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The Best States for Your First Antelope Hunt

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The Best States for Your First Antelope Hunt

No other big game animal embodies the wide open spaces of our country’s Western prairies and high desert steppe better than the pronghorn. Contrary to popular belief, pronghorn aren’t actually an antelope like the species found in Asia and Africa. You’ll hear some hunters refer to them as “speed...
Ep. 266: Crying Wolf

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Ep. 266: Crying Wolf

Steven Rinella talks with Jon Mooallem, Gaspar Perricone, Brody Henderson Ryan Callaghan, Phil Taylor, Corinne Schneider, and Janis Putelis. Topics discussed: Papa Jani's wish to have guests introduced at the beginning of the show; how Ronny B. got Steve in trouble, and a correction about raccoons...
5 Best States for Mule Deer Hunting

Big Game

5 Best States for Mule Deer Hunting

There is nothing quite like seeing a big mule deer buck skylined on a distant ridge. Naturally, many whitetail deer hunters choose this iconic Western big game animal for an out-of-state hunt. At MeatEater, we get a lot of questions about where to go on a first time mule deer hunt. Fortunately...
How to Stay Safe in Grizzly Country

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How to Stay Safe in Grizzly Country

A lot of MeatEater followers have questions about hunting in grizzly bear country. We’ve had our fair share of tense moments with grizzlies, so we understand safety is a concern for hunters with less experience. After all, grizzly bears do injure and kill people and we are all hard wired to fear...
Ask MeatEater: Will You Shoot at Running Game?

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Ask MeatEater: Will You Shoot at Running Game?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers (and if we don’t, we’ll make them up). Every day, fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. This is Ask MeatEater. Several...
Does Moon Phase Affect the Elk Rut?

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Does Moon Phase Affect the Elk Rut?

The third week of September coincides with the peak of the elk rut, when bulls are fighting, bugling, and chasing hot cows with reckless abandon. Last year, the timing was perfect for calling in an aggressive bull during Colorado’s muzzleloader season—unless you’re one of those hunters that swears a...
The Rise and Fall (And Rise Again) of the American Small Game Hunter

Small Game

The Rise and Fall (And Rise Again) of the American Small Game Hunter

It’s no secret the MeatEater crew loves small game hunting as much as chasing big bucks or spring gobblers. We grew up small game hunting with friends and family, and we never gave it up. But despite the rich tradition and history of small game hunting in this country, the majority of current...
Over-the-Counter Options

Big Game

Over-the-Counter Options

Soon, most hunters will know whether they drew the limited-entry big game tags they were after. Some hunters who drew tags are already planning their adventures, while others who didn’t pull a tag are shaking their heads in disappointment. If you’re one of those hunters who missed out, there are...
How to Find a Hunting Mentor

Big Game

How to Find a Hunting Mentor

One of the biggest barriers to entry for new hunters, especially adult-onset hunters, is finding someone to teach them the ropes. Based on the number of emails we get on the subject, it’s an intimidating process. Compared to a new hunter without anyone to learn from, I had it pretty easy. My father...
How to Choose the Right Turkey Load

Turkey

How to Choose the Right Turkey Load

There was a time when all my turkey, small game, waterfowl and upland shot shells were 2 ¾-inch, #6 lead, 12-gauge field loads. Since then, shotgun loads for all game species, including wild turkeys, have come a long way. These days, turkey loads come in a vast array of configurations, many of which...