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  • Greenhead Greats: Top 5 Hunting States for Mallards

    Hardcore duck hunters always seek the best locations, especially when it comes to mallards . Often, they debate the merits of one region or state versus another. Arguments are fun, but what do the numbers say? We recently perused mallard harvest data in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Migratory...

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    6 Tips to Keep You Thinking About Ducks in the Off-Season

    Duck hunting might be on hold until fall, but there’s plenty you should be doing to get things shaped up for when the season rolls around again, according to Realtree pro-staffer Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life on The Outdoor Channel. “As a duck hunter, our main goal should...

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Tools of the Game Processing Trade

People like to eat deer. It's a very popular wild game animal with a lot of nutritious value. Plus, it tastes great, too. But to bring it from the timber to the table , you’ll need a few tools, things I call "tools of the game processing trade." Here are...


Women and Hunting

For women and most men too, there's an overwhelming rush and feeling that comes on strong after killing an animal. Both sexes will benefit from these words. My father James was an excellent teacher when it came to all things outdoors. He loved hunting and wanted to share his passion...


Duck and Goose Decoy Clinic: Keeping Blocks in Top Shape

The calendar brings a stark realization: Teal and many early goose seasons are only about five weeks away. If you haven’t thought about it already, you’d better get those decoys ready to go. Here’s a quick look at how top waterfowling professionals keep their blocks in good working order during...


Kicking Bear Youth Camps Introduce Kids to Christ and the Outdoors

I’ve always said I don’t know who or where I’d be if it weren’t for the outdoors. It’s had that big of an impact on my life. And I know I’m not the only one. There are millions of people around the world who have been changed, at least in...


6 Types of Maps and How They Help Deer Hunters

I’ve always been a huge proponent of using low-impact scouting methods before implementing in-the-field scouting tactics. The digital age we live in puts numerous tools at our disposal that can help us make wiser decisions when selecting, managing and hunting a given property. If you want me to be frank,...


10 Important Takeaways from the 2017 QDMA Convention

If you travel enough, there are certain things you learn to expect when flying with commercial airliners. Rude people. Lost luggage. Terrible aromas. But getting peed on by an overhead bin? That's not one of them. I guess there's a first for that, too. Because it happened on the return...


The Fight Against Feral Hogs Rages On

Hogs. They’re a huge problem not only for agriculture but also for deer and deer hunting, too. I recently attended the 2017 Quality Deer Management Association Convention where I sat in on a seminar. During that talk, Dr. Glen Gentry with LSU and the Bob R Jones Idlewild Research Station...


6 Little Things That Will Make Big Habitat Improvements

I recently trekked down to New Orleans, Louisiana, where I attended the 2017 Quality Deer Management Association Convention . It was chocked full of deer facts and good fun yet again. From enlightening seminars to enjoyable social events, this year’s convention was a grand one. One of the events that...


QDM Cooperatives: The Future of Deer Management on Small Properties

To implement a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program , one initially needs two things — a piece of ground to manage and good reliable information. Originally, QDM was only truly effective on relatively large properties of 1,000 acres or more. However, today, with QDM being both familiar and desirable to...


Top 5 Waterfowl Hunting Concealment Fails

Fancy calling, slick shooting and masterful decoy spreads mean nothing if ducks and geese see you. Concealment might be the No. 1 key to success at any waterfowling setup. Yet day after day, season after season, you see experienced, well-intentioned hunters stumble horribly when trying to hide. Maybe they underestimate...


Duck Hunting Literature: Separating Fact From Fiction

Waterfowlers love a good read, especially when it involves our passion. Whether we dig deep into stuff by the greats — Buckingham, MacQuarrie, Ruark, Hill and others — or just peruse a hunting story on a local outdoor blog, we enjoy reading about hunting almost as much as going afield...


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5 Great Small Caliber Deer Hunting Rifles for 2017

It seems these days that everyone is all about the big guns. Everybody wants to pack a cannon to the deer woods. However, it isn’t necessary. And most smaller calibers (where legal) are plenty capable of getting the job done on deer-sized game. New Winchester Deer Season XP 64-Grain Bullet...


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