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20 Photos That Show Just How Tough Whitetails Are

It’s no secret that whitetails are incredibly tough animals. Their will to survive is beyond anything in the big-game category, and their ability to overcome serious harm is impressive. Although we don’t celebrate or take joy from seeing deer in pain, check out these trail camera photos that show just...


Waterfowl Bands: More Than Just Trinkets

Banded birds have an undeniable cool factor, and hunters fortunate enought to shoot a bling-toting duck or goose are usually excited about adding jewelry to their lanyard and curious about the origin of their trophy. But those bands and the information they carry mean much more. When recovered, that data...


Ancient Buck Had Rare Third Antler

Jason Morton spotted the buck and knew right away the animal was old. The deer was a bag of bones and walked stiffly with a slow, hip-swaying gait. The 7-point antlers were on the heavy side but stubby and going downhill from what the rack must have been a few...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


Duck Hunters Rescued from Kentucky Lake

In what was described as a “huge victory,” rescue personnel recently saved three stranded duck hunters during frigid conditions on Kentucky Lake, 13 years after three hunters were killed in an accident on the same water. “There was no better feeling than reuniting the hunters with their anxiously awaiting families,”...


Alabama’s Mysterious Big-Nose Deer

Something about the 8-pointer looked weird. He was skinny and scuffed up, but that was not unusual during the peak rut. Johnny Sorensen tipped his can call, and the odd-looking deer made a beeline for the doe bleats. Johnny pulled the trigger and buck went down in a heap. The...


Florida Bowhunter Tags 17-Point Buck on Public Land

Last fall, Griffin McClain accomplished something few Florida deer hunters do: He shot a massive whitetail buck on public land. McClain has been hunting for about 20 years, and the 2022 season was an incredible one. McClain says it was his first year ever hunting public land, and it worked...


Blind-Bag Essentials

Gear-related articles provide good insights about essential equipment, but they’re also subjective and depend greatly on hunting situations. For example, I have four blind bags I use frequently during duck season, and each contains essential stuff for a specific style of hunting. Still, let’s agree that some equipment is mandatory...


Forecast Brings Hope to Waterfowlers

Warm weather has been the bane of waterfowl hunters along much of the Atlantic Flyway — locally and on duck production areas to the north — for most of the season. One big storm hammered the coast this past week and pushed ducks and geese to grateful hunters throughout the...


Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Varies

This installment will wrap up the Pacific Flyway reports for the 2022-23 season, which has received mixed reviews during the 10 weeks since the October openers. However, with January to go, Western ’fowlers might be looking at some of the best hunting to come. But where are we at currently?...


Weather, Water Boost Hunting Success

With 2023 right around the corner, waterfowl seasons are closing in the northern parts of the Mississippi Flyway. In the core wintering areas in the middle and southern parts of the great highway in the sky, seasons are just hitting their stride. Late December and January are prime time for...


Hot and Cold: Central Flyway Action Mixed

For many waterfowlers in the Central Flyway, especially in the upper states, the season was almost finished before it began. Low duck numbers and drought conditions at the start of the season were quickly followed by cold temperatures and freeze-up on the few wetlands that had water. Hunters who didn’t...


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