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The Complete Guide to Hunting Squirrels

Squirrels

The Complete Guide to Hunting Squirrels

Squirrels should be regarded as a worthy quarry for beginner hunters and seasoned veterans alike.  Hunting squirrels can help you learn and maintain stalking skills, and it can hone your abilities as a precision shooter. Squirrel seasons are long and bag limits are generous. In most states, hunters...
Cottontail Rabbit Hunting Tactics

Rabbits

Cottontail Rabbit Hunting Tactics

Rabbit hunting is a favorite off-season pursuit for many sportsmen.  Chasing rabbits allows for a hunter to hone their skills while enjoying a day out in the field with good friends. While you may think rabbit hunting is pretty easy, there is a lot that goes into the act. Rabbits are tough animals...
Tips for Jump-Shooting and Flushing Small Game

Small Game

Tips for Jump-Shooting and Flushing Small Game

Jump-shooting and flushing have slightly different connotations. Jump-shooting generally refers to putting ducks and geese up off the water and then taking flying-away shots at the birds. Flushing implies upland game, “flushed” out of heavy cover. But despite these casual differences, the concepts...
Tips for Recovering Downed Small Game

Small Game

Tips for Recovering Downed Small Game

You made the shot, and the bird crumpled and fell toward the ground. If you’re lucky, recovery will be as simple as walking over there and picking it up. Often, though, things are much more tricky than that. Recovery can be hard, time-consuming work when hunting in brushy or swampy areas where...
Still-Hunting for Small Game

Small Game

Still-Hunting for Small Game

It’s been speculated by anthropologists that human language came as a result of our need to organize hunting activities. As hunters, we rely on a commonality of terms in order to share information, swap stories, and ask questions. When one of us says something, it’s helpful if the rest of us knows...
The Hows and Whys of Hunting Licenses and Regulations

Small Game

The Hows and Whys of Hunting Licenses and Regulations

Hunting is a highly regulated activity in the USA. Wildlife is managed at the state level, with state game agencies, supported by license sales, deciding who gets to hunt what, where and how. These rules and regulations can and do change annually and are published in a booklet and online.  Each...
How to Pick a Small Game Hunting Spot

Small Game

How to Pick a Small Game Hunting Spot

Relative to big game hunters, small game hunters have an easy time finding hunting locations. That’s not to say that hunting locations will simply fall into your lap, they won’t, but a lack of a hunting spot is hardly an excuse for missing out on the excitement and great food that can be had by...
Tips for Car Camping for Small Game

Small Game

Tips for Car Camping for Small Game

For whatever reason, it seems as though big game hunters are far more likely than small game hunters to hit the road and spend a few nights camping out in the field. That’s too bad, because road trips can be extremely productive for small game hunting, especially when you travel to areas that...
Archery Hunting for Small Game

Small Game

Archery Hunting for Small Game

Unlike big game hunting, where there are typically separate seasons for firearms and archery equipment, there are no legal incentives to hunt small game with a bow. There are a few exceptions to this rule, including an archery-only duck hunt on a coastal refuge in the vicinity of Anchorage, Alaska...
A Guide to Hunting Cottontail Rabbits

Rabbits

A Guide to Hunting Cottontail Rabbits

The beauty of the cottontail rabbit lies in its near ubiquity. The vast majority of hunters in America are within an easy drive of prime cottontail country. Chasing these rabbits allows you to master the art of the carefully planned drive as well as the ability to connect on moving targets with a...