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    25 Tips for Deer Hunting Around Standing Cornfields

    Deer hunting in and around standing corn is hard. When the corn is up, success is usually down. The challenges that standing corn presence both gun and bowhunters can be extremely difficult to overcome. But it can be done. And we’ve got a whole bag of tips to help make...

  • What Your Waterfowl Hunting Journal Should Reveal

    Waterfowl hunting journals let us relive our days afield, reveling in previous success, laughing at past folly and mentally transporting us to treasured places. But if that’s all they accomplish, we might have missed a great opportunity. A complete waterfowl journal should document the facts and circumstances behind every hunt,...

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Waterfowl Taxidermy: From the Field to the Wall

Good waterfowl mounts immortalize birds and extend our memories of special days afield. Bad taxidermy, however, only serves to embarrass a substandard artist and perhaps a hunter who wanted to save money. No serious waterfowler wants to be that guy, of course. When we save a bird for taxidermy, we...


11 Deer Hunting Mistakes Even Experienced Hunters Make

Sometimes deer hunting seems like a simple thing. But most of the time our better judgment reminds us that there’s truly nothing simple about it. Whitetails are complex critters that take decades to understand. And while biologists and researchers have dispelled many myths and made huge strides, we’ve only begun...


The 5 Stages of Duck Season

We can feel it. Duck season approaches, and our long national nightmare will soon pass. When that opening bell rings, life will take a familiar turn : early mornings, chilly boat rides, brilliant sunrises, muddy dogs and fresh protein. Yet even during duck season, nothing stays the same. Instead, we...


Try Hunting Fall Turkeys This Season

Haven’t tried this “second season” turkey hunting tradition? It's legal in 42 states around the country. Not yours? Road trip? Here's why you should . . . 1. Scouting Deer It will help you scout for deer firearms season, which often arrives later than fall turkey dates. 2. Improve Skills...


5 Reasons Squirrel Hunting Is So Popular

It's no surprise squirrel hunting is so popular. Here's why. 1. Squirrels Are Everywhere From Maine to Mississippi, Kentucky to California, squirrels can be found. Such an abundance of small-game opportunities yields plenty of seasonal hunting opportunities. Depending on where you live, some locations have late spring, summer, early fall,...


How to Hunt Fall Turkeys

After the long summer of waiting, it’s finally fall. Orange, red and yellow leaves shimmer in the autumn morning sunlight. Crisp air revitalizes us after months of steaming days; reason enough to be out in the painted woods. For some of us, the shifting seasons mean one thing: fall turkey...


The 8 Easiest Mature Buck Personalities to Hunt

“Mature bucks” and “easy to hunt” are two phrases rarely found in the same sentence. That’s why we published a piece not too long ago on the hardest mature buck personalities to hunt . Mature bucks of any age class are difficult to bring down. Their uncanny senses and unwavering...


Get in Shape for Waterfowl Hunting Season

Some folks greet get-in-shape-now-for-hunting-season blogs and articles with not-so-subtle eye rolling, and it’s easy to see why. Most duck hunters are preparing for early-morning boat rides, not high-country sheep hunts. But if you do any walk- or wade-in hunting — think jump-shooting, free-lancing prairie potholes or lugging gear into fields...


The ABCs of Early Canada Geese

I’ll cut to the chase. Yes, this story is about the ABCs of hunting early — that is, September — Canada geese. But here’s the one thing you must know to hunt these oft-fickle fowl: scout. It’s that simple. The truth? In September, Canada geese really don’t do much. Why?...


Chad Belding's Off-Season Waterfowling Checklist

During the heat of summer, when almost everyone thinks more about boating and barbecues than hunting, some folks are busy preparing for waterfowl season . Just ask Realtree pro Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , which airs on the Outdoor Channel. He doesn’t get all that compelling duck...


The Truth About Fall Gobbler Hunting

If you hunt autumn longbeards, super jakes and young gobblers of the year, you know these truisms out of experience. If you don't listen up. They Regroup Half-Truth : We sometimes hear fall gobblers, especially older ones, won’t regroup after a scatter for hours, even days. Scattering fall turkeys is...


Memories of Squirrel Hunting Camp

There’s deer camp. There’s turkey camp. And, until a couple generations ago, there was squirrel camp. These days, not so much. But it used to be big doings, this squirrel-camp business. Deer were scarce, turkeys even more so, but squirrels were abundant, and we were, after all, hunters. Sitting Bull...


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