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How and Where Big Bucks Move in September

One September day Kevin Jaegers checked his trail camera and about fainted — there were multiple images of a 200-class giant with massive drop tines! Jaegers picked a spot and hung a treestand for the bow opener. “I figured if I was ever going to see this buck, the first...


3 Top States for DIY Big Buck Hunters

For a Do-It-Yourself hunter, nothing beats the simplicity of traveling to another state, buying a deer tag over the counter, and then going to the woods. There are plenty of places for us DIYers to hunt like that and probably get a shot at a deer, too. But not as...


How to Become a Hunting Guide

Being a hunting guide and spending months in the outdoors chasing critters would be a dream job, right? It surely is for some, but guiding is not for everyone. There can be a long road to success, especially financially. Here is what you need to know, with input from some...


Have You Ever Seen a Melanistic Whitetail?

I was hunting one time in South Texas when I got this text: If you get done early come see me. I know how you like weird deer stuff … I was intrigued, and lucky for me, I shot my buck later that day. The next morning, I showed up...


6 Ways to Prepare for an Elk Hunt

The action was intense. Two bulls were screaming, and my heart was slamming inside my chest. A steady rain was falling, and each step I took to gain elevation and close the distance was a struggle. Mud was building on my outsoles, and on the slippery slope I had all...


Hunting with Open Sights

I don’t guess I’ve ever heard a noisier buck. He was tending does in the dark, crashing through the hardwoods and grunting the whole way, even though the calendar said it was too early for that. It was mid-October, and the second morning of the two-day early muzzleloader season. I’d...


The New Hunter’s Guide to Buying Your First Deer Rifle

I’ve longed suspected that a lot of young guys and gals have spent years sitting on the fence about deer hunting. Looks kind of cool on video and social, but is it for me? Then came COVID. Last fall, tired of being cooped up and masked up and intrigued by...


The 2021 Western Region Deer Hunting Forecast

The West has arguably the best scenery in the nation. Hunters dream of seeing it with gun or bow in hand. And if that’s all you care about, it takes the cake. If you want a nice whitetail, it has loads of Pope and Young-class bucks. Boone and Crockett whitetails?...


The 2021 Midwest Deer Hunting Forecast

Summer is here, and deer season isn’t far off. After contacting every wildlife agency and department of natural resources (DNR) in the region, it’s clear that some states are shaping up quite nicely, while others are lagging. Luckily for you, we’ve sifted through the data to produce in-depth reports. If...


The 5 Best Bullet Styles for Deer Hunting

Today’s gun writers can make a decent living writing clickbait. Any story titled “Top 10 Calibers for (Insert Critter Here)” is about guaranteed to pull readers in and make them argue, and website publishers love that. But the truth is, for killing deer inside 200 yards — where the overwhelming...


The 5 Guns Every Outdoorsman Needs

If you’re like me, you’d own 20 or more rifles, shotguns, and handguns, however many you could afford. But truth is, to have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of bird and animal across America, you really only need five firearms. And those are the ones we’re talking...


The 2021 Northeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Deer season is knocking on the door, and it’s time to answer questions people have about the Northeast. Hunters will be pleased to know that things are shaping up quite nicely for the region. Thanks to several consecutive mild winters, solid mast crops, improved management decisions by states, and more,...


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