Pothole Puddle Ducks

Ducks and duck hunting are divided into two separate categories. There are “puddle ducks” and there are “divers.” Divers like open water while the puddle duck’s preference is for shallow, flooded areas of timber. Puddle ducks love places like this to rest and feed. Some of my finest duck hunts have been while shooting potholes.

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Does Will Do

It was Spencer’s first morning to actually be a deer hunter. He was packing a loaded 20-gauge slug-gun and wearing his orange cap and vest proudly. He spotted a doe feeding in a bean field … I saw him lean into the stock just before the shot.

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Ask Dr. Dave About Whitetails: Hunting Late Season

Ron from Illinois asks: “Bow season here goes until the middle of January. However, after the second gun season, getting close for a shot is very difficult. What are the best hunting methods and what deer-calling techniques are best to use during the late season?”

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Hunting River Bottom Bucks

Dan Babich is a pure bowhunter. With experiences that range from an African safari to five Pope and Young whitetail bucks, Babich has spent every possible minute for the past 13 years bowhunting. And he had to overcome adverse weather conditions to purse a Pope and Young buck in Illinois.

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September Ducks

We flipped a coin, and the teal won the toss. The decision we were making was whether to be in a dove field on September 1st, or in a duck blind. The coin toss sent us in search of teal — the September duck.

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When Whitetail Dreams Come True

I always have big dreams at the start of every autumn, and yes, I’d been blessed with some pretty good bucks in the past — but never had things turned out better than my wildest dreams!

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A Drive Along The River

My son and I were in a good spot, and we were hoping for more deer to move closer to us. With all of these places for deer to hide, we had to increase our odds somehow. A drive seemed logical. We decided on an “L”-shaped maneuver. Here’s how we pulled it off.

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Kids And Dove Hunting

As we stood there in the middle of 35 acres of ripe sunflowers, waiting for shooting time, my young hunting partner almost was overwhelmed with excitement. For an 11-year-old, watching hundreds of dove overhead, this was a slice of heaven. Opening day of dove season, especially for a youngster, is as good as it gets.

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Carp: A Fish Deserving Of Respect

There’s a fish that is viewed as the Rodney Dangerfield of North American angling. Though few better fighters swim in freshwater and taste good, it still, “Can’t get no respect.” The fish? Cyprinus carpio. And when other fish may “shut off” during these hot, summer days, carp are still active.

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