Shotgun

  • Introducing the New Winchester Deer Season Slug

    Ammo — it’s what makes the deer hunting world go ‘round. Every fall, deer hunters stock up on it to shoot and hunt with. This year will be no different. What will be different though is a hot new slug option on the market, courtesy of Winchester. The new Deer...

  • The 2018 Whitetail Deer Rut Forecast

    Here we talk about the whitetail rut and how you can determine when the rut will be in your area. Don't forget, follow Realtree's real-time Rut Report on Realtree.com and on Facebook Live every Thursday night at 8 EST. Don't Miss: Weekly Pro Rut Reports Are you a deer hunter...

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The Best 5 States for Mallards

Drum roll — or feeding chuckle — please. This past season’s mallard master was … . Some of you might recall that we published a July 2017 blog that listed the top five harvest states for mallards, using U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data from the 2015-’16 season. Well, we’re...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Refuge Call and Putting it All Together

In the ninth and final installment of this video calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains and demonstrates the refuge call and illustrates how to mix everything together. Turn the volume up. Play it again and again. You won't hear better duck calling unless the...


Pennsylvania Pheasant Hunting: More Birds This Season

A Pennsylvania native, I hunted cottontail rabbits with my late dad's beagles. Several over the many years were pretty birdy, often finding and flushing woodcock, ruffed grouse and yes, planted pheasants. Captured in memory: a rooster towering out of swamp tangle, the protesting alarm cackle of this cockbird, long tail...


5 Times Duck and Goose Calling Really Shines

In some duck and goose hunting situations, calling doesn’t matter. For example, few diver hunters carry a call, as divers tend to be less vocal than most puddle-duck species. And when birds have been pressured heavily, they sometimes learn to avoid even our most plaintive renditions of a lonely Susie...


Pacific Flyway Waits; Initial Seasons Productive

Date: Oct. 18 Location: Flyway-wide, emphasis on western Washington Major Weather Trends Here’s what lead Washington waterfowl biologist Kyle Spragens said just before the Evergreen State’s kickoff Oct. 15. “With healthy waterfowl populations, mild temperatures and some early rainfall, it should be a strong opener.” Well, as Meatloaf said in...


Atlantic Flyway Sees Wet But Productive Start

Date: Oct. 18 Location: New England, New York, mid-Atlantic and the Southeast Major Weather Trends Déjà vu all over again? Yep. Waterfowl hunters up and down the Atlantic Flyway were again greeted by hurricane and tropical storm warnings in October. In 2017, parts of the flyway were hammered by storms,...


What to Do When You Tag Out Early

Deer hunting is full of bittersweet moments. Taking a deer is one of them. You’re happy because you achieved your goal, secured healthy venison for the table, and maybe even took a deer of a lifetime. But you’re sad because a journey has ended, and the hunt for that particular...


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5 Advanced Ways to Reduce Risks of Falling from Treestands

No one believes they’ll suffer a treestand fall, much less sustain a serious injury or die. I know I didn’t — until I did. Truth is, the odds are against you, as 67 percent of hunters operating from elevated positions eventually fall, according to published CDC accident statistics. Avoiding such...


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13 Mistakes Rookie Deer Hunters Make

Deer hunting is a never-ending journey. If you do it and do it right, you should never stop learning. We can know a lot about the white-tailed deer due to the extensive research biologists are conducting. We can perfect approaches and tactics by observing whitetail behavior and implementing said tactics...


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Whitetail Taxidermy Poses for Your Next Deer Mount

Killing a big mature buck is hard. There isn’t anything easy about it. So when it all finally comes together, you want to cherish and remember that memory . You want to encapsulate it. And I like to do that by having my deer mounted. I visited Sam Coffey of...


Best States for a Bull Canvasback by Flyway

In 2017, we published a brief guide to the top six canvasback harvest states . In hindsight, that probably held little value, as everyone knew Texas and California would top the list. Further, Lovett stretched the list to six so he could include his home state of Wisconsin. This year,...


Remington Introduces Premier Expander Shotshell Ammunition

Deer hunting. Hog shooting. This new shotshell slug provides an option for you. The Remington Premier Expander features Barnes all-copper-tipped Expander slugs. As shotshell dynamics go, six cutting petals deploy at impact, inflicting terminal damage and pass-through penetration. Delivering 2 3/4-inch or 3-inch magnum-caliber terminal performance in either 12 and...


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