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Once in a Lifetime
By Tyson Baker -- This is one of the best and most bizarre days of deer hunting I have every experienced. It was the opening day of bow season in Kentucky on Sept. 2, 2006. The temperature during August was miserable. Then on the last day of the mon...

Plant Pear Trees and the Whitetails Will Come
By Tommy Kirkland -- You've tilled the land, adjusted the soil's pH, and labored endlessly for a productive food plot, consisting of clover and chicory. As the season is just about to get underway, an unexpected problem arises - only a few deer, mos...

Black Bears, Football and Birthdays
By Mark Alexander -- Why is an old man climbing up that holler through all that thick brush? With all that coughing, huffing and wheezing, he's gonna have a heart attack, and I'll have to cut my hunt short and take him to the hospital. Public land, ...

The Skeeter Buck
By Justin Knight -- It was the first week of the 2006 muzzleloader season in central Arkansas. I had talked my supervisor into letting me come into work early so I could leave early to go hunting. The opening weekend had started off well, with decen...

What is so Hard About This?
By Susan Aleksa -- My husband was a big deer hunter before we were married. In fact, the day I met him, he had just returned from a hunt in Colorado. Since that time, I have learned a lot about deer hunting. He also taught our two sons to hunt. ...

The Wait is Over
By Matthew Moroz -- I have been bowhunting for 17 years, and that trophy buck has eluded me each season -- until last year when a beautiful 11-point non-typical whitetail came strolling in with the help of my buck call. It was a partly sunny mornin...

Clothing Choices for Frigid Conditions
By John M. Moschella -- Hunting in frigid conditions does not have to be an exercise in survival, providing the hunter is equipped with the right gear to make that all-day sit more comfortable. In the quest for a trophy, the name of the game is sp...

Every Point Counts
By Carl Redding -- It was an ice cold morning during the start of southwestern Pennsylvania's rut. I was going to be hunting with a buddy of mine on a small piece of private property near the West Virginia border. The air was frosty cold with the te...

Newspaper Polls America: What Does the Second Amendment Mean?
From U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance   For decades, Americans have debated whether the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution affords individuals the right to keep guns. Today is your chance to be heard on the issue.   USA Today's Quick Qu...

The Season to Remember
By Jessica LaMontagne -- During the 2003 deer season, my dad took a 10-point buck. I witnessed the whole thing! I think I was in a bit of shock, but felt super lucky to be hunting with my Daddy that day. It was quite thrilling and exciting to watch ...

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...
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