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Brian Butcher’s Crazy Kansas Monster

Last fall, Brian Butcher shot a crazy-looking buck that is now the fourth largest deer in the record books, and the second-biggest hunter-taken buck behind Luke Brewster’s Illinois stud. It’s also the new Kansas state record non-typical whitetail. But what’s the story? Butcher started bowhunting about 13 years ago. He...


How to Buy Turkey Hunting Boots

As any seasoned hunter knows, turkey hunting involves a lot more than simply sitting down against a tree. Selecting the right boot shouldn’t be taken lightly. Next to your firearm and your camo pattern, there is no gear decision that is more consequential. Picture this: it’s 5:30 a.m. on a...


Success Secrets from 4 Great Public Hunts

Duck hunters can find great opportunities on public land from coast to coast. But they can also experience crowded, frustrating and futile hunts in those spots. Standard approaches won’t always work on public ground. Success often hinges on the details that many hunters overlook or strategies they refuse to embrace...


Set Up a Coyote Hunting Shotgun

All we could do was stare at each other. My youngest son and I had set up at the top of a narrow, brushy draw that ran through the center of a picked bean field. Our plan was to hit the call and hopefully catch a coyote using the cover...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 1 – The Southeast

In the South, sweet tea tops the food pyramid, everything autocorrects to “y’all,” and Deep Woods OFF is the only perfume around. Oh, and the deer hunting sucks … especially if you’re a sucky deer hunter. It’s hard to kill a deer around here. So hard, in fact, that in...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 2 – The Northeast

When it comes to their deer hunting, northerners really do have reason to complain. As we continue our countdown, ranking the nation’s toughest deer hunting regions from easiest to toughest, the Northeast comes in at No. 2. Only one other region is consistently more difficult. HeadHunters TV’s Nate Hosie has...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 3 – The Northwest

When I hear Northwest, I think of mountains and lumberjacks, real ones and posers both. But it’s surprisingly good whitetail country, too. As we’re ranking the hunting in each region from easiest to toughest, the Northwest lands perfectly in the middle, at No. 3. Patrick Meitin is our resident northwestern...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 4 – The Southwest

All you have to do is shake a bag of shelled corn and all the Texas Booners come running in with tails wagging, right? Rattling works so well, it’s almost like cheating. At least, that’s what I’ve been told about deer hunting in the Southwest. Don’t get mad and kick...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 5 – The Midwest

No doubt about it, the Midwest is the nation’s easiest region to deer hunt. Manicured food plots. Plump ag fields. It’s all quite beautiful. And we’re using an unscientific, slightly biased system to rank each region, from easiest to toughest. When it comes to the easiest, the Midwest has it...


3 Goose Hunts that Broke the Rules

Honkers can get under my skin any year, but this past season in particular, I encountered several flocks of geese that spiked my blood pressure and elicited creative vocabulary. But I managed to outmaneuver them in the end. Here’s a look the types of problem geese I encountered and how...


Mark Heck’s Minnesota Ghost Buck

Mark Heck has spent a lot of time in the timber. As a member of “ The Given Right ” hunting show, he’s been lucky to experience a lot of big-buck moments. He killed two Booners during the 2019-20 deer season. Obviously, he killed this 202-inch Minnesota monster, but he...


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The Devil Turkey of Martin Creek

After decades of turkey hunting, I think I’ve seen just about everything a gobbler can do to avoid taking a ride in a hunter’s pickup. In fact, I’ve been after them for so long that I’ve developed a system for categorizing the turkeys I hunt.


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