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Late Season Field of Dreams
By Michael Lee -- As the sun sank low on the horizon, the temperature slowly began to dip. The January air let me know how low the temperature was dropping, as I could clearly see my breath as last shooting light approached. Glassing the edge of the...

Daddy, I Want to Go!
By Marty Shaffer -- "Daddy, I want to go!" Delaney, my 5-year-old daughter, enthusiastically awaited the reply. The answer was as certain as the sun coming up in the East. "You bet!" I replied. This would be Delaney's first ve...

A Decade Down and Two Deer Up
By Chris Harris -- Until last year, I had taken a 10-year sabbatical from hunting. But then after the wife had half a dozen encounters with deer in one year on her 5-mile drive to the interstate, I decided that I needed to take up hunting again - i...

Every Day is Thanksgiving
By Doug Zeiters -- I've enjoyed deer hunting for many years, so after a frustrating 2006 season of no bucks, a friend asked me to try turkey hunting with him. My friend, Ben Miller, is Amish and enjoys hunting, fishing, and the outdoors as much as I...

Buckmasters' Budgetmasters (Hot Gear For A Cool Christmas)
By Jeff Murray -- Hunters looking for cool gifts to give (or receive) often fall prey to last-minute decisions and trite point-of-purchase displays. Do everyone a favor and look for this year's hottest gear ahead of time. For the budget-minded, he...

The Whitetail's Scrape
Text & Photos by Tommy Kirkland -- As the hunting season begins, communication among whitetails increases through activity known as scraping. This natural function is vital for whitetails to set the stage for successful breeding. Although there ...

Part 2: The Art & Science of Rattling White-tailed Deer
By Russell Thornberry -- How to Rattle Antlers There are numerous considerations that enter into antler rattling, such as location, position, wind, etc. There are certain limitations when rattling from a treestand as opposed to rattling from a grou...

Trespasser Scouts Missouri Monster
By Randall Bowling -- The hunt took place in Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. I received permission to hunt on a friend's property that sits next to the Osage River and has open fields and wooded areas. Nobody was allowed to hunt this land, and the owner had...

Soldier's First Season
By Douglas J. Saffell -- Here I was at the young age of 36 and getting ready for the deer season to open. I was all ready to go and the night was closing in. I went to bed around 8 p.m. and awoke early the next morning to head out to the area my pos...

Friday the 13th is my Lucky Day
By Steve Kidwell -- While bowhunting in Central Ohio one fall morning, I didn't know this day would be one of my best whitetail hunts ever. On Wednesday, Nov. 13, 1990, I sat on my stand watching a big buck chasing does from daylight until 11 a.m. F...

Roll On!
By Harry Fristoe -- Last deer season was about as good as anyone could ever dream about. I took a nice doe during opening morning of muzzleloader season, and I took an 8-point buck on the opening day of the Texas rifle season. The following weekend ...

A Shot in the Dark
By Gregg Fuller -- I was deer hunting in late December 2006 near the central Texas town of Comanche about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth. I had already taken my allotted trophy buck, and was now working on my cull buck tag. We hadn't seen very ma...

Muzzleloader Hunting Offers Challenge; Expands Hunting Opportunities
By Gary Engberg   -- Muzzleloading rifles have come a long way since the flintlock and percussion muzzleloaders that were available in the 1960s and 1970s. The days of spit-patch round balls, soap and water cleaning techniques, and powder horn...

The Greatest Gift of All
By Scott W. Johnson -- I have been hunting for 40 years. I live in northeast Florida, and it is a tradition around here that we hunt with dogs. The woods are thick and the swamps seem to be endless. Once inside what I call a booger swamp you lose al...

Blessings From Above
By Larry Porter   -- It was a hot November day in western Tennessee. It was not a day that you would think much about deer hunting. The mosquitoes were out, and it was about 80 degrees. But I had two hours before my daughter's basketball game,...

The Chainsaw Buck
By Frank Delph Jr. -- Maryland's muzzleloader deer season was approaching. I had just purchased a new Thompson/Center .50 caliber muzzleloader and had the tack driver outfitted with a Nikon Omega scope. I was eager to take to the woods. But there ...

When It Comes To Trophy Bucks, Plan for the Best -- And the Worst
-- More and more hunters are passing on small bucks in hopes of a trophy. What many newcomers to holding out are not prepared for, however, is to go through the season without taking ANY buck -- but that's what passing up smaller bucks often will mea...

Rut Time is the Right Time
By Tab R. Troutman -- It was the last week of the 2006 Pennsylvania archery season, and I had hunted three days without much success. I always schedule vacation at this time to try and hit the rut. However, I hadn't seen anything, much less gotten a...

A Missed Opportunity
By Lucas Smith -- It was mid-September when I first saw the buck. My eyes had taken a snapshot of its wide, thick antlers, and stored the memory deep in my mind. I knew the very first time I laid eyes on the buck that on opening day, it would be mi...

Now You See Him - Now You Don't
By David Wagman -- Muzzleloader season is always such a fine challenge. One shot at best! Not so this time, though. I was invited once again to hunt with a friend on a 200-plus-acre dairy farm in the thumb of Michigan. We went out early on a clear D...
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