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  • 15 Big Deer Hunting Secrets Exposed

    I’m going to be up front and honest with you. Gear Review: Bear Kuma Compound Bow in Realtree EDGE I’m not a biologist. I don’t have a degree in wildlife biology. And I don’t conduct peer-reviewed research on whitetails. But I have dedicated a big portion of my life to...

  • Whiff Factors: Where We Miss Ducks and Geese

    I’ve punched holes in the air all around ducks and geese . Over them? Check. Under them? Yep. Behind them? Certainly. Heck, I’ve even shot in front of them. And sometimes, I’ve missed so badly I questioned whether my shells held any shot (cue muffled laughter from my hunting buddies)...

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15 Steps to Having Bigger Bucks Next Season

Deer hunting isn’t just about big deer. But I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t part of it. It is. And there’s nothing about that to be ashamed of. Gear Review: Bear Kuma Compound Bow in Realtree EDGE I love the challenge of hunting mature deer. As the cliché...


10 Ways to Ruin a Dang Good Deer Camp

Deer camp . It’s something all deer hunters look forward to each season. The thrill of spending time with family and friends in the great outdoors. The camaraderie, food and fun that make deer camp what it is. The anticipation of the hunt to come. All of these things and...


How Lawsuits Impact Wildlife Funding

By: Boone and Crockett Club Legal defense costs are an increasing drain on conservation funding today. Alarmed by the trend, the Boone and Crockett Club has launched a new examination of federal statutes that enable ongoing litigation at a high cost to wildlife and the American taxpayer. The Club’s primary...


13 Things Public Land Deer Hunters Despise You For

The public land scene is much like the private land venue, but with subtle twists. For those who’ve never hunted public land, these things might (or might not) be new to you. Some even apply to private land. But if you’ve spent any length of time hunting open-to-all properties, these...


Food Plot Seed: How to Plant Cereal Rye

Commonly confused with rye grass, cereal rye is a much better option for wildlife. While rye grass is poor in health value and palatability, cereal rye will benefit the deer you’re planting it for. Grown as a grain crop, it is most commonly consumed by wildlife (and livestock) during the...


Road-Killed Waterfowl? The Struggle is Real

While constructing a recent blog post about lightning killing snow geese in Idaho, I thought about other odd ways in which waterfowl die. Diseases play a big role. In some high-density situations, boats might fatally strike roosted birds before dawn. And most folks are aware of aircraft smashing into geese...


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7 Tips for Building Your Ultimate Home Shooting Range

The old saying “practice makes perfect” is never truer than when it comes to shooting. But who has time to load up and run to the closest shooting range a few times per week? And once there, you get to deal with the constant crowds, the tactical Range Rambos, the...


The Day a Trespasser Tried to Kill Me

Big deer. Sadly, some people will do anything to kill them — including breaking the law. As you probably noticed, the title of this post was pretty inflammatory. But a few short weeks ago I was out checking some of my treestands and I found where someone had tampered with...


6 Old-Time Waterfowling Tips That Still Work Today

Old-timers love to give advice, and why not? After all, they’ve been around longer than most of us, and maybe they figure it’s part of their civic duty to pass on wisdom. Of course, if you’re not an old-timer, you often ignore guidance handed down by elders . But when...


Unavoidably Dumb Stuff You Do While Turkey Hunting

Sometimes while turkey hunting, you just do stupid stuff. Cliff Jump First, we scattered the big Wyoming spring flock after a long, steep climb on a skinny game trail to the top of a mountain. Accidentally. The guide groaned. An avid fall turkey hunter — a tradition where intentionally breaking...


You Own the Land. You Don’t Own the Deer.

They sicken me. Those who think they own wildlife. That they own all the deer on their land and all the deer around it. Am I talking about the captive cervid industry? Yes and no. I wholeheartedly disagree with it. The fact that individuals are in essence violating the North...


10 of the Best Deer Hunting Games for 2018

I remember when my parents bought their first computer. I was a kid. And I didn’t know much about them when I first started using one. (Obviously.) But I quickly got the hang of the deer hunting game my parents bought me for Christmas. And I’d be lying if I...


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