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5 Best Fall Smallmouth Fishing Tactics

As a kid, we fished for largemouth bass in the summer. We’d catch the lion’s share of them around weed beds and shady docks. But every now and then I’d wake up early enough to tag along with the grownups to go smallmouth fishing. In the summer, our resident brown...


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Velvet Bucks

For some, antler velvet is a holistic medicine and a supplement that’ll treat everything from arthritis to low libido. For others, a big buck in the fuzz is emblematic of the kickoff to fall hunting season. In a few states, you can bowhunt bucks before their velvet is stripped, making...


Answered: 5 Early Season Deer Hunting Questions

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer, and a shooter 10 coming to a beanfield like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks (especially the 10-point), be around when bow season opens in a few weeks? That bachelor’s club will start to break up in...


5 Advanced Trail Camera Tactics

I’ll never forget the foggy picture of a dandy buck meandering underneath my treestand. The image was captured at one-something in the morning, but that didn’t sap my innocent, then-13-year-old hopes. My wheels turned for weeks following that capture, and I dreamed of encountering the buck in person. But ultimately,...


The 3 Biggest Catfish Ever Caught

Found in every continent except Antarctica, catfish rank among the most abundant fish on the planet. There are just shy of 3,000 different species, though in the U.S. anglers arguably are most interested in the blue, flathead, and channel catfish varieties. Glamourous they are not, but they get big and...


13 People Who Changed Bowhunting Forever

It might be hard for today’s bowhunters to imagine a time when equipment was still as basic as a wooden bow, a string fabricated from rawhide or woven plant material, and a metal broadhead. The quality and utility of archery gear has come a long way in a relatively short...


Jacob Wheeler on Life and Bass Fishing

With 10 major professional wins under his belt and tournament winnings surpassing $2.5 million, Jacob Wheeler is widely recognized as one of the top tournament bass fishermen in the world. Claiming four Bass Pro Tour wins, two Bassmaster Elite Series wins, and a Major League Fishing World Championship, Wheeler credits...


Is It OK to Eat Bass?

Today’s bass junkie is a different breed of angler. Dressed in the latest high-tech gear and operating a space-aged boat, competition drives his every move. Success is measured in pounds and ounces. All fish are released, coolers stay clean, and not a drop of blood can be found on the...


What Really Kills Whitetail Fawns?

Quick, what is the No. 1 fawn killer in America? “Coyote!” you squeal. It’s no wonder hunters blame Canis latrans for slaughtering little deer each spring and summer. Most all scientific studies over the past 30 years have documented predation, largely by coyotes, as the leading cause of whitetail fawn...


Why You Suck at Throwing a Baitcaster

After hours of catching nothing, I finally got my big break. There, just a cast away, several bass corralled a school of shad and were taking advantage of their position by blasting the bait into oblivion and gobbling up the wounded. With the wind in my face, I launched a...


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,...


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