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Turkey & Waterfowl

Turkey School

The best turkey hunters learn something new every day in the woods. But successful hunts serve as the ultimate opportunities to capture valuable knowledge for future use.

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Waterfowl Setups

Waterfowling has a reputation as a cost-prohibitive venture, but that needn’t be the case. Here's how to consistently kill ducks and geese using no more than a dozen decoys.

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Turkey & Waterfowl Articles

Show Us Your Bird

Get your gobbler yet? Check out some of our favorite reader photos.

Benelli's Vinci on Gobblers

Osceola Hunt. Location: Frasier Family Farms, Polk County, Florida.

Ospreys: Ultimate Fish Killer

Award-winning photographer Miguel Lasa captures ospreys in action.

A Legend's First Bird

Legendary turkey hunter Ray Eye recounts the tale of his first turkey ever.

Feather Dusters

Photographer Jeff Coats captures the hits and misses of hunters. Look closely and you...

Spring Turkey Guide

Your guide to turkey guns, loads and chokes for spring 2010

  • July 25, 2014

    Alaska Man Mauled by Brown Bear, Responds with .44 Magnum - 1

    An unidentified Alaska man shot and killed a brown bear sow Thursday after the animal mauled him.

    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game assistant area wildlife biologist Dave Battle stated that the Eagle River man and his unleashed dogs were walking on a dirt road off of Hiland Road. The dogs disappeared into the woods, then came running back to their owner with a grizzly right behind them. The 200-pound sow attacked the man, and he responded with three shots from his .44 Magnum.

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  • July 23, 2014

    Upheld: Hunting Wolves with Hounds Allowed in Wisconsin - 3

    While the reintroduction of the wolf in the West has garnered most of the political, judicial and media spotlight in recent years, upper Midwestern states have been fighting wolf battles for more than a decade prior to their delisting in 2011. And management of the apex predator in Wisconsin just took a big step forward.  [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 17, 2014

    Grouse Hunting Tips: 6 Ways to Get More Early-Season Birds - 1

    Photo by Mitch Kezar/Windigo Images

    I saw it weave left, slip right, then disappear through the auburn treetops. It’s not often you get such a clear look at an escaping grouse during the early weeks of the season, but there I was, frozen as the bird slipped through the prettiest shooting lane I’d see on the entire trip. I never pulled the trigger.

    My excuse was that I didn’t want to shoot a bird that hadn’t been pointed by the dog. The embarrassing reality is that I’d been caught off guard. It was my first grouse hunt, and I wasn’t prepared for the surprise of the flush. That was a tough lesson, but it wasn’t the only one I learned during that trip to the hallowed grouse and woodcock coverts of Wisconsin’s north country. Here are some more hits and misses that, if you’ll consider before you reach the woods, should help you bag more early-season birds. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 16, 2014

    Five Tips For Hunting With a GoPro Camera - 0

    Last spring I had a chance to hunt turkeys in Nebraska with Cabela's, Camp Chef, and GoPro (this was a joint adventure with some of the Field & Streamers). I'd hunted and fished with GoPro cameras before, but this trip was the first time I receieved a tutorial on how to most effectively shoot with the little guys (we were using the Hero 3+). 

    But before we get into shooting tips, here's a quick video from our hunt, shot and edited in signature GoPro-style (the footage was recorded by GoPro's Damon Jones, Field & Stream's Dave Hurteau, and myself).

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  • July 11, 2014

    Montana Shortens, Closes Much of its Sage Grouse Season - 0

    Citing widespread precipitous declines in sage grouse populations across much of the prairie birds’ core habitat, Montana this week closed hunting across a wide swath of the state and shortened the season elsewhere.

    Montana’s Fish, Wildlife & Parks Commission heard testimony from hunting advocates, who reasoned that the small mortality caused by hunters is outweighed by the attention and conservation that license-buyers devote to the imperiled bird and its habitat. In the end, the commission voted to leave some parts of the state open to limited grouse hunting, but closed all hunting in the southeastern portion of the state. [ Read Full Post ]

  • July 11, 2014

    Cast and Blast: Sage Grouse Hunting and Trout Fishing in Wyoming - 0

  • July 9, 2014

    Kid-Friendly States: 5 Affordable Places to Take a Child Hunting - 2

    I love Montana for its outdoor opportunities. But when it comes to accommodating youth hunters, my home state could learn a thing or two. Just ask my son, Jack, who wants nothing more than to stalk deer and elk but needs to wait another year until he turns 12 to do it here at home. Fortunately, several states understand that recruiting new hunters is critical and have taken steps to make it happen.

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