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Abundant Water Hampers Atlantic Flyway Hunting

Date: Nov. 15, 2018 Locations: New England, New York, Mid-Atlantic and the Southeast Weather Trends Will it ever stop raining? Hurricanes, tropical storms, flooding, more flooding and rain followed by more rain. If there has been one common theme up and down the flyway this fall, it’s that it seems...


Pacific Flyway Hunters Struggle in Lull

Date: Nov. 15, 2018 Location: Pacific Flyway, emphasis on western Washington So, I’ll be honest. To date, I’ve had more skunk hunts, during which not a trigger was touched, this season — and we’re only 30 days in — than I had during the entire 2017-’18 season, including the late...


Why You Should Hunt Mallards from 1 to 3

It was the final 10 days of a pretty dang good duck season , most of which was spent on Illinois public-land. One thing hunting public will teach you is to stay humble (and work your butt off to kill a few ringnecks and wood ducks). But what it never...


Bow Review: 2019 Mathews Vertix in Realtree EDGE Camo

We all get excited when the new bows are revealed each year. A buzz is created just prior to the launch. And rest assured that Mathews’ 2019 flagship bow has lived up to the hype. Enter the Vertix. First off, we know that many of you have been asking for...


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7 Steps to Tagging a Giant Buck from a Ground Blind

Identical twins, Steve and Scott Esker, have taken seven giant Ohio bucks over 200 inches in the past 10 years, mostly from ground blinds. Their success is proof positive that ground-zero tactics can land the buck of your lifetime. And ground blind success has never been easier. Hunting from a...


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7 Ways to Not Get Invited Back to Deer Camp

Some of my fondest hunting memories aren’t of hunting at all. They center around deer camp. The camaraderie of friends and family, some distant and seen only for these few days a year. Watching sparks rise from a campfire until they blend with the bright stars of the night sky...


10 Tips for Great Deer Pictures

This fall, either in bow or firearms season, maybe you will have the thrill of having a trophy whitetail come walking toward your stand site. If all emotions are controlled, you’ll make the shot and will soon be kneeling beside the buck of your dreams. At other times, kids and...


Pre-Fixes: Troubleshooting Waterfowling Problems

Most duck and goose hunters react well to problems that hinder success. Honkers picking you out? Find better cover. Ducks landing in the next bay? Move. Birds not finishing? Switch up the dekes. However, we often observe and attempt to fix trouble spots too late. After all, unless you realize...


Predator Calling Tips for When the Weather Sucks

Do you know how to call predators when the weather sucks? You don’t always get to pick the days you hunt, so you have to make the most of those days, even if it means bundling up and braving adverse weather conditions that keep other hunters buttoned up at home...


Chasing November: Bowhunter Arrows 230-Inch Giant

Caleb Byers arrows an absolute giant he named “The Goat.” After days of tirelessly searching for the buck, Caleb comes up empty-handed. Then, Jim Ferguson arrows a mature Illinois buck that's cruising for does. Don't Miss: 20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You Are you a deer hunter wanting...


Bowhunter Arrows Cattle-Pasture Booner from the Ground

Paul Powers of Oklahoma, a pro staffer of the faith-based outdoor show Final Descent Outdoors, prefers to leave the encumberments of treestands and ladder sticks out of the equation. His favorite way to bowhunt is to hike into an area where he thinks a buck will be, and then set...


5 Tips for Deer Hunting in Saddles

Back in the mid-1980s, a tremendous buck lived in the large range of hills near my home in southern Indiana. I knew this because I’d seen the sheds from the massive 12-point that a farmer had found. My problem, however, was that there were few deer in the several-square-mile region,...


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