At some point in your deer hunting career you will shoot a deer that runs out of sight before it dies.  The seriousness of the situation can range from the deer running into heavy cover 25 yards away and falling, to a marginally hit animal that’s in no danger of dying, but leads you on a long chase to make sure that’s what really happened.  The worst situation is a shot to non-vital organs from which the deer is sure to eventually die but leaves a minimal blood trail. Here are tips to give you the advantage in recovering every…
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 “Dr. Babcock will be sick all next week,” the University of South Carolina bulletin board note read in the fall of 1926. The famous author and USC English professor predicted his onset of quail hunting disease. His passion for quail hunting equaled his passion for education and teaching, often causing conflicts in his career. Tales of Quails ‘n Such became one of Babcock’s most popular books, as he described the heyday of hunting the “King of the South, the bobwhite quail. Though quail hunting isn’t as easy to do as it once was, the rewards of spending a day afield with…
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It’s early in our bow season. I’ve got my stands placed and have watched a few deer show up under it. I haven’t arrowed an animal yet because I’m being selective in terms of size. When it comes to deer hunting, I’m all about collecting enough venison to supplement my family’s diet throughout the upcoming year. To collect venison, a hunter – especially a solo hunter like me – needs to be prepared. Otherwise, you’ll leave the bush with a product that’s less than palatable. The following equipment suggestions will make your job easier. Using a hoist and gambrel allows…
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You can improve your odds of tagging a big buck this season by practicing the following low impact deer hunting tips.  Once you've tagged your buck, try not to forget the principles of low-impact hunting. Maintain stealth and get him out of there as quickly and as quietly as possible. 1. Rotate Your Spots – If you have more than one property to hunt, it may allow you to pick the best one for that particular day’s conditions. However, you also want to regularly rotate between properties so that you don’t over-hunt any single one. If you don’t have that…
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As elk hunters across America head afield in search of bugling bulls, the one elk hunting dilemma every hunter faces is deciding whether or not to make a move to get closer or stay locked in place and try to call the bull in. What to do, what do?   Look ahead, into shadows and all around you. Elk can be anywhere as they move. Study and plan a route and keep good quality binoculars on a sholder harness. These rules will help elk chasers everywhere make the moves that help them fill their tag: 1) Watch the winds. While…
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Coyotes can be hunted year round in most states, and if you have problem coyotes keeping your local deer herds (or the family pets) on high alert, then maybe it’s time to turn the tables. There are many good reasons to hunt coyote during early fall as the first frosts begin to sweep the land. The following tips will help make your trips afield more effective. To fool sharp-eyed coyotes, make sure you’re in head-to-toe camouflage, including your hands and face. 1) Bigger coyote packs are easier to spot: During fall months, coyote groups are still close knit and the…
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RedHead Pro Hunting Team captain Jerry Martin shares his personal experience and tests the RedHead 1856 Collection Fire-Resistant Gun Safe The heat from the fire was unbearable.  The sound—a deafening roar.  Hot tongues of flame licked along the edges of the roof, crawled along the sides, and finally engulfed the entire house. Within minutes the structure seemed to fold into itself.  Everyone inside the house, including the family pets, had escaped without injury.  But, everything inside the house was gone forever. If you’ve ever had to experience a fire, or know someone who has, you understand this kind of devastation. …
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ATVs are a popular tool for modern hunters. Part pack mule, part truck, part tractor – ATVs have so many uses that many hunters s won’t go afield without one. Outfitting one to fit your needs is part of the fun. Just make sure that you’re getting everything you need.  Tips for Taking Care of You and Your ATV Arctic Cat’s new 2015 XR 700 Limited already comes with a winch and some beefy bumpers. All it needs are the few touches you want to add and yourself. 1. One of the main things you need to concern yourself with…
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Spend time scouting in the area you intend to hunt turkey and look for sign. With the resurgence in wild turkey populations across the country in the last 30 years, many states have opened fall turkey hunting seasons in addition to spring seasons. Although fall turkey hunting has not grown in popularity like the spring season, it is, according to turkey hunting guru Ray Eye, "the best time of the year to be in the turkey woods." However, a lack of information about fall hunting strategies is what holds a lot of hunters back. The following tips from Ray Eye…
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A crisp fall morning, a .22 rifle in hand and squirrels grating on nuts; what a way to spend the day in the woods! Ripe hickory nuts, plentiful acorns, aromatic walnuts and cool fall mornings set the stage for squirrel hunting across the Midwest. These, and other food sources, are the places to spend your time when pursuing squirrels during the fall months. Hunt squirrel around key food sources during the fall months to increase hunting success. 1. Hickory Nuts Hickory Nuts - A variety of hickory species thrive throughout the Midwest. Some, like the small pignut hickory, produce nuts…
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