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20 Years Later, the .17 HMR is the Best Rimfire Round Made for Hunting

I remember seeing a .17 HMR cartridge for the first time. I was a freshman in college, and the owner of a local gun shop I frequented had set some of the individual rimfire rounds on display as a curio. Seeing the .22 Winchester Magnum Rimfire case necked down for...


5 Ways to Ruin a Squirrel Dog

Many veteran hunters say a good squirrel dog is born with hunting in its blood, and all you need to do to have them treeing like a pro is nurture that instinct along. But even a good dog can develop bad habits, and sometimes those habits are created by trainers...


10 Tips for Training a Squirrel Dog

The last thing I needed was another hunting hobby. Between hunting at home and out-of-state trips, there seems to be something going on every weekend from September to February. Besides, I’d squirrel hunted all my life in the traditional, sneak-slowly-through-the-hardwoods way. I’d never hunted with squirrel dogs. How much better...


No Dove Field? No Problem

My buddy shouted at me from 60 yards away, and it was just the type thing you hope to hear on the First of September. "Coming in hot behind you, to the right!" I twisted around on my bucket seat to catch sight of the dove coming over the barn...


10 Tips for Better Dove Hunting

Follow this pro shotgunner’s advice, and you’ll never miss another dove again (well, almost never).


The Dog Pond Bullfrog Story

There is no scoring system for bullfrogs, and maybe that’s for the best. A good frog hunter can identify a "trophy" from across a 2-acre pond, just by looking at the size of and spacing between his eyes in the beam of a flashlight. It’s a skill learned only from...


All About Froggin’

(Editor's Note: As summer kicks off, we're celebrating frog hunting all week on Realtree.com. This classic from the archives was originally published in spring of 2009. The couples referenced here are all still married to this day.) A plate of fried frog legs is the best-tasting dish known to man...


Where to Hunt Spring Squirrels

Spring squirrel hunting is an opportunity many of us overlook, and a family tradition for others. The following states offer short spring seasons or longer seasons that stretch into next year. Many of the same sit-and-wait or spot-and-stalk tactics you use in the fall and winter work now, too. Arkansas...


Tips for Hunting Fox Squirrels

“Let’s go chase after a fox squirrel.” Those were the last words I remember my friend Hunter saying to me before we wandered down the logging road that cut through the top of Brush Mountain. I was cramming my brain with communication law court cases for an exam. He knew...


Memories of Squirrel Camp

There’s deer camp. There’s turkey camp. And, until a couple generations ago, there was squirrel camp. These days, not so much. But it used to be big doings, this squirrel-camp business. Deer were scarce, turkeys even more so, but squirrels were abundant, and we were, after all, hunters. Sitting Bull...


How to Squirrel Hunt with Dogs

Sometimes talking about squirrel hunting is like bringing up politics at Thanksgiving dinner. You never know what reactions you are going to get. Some people don't understand the idea of hunting for rodents. But in much of the Southeast, the bushytail is the traditional first game that a young hunter...


How to Get Permission to Hunt Private Land

One common complaint by those who hunt less or even quit is the lack of hunting access. Truth is, you might have to work for it these days. Stay humble, put in the effort and you might find new hunting ground where you can hunt small game (and other wild...


Bird Hunting and Trout Fishing in Idaho

Ed Anderson is a contemporary fine artist and former Air Force officer transplanted to the mountains of Idaho from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Bold lines and bright colors have come to define his hunting and fishing compositions. "We’ve got some great desert rivers here," Anderson told us. "And it's pretty unique to...


Quail Hunting in Utah

If you own a good pair of running shoes — or better yet, a trained hunting dog — hunting Gambel’s quail in southwestern Utah might be a fun adventure this fall. Population Estimates, Where to Hunt Utah’s quail hunt opened Nov. 3. The number of Gambel’s quail has dipped a...


South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Journal

Artist Ed Anderson recently wrote to us from Idaho and said: This is a reminiscence of traveling to South Dakota with my dad. I couldn’t tell you if the hunting was good or not, but it was such a departure from the suburbs. When I was a kid, those birds...


Squirrel Hunting Gear Tips

This fall, I’ll be squirrel hunting. Something else that’s guaranteed is the bag I’ll have slung over my shoulder. For as long as I can remember, my father, Mick, as dedicated a squirrel chaser as ever walked the Earth, carried with him into the autumn woods a light-green military satchel...


Pennsylvania Pheasant Hunting: More Birds This Season

A Pennsylvania native, I hunted cottontail rabbits with my late dad's beagles. Several over the many years were pretty birdy, often finding and flushing woodcock, ruffed grouse and yes, planted pheasants. Captured in memory: a rooster towering out of swamp tangle, the protesting alarm cackle of this cockbird, long tail...


How to Remove Skunk Smell from Your Dog

My English setter Radar had a grin on his face, but I wasn't smiling. He'd just had a little visit with a skunk. Now what? Well I rounded the rascal up, growled my drawn-out human, " Nooooooooo ," snapped his leash to that stinky orange collar he now wore, and...


Hunting the Modern Cottontail Rabbit

Hunters have been pursuing the Eastern cottontail ever since the time of the earliest Native Americans. Although hunter numbers have declined from peak numbers, rabbit hunting still remains extremely popular overall and is one of the most popular small game pursuits. However, the dynamics of hunting cottontails have changed dramatically,...


Why We Love Our Hunting Dogs

Midnight trips outside. Barking at daybreak. Puppy accidents and chewed-up prized possessions. And then, yes, slowly, they grow up – and even then, you grin and bear it sometimes. I love it. You dog folks know the deal. You either are, or you aren’t, a dog person. Would you rather...


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