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20 Things to Know About Deer Body Language and Behavior

Has your Momma ever given you that look with the lowered eyebrow and clenched jaw that said, "Get yourself in line or else?" Yeah, most everyone has experienced that at some point. It's called non-verbal communication. It can be paired with any given emotion, but we seem to remember the...


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12 Unethical Shots You Shouldn’t Take on Deer

Wait for him to stop. Let him turn broadside. Are you steady? Are you on him? Don’t take the shot unless you feel completely comfortable. That was the advice from my mentors when I first got into hunting. And I’ve said the same to people I've mentored myself. Careful shot...


5 Best States for Pig Hunting

Feral hogs are one of the country’s great ecological disasters. Few pests are more difficult to control, or more immediately detrimental to native ecosystems. In fact, some biologists consider hogs to be the most destructive invasive species on the planet. Though their spread across the United States has been slowed...


What Will Deer Hunting Be Like in 10 Years?

When I moved on from squirrels to hunting deer with my dad in the 1970s, there were about 200,000 whitetails in Virginia. Today, we’ve got five times that many. In the 1980s and ’90s, we went from “if it’s brown it’s down” to the “big buck” era. Whitetail management was...


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The 10 Toughest Game Animals in North America

Is there really such a thing as a “tough” game animal? After all, a bullet or arrow through the vitals will do the job on anything, from squirrels to elephants, right? That’s true. But equally true is that some critters, due to the size of their vitals, thickness of hide,...


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The Best Gun Stores in America

There are plenty of places to shop for a new firearm, but the best gun stores in the country are local businesses. Many of them started out as small mom-and-pop shops before becoming the booming retailers that they are today. Here’s a look at 10 of our favorite shops from...


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10 Coyote Trapping Mistakes Beginners Make

It’s a good thing my living wages didn’t depend upon my early trapping efforts . I’d have been one pitiful fur trader. When I started trapping a few years ago I caught some raccoons and opossums early on, but it took the better part of two seasons before I caught...


Should You Walk or Ride an ATV to Your Deer Stand?

In my formative deer hunting years, I’d park an extra quarter mile from my hunting area, throw a climbing stand on my back, and hike all the way to my tree. Often as not I’d spook a deer somewhere along the way. Back in those days, too, I’d sometimes listen...


When a LifeLine Saved a Life

Scott Bestul was looking forward to an evening hunt in southern Minnesota. It was a 25-degree November afternoon with snow on the ground, and Bestul — a 40-year veteran of the deer woods and longtime whitetails columnist for Field & Stream — knew it was likely to be a good...


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North American Super Slam: 29 Big Game Animals You Need

The Grand Slam Club — later to become Grand Slam Club/Ovis — was founded in 1956 by Bob Housholder. It was a time of rising popularity for conservation, and records preservation was part of that initiative. One of his goals was to document those who bagged all North American trophies...


Meat Hunter’s Rules for Shooting the Right Deer

There was a time, back before deer hunting became a contest for inches of antler, when hunters went afield with the primary goal of filling freezers with delicious venison. A healthy supply of wild meat meant good food on the table that didn’t have to be purchased at the local...


A Q&A with Champion Pistol Shooter Jessie Harrison

Professional competitive pistol shooter Jessie Harrison is no stranger to shooting success. In fact, she just secured the national title at the United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) Race Gun Nationals. She is also the first female shooter to achieve Grand Master status within the USPSA and has an impressive...


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