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15-Inch-Wide 9-Pointer Grosses 164 and Change

Just about every deer hunter dreams of Kansas . There’s something special about its rich ag ground in the eastern region, and its wide-open spaces in the western part. Heath Rayfield, who is part of the Buckventures crew, knows what the Land of Oz has to offer. Rayfield has been...


How to Take Better Duck Hunting Photos

Waterfowl hunting seems tailor-made for photography opportunities, with its stunning settings, vibrant birds and expressive retrievers. So why do our photo albums and social media accounts become endless strings of rushed, poorly composed images displaying piles of wet birds in a pickup bed, sometimes surrounded by leering goofballs who didn’t...


Bowhunter Reunited with 200-Inch Buck After Shed Hunter Recovers It

Kentucky resident Kyle Culbreth is a dedicated deer hunter. He loves spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends. “Deer hunting is a way of life for my family,” Culbreth said. “Checking trail cameras is my 4-year-old daughter's favorite thing to do on weekends. She usually ends up...


Why Oct. 20 Kicks off the Best Bowhunting of the Year

Historical “rut curves” assembled by whitetail biologists over decades show that while bucks have been sign-posting for weeks now in the early fall, they really crank up their scraping around October 20. Data also show that in central and northern states, 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are...


Why Deer Hunting on Halloween is Scary Good

Halloween is a time for candies and costumes. But to deer hunters , it’s much more than that. Hunting on Halloween has long been a tradition, and it’s the signature kickoff for the rut. The sun sets on October, and the madness begins. Still, it requires the right approach to...


40-Acre Farm Yields a Monster Typical Buck

Own the Season’s Art Helin is a veteran bowhunter who knows whitetails. Good woodsmanship is in his blood. This season, it came as no surprise when he came face-to-face with a monster 7-year-old Wisconsin buck on his own 40-acre property. Helin has owned the place for 27 years, and it...


Dan Infalt Arrows Another Public-Land Booner

Dan Infalt, founder of The Hunting Beast, shoots a lot of big deer. He has around three dozen shoulder mounts as proof. It came as no surprise this season when he arrowed a 7 ½-plus-year-old public-land buck he’d been watching for four year. The buck was mature — and big...


10 Reasons Why Fall Fishing is Better than Deer Hunting

Fall is the best season of the year. Spring gets all the glory, but that’s only because everyone’s sick of winter. In March, even a 48-degree day with spitting rain seems nice. Give me that same day in autumn, and I’m stoking the fire. Unless I’m after smallmouth bass. One...


Hot to Not Duck Hunting After Opening Day

Northern hunters loathe it. Dixie waterfowlers dread it. Yet none can avoid the post-opener doldrums. Whether you’re pursuing local early-season ducks in production states or the first migrants during early splits in the South, there’s usually a drop-off in action and duck numbers right after opening weekend. Basically, hunters blow...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree . Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of...


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6 Great Places for DIY Duck Hunting

Great duck hunts typically involve long hours of scouting, substantial physical labor and a good measure of applied experience. So it’s no surprise that waterfowlers are among the ultimate do-it-yourself outdoors adventure seekers. Duck geeks love testing themselves by seeking new thrills in far-flung places without a proverbial safety net...


Hunter Rattles in a Cow, Then a Big September Buck

Wildlife artist Nicole Weller Larson and her husband, Brent, put a lot of time and effort into hunting whitetails, and they don’t settle for just any buck. Their goal is to harvest mature deer only. The properties they hunt are thick with does, too, so they usually try to shoot...


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