Category: Game

Talking bull: How to get started elk calling

Talking bull: How to get started elk calling

Of the many varied species that constitute North American big game, few are as iconic as elk. Their pursuit draws thousands of hunters to the forest each year, many of whom venture forth with the modest hopes of catching even a distant glimpse at a pair of bobbing antlers. Elk are challenging to hunt, and

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Is the rising cost of big-game hunting shutting out new hunters?

Is the rising cost of big-game hunting shutting out new hunters?

Has big-game hunting once again become the exclusive privilege of the elite as it was in medieval England? When one thinks of medieval England, perhaps the first things to come to mind are lofty images of knights in armor, looming castle walls, and nobles bedecked in colorful regalia observing a royal (pronounced with a heavily

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7 surefire ways to ruin a duck hunt

Surefire ways to ruin a duck hunt

Waterfowl hunting, like every sport or discipline, has obvious rules—and then there are the unspoken expectations. Adhering to both can mean the difference between maintaining lifelong hunting partners and never getting invited along on a duck hunt again. Here’s a list of key things to avoid when you hit the blind this fall. Skybusting “You

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Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

Scratching the itch: Early season deer-hunting tactics

As the dog days of summer slowly wind to a close and those first early frosts delicately lie upon blades of long grass, I start to feel the itch. As soon as I feel that little tickling between my shoulders, I grab my bow and head out into the cool mornings and warm afternoons of

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How to choose the right load for waterfowl hunting

How to choose the right load for waterfowl hunting

Shotgun shells come in a variety of gauges, lengths, shot sizes, and shot composition—a puzzling morass for new hunters to navigate. A cursory glance at the shelves of a typical sporting goods store reveals a different loadout for hunting just about any kind of winged game. Even narrowing that field to a specific kind of

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A solid argument: Switching to solid bullets for big game

A solid argument: Switching to solid bullets for big game

Ever flipped through the reloading section of an outdoor supply catalog? If you have, you’ve seen the hundreds of bullet types available for just about every caliber under the sun. Jacketed, hollowpoint, partition, softpoint, bonded, capped, frangible…the list is exhaustive and more than a little overwhelming. Each bullet type has unique features and drawbacks depending

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