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20 Photos That Show Just How Tough Whitetails Are

It’s no secret that whitetails are incredibly tough animals. Their will to survive is beyond anything in the big-game category, and their ability to overcome serious harm is impressive. Although we don’t celebrate or take joy from seeing deer in pain, check out these trail camera photos that show just...


Waterfowl Bands: More Than Just Trinkets

Banded birds have an undeniable cool factor, and hunters fortunate enought to shoot a bling-toting duck or goose are usually excited about adding jewelry to their lanyard and curious about the origin of their trophy. But those bands and the information they carry mean much more. When recovered, that data...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


Duck Hunters Rescued from Kentucky Lake

In what was described as a “huge victory,” rescue personnel recently saved three stranded duck hunters during frigid conditions on Kentucky Lake, 13 years after three hunters were killed in an accident on the same water. “There was no better feeling than reuniting the hunters with their anxiously awaiting families,”...


Blind-Bag Essentials

Gear-related articles provide good insights about essential equipment, but they’re also subjective and depend greatly on hunting situations. For example, I have four blind bags I use frequently during duck season, and each contains essential stuff for a specific style of hunting. Still, let’s agree that some equipment is mandatory...


Forecast Brings Hope to Waterfowlers

Warm weather has been the bane of waterfowl hunters along much of the Atlantic Flyway — locally and on duck production areas to the north — for most of the season. One big storm hammered the coast this past week and pushed ducks and geese to grateful hunters throughout the...


Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Varies

This installment will wrap up the Pacific Flyway reports for the 2022-23 season, which has received mixed reviews during the 10 weeks since the October openers. However, with January to go, Western ’fowlers might be looking at some of the best hunting to come. But where are we at currently?...


Weather, Water Boost Hunting Success

With 2023 right around the corner, waterfowl seasons are closing in the northern parts of the Mississippi Flyway. In the core wintering areas in the middle and southern parts of the great highway in the sky, seasons are just hitting their stride. Late December and January are prime time for...


Hot and Cold: Central Flyway Action Mixed

For many waterfowlers in the Central Flyway, especially in the upper states, the season was almost finished before it began. Low duck numbers and drought conditions at the start of the season were quickly followed by cold temperatures and freeze-up on the few wetlands that had water. Hunters who didn’t...


The Ultimate Duck Boat: What the Pros Prefer

Duck boats vary almost as much as duck hunting situations, ranging from light shallow-draft rigs that can jump a beaver dam to hulking vessels that appear ready to cruise through icebergs at sea. Obviously, one style or type of boat does not fit every situation. But if you’ve spent enough...


Season Splits: Do They Help Duck Hunters?

Starting a good argument among duck hunters doesn’t require much. Just mention a hot-button topic, stir the pot with a loaded comment, and then enjoy the show. And if you really want to see fireworks, spark a debate about duck season splits. Using splits — that is, separating duck season...


How to Hunt Giant Canecutter Rabbits

"Hunting swamp rabbits is the most challenging small-game hunting there is. Hunting cottontails is kid stuff compared to this.” My longtime hunting companion, Jim Spencer, of Calico Rock, Arkansas, uttered those words during a hunt in the eastern Arkansas river bottoms. We had just seen one of the big swamp...


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