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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Hunting Canada geese late in the year is not an easy task, but when the winter storms in the north start pushing down those final flights of birds, hunters are going to take to the field. Having a good hunt on those harsh days is possible but takes preparation and work.  While it’s tougher to hunt late season geese, you can knock some honkers out of the sky. But you better heavy up on your decoy spread. A Burlap Blankey for Your Dekes? While early season geese can be brought in with minimal spreads, late season migrating birds require every…
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The laser rangefinder may be the most underrated of all the optical tools for hunters.  Yet there are many hunting situations in which a rangefinder will make you a better shot with a bow, rifle, or shotgun. It’s an important scouting tool, too. Rangefinders are the ticket whether you’re using them for sighting an animal or bird you are considering shooting or ranging to various objects so you can accurately estimate the range when a target approaches. A rangefinder can be used actively or passively. Active use includes sighting the rangefinder on the animal or bird you are considering shooting.…
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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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Last week, I arrowed a nice little buck, and I’m happy to say the bowhunting factors I always go on about came together resulting in a quick and clean kill. First, I waited for the right shot angle (broadside, but slightly angled away) before releasing my arrow at a relaxed, unsuspecting animal. Next, my aim was true and the razor-sharp broadhead sliced effortlessly through both lungs before burying the arrow to the fletches 10 yards past where the animal stood.   Climbing down from your deer stand or making a lot of noise right after the shot can mean a…
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Are you building a wish list or shopping for someone who didn’t provide one?  We have the perfect solution! Find Christmas gift ideas in guides specific to hunters, anglers, target shooters, campers, outdoor kids and more at Bass Pro Shops. Gift Ideas for Anglers - Check out this selection of gift ideas from Bass Pro Shops, which the addicted angler refers to as "Santa's Toy Shop." Gift Ideas for Hunters - Here's a rundown of the season's hottest hunting items available at Bass Pro Shops. Gift Ideas for Target Shooters - Have a tactical or recreational shooter on your Christmas list?…
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Deer hunters who live outside of those traditional big buck states or provinces must think creatively when it comes to locating a 150-inch plus trophy. An old homestead may look abandoned but may actually be visited by behemoth bucks in search of cover and forage. Even in today’s world of quality deer management, with the many great food plot mixes and minerals and other factors that help produce big bucks, it is still difficult to harvest a buck 150-inches or better. The world of whitetail deer hunting is full of myths and mysteries, but I once heard that only 1…
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If you have a hunter or three on your Christmas list, count yourself blessed.  At least you’ll never find yourself shopping for someone who “has everything.”  No hunter ever has enough of the gear, equipment, tools and — yes — toys with which to get the most from every minute in the field.  Here’s a rundown of the hottest items of the season your hunters are hankering for. RedHead® Pit Stop Layout Blind Give the gift of invisibility to make life easier for goose and duck hunters.  This blind is designed for serious waterfowlers who want a low profile in…
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We’re told in countless articles and blogs to deer hunt near doe groups as the rut approaches. But the real key to success is to find the right doe group. You can tell when does are in estrous. They become more edgy, often looking back over their shoulders. And their tails may stick straight out or be crooked to the side. Different clusters of does, even in a small hunting area, can cycle at slightly different times. If they didn’t, the main estrous period would last about 1½ days, instead of 7 to 10 days. By finding a doe group…
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