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3 Tricks for Shooting Sticks

Many deer and turkey hunters never experience a long stalk that culminates in a shot from shooting sticks. The concept was foreign to me on a recent African safari. But, after some practice, I learned that using rapidly deployed shooting sticks — properly — is a useful skill for American...


Is Big Buck Scrolling Ruining Your Season?

Ever seen a black-and-white photograph of a freakishly large buck, hanging from a rough-hewn meat pole? Maybe there was a hunter in a checked coat beside it, holding a rifle. Maybe he was even smiling. Those photographs are from an era long past. Things happened slower back then, including the...


Is Public Land Deer Hunting Really That Bad?

From the wide-open expanses of southwestern Kansas to the foothills of southeastern Ohio, I’ve spent a good bit of time chasing whitetails on public ground. I’ve hunted large and small tracts with varying amounts of competition. Public land can get a bad rap, but the truth is, some hunters overexaggerate...


4 Best Times to Hunt the Whitetail Rut

I’ve hunted almost every day of the whitetail rut for the past 29 seasons. After all these years, I believe the opportunities we have during the rut for mature bucks comes down to less than a handful of events that trigger one really good day of hunting each. Young bucks...


12 Tips for Better Muzzleloader Hunting

Many muzzleloader seasons open during the best days of the year, and they can be your best chance at bagging a big buck. States like Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Oklahoma open during the heat of the rut. Midwest powerhouses like Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri have late-season opportunities in...


Elk Hunting on Your Own

Nearly every big game hunter dreams of elk hunting out West, but most of the time, that dream is not a reality. Most first-time, out-of-state elk hunters go in unprepared, and then go home without an elk. That’s why we polled these three DIY elk hunting experts for their advice...


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...


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...


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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...


Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Ultimate Access: Deer Hunting on Military Bases

For many people, the biggest challenge of hunting isn’t tagging a big buck or finding folks to hunt with. It’s simply finding a good place to go. The lack of access is causing hordes of outdoorsmen to leave the tradition behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There...


Bill Winke’s Favorite Week of Deer Season

I’ve hunted just about every day of the rut since 1990 and I have talked to a lot of people. Arguably, the best single day is November 7. Some guys like November 8 or 9, but those three days generally produce the best daylight action of the season, assuming normal...


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