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7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


Forsaking Trophy Management for Deer Stewardship

One of the fastest-growing hunting trends is deer management. It has value, but the right perspective is critical. It’s difficult to produce big, mature bucks on purpose, even in great areas. I’ve seen the challenges with managing for big deer. When Trophy Management Works Most of the time, it’s random...


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What Makes a Good Trophy Photo?

We could never get tired of seeing pictures of big bucks and gobblers, but a lot of today's hunting photos look pretty much the same. They're perfectly posed, and carefully edited. That has more than a few hunters asking, "What happened to the good old days of tailgate shots in...


Multiple Turkey Harvest, License Sale Records Set in 2020

Increased turkey hunting participation and permit sales during this past season of the pandemic has, in some states, resulted in a bigger spring kill. While increasing our ranks is a good thing, state agencies and turkey biologists are ever aware of the management challenges this presents, too. Has increased interest...


Why Aren’t We Trapping Coyotes Right Now?

I’m a deer hunter who’s never trapped before, but I’ve always said I would learn how to catch coyotes if the trapping season coincided with fawning season. But does trapping around the fawn drop actually increase fawn survival? Declining Recruitment To fully grasp the coyote-whitetail relationship, it’s important to understand...


North Dakota Reports Strong Breeding Duck Numbers

In a year filled with bad news, North Dakota has given waterfowlers reason for optimism. The state’s 2020 spring survey showed a breeding duck population of almost 4 million birds, an increase of 18 percent from 2019. “Conditions that we have seen since 1994 seem to be the new normal,...


Where Do the Little Bucks Go?

Imagine a life where you’re forced to abandon everyone you’ve ever known. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all left behind, never to be seen again. That’s life for most whitetail bucks, and some does, too. According to Duane Diefenbach with the Penn State Deer Study Group, 50 to 80% of...


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Deer Poop

“Man, that’s a big pile of buck crap right there.” I’ve heard it a dozen times. You’ve heard it too, or even said it. We all have. But the deer biologists in goggles and gloves who study deer poop for a living (and other, more glamorous things) say it’s actually...


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For the Love of Wild Turkeys

It goes without saying that spring 2020 blindsided all of us. This unwanted, uncertain, unforgiving season sneaked in like a thief in the night, indiscriminately paralyzing the world with fear, sickness and financial fallout. Commanding our attention. Demanding a "new normal." But even in these turbulent times, there is hope...


Stopping Preventable Archery Gear Problems

For us, it’s custom to creatively break the news of tagged bucks. For example, after one successful hunt, I nearly made it through dinner before someone finally asked how it went. I began a deadpan delivery about seeing a big one, how it worked a rub at 50 yards, then...


8 Things Land Managers Should Be Doing Right Now

The skeeters are biting and humidity is climbing. Summer is almost here, and if we don’t get to work now, it’ll be over before we know it. Here are eight things hunting-land managers should be doing right now to get a jump on deer season. 1. Maintaining Treestands Treestand falls...


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Clean Your Turkey Gun in 5 Easy Steps

Turkey season is over in many states and will be soon in others. Memories of strutting longbeards are still fresh in your mind, and hopefully there’s some fresh turkey breast in the freezer. But before putting your gear away, take a few minutes to clean your shotgun and ensure it’s...


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