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Why Oct. 20 Kicks off the Best Bowhunting of the Year

Historical “rut curves” assembled by whitetail biologists over decades show that while bucks have been sign-posting for weeks now in the early fall, they really crank up their scraping around October 20. Data also show that in central and northern states, 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are...


Why Deer Hunting on Halloween is Scary Good

Halloween is a time for candies and costumes. But to deer hunters , it’s much more than that. Hunting on Halloween has long been a tradition, and it’s the signature kickoff for the rut. The sun sets on October, and the madness begins. Still, it requires the right approach to...


Dan Infalt Arrows Another Public-Land Booner

Dan Infalt, founder of The Hunting Beast, shoots a lot of big deer. He has around three dozen shoulder mounts as proof. It came as no surprise this season when he arrowed a 7 ½-plus-year-old public-land buck he’d been watching for four year. The buck was mature — and big...


Hot to Not Duck Hunting After Opening Day

Northern hunters loathe it. Dixie waterfowlers dread it. Yet none can avoid the post-opener doldrums. Whether you’re pursuing local early-season ducks in production states or the first migrants during early splits in the South, there’s usually a drop-off in action and duck numbers right after opening weekend. Basically, hunters blow...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree . Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of...


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6 Great Places for DIY Duck Hunting

Great duck hunts typically involve long hours of scouting, substantial physical labor and a good measure of applied experience. So it’s no surprise that waterfowlers are among the ultimate do-it-yourself outdoors adventure seekers. Duck geeks love testing themselves by seeking new thrills in far-flung places without a proverbial safety net...


Jeff Danker’s Flyer Buck Has Triple Drop Tines

Early season cold fronts have led to the demise of many mature bucks. These weather events and temperature swings have the incredible power of sparking daylight deer activity. When you get them, deer move — even the big ones. It’s that simple. Jeff Danker, host of Buckventures, knows this. On...


2021 Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our final Duck Hunting Nation roundup focuses on the Pacific Flyway, which features some of waterfowling’s bucket-list hunting spots . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations, and other vital information. Alaska The Last Frontier is a premier waterfowl hunting state, and its Duck Hunting...


2021 Atlantic Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our third Duck Hunting Nation roundup centers on the Atlantic Flyway. From Eastern Shore honkers to mottled ducks in Florida, the region offers perhaps unmatched variety for waterfowlers . Despite recent challenges, the flyway continues to produce solid hunting opportunities. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


5 Best Stand Setups for Pre-Rut Bowhunting

I’m predicting a “trickle rut” this fall, based largely on the timing of the full moons in mid-October and mid-November. I expect a good number of does, more than usual, to cue off the bright illumination and pop into early estrus from October 16, through the full moon on the...


12-Year-Old Nails 211-Inch Buck

Just about every deer hunter has a goal. Some hunt strictly for meat. Some want to take their first buck. Others want to shoot mature deer only. And the minds of others feast on thoughts of taking a monster buck that breaks the 200-inch mark. The latter was young Westin...


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