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Duck Hunting Rituals and Superstitions

Most duck hunters aren’t also professional athletes, but many of us share a trait with Major League ball players: We have distinct pre-game rituals and crazy superstitions. I’m not talking about four-leafed clovers and a fear of black cats. We have some seriously weird rites and traditional beliefs that we...


My Worst Deer Season Ever

My 2019-20 deer season turned out pretty good. I got the closest to a wild deer I’ve ever been (4 feet). I made many great memories with family and friends. Oh, and I killed three mature bucks in three states. But it definitely didn’t start out that way. And even...


Tough Turkey Hunts and Your Next Move

Some wild turkey gobblers just don't play fair. The most paranoid game bird on the planet might like your expensive fakes one day ... then run from a hen, jake and strutter setup the next. Henned-up longbeards can seem content as college kids on spring break. Hung-up toms strut through...


Run it to the Plug

Duck and goose hunters often joke about “running it to the plug,” which means shooting until the gun is empty. We all do it now and then. The expression itself embraces the wild, carefree aura of the sport . But in practice, emptying your gun can have positive and negative...


2020 Midwest Turkey Hunting Forecast

As in other areas of the country, turkey populations are trending downward in much of the Midwest. Disease, habitat challenges, management variables and predator influences (including, sadly, poaching) are all factors. That said, there are some bright spots. Want to know where to go in the Midwest, get some insider...


The Worst Hunting Hashtags

These aren’t the worst hunting hashtags. No, the worst ones are so egregious I can’t publish them. But of those that are at least passable for a family friendly website, these are the ones that we can’t keep using. Some are silly, outdated, or both, and others are simply in...


Drake Lamb’s Iowa Muzzleloader Monster

Like most hunters, Drake Lamb didn’t start out killing Booners. No one in his family really hunted, and he didn’t go on his first deer hunt until friends took him when he was 14. He’s been hooked ever since. Today, Lamb is an experienced deer hunter, but he spends most...


Big-Water Wood Ducks, Dry Field Divers and More

Waterfowl hunting provides unmatched variety. A cornfield hunt might yield a mix of dark geese, light geese and mallards. One small prairie slough could produce a several-man limit comprised of 10 or more species. But sometimes, we encounter ducks that we don’t expect. In extreme examples, we might be shocked...


2020 Southeast Turkey Hunting Forecast

In the Southeast, as with some other regions of turkey country, flock populations are trending downward. Disease, habitat challenges, management variables and predator influences are all factors, including sadly, poaching. That said, there are some bright spots. Want to know where to go in the Southeast, get some insider intel...


Shed Hunting During Turkey Season

A hardcore deer guy, a father of three kids and a turkey hunter who couldn’t care less share their perspectives on finding antlers during turkey season Green Hides the Gold Settlers went West in search of precious metal. But there’s a gold rush of another sort every spring, by the...


The Best of the Midwest Whitetail 2019-20 Deer Season

The Midwest Whitetail team prides itself in producing great deer hunting content. Last year was no different, and Bill Winke himself said it might just be the best season yet. Check out the five episodes that viewers watched the most. 1. Long Lost Buck Returns, Rut Ramp Up Release Date:...


Should You Notch Your Tag on a Lost Deer?

If you wound a deer and don’t recover it, does that mean you should fill your tag anyway and quit hunting? A growing number of hunters seem to think it’s the right thing to do – but is it really? It’s not a simple thing to answer. It Happens to...


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