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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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Deadfall Buck

Close up photos of a deadfall buck spotted by Hunting Editor Andrew McKean in...

Animal Attack Stories

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

  • April 3, 2014

    DIY Project: Weld a Treestand and Bowcase Carrier - 0

    Reader Project submitted by Chris Holdbrooks from Guntersville, AL

    Photo courtesy of Chris Holdbrooks

    “The width of the carrier is the same as the factory rack on my ATV [40 inches]. The basket is 12 inches off the ground, allowing plenty of clearance for steep approach angles, and the 22-inch-deep basket accommodates two climbing stands.

    “The trusses [horizontal members] that run from front to back have a 3/16-inch plate welded to them for bolting to the factory rack. Two horizontal members extending from the front of the basket insert into 1 ¼-inch square tube receivers welded to the ATV’s frame and support the majority of the weight of the carrier and cargo. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    DIY Project: Make a Mountain Cribbage Set - 0

    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    To help pass the interminable hours spent weathered-in in a tent on your next backcountry hunt, make an easy, compact cribbage kit and challenge your buddy to a game or twenty. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    DIY Project: Make Your Own Bale Blind - 0

    Reader Project submitted by Andy Biddle from Paris, KY
    Photo courtesy of Andy Biddle

    “We started by doubling over one fence panel to get rough measurements for the base, which we built with 2x6s. We braced each corner with 2x4s cut at 45-degree angles to reinforce the base. Once the base was finished, we doubled the panel over once more and tacked it to the inside of the base with staples, and then tack-welded the second panel to the open sides of the first panel. The sides made the blind pretty stout, but we added braces in the top portion of the blind. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Flag an Antelope - 0

    For a short window in the fall—late September through mid-October—you can lure a pronghorn with a handkerchief (a white T-shirt works, too). You’re appealing to the animal’s curiosity, territoriality, and herd dominance. Just wave the fabric until you get the buck’s attention, then lower your flag. Periodically raise and lower it to keep him interested and coming. I have my best luck when I tie a hanky to the barrel of my gun. That way I can raise the muzzle to get the buck’s attention without showing myself. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Keep Your Meat - 0

    We work too hard for our wild-game meat to lose it to freezer burn. Here’s how to keep venison fresh for at least two years in a frost-free freezer:

    Leave the fascia (aka “silver skin”) intact. You’ll trim it off when you thaw and prepare to cook the meat. And leave muscle groups (roasts, backstraps, etc.) intact. Never cut them into steaks or chops before freezing. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Set a Deer Decoy - 0

    Photo courtesy of Primos Hunting

    Deer decoys work best during the pre-rut and rut, when bucks are more visible than they are later in the season. When possible, set the decoy on a rise that’s visible from many travel routes. Cater your setup to the whitetails in your area. If there aren’t any 160-inch bucks around, placing trophy antlers on your decoy isn’t a good idea. [ Read Full Post ]

  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Call Bull Elk - 0

    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    Gas funnels of yesteryear aren’t the same as those manufactured today. They were large galvanized metal contraptions farmers and ranchers used to pour fuel and oil into tractors and other equipment. But if you can get your hands on one—and combine it with a good diaphragm call—you’ll pique the interest of randy bulls from farther  away than you will with a plastic funnel. [ Read Full Post ]