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Tips for Hunting Turkeys Alone

Social distancing? Yep, this season is different. While it’s true I’ve happily gotten together with my tight-knit group of longtime gobbler chasers on hunts around the country for decades, certain local buds have also called me “the lone wolf” over the years. I’m okay with that, as I like to...


April Deer Hunting News Roundup

Deer season is still five or more months away for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already making headlines. There’s a lot going on in the deer hunting world right now. Here’s the latest roundup of news you need to know. 2019 Harvest Reports Trickling In Several...


Are Turkey Seasons Opening Too Soon?

It’s no secret that turkey numbers are down, particularly in parts of the Southeast and Midwest. Lack of habitat, poor nesting conditions, predator impacts and disease have all gotten a portion of the blame for declining turkey numbers. But is it time that we, as hunters and conservationists, ask if...


Making the Traditional Bow Switch

Over the past few years, traditional archery has surged in popularity among recreational shooters and bowhunters alike. For many, making the switch from a compound to a recurve or long bow is a way to increase the challenge of a hunt; for others, it’s a way to embrace the simplicity...


Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


How to Shoot a Bow

Recently, someone asked me on the Ask Winke part of MidwestWhitetail.com to go through my shooting form and the key things I think about when shooting a bow. That sparked this post. I’m not a world-class archer, but I learned to shoot a bow from guys who are. All of...


Herbicides Every Food Plotter Should Know

Weeds are the worst. While disking and mowing helps keep them at bay, spraying herbicide is generally the final maneuver for winning the war on weeds. Clover, alfalfa, trefoil and other food plot crops do well with consistent cutting throughout the growing season, but plants like soybeans, peas, lablab, sorghum...


What's in Your Turkey Vest?

Most serious turkey hunters are pretty particular when it comes to filling the pockets of their turkey vests. So what do the Realtree pros carry? We caught up with Phillip Culpepper and Tyler Jordan, hosts of Spring Thunder on Realtree 365 , to ask about the must-have items they carry...


How to Buy Deer Hunting Boots

Passionate deer hunters are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them. From bowhunting on a hot, humid September afternoon to sitting quietly in a treestand on a frosty November morning, deer hunting requires patience, persistence and the right pair of boots for the conditions. Your hunting boots should be...


How to Double on Gobblers

It was one of those hunts where everything was coming together. After a hot, windy morning with almost no gobbling, my wife, Cheryl, and I finally struck up a pair of willing longbeards. They were just over the rise and out of sight. We had them on a string, each...


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10 Ways to Read a Turkey

The most paranoid game bird on the planet often tips its hand before making an escape move. And almost every gobbler will give you cues that tell you what he’s likely to do next (including the “dead” ones that sometimes get up and fly away). We carefully selected these 10...


The Crushing Blow of Losing Hunting Ground

Most of us hunters fondly remember the lands of our past. These places served as the foundation for the outdoor culture and heritage that we enjoy today. They’re important, and sometimes we get to continue hunting them for a lifetime. But sometimes we lose them, and when you lose one...


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