River Bottom

Pages


Some Sounds Duck Hunters Love

Waterfowlers probably depend more on their eyes than their ears when trying to fill limits. But relying only on your vision is a sure way to screw up a hunt. And I’m not talking about calling in birds. I’m talking about noticing nearby birds that you haven’t seen yet. Or...


Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Action Off to Hot Start

Date: Oct. 17 Location: Pacific Flyway Major Weather Trends The weather west of the Rockies has varied wildly recently. Montana got dumped on with early snow. A good friend was in eastern Washington the first week of October chasing moose and said the area received about 18 inches of snow...


How to Call Every Duck but a Mallard

When I started duck hunting in the early 1970s, I only knew how to make the traditional mallard quack in three variations — four at best. My dad always carried a call in the upper breast pocket of his old canvas hunting coat, and he’d play it now and then...


Monster Bucks: David Blanton Tags a Texas Buck in February

This week on Monster Bucks, David Blanton heads to Texas on a late-season February deer hunt. Few states remain open that long, but Blanton decided to take advantage of the opportunity and put his Savage Arms rifle to work. “It’s breaking day,” he said. “We’re hunting with Paul Holton Deer...


7 Scouting Tips for Modern Hunters

The shrinking availability of hunting land is a major concern, and there are many reasons for it: Suburban sprawl. Leases. Private landowners who don’t grant permission. All of these things make it difficult to find ground. But dedicated deer hunters won’t let that stop them. In fact, finding new hunting...


The Lucky Horse Fly Buck

Justin Hogan is a hard-working deer hunter. He has 11 Pope & Young-class bucks to his name, and he was looking forward to the beginning of another good season in Kentucky. He had several good deer on camera, but one buck in particular really caught his eye. While most of...


Our Dirt: Creating a Deer Hunter’s Paradise

Proper land management is like a good marriage. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Improvements are slow to materialize, and best measured over time. It’s a lot of work, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Habitat is a living, breathing thing. It...


Duck Hunters You'll Meet This Season on Public Land

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared March 24, 2016, on Realtree.com. A hunting buddy of mine takes the George Carlin approach when categorizing other waterfowlers on public marshes. They’re idiots or maniacs. There might be some truth in that, but I prefer a broader view. In fact, I’ve identified seven...


Dry Conditions Might Hamper Early Atlantic Flyway Action

Date: Oct. 15 Location: entire Atlantic Flyway Damned if you do, damned if you don’t? 2018’s theme was water, water everywhere. Endless rain raised reservoirs, blew out rivers and turned dry ground into duck habitat from Maine south to parts of Georgia. The birds were scattered, and finding them was...


Gallery
Guide to Blackpowder Squirrel Hunting

If you're looking for a challenge and enjoy a white plume of blackpowder smoke, then you should try squirrel hunting with your muzzleloader. You probably won't fill the freezer, but you'll have guaranteed fun trying. And the familiarity you gain with your rifle will come in handy if you decide...


3 Offbeat Tactics for Fall Turkey Hunting

Maybe you're in a bit of a rut. Sitting on the edge of a field day after day, waiting for a flock of turkeys to walk by, gets pretty old. These three tactics are more exciting, and they just might help you put a tag on your fall bird. 1...


Is This the New North Carolina Record Bow Kill?

Tory Pegg killed a 151-inch buck last season. That’s a good deer by anyone’s standard, but the younger buck traveling with Pegg’s 2018 deer really got the hunter’s attention. The buck already had an impressive rack, but Pegg judged him to be just 2 ½ years old. He decided to...


Pages