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Alone in the Backcountry

Here’s Why Everyone Should Spend a Night Solo in the Wilderness I spent four nights in bear country alone, and it changed me. That sounds corny, I know, but experiences like these do change a person. I believe that’s why we chase these adventures so tenaciously and sometimes quite blindly. Now, this isn’t your average “Here’s…

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8 Reasons to Take a Kid Hunting

Introducing kids to hunting is a great move.  Here's why. It was a snowy, cold April morning 15 years ago when two big gobblers approached the decoys. My younger sister—I was mentoring her at the time during Wisconsin’s youth hunt— cocked the hammer back on an old 20-gauge shotgun. She aimed and pulled the trigger.…

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Aggressive Archery Tactics for Rutting Mule Deer

For the time of your bowhunting life, get aggressive with these big-eared deer It was now or never. I charged ahead through the scattered junipers, disregarding the bedded fawn watching me make the maneuver. My focus was on the grunts emitting from an old buck I’d first encountered one year earlier. He’d also been taunting…

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Setting Up a Deer Hunting Lease a Long Way from Home

Finding, Preparing and Hunting the Whitetail Property of Your Dreams Hunting leases continue to gain popularity. I’ve leased numerous properties throughout the years, and I’ve experienced a high success rate in doing so. But there are things you need to know, especially when setting up a long-distance deer hunting lease. While this isn’t an exhaustive…

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Baiting Whitetail: Unfair Advantage or Logical Step?

What if there was a way to keep the local deer population fed, even adding supplements for better health, while learning their movements? There is a way, and it’s usually—but not always— called baiting. Some hunters see it as an unfair advantage while others consider it a part of fair chase. However, many people forget that…

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