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Is it Safe to Hunt with Old Ammo?

The ammunition shortage of 2020 and early 2021 has had a massive impact on shooting and hunting. As early as last June, shelves were becoming bare of popular cartridges like the .223 and 9mm. By October, when most gun hunters started prepping for deer season, it was difficult if not...


Paslie Werth’s 42-Point Buck

There is a little cedar tree 25 yards from the blind where 14-year-old Paslie Werth and her dad, Kurt, were hunting during the September Kansas youth deer season. On the whole, the landscape is classic southwest Kansas: open country with pastures, cropland, and CRP fields. A cedar might stand out...


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...


6 Killer Strategies for Late-Season Deer Hunting

It’s mid-December, and a buck tag is still burning a hole in your pocket. Most of your buddies have killed their deer, and you’re starting to worry. Maybe even panic. I’ve hunted hard like I always do every year. What am I doing wrong? Did I miss the rut? Will...


Claire Flood’s First Deer Is a 210-Inch Kentucky Monster

Claire Flood first started hunting with her dad two years ago at age 13. From the beginning, she was determined to take a mature buck as her first deer. Her first season she saw only does and small bucks in range. Last season, after-school activities and sports kept her busy,...


Monster Buck Poached in Kentucky and More Deer Hunting News

Big buck stories and rut reports aside, what's been going on in the whitetail world this fall? Here's a quick roundup of the latest headlines. A man in Boone County, Kentucky, is accused of poaching a giant non-typical buck scoring 230 6/8. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish...


Father and Son Hunt Yields a 190-Class Buck and a Bonus Super 6

Sometimes it seems the good old days of just going hunting and lucking up on a giant whitetail buck are a thing of past. Most big deer tales these days talk about things like "history" and "multiple encounters." But just going hunting is exactly how Levi Watkins and his dad,...


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The Best Hunting Gear for the 2020 Holiday Season

The best holiday gifts are those that blend right in under the tree, thanks of course to a perfect camouflage pattern. This year we’ve pooled our resources to come up with a wish list of gear that’s sure to please the hunter on your list. And if you want to...


Try This Deadly Scent Strategy for Late-Season Bucks

B.J. Clement and his son, Todd, are die-hard archers who love to bowhunt into December, even though that is when rifle season starts in Kansas. “Out here where we hunt, the late and second rut can be as good or better than the peak rut, especially when the weather is...


3 Thoughts on Ground Shrinkage

One day on the Texas plains, I leveled my 7mm mag. on a fat 9-pointer, the larger of two bucks sparring in a dry wash 150 yards away. “Buck on left, ready?” I whispered to Bill, my cameraman. “Go.” Boom! The deer piled up and we hustled out to see...


5 Best Places for Snow Tracking Bucks

Many of us dream of hunting bucks one-on-one with snow on the ground. You can find plenty of instructions on how to do this in the popular press, but no one ever tells you where to go. To track a buck, you need room to follow him, an open gun...


31 Best Tips for Hunting the Rut

You’ve waited all year for this. It's the rut, baby! No matter which week in November you take off work, your No. 1 strategy is simple: Spend every minute you can in your best stands because you never know when a good buck will prowl by, or come running hot...


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