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The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


15 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Biology and Behavior

One of the most interesting aspects of deer hunting is observing whitetails in their natural habitat. Seeing what they do and determining why they do it can be exhilarating. And although we still don’t know everything about whitetails, biologists have made great advancements in the past 20 years. Check out...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


No Ducks from Canada? Bird Flu Sparks Import Ban

American waterfowl hunters heading to Canada this fall might face another virus concern, but not from the virus they expected. Because of a large-scale outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza — commonly called the bird flu — hunters are currently not allowed to import meat from game birds taken in...


Why and How to Scout Summer Scrapes

A few years ago, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources banned the use of minerals to attract deer. Officials believed that might help stop the threat and spread of chronic wasting disease. I’m all for doing everything we can to stop CWD, but the ban threw a monkey wrench into...


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11 New Compound Bows for 2022

The 2022 lineup of new hunting bows is now available nationwide, and there are models to suit every shooting style and preference. Although it’s difficult to really compare bows without shooting them all side-by-side, you can at least learn a lot by researching specs and features ahead of time. If...


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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,...


3 Killer Summer Trail Camera Tactics

Trail cameras can be great tools to aid in your success as a deer hunter, and hunters love to use them in the summer. But they can become too much of a good thing, too. Using them incorrectly can be a detriment to your hunting efforts. Applying these tactics in...


Really, How Old is that Buck?

More than ever, deer hunters want to know the age of the animals they’re shooting. In fact, for many hunters, the question of whether a buck is “mature” or not is more important than the size of its antlers. The proof is in nationwide harvest trends. According to the National...


The 4 Best Spots to Hang Summertime Trail Cameras

I run several cams year-round, but July 4 is when I start my buck recon in earnest for the new season. Velvet antlers are growing full bore. When you get an image of a buck with shooter potential, you’ll know it and can start tracking his movements for the next...


How to Protect Your Hunting Spots

Hunter numbers are declining everywhere, so they say. But private land lease prices are skyrocketing, land sales prices are soaring, and public lands are busting at the seams with people. It’s never been more important to protect the hunting spots you do have. Here are some things to do, and...


North Dakota Duck Numbers, Water Index Increase

Duck season might be months away, but thanks to Mother Nature, early indications are looking up. North Dakota’s annual May water index, conducted by the state’s Game and Fish Department, showed a 616% increase from 2021, which represents the second-wettest year in the history of the effort. Further, the state’s...


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