new original digital series titled Pay Dirt is available on the...


5 Deadly Decoy Spreads

Waterfowlers tend to fall into habits. But often, that’s because those habits pay dividends. I'm no different, especially when it comes to my decoy setups. In fact, during the past several years, I've noticed that I tend to set my decoys in one of five tried-and-true ways, time and again...


5 Reasons to Practice Like You Hunt

Square targets are the tofu of the archery world. Your bow wants to eat. But it wants the real thing. And when it can’t get the real thing, it should only settle for realistic 3D targets. Here are five reasons why. 1. Adding Realism Adding the 3D target to the...


Monster Bucks Now Available Free on New Realtree 365 App

July 14, 2019, Columbus, GA — Realtree’s iconic Monster Buck series has been a staple in hunting households for nearly three decades. Now, Monster Bucks XXVII can be watched for free, exclusively on the new Realtree 365 App. Simply download the app to your smartphone or tablet and sign up...


How to Get in a Buck’s Way

Most of the time, whitetails use the land and terrain in the manner that keeps them safest. Too often, we hunters try to make deer go places and do things that contradict their instincts. Calling, decoys, scents, bait piles and even habitat improvements like food plots and hinge-cutting all have...


6 Types of Maps and How They Help Deer Hunters

I’ve always been a huge proponent of using low-impact scouting methods before implementing in-the-field scouting. The digital age we live in puts numerous tools at our disposal that can help us make wiser decisions when selecting, managing and hunting a given property. Ben Harshyne of Hunterra Maps knows this well...


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...


Pro Tip: 15 Pieces of Deer Gear You Can’t Be Without

Everyone forgets a piece of gear on occasion. And, if you’re anything like me, it seems like your equipment always breaks at the wrong time. It’s good to have a backup plan when things go wrong. But what things are most likely to be forgotten? What items are most prone...


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...


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...


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