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Why Speed Bows Don’t Suck

Do an online search for “speed bows” and you’ll find no shortage of articles and forum threads highlighting all the supposed problems associated with them for bowhunters. It’s become so common, in fact, for writers to trash-talk speed bows that we’ve created our own set of speed bow cliches and...


4 Things to Know About Whitetail Buck Bachelor Groups

These soft, summer evenings in mid-July and August are when I officially start my scouting for the upcoming deer season . A couple hours before dark, I drive to one of my hunt areas and park where I can see a good piece into a field of low-growing alfalfa, soybeans,...


The 5 Guns Every Outdoorsman Needs

If you’re like me, you’d own 20 or more rifles, shotguns, and handguns, however many you could afford. But truth is, to have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of bird and animal across America, you really only need five firearms. And those are the ones we’re talking...


The Best Postspawn Crappie Fishing Tactics

Crappie fishing is a springtime sport for most anglers, and it’s hard to argue the logic behind this association. Spring brings big numbers of hungry fish to the shallows, making for quick contact and easy pickings. Following the spawn, a lot of crappie fishermen hang up their gear, assuming warm...


How David Blanton Is Beating Target Panic

David Blanton knew he had target panic. But like many bowhunters , the 46-year veteran of the deer woods and longtime host of Realtree Outdoors had always been able to manage it, like an annoying but otherwise harmless preexisting condition. “I’ve always been a puncher,” Blanton says. “I draw back,...


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20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

I’m not saying your granddaddy isn't a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more bucks with his open-sighted, lever-action .30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-waxed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. And he'll shame a...


How to Catch Fish During a Giant Bug Hatch

Why would a fish eat a bug? I found myself asking that question the first time a buddy showed me a “Mayfly Rig.” After an unsuccessful day chasing walleyes on Lake Erie , and watching hundreds on the screen of my depth finder, I had nothing to show for my...


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Bowfishing: 12 Fish Species to Target

Bowfishing is a lot like bowhunting. Except that you get to shoot a whole lot more. And it's warm. And you can talk to your buddies. And you don't have to worry about the wind. And you get to reel in a bunch of big fish. It's an inexpensive sport...


Updates on Ammo, Record Buck Harvest from PA, and More Deer Hunting News

What's going on in the whitetail world this summer? Some pretty interesting news. We've scoured the headlines to give you the scoop. Ammo Pinch Update Southwick Associates, a research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers . They found that in 2020,...


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29 Father's Day Gift Ideas from Realtree

Old Dad deserves something really special this Father's Day, and your friends at Realtree are here to help. From socks to coolers to shotguns, this lineup suits any budget and will help make his time in the outdoors better.


5 Top Lures for Summertime Bass Fishing

Summertime bass fishing is a boom or bust sport. Long periods of inactivity are interrupted by brief moments of greatness, when it seems nothing can go wrong. The reasons for this are simple. Following the springtime spawn, bass begin to group up and move offshore, where they favor subtle spots...


Will Skyrocketing Corn Prices Affect Your Deer Season?

Sprouting crop fields are always my cue to start looking ahead to the next deer season. Knowing what’s planted where — and how long it’s likely to be green and when it’s likely to be cut — is a critical part of the game plan, especially for September. This year,...


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