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Why Are Some Bucks Shedding Antlers Early?

Each year, bucks grow new antlers in spring and summer, carry them for most of fall and winter, and then shed them toward the end of the colder months. That process happens annually for normal, healthy bucks. However, this year, there are many reports of bucks shedding antlers earlier than...


20 Photos That Show Just How Tough Whitetails Are

It’s no secret that whitetails are incredibly tough animals. Their will to survive is beyond anything in the big-game category, and their ability to overcome serious harm is impressive. Although we don’t celebrate or take joy from seeing deer in pain, check out these trail camera photos that show just...


Waterfowl Bands: More Than Just Trinkets

Banded birds have an undeniable cool factor, and hunters fortunate enought to shoot a bling-toting duck or goose are usually excited about adding jewelry to their lanyard and curious about the origin of their trophy. But those bands and the information they carry mean much more. When recovered, that data...


55 Hours on Stand for a Canada 12-Pointer

Paul Beasley with Canada in the Rough is all about big game hunting, especially for trophy whitetails. It comes as no surprise that he recently bagged another big buck. The latest comes out of Saskatchewan, Canada. Traveling to hunt with Dean Kypers and Buck Country Outfitters, Beasley expected a great...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


Duck Hunters Rescued from Kentucky Lake

In what was described as a “huge victory,” rescue personnel recently saved three stranded duck hunters during frigid conditions on Kentucky Lake, 13 years after three hunters were killed in an accident on the same water. “There was no better feeling than reuniting the hunters with their anxiously awaiting families,”...


A Booner Bow Buck on 20 Acres

Brock Wilson spends a lot of time chasing whitetails each fall. He’s bagged several big ones this year, including a 170-inch Kansas deer taken on September 16. But the largest of the season came out of Moniteau County, Missouri, near his home. It was a 4 ½-year-old whitetail that he...


Blind-Bag Essentials

Gear-related articles provide good insights about essential equipment, but they’re also subjective and depend greatly on hunting situations. For example, I have four blind bags I use frequently during duck season, and each contains essential stuff for a specific style of hunting. Still, let’s agree that some equipment is mandatory...


The Ultimate Duck Boat: What the Pros Prefer

Duck boats vary almost as much as duck hunting situations, ranging from light shallow-draft rigs that can jump a beaver dam to hulking vessels that appear ready to cruise through icebergs at sea. Obviously, one style or type of boat does not fit every situation. But if you’ve spent enough...


Season Splits: Do They Help Duck Hunters?

Starting a good argument among duck hunters doesn’t require much. Just mention a hot-button topic, stir the pot with a loaded comment, and then enjoy the show. And if you really want to see fireworks, spark a debate about duck season splits. Using splits — that is, separating duck season...


10 Colossal Duck Hunting Screw-Ups

An old saying holds that life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid. Duck hunters might interpret that to mean waterfowling is inherently difficult, but becomes much tougher if you make silly mistakes. Think about it. Waterfowlers already deal with multiple variables such as weather, other hunters, and the...


Reasons Why Late-Season Deer Hunting Sucks … and Why It’s Great, Too

The big buck ambled through the snow-laden hayfield 180 degrees behind me. I was sitting on the ground overlooking a river bottom that wraps around the field edge with my muzzleloader on my lap when I craned left and saw tines. Unfortunately, several deer were between me and the bruiser...


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