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4 Ways to Save Money on Hunting Trips

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4 Ways to Save Money on Hunting Trips

If you’re into math, read on. We’ll be doing a whole lot of it. Me? I’m not a math guy. I rely on numbers only when absolutely necessary. But this discussion is one of those instances. In Michigan, we have pretty fair turkey hunting. But a late-April opener and a one-bird limit leaves too much...
Why I Don't Bother Shed Hunting

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Why I Don't Bother Shed Hunting

The number of hours I’ll spend searching for shed antlers this offseason is equal to the number of hours I’ll spend watching Dancing with the Stars. I’m not saying I won’t take a quick glance at the show as I rip through the channels in search of something less mind-numbing, and I’m not saying I won...
3 Offseason Chores Every Deer Hunter Should Do

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3 Offseason Chores Every Deer Hunter Should Do

I readily admit the bulk of my deer season work is done during the season. I’m a big believer in the “most recent information” approach and take it to extremes. This is why I don’t spend a ton of time on postseason scouting efforts. But naturally, there's still some work to be done between now and...
5 Best Spots to Kill Late-Season Bucks

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5 Best Spots to Kill Late-Season Bucks

Remember all those best-laid plans from last summer? Remember how you were going to tag a giant on a bed-to-feed pattern in September? The scrapeline success that was sure to come in October? The action-packed funnel sits in November? Gone. All of them. There’s no two ways about it: The season is...
How to Pull Off an 'Almost' All-Day Rut Hunt

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How to Pull Off an 'Almost' All-Day Rut Hunt

I wasn't a math major, but I can figure out addition and subtraction when it comes to hunting. There are 24 hours in a day, seven days in a week, and 30 days in November. Of that time, legal hunting hours make up 45% of the month. Factor in the days that aren't available to hunt because of work...
How to Sight in a Bow in 25 Minutes

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How to Sight in a Bow in 25 Minutes

We’ve all been there. Bow season is just a few days away and we decide it’s time for a new sight. Or maybe a new bow. Or, let’s be honest here, we haven’t spent as much offseason time as we should sending arrows downrange. Regardless of the reason, the reality is that sometimes you need to get your...
Best Food Sources to Deer Hunt in October

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Best Food Sources to Deer Hunt in October

A focus on food is front-of-mind during September bowhunts. But what about October? Well, here’s your whitetail hot tip of the week: Deer eat in October too. I’m not sure why deer hunters seem to put food on the back burner when the calendar flips to October. It’s a mistake. While it’s true that the...
Why September is the Best Month to Hunt Scrapes

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Why September is the Best Month to Hunt Scrapes

Hunt with me just once, and you’ll know at least one thing about me: I focus a lot of my whitetail attention on scrapes. Even in September, which goes against conventional whitetail wisdom. I think I make a sound argument that September and early October is the best time to target a mature whitetail...
4 Tools Every Bowhunter Should Own

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4 Tools Every Bowhunter Should Own

You don’t have to be a contractor to know how to use a hammer. You don’t have to qualify for the NASCAR circuit to know how to change a tire. And you don’t have to be a full-time bow tech to know how to tune, maintain, and set up your own hunting bow. You do, however, need a few basic tools. So let...
5 Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

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5 Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

We’ve all been there. Many of us will be there again (some more than others). Missing a shot at a deer sucks. There’s no other way to describe it. There are, however, ways to decipher it. Here are five reasons deer hunters miss deer and how to correct them. I’m going to focus on bow shots here...