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Chicken Killer Is My Name

Most nicknames are earned. They’re worn as a badge of honor, dishonor or plain old mockery. My most notable hunting handle all started on a youth upland bird hunt sponsored by Quail and Pheasants Forever , where I shot a stocked pheasant hen. Of course, while Kentucky does have native...


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How to Set Up a Bowfishing Bow

Bowfishing is one of the best ways to get your archery fix between spring and fall, and it doesn’t require a big investment to get started. Let’s break down each aspect of setting up a bowfishing rig.


When Small Duck Decoy Spreads Work on Big Water

Big-water duck hunting calls for large decoy spreads, but hunters can’t always oblige. Whether you’re lugging blocks to a prairie slough or hunting a vast lake for an hour before work, sometimes you just have to deploy a small rig and hope for the best. And the truth is, small...


Where to Hunt Spring Squirrels

Spring squirrel hunting is an opportunity many of us overlook, and a family tradition for others. The following states offer short spring seasons or longer seasons that stretch into next year. Many of the same sit-and-wait or spot-and-stalk tactics you use in the fall and winter work now, too. Arkansas...


Only at Duck Camp

Years ago, my buddy Joe rolled out of bed before daylight, stumbled into the kitchen of the tiny South Dakota farmhouse and raised a John Belushi-esque eyebrow at the cluttered table. “High-fiber breakfast bars,” he muttered. “These have absolutely no place in duck camp.” The bars, packed by my health-conscious...


10 Old-Time Turkey Hunting Lies That Need to Die

I have seen a lot of gobblers come running like racehorses out of the gate and die with honor, dodge swarms of shot to live again, and, like the sun on an overcast spring day, never show. Win or lose, I loved every one of them. Yet when I was...


13 Takeaways from a Deer Hunter’s Turkey Season

Rays of light cast through timber and glint off ivory tines. A series of throaty grunts cascade off surrounding cedars. Hairs stand at attention as the bow string slowly inches backward. A primitive, timeless moment of truth is seconds away, and every nerve in my body knows it. Deer season...


Late-Season Gobblers: Get Your Bird at the Wire

Late-season gobblers are a mystery sometimes. Is it over? Are they done? Fortunately, the answer is always no. Breeding may wane, but turkeys talk to each other every day of the year. As the sun rises earlier each day, inching toward late spring, you lose more and more sleep. Sure,...


Are Duck Guns with Long Barrels Better?

It’s no surprise that many serious duck hunters have specific preferences about their shotgun dimensions, including length of pull, drop at comb and other particulars. But weight and barrel length might be the most hotly debated measurements. Conventional wisdom holds that heavy shotguns with longer barrels perform better for the...


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What Do Wild Turkeys Eat?

Wild turkeys have big appetites. From large-bodied adults to broods of rapidly growing poults, they require considerable amounts of food. Their diets are varied, not only by region but by the season. Think of them as foodies of the bird world, with about a hundred different dietary items on the...


What’s Going on with Paralyzed Fawns in Martha’s Vineyard?

In November of 2019, paralyzed whitetail fawns were found in multiple locations on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, prompting an investigation from area agencies and universities. “From early November to mid-December 2019, MassWildlife received reports of deer displaying signs of paralysis in West Tisbury and Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Six affected...


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The Trouble with Jakes

Some hunters get aggravated by jakes. Their immature antics smack of teenage boys stumbling their way toward manhood. They can be both funny and endearing, yet frustrating and overbearing as they come of age. Check out the gallery for a light-hearted look at how jakes live the “teens” all in...


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