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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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Scout Now!

The off-season scouting method is the same, whether you're looking to buy a 1,000-acre whitetail property or just you're trying to find a new piece of public land.

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Animal Attack Stories

Often shocking, sometimes funny, but always true animal attack stories.

  • April 14, 2014

    Video: Battle Between Lions and Cape Buffalo - 0

    The Kruger Sightings YouTube channel has uploaded another great video of lions squaring off against cape buffalo. This from the video description: "Amazing video of a pride of lions hunting a buffalo, but then a fellow buffalo comes and saves the day … Taken from Ngwenya Lodge outside the Kruger National Park in South Africa."

    Here's hoping you have an easier time hunting down your Monday lunch. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 14, 2014

    National Whitetail Deer Hunting and Management Survey Results - 0

    From a national perspective, whitetail hunting and management seem to be at a crossroads. Not too many years ago whitetail powerhouse states like Wisconsin, Alabama, and Nebraska were seeing all-time record harvests (2000, 2005, and 2010 respectively) and the Boone and Crockett club had never received more entries. But, now a handful of indicators are suggesting that the deer hunting bubble is about to burst — or maybe that it already has. Increased predator numbers, deer diseases like epizootic hemorrhagic disease and chronic wasting disease, and years of high antlerless harvests have put many deer herds on unstable ground. Hunters from corners of classic whitetail country like Montana's Milk River and the riverbottoms of Illinois have already seen drastic declines in deer numbers over the last few years. Then, several bad EHD outbreaks peppered the nation last summer and a brutal 2013/2014 winter struck much of the Midwest and Northeast. This could spell more bad news for deer hunters this season. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 11, 2014

    The Occasional Family: Chasing the Turkey Grand Slam - 2

    Photos by Andrew McKean

    Aunt Linda has a problem, but it's solvable. She needs us to shoot different turkey guns.

    The matriarch of our little group, Linda Powell, has switched jobs, moving from handling media relations for Remington Arms to a similar gig with Mossberg. So we dutifully trade our field-worn 870s for pump-action Mossbergs. The new Flex would be a good choice, Linda says, and would I be interested in trying one out on Mexican gobblers?

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  • April 11, 2014

    Experts: The Texas "Chupacabra" was Definitely a Raccoon - 1

    Last week we wrote about a couple from Texas who claimed to have captured a baby chupacabra.

    Jackie and Bubba of Ratcliffe, Texas spotted the hairless animal munching on corn in a tree on their property and trapped it in a cage. They then proceeded to nickname the creature “Chupie” after the blood-sucking chupacabras of Latin American legend. Then came the interviews for local news teams.

    Eventually, Texas Parks and Wildlife officers convinced Jackie and Bubba that Chupie was in fact a raccoon with manage, and they must euthanize the critter or set him free. The couple euthanized Chupie, but skeptics contend that without a DNA test (which TPW never conducted) the truth would never be known.

    Well, a handful of wildlife experts we interviewed want to put the Texas Chupacabra myth to rest once and for all. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Officials Issue Safety Warning for Great Lakes Ice Melt - 0

    Late-season ice fishing action remains throughout the Great Lakes region, but safety demands daily awareness of ice conditions.
    Photo by David A. Brown

    The Great Lakes region saw near-record ice coverage this season, but all good things must come to an end. And a serious danger lurks during this transition.

    As of an April 9 analysis, the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory listed the current ice cover for the Great Lakes at 53.3 percent. That’s still a lot of ice for this late in the year, but considering that the coverage was over 90 percent a month ago, the big thaw is clearly steaming forward. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: How to Pluck a Duck - 0

    Photo by Brian Klutch

    Many of the best waterfowl recipes call for the bird to be cooked skin-on. Here’s how to quickly pluck a duck or goose after gutting it.

    1. Begin by plucking the duck’s contour and flight feathers. Don’t work too fast—grab only a few at a time. Have a towel handy to wipe the feathers off your hands. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 10, 2014

    Video: Huge Elk Herd Jumps Fence to Cross Road in Montana - 0

    Austin Stonnell recorded video of this massive herd of elk about a block from his home in Bozeman, Mont., on March 26.

    Stonnell, a Washington native studying chemical engineering at Montana State University, said he has no idea how many elk were in the herd but he estimates it was well over 200.

    “It was just a spectacular sight,” Stonnell told me over the phone. “I’ve never seen anything like that but then I’ve only lived in Montana for six months.” [ Read Full Post ]