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How To

Scope Eye — Optical v. Functional Eye Relief

Be aware that many, if not most, variable power scopes lose ER as power increases. Watch out for this when buying. Be aware that some manufacturers fudge their ER numbers. You can double check them with a flashlight and sheet of paper.

Good-Coyote

Hunting

Predators: Offseason Action

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to could hunt all year long and not worry about time constraints? Seeing equipment sitting in the gun safe or on the garage shelves is frustrating, not to mention the pressure from short deer hunting seasons and the long period in between when skills deteriorate and time spent afield is simply lost. It has been said before, but if you have not taken up predator hunting, you are losing out.

Narrow food plot with ladder stand

General

The Hunting Plot That Keeps on Giving: Evolved Harvest Shot Plot

Hunters who have planted or hunted over brassicas know how effective these sweet, late-season forage cultivars are at attracting deer. A fast-growing, high-yield blend of turnips and rapes will attract deer for hunting while providing the critical nutrition they need during late fall and winter. It will also provide you with plenty of action by concentrating deer near your stand.

A harvest of ducks hanging with a shotgun and camouflage pack

Hunting

Waterfowl: Take the Advantage

Have ever put your heart and soul into setting up the perfect duck blind and decoy spread only to find the that the ducks had ‘flown the coop’ just before you started hunting them? Did you make a mistake or was it something more innate to the ducks? Perhaps it is time to switch to rapid-strike special-ops mode.

Remington 700 with Hogue overmold stock right profile

Gun Gear

Increase Performance With a Hogue Overmold Stock

I have owned some type of Remington 700 rifle for more than 40 years. I enjoy the smooth action and excellent accuracy of these rifles. My most recent addition is a Remington SPS Varmint rifle with 26-inch barrel. I am pleased with the operation and accuracy. In fact, this is the single most accurate Remington rifle I have ever owned, but I still wanted to make it even better. I found the answer with a Hogue Overmold stock.

8 point whitetail buck dead on the forest floor

Hunting

Deer Hunting 101: Scouting and Selecting a Stand Site

Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile!

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Fishing

Conservation — Good Idea, Great Tradition

Over 100 years ago, hunters and anglers were the earliest and most vocal supporters of conservation and scientific wildlife management. They were the first to recognize that rapid development and unregulated uses of wildlife were threatening the future of many species. The fact that game numbers across the board are at all-time highs is the direct result of these early conservationists efforts. The biggest threat to the future of conservation is a future without hunters and anglers to continue the tradition.

Female hunter scaling a mountain side carrying a rifle

Ammunition

Choosing the Right Caliber for Deer

If there is one way to get folks talking off the cuff, it is to broach the subject of deer rifles and calibers. Everyone has a favorite that their dad, granddad, or aunt used to tame the Wild West and deplete the Elk herds in downtown Burbank. The problem is what works for one doesn’t work for the other, at least it doesn’t work as well. How will you pick the right caliber?