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The Struggles Of A Real-Life Deer Hunter

Some days, you can walk into the deer woods, sit on a random stump on a new property you know nothing about, and watch deer after deer parade by. Other days, you can go to a stand on a good piece of ground you know to be excellent deer country...


How To Continuously Kill Mature Bucks On Small Properties

Phillip Vanderpool, host of The Virtue , knows a thing or three about killing big bucks. He fills several tags each year and has taken numerous Boone & Crockett bucks. Simply put, the man knows how to get the job done. And he’s done it again this year in grand...


Are Small Game Hunters Going Extinct?

Shaine Nixon misses the old days, when his family religiously hunted for squirrels in the Angelina National Forest near Lufkin, Texas. He joined in the tradition when he was 8 and still remembers those early outdoor experiences. “My great-grandmother would make homemade yeast rolls every day, with bacon ends, and...


How To Kill A Last-Minute Monster

The December sky cast a deep, gray shadow over the steep mountain country near my home. The temperature had been steadily declining since daylight, and the weather forecast was predicting a heavy snow to hit at any minute. I sat with my back against a wide-bodied oak tree overlooking a...


Monopod, Bipod, Or Tripod?

You go to the range and practice off a bench rest . You put bullet after bullet into a nice, tight cluster at all your hunting distances. The reason why: Your gun is solid and stable . When your gun is strapped into a Lead Sled or rested on sandbags,...


Beasley's Ontario Behemoth

The story of Ralphie began in 2011 with a trail camera photo. The buck was 3½ years old at the time. Keith, Kevin, and Paul Beasley , cohosts of Canada In The Rough , decided to pass on the deer due to his age. They had bigger deer in their...


Stocke’s Cattle Country Stud

Some people hunt as often as possible. They believe that is the best way to increase the odds of killing a big buck. Jake Stocke, who hunts and films for Whitetail Freaks on the Outdoor Channel , disagrees. Waiting until the conditions are just right can be the best tactic...


How To Mentally Prepare For The Late Season

Deer hunting is a mental practice. It’s all about staying in the right frame of mind. When I don’t keep my focus, I lose sight of the goal. That’s when things go afoul. The rut is over in the North. Thus, the late season will soon begin, and a flood...


5 Weaknesses Of A December Buck

Deer are always changing. They constantly change food sources, travel patterns, and other general behaviors. As hunters, we have to change our patterns in order to continue seeing—and hopefully killing—the deer we hunt. These are five different things that make bucks vulnerable during the late season . 1. FOOD The...


Washington State Gets Much Needed Rain; Good Duck Hunting Should Follow

Date – November 29, 2015 Location – Wahkiakum County, Washington The theme of this month’s report from the Wild, Wild West is simply this – Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it all . . . and then some. Last month I wished for a bit...


For Love Of The Hunt

Hunting is more than the act of pursuing game. It consists of respect, camaraderie, humor and innocent appreciation, and nothing brings out those elements like the traditions of a great hunting camp. Hunters enjoy and look forward to good gatherings as much as being in the field, and camp pranks,...


Third Time’s A Charm

It isn’t often a hunter gets a second chance at the buck of a lifetime. A third chance is unheard of. But that is exactly what happened to Luke Carswell, owner of 7 Bar Outfitters in Morehead, Kentucky, when he took a world-class buck during the 2015 Kentucky modern firearms...


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