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hanging deer stand
Melissa Bachman

Marking and Checking Stands in The Off Season


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I’m a firm believer in the importance of checking, tweaking, and moving treestands each year to ensure you are keeping up with any changes in deer patterns. This doesn’t take a ton of time, but it can really help increase your odds of success in the fall. Before you get started, there are a few things you […]

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squirrel hunting
Grant Woods

Squirrel Hunting


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Have you ever been squirrel hunting? If you haven’t, you are missing a great opportunity for hunting fun during the summer! Seeing squirrels on the lawn is like seeing deer in a city park. They are so conditioned to humans they rarely seek cover when we approach.  However, hunting squirrels in the “wild” is a […]

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Melissa Bachman

Chufa Fields and Turkeys


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When it comes to spring turkey hunting, I love trying new techniques, methods, and always strive to learn new things on each hunt. I recently had the opportunity to hunt food plots planted specifically for turkeys. We were sitting over chufa fields and they were absolute turkey magnets! Chufa is a non-native nut grass that is also called “ground […]

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groundhogs
Grant Woods

Groundhogs – Get Out And Hunt Them!


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By now, the forage in most food plots and production crop fields is up and growing! It’s rewarding to watch the crops grow and flourish!  Most crops (food plot or production) require additional management after planting to be a success. Most folks consider “additional management” to be weed control, adding fertilizer, etc. However, it seems […]

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Alaska bear hunting
Melissa Bachman

Preparing for a Self-Guided Alaskan Adventure


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Over the years I’ve done a wide variety of self-guided hunts in Alaska. Most of the time I’m out on my own in the harsh elements for weeks at a time, so it’s no surprise you will learn from your mistakes quickly and do everything possible to make your next trip even better by being […]

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ducks unlimited
Live the Legend

Winchester Celebrates A Quarter Century with Ducks Unlimited


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With the Ducks Unlimited (DU) national convention recently concluded, it was a great time for conservation. Not lost on anybody there was the fact that this year’s convention was held in St. Louis, which is practically in Winchester Ammunition’s backyard. The proximity is significant in that for more than two decades, Winchester has shared a […]

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trigger finger
Grant Woods

Trigger Finger Management


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Last week I shared that 90% of bucks that are a year old or older tend to survive till senility except for those harvested by hunters. Said another way, hunter harvest is the largest source of mortality for bucks. So if your goal is to harvest mature bucks, it’s important to hunt where other hunters […]

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play button turkey battle
Melissa Bachman

Gobbler Battle Royale


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After spending weeks on end turkey hunting, you’re bound to see some crazy things. An Illinois turkey hunt we got in on a couple gobblers that were completely locked up in an all-out-brawl!  When these two originally came out of the trees I couldn’t quite tell if it was one turkey or two or what […]

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