Category: Hunting

Monster 36-Point Illinois Whitetail Found, Authorities Seeking Leads


36-Point Buck Poached

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s help after a monstrous, 36-point non-typical whitetail buck was found dead in Fulton County. The agency posted photos of the buck’s massive antlers on its Facebook page. They appear to carry heavy mass throughout the frame, along with a plethora of stickers and drop […]

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Rutted Up Whitetail Sends Two Bull Elk Running for the Hills


Whitetail vs Elk

We’ve lost count of all the times we’ve heard the phrase, “It’s not about the size of the dog in the fight, but the fight in the dog.” Well, it’s probably safe to say this video encapsulates that saying perfectly, because in this footage, a large whitetail buck faces off with two large bull elk. […]

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From Food to Fowl and Fishing, Academy Cast and Blast Was a Texas Treat

Academy Sports + Outdoors

Duck hunting in Texas goes back for centuries. Indigenous peoples hunted waterfowl in the coastal waterways along what’s now called the Gulf of Mexico. Post-European settlement, Spanish, French, and Mexican folks chased ducks and geese across this massive wetland. However, by the late 1800s, market hunters got word of this waterfowl paradise and decimated duck […]

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3 Elk Steak Recipes to Make the Most of That Harvest

Gabriela Zaldumbide
elk steak recipes

Whether you’re scouting in the mountains or enjoying a home-cooked wild game meal after filling a tag, every element of elk hunting is memorable. However, if your elk meat isn’t properly taken care of, that homemade meal can be unforgettable for the wrong reasons. Always remember to cool down your meat, keep the bugs off, […]

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Michigan Deer Reporting is Now Mandatory With Every Harvest

Travis Smola
Michigan Deer Reporting

Michigan is a state steeped in deep hunting traditions, and it’s understandable that deer hunters were a bit miffed this year when the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced that deer harvest reports would no longer be voluntary but mandatory in 2022. Especially since failing to report a harvest comes with some rather stiff penalties. […]

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Lindsay Lucas is an Award-Winning Outdoor Writer and High School Student

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Lindsay Lucas

Watch out outdoor world: there is a new girl in town and her name is Lindsey Lucas. This 15-year-old outdoor communicator has taken off and it looks like there is no stopping her. Lucas is a freelance writer who simultaneously is making her way through high school in Missouri. She has already won awards and […]

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Effective and Affordable Duck Hunting Gear Sets for Anyone on a Budget

Gabriela Zaldumbide
small duck hunting setup

Birds have been my favorite animals for years. However, I had never really hunted them before until this fall. That all changed after attending the Academy Sports + Outdoors Cast and Blast event this season when I went on my first duck hunt ever. In the past, I’ve woken up in the wee hours of […]

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Cranberry Venison Meatballs Recipe

Jennifer Danella
cranberry meatballs recipe

Ready for the holidays? Ready to mix in some wild game dishes among the family favorites, or introduce some pals to venison at a Friendsgiving celebration? Then this is the perfect choice that’s going to impress even your most skeptical in-laws who couldn’t imagine wild game could taste so good. This isn’t a difficult recipe, […]

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How Old is an Old Duck? The Typical Lifespans of Waterfowl Species

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Hundreds of thousands of waterfowl are banded each year in North America by hardworking organizations such as Ducks Unlimited and Delta Waterfowl, and by state and federal agencies. One of the most interesting things that can be learned from waterfowl bands is the age of the bird. The oldest puddle duck ever reported is North […]

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Bowhunter Has Heartbreaking Miss on a Giant Buck Working a Rub


Heartbreaking Miss

In this day of modern hunting, it seems like every hunting show and YouTube channel is anxious to only show the successful harvests of big deer. Everyone is out there trying to get a perfect kill shot on camera and it seems like many of them are afraid to show failure these days. That’s why […]

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Maine is Ripe with Unique Outdoor Traditions

Author Emily Kantner testing out a fishing kayak. Photo via Old Town
author in Old Town Sportsman AutoPilot 120

Mainers just do some things differently. I recently spent a few days in the Pine Tree State with Old Town Canoes and experienced some of Maine’s unique ways firsthand. For instance, while most moose hunters will pack-out a bull, Maine hunters traditionally leave moose whole. Somehow they manage to get the massive animals out of […]

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