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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...
5 Best States for Mule Deer Hunting

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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...
Over-the-Counter Options

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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

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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...
Understanding Big Game License Draws

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Understanding Big Game License Draws

No matter where you live and hunt, big game licensing systems affect what tags end up in your pocket. It pays to understand them. In many states, the application period for big game licenses is open or will start soon.  Big game tags are allocated to hunters according to the rules of supply and...
Ask MeatEater: What’s In Your First Aid and Survival Kits?

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Ask MeatEater: What’s In Your First Aid and Survival Kits?

First aid and survival kits are the most important items in your hunting pack. All hunters and anglers need to be prepared to ride out unplanned nights in the woods and to treat injuries to themselves or their partners. As the saying goes, “Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.” The contents...
America’s Worst Hunting Laws: Part 2

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America’s Worst Hunting Laws: Part 2

Whenever I’m hunting out of state, I make sure to have a copy of the regulations on hand. These booklets make for good reading when the hunting is slow, but more importantly they’ll keep you on the right side of the law. Although most of the hunting laws around the country are crafted to ensure a...