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Atlantic Flyway Waterfowl Hunting Holding Steady

In typical Atlantic Flyway fashion, every hunter from New York to Florida has been praying for a cold front to bring in a fresh wave of birds. So far, that hasn’t happened — at least not like it has in previous seasons. So far, the action has been good to...


The Scoop on Spoonbills

“Aw, it’s just a spoonie.” How often have you heard that when a hunting partner picks up a duck or accepts one from an excited retriever, and that duck in hand turns out to be a northern shoveler? Perhaps you’ve even uttered and muttered similar words. Maybe it’s the big,...


Semi-Auto Waterfowling Shotguns: Today's Reliable Choice

For years, many waterfowl and upland-bird hunting rituals were passed down through generations. Fathers gave decoys to their sons. Old-timers bequeathed wool hunting coats to grandchildren. And season after season, semi-automatic shotguns would jam in the field — likely at the worst possible moments. Even some all-time great auto-loaders sometimes...


Pacific Flyway Hunting Spotty as Hunters Await Weather

Date: Dec. 13 Location: Pacific Flyway, with emphasis on western Washington I know. I’m beginning to sound like the proverbial broken record here in southwestern Washington, but I’m just struggling . Stymied. Perplexed. True, there’s almost no sheet water anywhere, which is odd. However, the strangest part of the equation...


How to Read Whitetail Deer Tracks

Being able to recognize and understand deer sign when you see it is important. It's a big part of woodsmanship. Here we talk about deer tracks and how to know what you're looking at when you see them. Don't Miss: 20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You Are you...


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7 Reasons You Didn’t Kill a Late-Season Buck

It’s cold outside — very cold. Bone-chilling temperatures. Skin-slicing winds. Eye-blinding snow. It’s a winter not-so-wonderful wonderland out there right now. But hey, it’s still deer season, right? Actually, for most, deer season is over now. A handful of states still have a few days (or weeks) to go just...


How to Scout Big Water for Ducks

Initially, scouting large waters for ducks seems pretty straightforward. A) Find big water. B) Grab binoculars. C) Look at said water through binoculars. Or, if you’re more hands-on, you can hop in a boat and motor around, provided the seas aren’t too rough. Those approaches work fine much of the...


How to Hunt Coyotes in the Snow

You know how hungry you get when you’re out hunting or working in the freezing cold during a long winter day? How the cold seems to sap your energy and strength, making you think about eating a snack or checking your watch to see if it's time yet for lunch?...


Giving Guns as Gifts: National Shooting Sports Foundation Advice

Firearms full of hunting character and experience. Gently nicked wooden stocks and barrels bearing evidence of time afield. Guns passed along from grandparent to parent to young hunters filling the ranks. New shotguns and rifles too are given as gifts, along with wisdom to use these hunting tools safely. Sons...


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7 Reasons to Take a Kid Predator Hunting

Predator hunting is popular these days. While more hunters than ever are pursuing them right now, not many think about taking young hunters along. That’s too bad. There are plenty of reasons to take a kid along the next time you chase coyotes, bobcats, or any other predators that might...


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Winter Coyote Hunt

Check the wind, find a hiding spot, start squealing and shoot straight — coyote calling in the snow is the classic American varmint hunt


5 Places to Find Giant Late-Season Bucks

It’s the late season. It’s cold. Friggin’ cold. But you’ve still got a tag in your pocket. And I do, too. I’ve had a pretty darn good season. I killed a very nice Kentucky buck early on during archery season. Since then, I’ve been a part of some great hunts...


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