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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...


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North America's Easiest Turkey Hunts

I get a chuckle listening to 300-pound dudes with tobacco-juice-spattered chins drawling on about how smart their local turkeys are. Because, you know, they’re the only ones with talent enough to tag them. Chat up most turkey hunters and they’ll insist their turkeys are considerably smarter than yours. Now, I’ve...


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How to Hunt the Wild Turkey Breeding Phases

The Wild Turkey (John Hafner photo) I’m primarily a “ deer guy .” But I’ve long been a turkey hunter, too. It’s my second greatest passion — behind whitetails — in the outdoors. And I feed that desire to hunt every spring. There’s one thing I love most about turkey...


7 Reasons Why You Won't Tag a Turkey This Spring

Turkey season is upon us -- or soon will be, depending on where you live. The landscape is starting to green up. The dogwoods will soon begin to bloom. And, if this season is like years past, you’ll be preparing yet another list of excuses for why you didn’t get...


Snakes! Turkey Hunting Encounters

Snakes. Just the thought of them makes some folks quiver in their boots. But, thanks to the irresistible lure of the longbeards, even the most snake-wary turkey hunters find themselves trekking through prime snake habitat come spring. If you’ve turkey hunted long, you’ve no doubt had some snake encounters —...


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...


How to Kill Turkeys in Any Weather

Not every spring day is clear, calm and warm. In fact, those days are the exceptions. But never fear. Here's your guide to turkey hunting in any weather. Even in the worst weather conditions, turkeys are out there somewhere. But finding them requires thinking like those birds. Paying close attention...


Bill Jordan Takes Giant Buck Over a Rub

Bill Jordan, the founder of Realtree camo, was hunting on Realtree Farms in Harris County, Georgia, when a great buck hit his radar. He patterned the big southern whitetail with his Spartan cameras along a creek bottom. Finding a big rub left behind by the deer, Bill hung a treestand...


Whitetail TV: A Big Buck Double in Oklahoma

This week, we head back to Oklahoma to get the full story of a buck Kyle Barefield calls "Terminator." After multiple encounters, Kyle adjusts his strategy and takes it down to the last day of the muzzleloader season before he closes the book on an old target buck. From there,...


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How to Get Inside a Wild Turkey's Comfort Zone

Imagine you’re a wild turkey. Imagine what it’s like to be the main course on every predator’s menu from the time your egg cracked until the day you are the meal. Imagine your only defenses are your eyes, ears, feet, wings – and wings don’t apply until you’ve survived several...


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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