How-to

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Preparing for the Next Bird Season

Off-season tips and planning strategies to make the most of your next hunting season I…

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How to Take Better Food Photos with Just Your Phone

Capture your wild game dishes in a way that honors the hunt, the game, and…

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Squirrel Hunting Methods Without a Dog

Learn various methods of hunting squirrels, where to look for them, and tips for spotting…

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How to Make Custom Texas Rig Decoy Anchors

Do-it-yourself instructions for making these convenient decoy anchor setups The older I get, the more often…

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Crate Training a Dog Can Solve Separation Anxiety Issues

Crate training is a critical step in addressing separation anxiety when your dog is left…

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How to Pattern a Turkey Gun

Use these steps to understand how effective your shotgun, choke, and shot combination is at…

A hunter listens for a sooty grouse hoot while hunting in Alaska.
How to Hunt Sooty Grouse During the Spring Hoot

Hunting sooty grouse in the spring months in Alaska is an unusual adventure with plenty…

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Hunting Ducks From a Layout Blind

Learn how to use a layout blind to increase your versatility in hiding from birds…

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Reasons to Consider Carrying a Backup Shotgun

Consider the benefits of a spare shotgun in the event of damage, ammunition availability, or…

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Bird Dogs and Snake Bites

Venomous snakes can be found in the majority of states, so understanding how to avoid…

How to Run and Gun in Turkey Hunting

Use a mobile approach to track down more turkeys and increase your hunting opportunities As…

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The Basics of Scouting for Ducks

Using sheer grit and determination to figure out where to find ducks I checked the…

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How to Butcher an Upland Game Bird

How, when, and why to break down upland game birds for cooking, along with instructions…

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The Flatlander’s Guide to Hunting Desert Quail

Expect mountains and difficult terrain when hunting the wily game birds of the Southwest desert…

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Understanding Bobwhite Quail Behavior

Think like a naturalist to unlock clues in upland bird habitat, behavior, and patterns. Sometimes…

A quail hunter in the Arizona desert
Using Sound to Improve Your Quail Hunting

Strengthen your listening skills with some simple exercises and learn how to reduce your noise…

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Tips for Late Season Pheasant Hunting

As seasons draw to a close, pheasant hunting requires a little extra strategy to outsmart…

A group of bird hunters walking on federal public lands.
Types of Public Land for Hunting Access in America

Public lands fall under many types and jurisdictions, but understanding them can open countless hunting…

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Common Decoy Spreads for Puddle Ducks and Divers

Advice for new duck hunters on decoy spreads When you get any waterfowlers to talk…

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Hunting Mid-Season Stale Ducks

Think differently and “do the opposite” to try to outsmart mid-season ducks that have grown…

A young duck hunter stands in an A-frame blind
A-Frame Style Duck Blinds

Learn about the advantages and disadvantages of this blind design that is growing in popularity…