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breaking Bad

breaking Bad

By Ed Waite

Skills and experience can’t prevent a tree crash, but a full body harness can. Picture yourself hanging on to hope, practically covering your ears, while a friend in pain begs you to kill him. Or imagine being in such excruciating pain that you beg someone to end it, to unplug the plug before there is even a plug to unplug. Mi … READ MORE

The paradise of chargers by mouth

The paradise of chargers by mouth

By PJ Reilly

With the flexibility of being used in multiple seasons, smoke poles are gaining ground over other firearms. The hammer drops and a high-pitched crackle merges into a thunderous rumble. The crack boom is crushed, but they are clearly two separate sounds. White smoke then escapes from the barrel and a smell of sulfur hangs in the air. Even if you shoot … READ MORE

Family tradition

Family tradition

By Chrystal Schultz

It’s good to have an ace in the hole when you’re looking for a lot of money. Hunting is a tradition in my family. My great-grandfather taught my grandfather and he passed it on to my father. Once I expressed an interest, dad and grandpa started teaching me. It didn’t take long for me to realize I wanted to hunt more than rifle season … READ MORE

Once in a blue moon

Once in a blue moon

By Russell Thornberry

A story of what usually happens when we ignore the voice of reason in our heads. If two full moons occur in a single month, the second is called a blue moon, which is a rare event. Hence the saying “Once in a blue moon”. I was working in my office and wondering whether or not I should go bow hunting one night before I had … READ MORE

To glide

To glide

By Bob Humphrey

When the deer won’t come to you, maybe it’s time to revive the lost art of shot hunting. Like most deer hunters, I spend the majority of my time waiting for deer to come to me. It gives me a lot of time to think, and I was just doing it one day last fall, taking into account past successes. I killed most of my deer from a breeding … READ MORE

The UV factor

The UV factor

By David Hart

Science says deer hunters should be concerned about the blue “glow”. The decoy looked as real as a decoy can be. It was covered in a fine fabric printed with all the details of a real white-tailed deer, right down to a glint in the eyes. So what scared the male? It was not me. I stood still, covered from head to boots in full camouflage … READ MORE

Strike a pose

Strike a pose

By Dana R. Rogers

When using a decoy, you need to set the stage if you want to get more than a plastic dollar out of the woods. As I approached my camera setup, I could see the male GlenDel lying flat on his side. The frozen ground had given way and the rebar stakes were crooked. The target’s legs were twisted and cracked – and that’s exactly … READ MORE

Lightning Bucks

Lightning Bucks

By Tracy Breen

Who says you have to climb like a monkey to smile like a Cheshire cat? As the average age of white deer hunters continues to increase, so does the number of those choosing to hunt from the ground. And many have learned that blasting bucks isn’t as difficult as they thought. Whether you use a retractable shade, natural brush, or spot-and-rod, whiteta hunting … READ MORE

Wait!

Wait!

By PJ Reilly

Five tips for creating a better treestand setup. The perfect tree. This is something that tree climbing deer hunters look for in every season. The perfect treestand is more about the setup than the branding on the box. A good setup puts you within range of a bow or firearm for a large sum. It’s comfortable, safe and functional. Frankly, this is … READ MORE

Beyond chivalry

Beyond chivalry

By Mike Handley

Real men might not eat quiche, but they don’t mind shooting pink arrows. If wildlife biologists claim that deer can’t see shades of red, at least one man in Pleasant Plain, Ohio, might be heading for a pink jumpsuit. David Lovin is not Liberace, however. He’s not particularly in love with the color pink, and he’s … READ MORE

Go the distance

Go the distance

By Mike Handley

Twelve o’clock is not a long drive when there’s a monster waiting at the other end. Hunters in southern Louisiana are used to racking up miles every time they set their sights on large deer. Sportsman’s Paradise may fetch some of the boldest dollars on the planet, but meeting one in Acadiana is like looking for everything … READ MORE

Dollars in motion

Dollars in motion

By Bob Humphrey

With several major deer movement studies now complete, do we know anything new about male movement? Slow is the only way to describe the movement of deer during the first few days of my hunt in Ohio last fall at the Heartland Wildlife Institute testing grounds. Having caught a bruise the first afternoon of the previous year, my expectations were high. A … READ MORE

Jaw luck

Jaw luck

By Floyd Patterson

The luck of this broken-jawed giant was cut short when he attacked the wrong garden. With one eye I glanced behind the old wooden shed. My prey of the last 24 days, the atypical monster that occupied my dreams, had just appeared and was on a trail leading me towards me. I pulled back out of sight to draw my bow, found my anchor point and leaned forward … READ MORE

Tailored

Tailored

By PJ Reilly

Why your compound bow should fit even better than a glove. So you’ve caught the bow hunting bug? Prepare for a lifelong addiction. Ask an archery hunter to name the three things he or she likes most about it, and he or she will probably give you 50. It’s also exciting. You can see deer acting like deer rather than just running away from gun explosions. … LEARN MORE

Little baby moose

Little baby moose

By Mike Handley

Being the new guy on the deer route means you find yourself stuck with the place that no one else wants. As a newcomer to the ritual of Bossier parish, the bullfighter (rodeo) with the funny name, the wild beard and the bizarre pistol kept his mouth shut. Everyone who had gathered for the deer hunt knew where they wanted to be when the dogs were released this Saturday m … READ MORE


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