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Story of a 300-Pound, Triple Drop-Tine Buck

Most deer hunters don’t like hunting during hot weather. But when you have a deer moving in daylight, you have to hunt him, and that’s what Realtree United Country Land Pro Slade Priest did this past October. Priest has been hunting this part of south-central Kansas for 13 years and...


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The Best Hunting Gear for the 2020 Holiday Season

The best holiday gifts are those that blend right in under the tree, thanks of course to a perfect camouflage pattern. This year we’ve pooled our resources to come up with a wish list of gear that’s sure to please the hunter on your list. And if you want to...


Giant Typical Buck Is One of 2020’s Biggest Whitetails

It used to be easy to score a hunting spot by knocking on a door, but most hunters today know that's fading away in the age of hunting land ownership and leasing. But sometimes, you can still knock on a door and get permission. That's what Iowa deer hunter Mark...


Tips for Big-Water Mallards

Here’s an inconvenient truth: Mallards — a duck comfortable on sheet water, in creeks and marshes, or even feeding in ag fields — love big water. They roost on huge lakes and rivers, and loaf and feed at sprawling sloughs. And all that water can make hunting tough, especially considering...


Five Fixes for Stale Ducks

Duck hunting holds few guarantees, but here’s a solid bet: At some point during the season, stale, overpressured birds will give you fits. It happens every year. Warm weather and southerly winds stall the migration . Ducks that arrived days earlier and seemed so naive and eager suddenly act like...


T-Bone’s Kansas Booner Bow Kill

The open prairies and timbered creek bottoms of southwestern Kansas can at first seem void of wildlife. But these whitetail-rich pockets of habitat offer world-class hunting opportunities, and the Bone Collectors come here every year. “The units are 15 and 16, and 90% of our Kansas hunting (me, Michael Waddell,...


Travis “T-Bone” Turner’s Non-Typical Georgia Giant

Rarely do hunters have four years of history with a deer they tag, but it happens, and Bone Collector’s Travis “T-Bone” Turner experienced it this season. He closed the book on a 6 1/2-year-old Georgia giant. To make it even better, it was on a farm he’s owned since 1999...


Emily Schaad’s Double Brow-Tine Monster

In most parts of the country, it’s rare for a buck to reach 8 1/2 years of age, but this season, Ohio bowhunter Emily Schaad hunted such a monarch. “I got in contact with a neighboring landowner, and we discussed all the photos and years of history we both had...


Feeling the First-Shot Blues

See if this sounds familiar: Ducks swing over your decoys , so you rise, mount your gun confidently and — miss the first shot. It happens frequently; probably more than we’d like to admit. Often, you redeem yourself on the second or third rounds, and then your buddies crack cheesy...


Nate Hosie’s Surprise Kansas Monster

Most big-buck stories start out with years of history, full of trail-camera photos and close-call encounters. Well, that isn’t the case with HeadHunters TV co-host Nate Hosie and his recent Kansas kill. A mid-October cold front seems to have spurred a buck’s last-minute transition from summer to fall range. “The...


Patience Kills Fall Gobblers

We had scattered the gobbler gang with dogs trained to the task. It was a group of red-headed birds, coal-black with swinging beards sailing off in five different directions. They’d make us pay that sunny but bitter cold, early November day. Yep, we’d have to put in our time. After...


Is Competition Ruining Your Duck Hunting?

Every duck hunter has been there: You wait quietly for hours in the dark only to see headlamps close in as shooting hours approach. Or, you get up at a ridiculous hour to beat the crowds but find a long line at the boat landing. Unless you own or lease...


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