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Five Fixes for Stale Ducks

Duck hunting holds few guarantees, but here’s a solid bet: At some point during the season, stale, overpressured birds will give you fits. It happens every year. Warm weather and southerly winds stall the migration . Ducks that arrived days earlier and seemed so naive and eager suddenly act like...


T-Bone’s Kansas Booner Bow Kill

The open prairies and timbered creek bottoms of southwestern Kansas can at first seem void of wildlife. But these whitetail-rich pockets of habitat offer world-class hunting opportunities, and the Bone Collectors come here every year. “The units are 15 and 16, and 90% of our Kansas hunting (me, Michael Waddell,...


Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Non-Typical Georgia Giant

Rarely do hunters have four years of history with a deer they tag, but it happens, and Bone Collector’s Travis “T-Bone” Turner experienced it this season. He closed the book on a 6 1/2-year-old Georgia giant. To make it even better, it was on a farm he’s owned since 1999...


Emily Schaad’s Double Brow-Tine Monster

In most parts of the country, it’s rare for a buck to reach 8 1/2 years of age, but this season, Ohio bowhunter Emily Schaad hunted such a monarch. “I got in contact with a neighboring landowner, and we discussed all the photos and years of history we both had...


Feeling the First-Shot Blues

See if this sounds familiar: Ducks swing over your decoys , so you rise, mount your gun confidently and — miss the first shot. It happens frequently; probably more than we’d like to admit. Often, you redeem yourself on the second or third rounds, and then your buddies crack cheesy...


Nate Hosie’s Surprise Kansas Monster

Most big-buck stories start out with years of history, full of trail-camera photos and close-call encounters. Well, that isn’t the case with HeadHunters TV co-host Nate Hosie and his recent Kansas kill. A mid-October cold front seems to have spurred a buck’s last-minute transition from summer to fall range. “The...


31 Best Tips for Hunting the Rut

You’ve waited all year for this. It's the rut, baby! No matter which week in November you take off work, your No. 1 strategy is simple: Spend every minute you can in your best stands because you never know when a good buck will prowl by, or come running hot...


Patience Kills Fall Gobblers

We had scattered the gobbler gang with dogs trained to the task. It was a group of red-headed birds, coal-black with swinging beards sailing off in five different directions. They’d make us pay that sunny but bitter cold, early November day. Yep, we’d have to put in our time. After...


Is Competition Ruining Your Duck Hunting?

Every duck hunter has been there: You wait quietly for hours in the dark only to see headlamps close in as shooting hours approach. Or, you get up at a ridiculous hour to beat the crowds but find a long line at the boat landing. Unless you own or lease...


The Best Places to Hunt Mallards in Every Flyway

Mallards rule the waterfowl world , and it’s easy to see why. They’re North America’s most abundant duck, and they offer hunting opportunities in creeks, marshes, lakes and dry fields from coast to coast. Because mallards are also wary, challenging and sometimes frustrating ducks, hunters constantly strive to find better...


Is It Time to Rethink Fall Turkey Hunting?

“It feels like I’m breaking the law,” my dad used to say of Pennsylvania spring turkey hunting. Though it was legalized in 1968, it still felt unusual to be out there in the woods. You see, in the north-central mountains where I grew up, the fall turkey tradition ruled. In...


The Best Shot Placement on Deer

Look at the vital zone outlined on the average 3D deer target, and you’ll see an area that reinforces what most of us have been taught about aiming at a broadside deer: Hold behind the crease of the shoulder, slightly below centerline of the chest. Most of the time, if...


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