Fall

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    Secrets to Killing a Record-Class Whitetail Deer

    First and foremost, it’s important to clarify that it’s no easier or harder to kill a 195-inch 5-year-old buck than a 120-inch 5-year-old. Antler size doesn’t directly affect behavior in whitetails. (It can indirectly, because they attract attention. But more on that later.) As for killing these mega-giants, it takes...

  • 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...


The Myth of the Nocturnal Buck

You hear it every season. “Yeah, I’ve got a ton of pictures of him but they’re all at night. He’s nocturnal. Won’t be killing that big guy.” Insert sigh here. I might catch a little flack for saying this — but there’s no such thing as a nocturnal buck. Sure,...


5 Reasons Why Selective Doe Harvest Is Important

Antlerless harvests are a hot topic every year. Some say take a bunch of does. Others say you shouldn’t take any. Some question what’s right for their area. The truth is, the answer will be different from location to location. What’s right for one place may not be right for...


Enhance Soil Microflora to Improve Your Food Plots

With fertilizer costs on the rise, it is tempting for landowners to skip fertilizing their food plots this fall and assume that soil nutrients are adequate. As long as the soil has ample residual nutrients for the next planting, skipping fertilizer won't hurt. But testing the soil in food plots...


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...


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8 Tips for Competing in Archery Tournaments from Travis “T-Bone” Turner

Tournament archery is an activity and pastime that most people can enjoy. If you can draw a bow, it’s for you. It’s fun and provides a great opportunity to get outside with family and friends and enjoy the great outdoors. And if you’re good, the bragging rights aren’t too bad,...


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13 Reasons You Have Bad Fortune with Food Plots

Ask Michael Scott from “The Office” and he’ll tell you he isn’t superstitious. Instead, he’s just a little ‘stitious. But in the real world, luck isn’t a thing. I think, most times, you create your own luck — good or bad. Knowledge, understanding and preparedness lead to “good luck.” Lack...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Oats

Oats. Come fall and winter, it’s what’s for dinner. This cool-season food source is extremely attractive during colder late-fall and winter days. This is an excellent choice for deer hunters who like to plant cereal grains. This plant species is very high in carbohydrates — which is what helps deer...


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