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When to Hire a Hunting Land Consultant

Another deer season has passed, you haven’t killed a buck, and your frustration is mounting. That track record could be the result of a lot of things: high hunting pressure, poor food sources, and mediocre tactics. It just might be time to seek outside help and hire a hunting land...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


Six Things to do Before Duck Season Ends

The calendar betrays us. Sure, a few duck seasons remain in full swing, but February beckons, and the end is near. So don’t just play out the clock this year. Make the final days of your duck season memorable by trying new things. Getting out of your comfort zone might...


When Should You Shoot Does?

Deer seasons are ending or over in most of the country, and a lot of hunters counting down the final hours in the stand like to fill their tags with last-minute does. But is the late season the best time to shoot antlerless deer, or should you be doing that...


Pro Tips for Duck Hunting’s Toughest Challenges

If you’ve hunted ducks and geese much, you know how this goes: You try a setup, but it doesn’t work. You rearrange the spread. That doesn’t work either. You try a different setup. Same story. You keep asking yourself, "What am I doing wrong?" Sometimes you can’t figure it out...


Weather Slows Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Hunting

Date: Jan. 16 Region: entire Pacific Flyway Weather and Water Trends In western Washington, the trend has been rain, from showers to heavy downpours . According to meteorologists, the region ended 2019 with a rainfall deficit of 8 to 10 inches. We’ve made up some of that during 2020, with...


Ohio Buck Sports Quadruple Drop Tines

Eguie Machado knew a huge buck bedded in an area he hunted – and so did several other hunters. In fact, his good friends Dave Voisey and Ben Steiger found the buck’s sheds from 2018 on Steiger’s nearby farm. That year, the buck had a drop tine and this season,...


Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


Realtree 365: Tough Arkansas Duck Hunting and Louisiana Cribs

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup showcases two facets of the duck hunting world: the long, sometimes tough grind of public-land hunting and the ins and outs of Honey Brake Lodge, Louisiana's premier waterfowl and recreation destination. Honey Brake Experience — Honey Brake Cribs: 20,000 Acres, 26 Beds, 19 Baths...


Small-Bore Shotguns for Duck Hunting

Why would any duck hunter trade his 12-gauge for a pipsqueak shotgun? There are several reasons, actually. How many times do you need a 2-by-4-esque punch to the shoulder from a 3.5-inch magnum before you wonder if there might be another way to bring down a duck? Reduced recoil is...


Atlantic Flyway Action Spotty; Ducks Stale

Date: Jan. 14 Region: Atlantic Flyway; Maine south to Florida, including West Virginia and Pennsylvania Weather Trends/Habitat Conditions Another season is ending, but a few weeks remain for much of the Atlantic Flyway. There’s no telling what might happen between now and the final moments , but if current weather...


Do Cedar Trees Make Good Deer Habitat?

Many deer hunters wonder about eastern red cedars. Do they make wildlife habitat better or worse? Across much of the eastern United States, there are massive stands of them. Do you leave those, or cut them down? Here’s what to know. A Case for Red Cedars Cedars can be assets...


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