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The Whitetail Restoration Story

Imagine a world where white-tailed deer do not exist, and neither do deer hunters. That was reality for much of America not too long ago, after the whitetail was pushed to near extinction. By the early 1900s, the species was a shell of its former glory, and of what it...


4 Deadly Soft-Plastic Rigs You’re Not Using

Soft-plastic lures catch more bass than anything else. We’ve heard this said throughout the history of our sport, from the early days of Fliptail worms to the more recent finesse craze. And it’s true, plastics do, in fact, catch more bass than any other lure you can buy. Bass big...


Takeaways from the 2022-23 Duck Season

With another duck season behind many of us and fading for everyone else, it’s nice to reflect on the campaign and ruminate about lessons from days afield. Often, those musings might reveal bits of wisdom for the future. Sometimes, they simply create more questions. And many days, they don’t lead...


Why Are Some Bucks Shedding Antlers Early?

Each year, bucks grow new antlers in spring and summer, carry them for most of fall and winter, and then shed them toward the end of the colder months. That process happens annually for normal, healthy bucks. However, this year, there are many reports of bucks shedding antlers earlier than...


20 Photos That Show Just How Tough Whitetails Are

It’s no secret that whitetails are incredibly tough animals. Their will to survive is beyond anything in the big-game category, and their ability to overcome serious harm is impressive. Although we don’t celebrate or take joy from seeing deer in pain, check out these trail camera photos that show just...


Waterfowl Bands: More Than Just Trinkets

Banded birds have an undeniable cool factor, and hunters fortunate enought to shoot a bling-toting duck or goose are usually excited about adding jewelry to their lanyard and curious about the origin of their trophy. But those bands and the information they carry mean much more. When recovered, that data...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


Duck Hunters Rescued from Kentucky Lake

In what was described as a “huge victory,” rescue personnel recently saved three stranded duck hunters during frigid conditions on Kentucky Lake, 13 years after three hunters were killed in an accident on the same water. “There was no better feeling than reuniting the hunters with their anxiously awaiting families,”...


Blind-Bag Essentials

Gear-related articles provide good insights about essential equipment, but they’re also subjective and depend greatly on hunting situations. For example, I have four blind bags I use frequently during duck season, and each contains essential stuff for a specific style of hunting. Still, let’s agree that some equipment is mandatory...


Forecast Brings Hope to Waterfowlers

Warm weather has been the bane of waterfowl hunters along much of the Atlantic Flyway — locally and on duck production areas to the north — for most of the season. One big storm hammered the coast this past week and pushed ducks and geese to grateful hunters throughout the...


Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Varies

This installment will wrap up the Pacific Flyway reports for the 2022-23 season, which has received mixed reviews during the 10 weeks since the October openers. However, with January to go, Western ’fowlers might be looking at some of the best hunting to come. But where are we at currently?...


Weather, Water Boost Hunting Success

With 2023 right around the corner, waterfowl seasons are closing in the northern parts of the Mississippi Flyway. In the core wintering areas in the middle and southern parts of the great highway in the sky, seasons are just hitting their stride. Late December and January are prime time for...


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