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Do Boat Motors Spook Ducks?

You’re probably old-school if you don’t run a mud motor in shallow water or a big outboard on open water nowadays. The appeal is obvious: Such motors are efficient and effective, and they carry a significant cool factor. Further, motors let you go farther and faster while staying safe. Yet...


Why the .300 Blackout Is a Great Deer Round

The 2-year-old buck was facing us at 90 yards, and my 7-year-old son, Anse, said he was steady, with the deer in the scope. I told him to hold on the crease between the buck’s neck and shoulder, and squeeze the trigger slowly. The deer crumpled at the shot, kicked...


4 Reasons You’re Not Killing Mallards in Dry Fields

Some days, shooting mallards in harvested ag fields seems so easy: Locate ducks, set up where they want to land, and start shooting. But many other days, dry-field hunts take left turns. Birds don’t show up. Flocks flare or won’t commit. Shooters can’t capitalize on opportunities. And those problems can...


Auburn Fishing Team Nets $1 Million at Table Rock

In the course of a week, Auburn Fishing Team anglers Tucker Smith and Logan Parks had become superstars. Winners of the U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Championship, Smith and Parks split a million-dollar cash purse, and each took home a new truck and bass boat to boot. Things couldn’t have...


Don’t Let a Dead Deer Kill You

One December day a few years back, a Virginia hunter name Rob shot a 10-pointer just before dark. He hiked back to his truck, put up his rifle, and called a buddy to help with the drag. When the boys went back in 30 minutes later, the buck was gone...


Advanced Tips for DIY Green Timber Duck Hunting

Do-it-yourself green-timber hunts likely rank high on every duck hunter’s bucket list. And that might be the problem: Everyone wants to hunt the woods nowadays, so timber has become tougher. It was never easy. Navigating faint, stump-laden channels in the dark and trying to determine where ducks might parachute down...


Have Duck Hunting Ethics Truly Declined?

An old saying maintains that no one hates a duck hunter like another duck hunter, and that probably holds more weight nowadays. Many waterfowlers maintain that bad behavior by other folks is ruining the sport, and they blame television, YouTube, marketing, social media or a general moral decline for the...


How to Can Deer Meat

For sportsmen across the nation, freezer space comes at a premium. You can walk into the average outdoorsman’s garage and find an ice chest full of big game, waterfowl, and fish. It becomes a game of Jenga when carefully removing a package of elk brats and bag of goose jerky...


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Realtree's 2021 Camo Christmas Gift Guide

We know you’d rather be hunting big bucks or greenheads this time of year than searching for the perfect holiday gifts. So we've made it a little easier on you by compiling a list of Realtree camo items that will delight even the pickiest outdoor enthusiast. With just a few...


How to Beat a Shooting Slump

The drake gadwall hung in the stiff southeast wind, seemingly motionless at 25 yards as its primaries clawed for air to aid an unlikely escape. Meanwhile, I swung my barrel easily through the target and slapped the trigger, confident in the outcome. But a funny thing happened on the way...


Favorite Chokes and Loads of the Duck Pros

Duck hunters debate many topics, but when it comes to shooting, arguments about the best chokes and loads probably top the list. One guy likes light, fast loads. Another prefers big payloads of large shot. Your buddy shoots an improved-cylinder choke, but you go with a long-range constriction. Who’s right?...


Has Southern Duck Hunting Gone to Hell?

For uncountable autumns and winters, ducks and the folks who pursue them have flocked to the flooded timber, rice impoundments, coastal wetlands and river deltas of the South. The experience is a lifestyle for many and a bucket-list trip for others, but everyone seeks the same goal: to experience the...


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