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Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Safe Hunting

Jake (not his real name) had planned an afternoon Pennsylvania deer hunt. He had watched his young son ascend a tree in their brand-new climber. Jake had coached his son a great deal on hunting safety and the safe use of bows, guns, ATVs and tree stands. Jake and his son were comfortable with...

Zero your rifle scope and practice off a bench, with shooting sticks and also in freehand positions so you'll be prepared. (Photo: Wayne Van Zwoll)

VIDEO: Fundamentals of Ballistics in Simple Terms

What is ballistics? Well, like love it’s, complicated. But if you have around 20 minutes, this video of a vintage U.S. Army training film does a pretty good job of demystifying the multifaceted subject. The film, circa 1949, touches on all three forms of ballistics – internal, external and terminal. And it gets into...

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5 Post-Season Scouting Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

With the exception of a few late dates here and there, deer season has ended in the United States, and thoughts already are turning toward the new season that begins in a few months. Florida’s southernmost zone opens in late July, along with blacktail deer season in California, parts of South Carolina in August and mule...

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

Prescribed Fire in Mixed Pine-Hardwood Forests

Prescribed fire is a useful tool to help manage for timber and wildlife if implemented appropriately. While blackening of a tree’s bark is perceived by the public as damaging to the tree, this is generally untrue and only aesthetically unpleasant for a short time. By Brandon Howell, Area Biologist Alabama Division of Wildlife and...

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10 Tips for Finding More Shed Antlers

Hey shed heads, want to find more antlers this year? It’s time to start thinking about where to look and how to find the antlers bucks have cast. Shed hunting is a super way to learn more about the property where you hunt along with enjoying the outdoors. “Honestly, I can’t think of a...

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Fencing Options for Better Deer Food Plots

As gamekeepers we constantly preach about the importance of spring and summer nutrition for whitetails. There are huge upsides for your deer herd when they are provided quality high protein groceries during the growing months. Anyone who has tried to grow a small food plot of soybeans, lablab or other highly attractive warm season annual...

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Shed Hunting: The 4-Point Shed That Grew From the Ground

Antlers are already dropping and some shed hunters are having some early success. Whether or not you plan to get out looking for antlers right now, it’s a good idea to at least get out and scout. Drive around and observe where you see deer right now, particularly antlered bucks. Just like in deer...