5 tips for bagging hung-up tom turkeys

5 tips for bagging hung-up tom turkeys

Turkey hunters love it when a plan comes together, when the stars align and that perfect scenario we all dream about goes exactly like it’s supposed to. On those hunts, we step into the woods at first light and have a tom blast us with a tremendous gobble in response to our first call, coming

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Recoil: One of the most critical aspects of choosing a rifle

Recoil: One of the most critical aspects of choosing a rifle

My dad’s little Winchester Model 94 Trapper always struck me as a petite, perhaps slightly anemic rifle. The short-barreled lever-action is lightweight and chambered to the gentle-shooting .30-30 Winchester. I’d shot plenty of .30-30s before. This little guy shouldn’t be any different, I thought, tucking it into my shoulder at the range. Then, someone punched

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How to start scouting for turkey season

How to start scouting for turkey season

Nothing welcomes the reawakening of spring and generates a more convivial preamble to the upcoming hunting season better than the thundering rumble of a spring gobbler sounding off through the newly budding trees. It’s a time of year hunters wait for with almost drooling anticipation. The first chance to get into the woods. The first

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‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

‘Urban Sportsman’: Bringing bowhunting to the city, one whitetail at a time

Written by Bernd Debusmann, this article was originally published by Free Range American on January 27, 2021. It’s a sunny, abnormally warm early evening in October, and Taylor Chamberlin is about 20 feet off the ground. Looking down from his tree stand through the dense canopy, he sees his target: a whitetail cruising for acorns.   Chamberlin draws his bow and lets

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Breaking boundaries: The legacy of sharpshooter Annie Oakley

Breaking boundaries: The legacy of sharpshooter Annie Oakley

One of the wonderful things about this modern age is that the deeply gouged and clearly defined dividing lines of “gender roles” are not only being blurred, but completely erased. Little boys can play with dolls, little girls can play with toy trucks, and both can safely do so with the knowledge that they truly

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What hunters should look for in a wristwatch

What hunters should look for in a wristwatch

Many view wristwatches as outdated technology—a holdover from our parents’ generation, when you had to find a payphone to call for help if your car broke down. Now, of course, we’re perpetually carrying our phones with us—even into the field when hunting. But as many have discovered, it’s frustrating to have to dig around in

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