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Giving Guns as Gifts: National Shooting Sports Foundation Advice

Firearms full of hunting character and experience. Gently nicked wooden stocks and barrels bearing evidence of time afield. Guns passed along from grandparent to parent to young hunters filling the ranks. New shotguns and rifles too are given as gifts, along with wisdom to use these hunting tools safely. Sons...


5 Places to Find Giant Late-Season Bucks

It’s the late season. It’s cold. Friggin’ cold. But you’ve still got a tag in your pocket. And I do, too. I’ve had a pretty darn good season. I killed a very nice Kentucky buck early on during archery season. Since then, I’ve been a part of some great hunts...


Shotgun Hunter Takes Giant Non-Typical Buck in the Northeast

Sussex County, Delaware, is generally not at the top of any seasoned whitetail hunter’s list when it comes to monster bucks. In fact, with only 28 Booners to The First State's credit in the Boone & Crockett record book, I doubt that it would even make most hunters’ top 10...


The Best Christmas Gift for Hunters and Fishermen

Looking for that perfect gift for the angler or hunter on your Christmas list? If so, a fishing or hunting license might be the answer. These licenses make great Christmas gifts. And they're easy to buy. It's a simple process. Winter is a great time to give a license as...


Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...


Hunter Tags One of the Largest Typical Deer Taken by a Woman

For most deer hunters, it isn’t every day you get to chase a mature buck. And it’s even more rare to have the opportunity to chase a net Booner. This one, aged at 4 ½ years old, was destined for Brita Turbyfill’s life. A long history and a tough 2018...


Going to Duck Camp: Enjoying the Entire Play

“I’m going to duck camp .” Those words can hold meaning with broad interpretation depending on the number of zeros in your bank account and, in Southern parlance, “who your daddy is.” I’ve always been a fan of the modest camp, requiring little more than a cot and indoor plumbing,...


Calling the Shot: When to Say No

Every duck hunter has been there: A bird flies in at the edge of effective shooting range but then turns or starts to land short, leaving you a split second to decide whether to fire or hold off. On the surface, that seems like a straightforward call: If the bird...


Mississippi Flyway Weather, Hunting Varies

Date: Dec. 6 Location: lower Midwestern and Southern states in the Mississippi Flyway Major Weather Trends As winter moves in, the Mississippi Flyway seems like a tale of multiple climates. Snow and unseasonably cold weather gripped many Northern states, including Minnesota and Wisconsin, as their duck seasons ended, with only...


Central Flyway Ducks, Geese on the Move

Date: Dec. 6 Location: middle and lower areas of the Central Flyway Overview With some robustly cold nights settling in over the Dakotas in early December, we turn our attention to the middle reaches of the Central Flyway. Nebraska probably has all the ducks and geese it's going to get,...


7 Reasons Public Waterfowl Hunting is Better than You Think

So you think hunting for ducks and geese on public-access areas sucks because those spots are overhunted and overcrowded, and you end up in calling duels with sky-busting neighboring hunters who are always out of their blind peeing when birds are trying to come in? Let me tell you why...


Woods Waterfowl: How to Scout Green Timber

Green timber : Just the mention of it conjures images back-flapping mallards, cypress breaks and calls echoing through the flooded hardwoods. Waterfowl hunters who see that on video or listen to stories of dozens of mallards dropping into a hole are inspired to take up the torch and see the...


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