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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...


How to Pack Hunting Gear on Long Walks to the Treestand

Hunting gear, it can be flat out addicting for guys and gals like you and me. We love testing out the new gadgets that hit the market — especially the ones that have promise to actually work or do something for us. But taking a garage full of hunting toys...


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7 Ways to Make Fellow Public Land Deer Hunters Mad at You

Public land hunting is one of the brightest accomplishments in the history of North American hunting. The ability to hunt wild game on lands owned by all is a historic achievement. What we have here is rare. You don’t see it in other countries. And we must always protect it...


Delta Waterfowl Ringnecks in Full Spring Migration Mode

Ring-necked ducks in Delta Waterfowl’s groundbreaking research project have started their northward journey toward the breeding grounds. During the March 7 through 17 reporting period, 31 ducks had begun spring migrations, according to an online update . The first started north in late February, and 21 more headed north in...


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An Easy Way to Give Your Turkey Decoys More Lifelike Movement

Ever watch a wild turkey gobbler showing off for a hen? Did he stand in one spot, not moving, for hours at a time? Did he spin in circles? Probably not. Now look at your turkey gobbler decoy. Unless the wind is really howling, it probably remains in a more...


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Some Turkey Hunting Excuses for Why You Missed Birds

Missing turkeys is part of the game. All veteran turkey hunters have been there, and if you haven't yet, brace yourself. It hurts. Memories of that strutter stepping up into range – and the 10 inches of swinging beard running off after you pull your shotgun's trigger – will haunt...


When to Turkey Call and When You Shouldn't

As a teenaged turkey hunter, my late dad imparted words of sage turkey hunting advice to me. One of his insights has served me well over the years: "Sometimes turkeys that have been gobbling will go silent on the way in." You, in turn, might also want to shut up...


Spring Thunder: Onion Patch Gobbler

It's opening day of the Alabama turkey season. Realtree's Tyler Jordan and Phillip Culpepper draw to see who gets to hunt the "Onion Plot Gobbler." Watch this video to see who wins. After, they get in close to where the hit-list turkey has been roosted and have one awesome hunt...


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Osceola Turkey Hunting with "The Grind"

I'm just in from Florida, after chasing Osceolas with friends, longtime and new. There's really nothing like a great turkey camp, and this was one of the best. Please check out our longform gallery on the hunt.


Waterfowling Notes Bring Affirmation, Surprises

Hunting journals let us revel in past hunts. Better, they provide tremendous insights for future efforts. I’ve written about this before , telling waterfowlers what details they should record in their journals and how they can interpret that to improve hunting. But while paging through my records recently, I wondered...


Choosing the Right Camo Pattern

Camo. If you’ve seen one pattern you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. Absolutely not. Not even close, Jack. Some say there’s a science to creating quality camo patterns. And there is if you look at the technology side of designing patterns. But if you’re looking purely at how well a...


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30 Deer Hunting Safety Tips

Safety. It's rule No. 1 when deer hunting. Be responsible. Be safe. Here are 30 things you should be sure to do (or not do) while in the field.


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