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Blind Bag Dump: Essential Waterfowling Gear

Every off-season, I make the big dig. That is, I empty my blind bags to clean them up and assess the status of my equipment. Doing so reveals much about seemingly inconsequential but essential gear that keeps me warm, safe and successful afield . In that spirit, here’s a quick...


The X: Tough Snow Goose Season — Lack of Young Geese?

A poor 2018 snow goose hatch has resulted in few young birds and difficult hunting during the 2019 conservation season . Every day has been a battle for the Fowled Reality crew, as they try to fool educated adult birds. But that hasn't kept them from hunting hard. Click here...


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5 Wild Turkey Parts You Should Consider Eating

We love wild turkey. The tender breast meat on a big gobbler has way more flavor than you find in his barnyard cousins. Unfortunately, the breast meat is often all that gets saved from wild turkey. Believe it or not, there is a lot more to a turkey than fried...


Waterfowl Shooting Woes: How We Turn Chip Shots Into Misses

You won’t remember every duck you shoot. You might, however, recall with regret every time you whiff at an easy target. That’s understandable. You practice hard during the off-season and make good on most opportunities, so it hurts when an easy one slips past. “How could I have missed?” you...


What to Know About the Deer Hunter

In a world where man is not on a playing field with the next fellow man, the outdoors brings balance. The outdoors brings perspective. The outdoors gives life to all who choose to participate in the life-giving heritage that follows it. And that’s where you’ll find the white-tailed deer. The...


10 Best Times to Deer Hunt

Deer hunting is a game of odds. It’s also a game of decisions. Knowing when to hunt, when not to, and when the conditions are best for you is all part of the process. In my book, there are 10 times, conditions, or situations when odds become more favorable for...


How to Pack Hunting Gear on Long Walks to the Treestand

Hunting gear, it can be flat out addicting for guys and gals like you and me. We love testing out the new gadgets that hit the market — especially the ones that have promise to actually work or do something for us. But taking a garage full of hunting toys...


A Big Mule Deer and a 7-Year Itch

Seven years. That’s how long it took to draw the tag "Canada in the Rough’s" Paul Beasley needed to hunt this huge velvet mule deer. Once dating begins, most people don’t even wait that long to find the perfect wife. Beasley waited that long for the perfect deer. Needless to...


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Walking Among Legends

A bend of the bow limb strains the muscles. Feathered fletching tickles the chin. Brown fur reflects in the eyes. The crack of an arrow finding its mark graces the ears. This was life for Fred Bear. And he was one of the best at promoting that way of life...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting is a controversial topic. Hunters either love it or despise it. Few are indifferent about it. Naturally, it’s the center of many debates across the hunting community. In some states, baiting is legal. In others, it isn’t. Still, others allow it but implement strict guidelines on how it can...


Delta Waterfowl Ringnecks in Full Spring Migration Mode

Ring-necked ducks in Delta Waterfowl’s groundbreaking research project have started their northward journey toward the breeding grounds. During the March 7 through 17 reporting period, 31 ducks had begun spring migrations, according to an online update . The first started north in late February, and 21 more headed north in...


Waterfowling Notes Bring Affirmation, Surprises

Hunting journals let us revel in past hunts. Better, they provide tremendous insights for future efforts. I’ve written about this before , telling waterfowlers what details they should record in their journals and how they can interpret that to improve hunting. But while paging through my records recently, I wondered...


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