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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The crowds of deer hunters are gone and the woods are again silent—and that terrain suddenly appears barren to most hunters. You’ve got an unfilled deer tag in your pocket, and you’d like to fill it. The clock is ticking and your hours of opportunity are shrinking. What will you do? Taking a big buck during the home stretch of deer hunting season is sure to make you, and your taxidermist, very happy. Be positive—and think. There are still deer out there—somewhere. You need to determine where they are, what they are doing, and then make a plan that will…
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From the time humans started hunting for food, they have been improving technology to increase their chance of success.  We each develop our own creed as to what works for us. A Garmin handheld GPS device and HuntingGPSMap chips by OnXMaps can give hunters a huge advantage in finding out-of-the-way public hunting lands, especially when there’s private land nearby that hunters must navigate around. As a general rule, if it increases the likelihood I will make a better shot, resulting in a quicker kill, I am going to look into it.  That is not to be confused with the notion…
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Talk to enough bowhunters and you’ll eventually hear one sheepishly admit that, at one time or another, he or she has hunted from a treestand while not wearing a full-body safety harness. When that happens, you need to do that person a favor and set them straight.  Tell them there’s never a good enough reason for going up a tree without one. Of course, you’re probably not telling them anything they don’t already know, but it’s worth repeating. Bow hunting should be a safe and enjoyable pursuit. Wear a safety harness and keep it that way. A full-body safety harness…
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Many deer hunters don’t stay out all day, and that can be a mistake, especially during the rut. If you want to maximize your time in the field, and your chances of tagging a trophy, here are some tips: The Voyager Extreme treestand is the perfect way to fight fidgeting and discomfort in a treestand because it features an extra-large, zero gravity padded seat, a comfy, padded backrest and arm rests; and a fixed position foot rest. 1) Dress Properly The weather is definitely the biggest obstacle. If you’re wet, cold or even too hot, you won’t last long. Since…
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If you want to go western big game hunting but must stick to a budget, the following tips will help you stay comfortable and hopefully fill your freezer. Don’t skimp on optics. These days, you can stay within budget and still get good glass. From a budget perspective, it’s important to have a long-term focus on your gear needs.  It can take years to get outfitted in quality equipment, and finding the best gear is part of the fun. Take the time to read reviews, talk with fellow hunters and determine what works best for you.  I would rather buy…
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For deer hunters, the wind can be a source of frustration, especially when it suddenly changes directions. But, the wind can blow some benefits your way as well. A blustery wind can be a hassle. But it also concentrates deer in pockets out of the wind, meaning you have a lot less ground to cover to find mature bucks. All in all, though, the negatives of wind seem to outweigh the positives. It swirls and can betray our location. And when it’s ferocious and blustery, it makes deer skittish.  When you throw cold weather and a late season time frame…
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