Category: Waterfowl and Upland Birds

The grouse hunter’s quick-reference photo guide

The grouse hunter's quick-reference photo guide

When most of us hear the words “game bird” we automatically think of the ring-necked pheasant. These redheaded, long-tailed little whirlwinds seem to dominate the upland world, evoking images of tweed cap-wearing aristocrats holding downed roosters and petting pedigreed dogs. Yet there is another, more common, populous, and widespread upland game bird out there that

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Slow day in the duck blind? Try jump-shooting.

Slow day in the duck blind? Try jump-shooting.

Once the frenetic pre-daybreak blitz of waterfowl activity has ended and the sun’s rays signal the start of a fitful armistice between duck hunters and birds, you’re left with two choices: strip off your coat to work on your last tan of the year or abandon the blind to find where those ducks are hiding

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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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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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Stalking turkey: Go get that gobbler

Stalking turkey: Sometimes you just have to go get that gobbler

Nothing announces the coming of spring more jubilantly than the thunderous gobble of a Tom turkey. And few things in the hunting world make a hunter’s heart pound harder with anticipation than hearing that sound coming closer as they sit with their back against a tree, calling back to one. But as the season wears

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It’s almost turkey time. Are you ready?

It's almost turkey time. Are you ready?

As the snow dwindles and the gobblers become more visible, proudly strutting their stuff out in the open, we hunters get the turkey bug quickly. Most diehard hunters are looking to fill a void this time of year. We’ve been out of the field for three or four months and we need to get chasing something

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