Young Hunters’ First Deer — Dad Feels The Pressure

Painting myself into corners is a behavioral trait that I mastered at an early age and now have refined into a nearly perfect state. Such was the case last fall as I took my two 11-year-old boys on their first deer hunts. I wondered what would happen if one harvested a deer and the other didn’t?

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Day Hiking Near Chicago

Are you looking to explore the wilds of Chicago? Yes, believe it or not, the Great Outdoors, including whitetail deer, turkeys and hawks, is actually very close to the Windy City!

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Bass Fishing: Topwater Terror

The author had been planning his evening largemouth bass fishing trip for a week. He knew he would have a good topwater bite, and he was not disappointed! Catching bass with topwater baits is one of the author’s favorite things.

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Antlers For Antlers

I rolled into West Central Illinois in early November and immediately set about hunting my already prepared stand sites. Shortly after first light I pulled my rattling antlers out of my daypack and went through a short sequence. Immediately I spotted a big buck moving through the brush toward my location!

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Big Fish For Little Anglers

Do you remember being 10 years old? Do you remember the feeling you got as you planned, prepared and traveled for a fishing trip? Do you remember being so excited you could not sleep the night before? The author took his four boys on an exciting fishing trip to Lake Michigan in quest of “the big one.”

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