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2019 Whitetail Report: New Antlered Buck Harvest Statistics

The ideologies and practices of whitetail management have shifted throughout history. We’ve come a long way from the days in the 1800s and early 1900s when everything that hit the crosshairs hit the ground. Today, deer enthusiasts are managing whitetails more responsibly. Knowing when and when not to remove does...


Whitetail TV: A Tough Hunt and Huge Archery Buck

Phillip Culpepper patiently waited five years to draw a coveted Iowa archery tag. He arrived on November 1 for a week-long hunt with the guys of Midwest Whitetail in southern Iowa. It doesn't take long for the reputation of an Iowa rut hunt to prove itself. As the rut progresses...


5 Ways to Share Waterfowling with Newbies

We talk often about introducing youth and other newcomers to waterfowl hunting . Yet when the time comes to go afield, that job can seem intimidating. Aside from the logistical concerns of transporting extra gear and people, you must find ideal situations that let newbies stay comfortable and engaged in...


How to Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, bad bow shot, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey briefly fell . . . then shockingly...


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...


Have You Learned These Things from Missing Turkeys?

As the saying goes, "If you haven't missed a turkey, you aren't hunting enough." I did plenty of research to write this piece – all of it unintentional. Lessons learned from such experiences follow here . . . 1. Shooting Too Fast The flock suddenly appeared, materializing on the high...


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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...


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Build a DIY Turkey Hunting Ground Blind Kit

In a perfect world, every turkey that gobbled would be near a large oak tree. One with a nice, smooth spot to rest your butt, no poison ivy, no sharp rocks, and just enough cover out in front to break up your outline without getting in the way of a...


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...


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