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Dealing with Anti-Hunters
The restoration of the wild turkey due to sound management practices is a wildlife success story. Let anti-hunters know about this, and other positives about our lifestyle.

He Who Walks Behind the Rows
In Nov. 5, 2009, Ohio archer Rod Stumbo stalked his way into the BTR record book by successfully putting the sneak on a giant irregular whitetail. Call it what you will, fate or divine intervention, but after making the 10-mile drive to his huntin...

Maine's 2013 deer harvest up 15%
From Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife -- Hunters during the 2013 deer season killed 24,795 deer, an increase of 15 percent over the 2012 harvest of 21,552 deer.

Just Do It
For far too long, we’ve listened to our guys plan all the exciting adventures and book all the hunts. We go — often with their friends or work buddies — because we want to hunt, too. But how many ladies have ever considered turning the tables to p...

In-Woods Plot Plants
Last week we had the most common food plot question. This week we feature the second most posed query.

The 165-Inch Spike
-- Every time my daughter Alexis and I had been out hunting, she was determined that would be the time she would get a deer. She’d put in the work, helped build a box blind, and she’d been out there every chance she had regardless of weather. She ...

Marlin's Budget Rifle
When Marlin launched the MR7 a decade ago, sales never met expectations. While the company is famed for its classic lever guns, this centerfire bolt rifle never really caught on. After marketing it for a couple of years, Marlin eventually dropped ...

Angry Birds Can Help You Get Deer
Many common North American birds are quick to scold humans when we cross into their territory. In the wild, they just as apt to sound off at animals that venture too close, including white-tailed deer, alerting you to their presence.

Spot & Stalk
Colt Rector of Leesville, La., had been making the long drive to bowhunt in Illinois for about eight years. During those visits, he befriended several landowners in Edwards County and gained permission to hunt their holdings.In 2009, the 27-year-o...

How fast do feral hogs spread? 70 mph in a truck
Playing catch-up is a difficult task in almost every endeavor. That’s especially true when the issue at hand is the explosion in the feral hog population.

Diet Shifts
I thought my first attempt at a food plot was a dismal failure. It was late October, the deer had barely touched the crop, and I was beginning to think I’d wasted my time and money. I had, after all, committed the cardinal sin of not testing and t...

What Should I Plant?
This is by far the most common food plot question. Unfortunately, there is no one correct answer.

Med School Hooky
-- During my first year at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2012, I made it a goal to get into the woods as much as possible. By the time I’d reached med school, I hadn’t drawn a bow since I was a sophomore at U...

Cast Bullets Save Money
Are you paying more and shooting less because of the constantly escalating price of ammo? A solution to that dilemma is to cast your own handgun and rifle bullets. By investing the cost of 10 boxes of commercial bullets in casting equipment, an en...

When Stars Align
Rather than striking out for my deer stand in the pouring rain on Oct. 31, I crawled back under the covers. The storm was supposed to move out by noon, which meant I could still spend half my Saturday in a tree. I’d hung my stand several months e...

Give Rain the Boot
Last spring Missouri's turkey season was an unusually wet one. Two days in particular, it poured heavily all day. I am a bit of a diehard turkey hunter, so I stayed out in the downpour.

Hindsight is 177 4/8
For the last 18 years, my passion has been hunting deer in northwest Kansas’ Rooks County. And with access to about 8,000 acres of state-owned and managed hunting lands, plus about 2,000 acres of private property, I have plenty of choices. For th...

Something Missing
While antler oddities can be caused by missing or malformed reproductive organs, such a condition doesn’t always affect a buck’s rack.

First of Many
-- I’ve had a lot of firsts in the past eight months, so after I caught my first 20-pound king salmon, shot my first 8-point buck with a bow, took my first doe with a bow, and my first doe with a muzzleloader, naturally I expressed desire to shoot...

Keep Wildlife Wild
With the arrival of spring, many species of wildlife are giving birth to their young. Finding young wildlife can be exciting, but in most cases, even if the animal appears abandoned, the mother is not far away. If you encounter young wildlife – ev...
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