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Delta Waterfowl’s Hen Houses Thwart Predators, Boost Nesting Success

Nesting mallards have it tough, but Delta Waterfowl ’s hen house program has been making their lives easier and boosting production for decades. In fact, by 2022, the group will have almost 10,000 hen houses available for ducks, which could produce about 45,000 ducklings. “When you look at the landscapes...


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Photo Gallery: From Buttons to Booner

The process of getting a whitetail from the button buck stage to the Boone and Crockett category is a mystical journey that includes a complex assortment of variables. It takes four basic ingredients to produce a buck with a 170-inch rack: age, genetics, habitat, and herd management. I’ve been fortunate...


How Many Ducks Can You Keep in Your Freezer?

Of all the waterfowling misconceptions perpetuated by social media and barstool banter, confusion about possession limits might be the most perplexing. Online questions about how many ducks or geese you can keep in your fridge or freezer often prompt wildly varying responses, such as: “Three times the daily limit plus...


What Will Deer Hunting Be Like in 10 Years?

When I moved on from squirrels to hunting deer with my dad in the 1970s, there were about 200,000 whitetails in Virginia. Today, we’ve got five times that many. In the 1980s and ’90s, we went from “if it’s brown it’s down” to the “big buck” era. Whitetail management was...


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The 10 Toughest Game Animals in North America

Is there really such a thing as a “tough” game animal? After all, a bullet or arrow through the vitals will do the job on anything, from squirrels to elephants, right? That’s true. But equally true is that some critters, due to the size of their vitals, thickness of hide,...


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How to Skin and Prepare a Rattlesnake for the Table

Let me start with a caveat. I hate killing snakes — even the venomous species. I can’t count the times I’ve shared a western Kentucky fishing hole with a cottonmouth, or a woodlot of squirrels with a copperhead. As long as I see them first, it’s all good. Still, venomous...


Is It OK to Jump-Shoot Snow Geese?

If you want to watch a fight, mention jump-shooting to a group of die-hard snow goose hunters , and then grab a cold drink, sit back and listen to the fireworks. Depending on whom you ask, jump-shooting spring light geese is an efficient, ethical way to kill a bunch of...


10 More Deer Hunting Myths Debunked

A talking head on outdoor TV puffs his chest and declares, “Man, the full moon is the worst time to hunt!” Sounds pretty good, and you buy it. Your daddy told you never to overhunt a spot, and you never doubt Pops. Stands to reason that if another hunter tromps...


How To Choose the Right Snow Goose Outfitter

Unless they have excess vacation time, several trailers packed with decoys and an unlimited fuel budget, most spring snow goose hunters book with a guide to (hopefully) assure a quality experience. But laying down your cash is the easy part. Before that occurs, you should thoroughly investigate outfitter options and...


Has the .30-30 Really Killed the Most Deer?

Google “.30-30 for deer hunting” and up pops a million links that you can click on for information. Click the first one and you’ll read something like: “The .30-30 rifle has arguably killed more whitetail deer than any other single cartridge … with the round’s popularity still quite high, it's...


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11 of the Best New Bows for 2021

If you’re in the market for a new bow, 2021 is looking to be a good year to buy. The heavy hitters of the compound bow world continue to innovate, with new materials and features to push the envelope on performance, handling, and value. Here’s a quick look at 11...


21 Sits and 10,000 Miles for a Kansas Monster

Eric Hale grew up hunting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He watched a lot of hunting videos, including from the likes of Bill Jordan and David Blanton. “I began chasing mature bucks in my mid 20s and took my first mature [one] on public ground,” Hale says. “It...


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