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Fool’s Gold: Are You Shed Hunting Too Soon?

Much of life is about timing. Being in the right place or making the right move at the correct time. Searching for shed antlers is no different, and that’s why I believe it’s time we start waiting longer to hit the woods in search of cast crowns. Past vs. Present...


Puddle Duck Hunts I’ll Never Forget

When duck hunters discuss certain species, the conversation inevitably turns to hunts for those ducks. It’s not enough to mention that you prefer mallards. Someone will say, “Remember when all those greenheads piled into the creek and we hit them just right?” That sentiment struck me recently as I pored...


Our Top 20 Hunting Song Playlist

Hunters love music that speaks to our way of life, and in this playlist we have compiled all the outdoor-related tunes you need. From Hank Williams Jr. to Luke Bryan, and Nate Hosie to Adam Sanders, this soundtrack puts hunting heritage in the spotlight. 1. We Live It Artist: Adam...


Delta Waterfowl March 2020 Migration Report

Snows and blues are in full spring migration mode , and the pros at Delta Waterfowl are monitoring hotspots across the country. Pack your white spreads and get out there. Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


5 Deer Hunting Trends That Make Me Sick

Everybody loves a positive trend, including deer hunters. Negative trends, not so much. Unfortunately, there are some bad trends happening with deer hunting right now, including these below. We might not like them, but we do need to know about them: Declining Hunters, Their Money and Their Votes According to...


Five Proven Duck Decoy Rigs

Eight dozen of the best bluebill decoys rigged with 5-foot lines and egg sinkers do little good in the deep, rough waters of the Great Lakes. Likewise, superb mallard blocks with 25-foot lines look ridiculous in a shallow South Dakota pothole. If you’re like me, you probably hunt various types...


Long Shots: How Far Is Too Far?

Bowhunting should almost always be a short-range sport. There is too much that can go wrong once the arrow flies. I won’t take longer shots if the angle is bad, body position is awkward, or the wind is blowing. These factors make it too difficult to settle the pin. However,...


The Latest on Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a death sentence for whitetails. The neurological disease affects other cervids, too (mule deer, elk, moose), and can be transmitted through saliva, urine, feces, spinal material and brain fluids. It’s caused by prions, which are malformed (misfolded) proteins. It’s pretty scary, especially given how little...


Duck Hunting Rituals and Superstitions

Most duck hunters aren’t also professional athletes, but many of us share a trait with Major League ball players: We have distinct pre-game rituals and crazy superstitions. I’m not talking about four-leafed clovers and a fear of black cats. We have some seriously weird rites and traditional beliefs that we...


My Worst Deer Season Ever

My 2019-20 deer season turned out pretty good. I got the closest to a wild deer I’ve ever been (4 feet). I made many great memories with family and friends. Oh, and I killed three mature bucks in three states. But it definitely didn’t start out that way. And even...


Run it to the Plug

Duck and goose hunters often joke about “running it to the plug,” which means shooting until the gun is empty. We all do it now and then. The expression itself embraces the wild, carefree aura of the sport . But in practice, emptying your gun can have positive and negative...


The Worst Hunting Hashtags

These aren’t the worst hunting hashtags. No, the worst ones are so egregious I can’t publish them. But of those that are at least passable for a family friendly website, these are the ones that we can’t keep using. Some are silly, outdated, or both, and others are simply in...


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