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Should You Notch Your Tag on a Lost Deer?

If you wound a deer and don’t recover it, does that mean you should fill your tag anyway and quit hunting? A growing number of hunters seem to think it’s the right thing to do – but is it really? It’s not a simple thing to answer. It Happens to...


Success Secrets from 4 Great Public Hunts

Duck hunters can find great opportunities on public land from coast to coast. But they can also experience crowded, frustrating and futile hunts in those spots. Standard approaches won’t always work on public ground. Success often hinges on the details that many hunters overlook or strategies they refuse to embrace...


3 Goose Hunts that Broke the Rules

Honkers can get under my skin any year, but this past season in particular, I encountered several flocks of geese that spiked my blood pressure and elicited creative vocabulary. But I managed to outmaneuver them in the end. Here’s a look the types of problem geese I encountered and how...


5 Shots Every Duck Hunter Needs to Learn

When the season ends, most duck hunters clean and store their shotguns and don’t pick them up again until the fall. We should do the opposite, and use the free time granted in the off-season to shoot more and stay sharp. This year, try combining several challenging wingshooting activities —...


Realtree 365: A Duck Season for the Ages, and Selecting the Right Choke

In this week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup, we recap the epic 2019-'20 season with Honey Brake Lodge . Then, the Black Cloud crew reveals how to select choke tubes for different waterfowl hunting situations. The Honey Brake Experience on Realtree 365: A Season to Remember Rating: 4.5 out of 5...


Game Warden Tips for Stopping Trespassers

Two years ago, a trespasser tried to kill me. While checking treestands, I noticed someone had tampered with a climbing stand that I’d strapped permanently to a tree. Originally, the climbing cables were attached, and a ratchet strap added further stability on the top and bottom sections. It wasn’t going...


Realtree 365: Honey Brake's Creative Crew and One Last Ride for Ducks

In this week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup, we get an inside peek at the creative folks with The Confluence Group, the marketing arm of Honey Brake Lodge. Then, we catch up with Dennis and Billy as they savor the final moments of duck season. The Honey Brake Experience on Realtree...


Delta Waterfowl February 2020 Migration Update

Duck seasons have closed, but spring snow goose action beckons. The experts at Delta Waterfowl let you know where the action is heating up. (Spoiler alert: Prospects look good from coast to coast.) Click here for more Realtree waterfowl hunting content. And check us out on Facebook .


3 Killer Sounds for February Coyote Hunting

William Prescott famously told the boys at the Battle of Bunker Hill, “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes.” Coyotes don’t have white eyes but if you try these calling tips on your next hunt, you might get to hold fire until they’re in that close, too...


Bill Winke’s Best Post-Season Scouting Tip

Deer season just ended and the blues are multiplying with each passing day. It’s eight to nine months before it reopens, but that’s a good thing. Now you can get out there and do all the things you’ve procrastinated on. And you can do so without pressuring deer. I recently...


When to Draw Your Bow on Deer

I’ve been busted by more deer when drawing my bow than I care to admit. There was that double throat-patch stud six-pointer in 2008. The full-velvet nine-pointer in 2011. The muscled-up tank in 2014. I’ve learned my lesson well enough that it stuck, and I haven’t been busted by a...


My Duck Dog Reviews the Season

There he goes with the shotgun. It’s time, it’s time — oh. He’s not loading our duck gear; just cleaning his pheasant gun. Yawn. I knew I got up for nothing. Well, that’s OK. Back to my chair. I figured duck season was finished a few weeks ago when he...


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