Remember when planning your spring turkey hunting tactics that you’ll be sitting down on the job. That means you should step off distances and find maximum range markers when possible before taking a seat. Your judging skills will be poorer from the lower position and these measured and marks can tell you when a gobbler is in range. Sometimes, you’ll be shooting a walking bird from a sitting position, too, and that’s a big switch for hunters used to swinging on upland game or waterfowl. You need to practice shooting sitting down and looking down with the barrel at a…
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Sleet and snow stung my face. A foot of powder covered the ground and the wind whipped through the spruce forest.  For a moment I let my thoughts drift to the low country, where spring was on its way.  Here at 4,500 feet, however, winter showed no sign of retreat. The bay of hounds suddenly reminded my frigid fingers why we were there. I was accompanying Bob Beahm, former school principal turned hunting guide, and his skilled beagles on a hunt for snowshoe hares. The dogs were hot on the trail of a bounding white rabbit, and their howls were…
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Feral hogs have now invaded at least 39 states, including Hawaii, and four Canadian provinces. So, how do you know if pesky pigs have staked claim to your neck of the woods? Here are four surefire signs of hog activity: Tracking Down a Hog Infestation      Hog tracks  Deer tracks As with any big game, the first sign of activity is often tracks. While deer and hog tracks share a few similarities, the differences are easy to spot. Hog tracks are generally rounded, whereas deer tracks are more pointed—even spade like. If a hog’s dew claws are noticeable, they…
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After enduring months of hunting pressure on sprawling lakes, bays and sounds, there’s nothing a late-season duck wants more than a quiet, secluded spot to hide out. Small, neglected potholes and ponds are magnets for January ducks and hotspots for the hunter who takes the time to locate these gems. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates there’s a pond within ten miles of 80 percent of the U.S. population. You can locate these mini-duck habitats in several ways. Simply driving backcountry roads and stopping to talk with farmers or mail carriers can yield great results. Topographic maps and Google…
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Some of the best meals I’ve ever had were at hunting camp.  Whether we have the luxury of a full kitchen or are working directly over a hot fire, there’s something special about the aroma of a good meal after a long day in the field.  Indulging in a hearty second helping may be permissible on a weekend hunt, but my calendar calls for a little more self-control. My work schedule entails being on the road filming and hunting for 200+ days of the year, which requires finding ways to stay fit and healthy in a world where diet can…
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If you’re like me, you detest the thought of going to the gym. The only thing that’s worse is paying the outrageous monthly fees. I tried this once and felt more guilt than good health from my membership’s lack of use. Rural living can make it even more difficult to access a fitness center.  Being an avid outdoorsman, I am proud to say that the nearest elliptical machine is no less than 25 miles away. Regardless of this handicap, I still manage to stay in shape with a few easy, and rather fun, cardio and muscular workouts.    A little…
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On an evening just after a full moon I sat overlooking a lush food plot.  The field was full of familiar greenery, complete with strips of corn running right down the middle. Suddenly a doe burst from the cover to my left. By instinct I grabbed my rifle. Sure enough, ten seconds later he was there.  As the last light faded I clicked off the safety and brought an end to my four-year drought. Passing on younger bucks and providing the right food sources can lead to more mature animals on your property. When my family purchased our property in…
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The memory, much like the ice that was hanging from my moustache that day, remains crystal clear. I had been sitting in that treestand for several hours in late December during the most bitter winter conditions I have ever bowhunted in. Blowing snow, high winds and frigid temperatures conspired to make even this Canadian boy start to question if it was time to find warmth. At the time, I was using a 67-pound compound bow with a 50 percent let-off.  During normal practice sessions, I could draw that bow hundreds of times without any great loss in accuracy. But when…
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At least when you see the white flag you know you’ve messed up. Think about how many bucks you didn’t see while hunting a bad wind. How many times throughout your deer-hunting career have you had a deer blow at you because you hunted a treestand with a bad wind? We all have. Summer scouting reveals a nice buck is cruising that food plot down on the back forty, and without another thought we’re there on opening morning, and likely that afternoon, and then day after day to no avail. Paying no mind to wind direction has spoiled more hunts…
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Those facing crowded conditions when deer hunting are always searching for secluded, overlooked spots. I’ve found a few such overlooked gems over the years. One such place you may not think of is an island. Islands are tough to access and often a safe-haven for late season bucks.  Perfect your setup, disturb the peace, and enjoy a victorious paddle back to the mainland. People tend to ignore these spots because they are difficult to access, but they can really provide top notch hunting. First, herds are often strong. The lack of pressure sometimes makes island deer less wary than mainland…
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