If You Can Only Pick One Big Game Hunting Cartridge, Pick This One
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by Jordan Sillars
2d ago
The apocalypse is nigh. As you gather your loved ones and sprint out the front door, you have just enough time to grab a hunting rifle. For some reason only partially explained via flashback montage (the writers on this show suck), you know you’ll need this rifle to hunt every legal big game animal in North America–from moose to pronghorn. Which rifle do you pick? If you’ve never posed this question to a hunting buddy in a deer stand and spent the next hours in whispered debate, I encourage you to do so. It’s a great way to pass the time, and I’ve only ruined a few friendships. Here’s a more r ..read more
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Ducks Unlimited duckDNA Project Confirms First Ever Leucistic Black Duck
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by Nathan Ratchford
2d ago
One shot rang out, causing a temporary disruption to the symphony of the marsh. Its echo was preceded by a plop in the open water, spraying the nearby ice rafts in its proclamation. In the red morning light, Massachusetts hunter Mike Wec thought he had shot a hen mallard. But it wasn’t until he waded out to the floating figure that he realized it was...Well, what was it exactly? Wec carefully examined it further, stretching out its delicate white wings that nearly glowed in the contrast of the dark water. Its contour feathers were composed of various shades of white and blonde—some as dark as ..read more
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Sig Sauer’s New CROSS Rifle Is the Thinking Man’s Magnum (Full Review)
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by Jordan Sillars
1w ago
Read enough gun reviews and you’re sure to see a rifle design described as “thoughtful.” The term is probably overused, but I think it fits Sig Sauer’s new rifle: the CROSS Magnum. Sig’s engineers designed the CROSS Magnum with an actual human hunter in mind. The rifle is chock full of small features that make it easier to shoot, more convenient to use, and more deadly in the field. That’s usually what writers of my ilk mean when they say a rifle design is “thoughtful,” and I can’t think of a better descriptor of Sig’s new offering. Specs and Features Caliber: .300 Win Mag Barrel Length (in ..read more
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How To Film Your Turkey Hunt With A Trail Camera
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by Tony J. Peterson
1w ago
It wasn’t until I had both jakes pieced out and in the cooler that I realized I hadn’t taken a picture of my daughters and I with their birds. In the excitement of a double during a beautiful spring morning in Minnesota, I’d neglected to get the image that might mean the most to me in the future. That’s pretty stupid, especially for someone who carries thousands of dollars worth of camera gear on every hunt. Not to mention that, by trade, that same person is a photographer who should know better. I’ve never batted .1000 in life, and I’m probably not going to start now. I did take solace in the ..read more
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How to Kill Late-Season Turkeys
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by Adam Moore
1w ago
Opening day of turkey season has its perks. A new season will make you forget about the previous year’s mistakes or misses, and it’s hard to beat that first spring morning after you’ve been cooped up all winter. Morale, energy, and expectations sit at an all-time high, with a season full of promise straight ahead. Killing a turkey on opening day might be your most exciting hunt, but killing a turkey during the last days of the season will be your most rewarding. Despite what the outdated hunting forums or comment sections say, birds still gobble well into (and even after) the season. They migh ..read more
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How One Day of Hog Wrestling Sent Three Brothers to the ER
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by Tim Lewis
2w ago
Many people hunt hogs nowadays, employing a wide range of weapons and tactics, all of which offer fun and excitement. Still, for hair-raising episodes, wrestling a live hog to the ground might prove to be the most exhilarating—and dangerous. The adventures of a few hunters from forty-five years ago demonstrate just how perilous grabbing a wild hog by the ear really is. Here in Florida, hogs can be legally taken any time of day and year on private land with the landowners’ permission. Because of their reproductive capabilities and habit of rooting for food, hogs destroy tremendous acreages of i ..read more
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3 Reasons to Put a Red Dot on Your Turkey Gun
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by Adam Moore
2w ago
Turkey-hunting shotguns are in a class of their own. Shorter barrels, fancy camo patterns, pistol grips, and custom chokes separate gobbler getters from traditional shotguns you might find in your grandpa’s closet. Red dots belong to this group of turkey-specific accessories, too. While some folks still prefer a bead, red dots are becoming the norm in the turkey woods. After all, if you’re spending over $10 per shell on the hottest TSS loads, you want every shot to count. I used to possess a bit of skepticism around red dots. I assumed they were overkill or for hunters who wanted to take pokes ..read more
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How to Kill a Midday Gobbler
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by Adam Moore
3w ago
Nothing beats tagging a longbeard right after fly down. You’re back at camp before breakfast, and you look like a turkey guru to your hunting buddies. It’s how most turkey hunters envision a plan unfolding the night before. Unfortunately, it’s not usually the case. I can count on both hands how many times I’ve had a turkey hunt play out this way. Most of my successful hunts occurred late morning or middle of the day after multiple setups, periods of silence, and pity parties. The latter time frame happens to be one of my favorites to hunt turkeys. Sure, roosting a bird and killing him right of ..read more
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Montana Ducks with Steven Rinella and Clay Matthews
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by MeatEater Staff
3w ago
Former Green Bay Packer's linebacker, Clay Matthews, joins Steven Rinella and Ryan Callaghan for his first Montana duck hunt. With his athletic prowess on hand, Clay quickly figures out how to swing his shotgun at incoming mallards. Hunting tales, football injuries, and first waterfowl hunt memories are shared in the frozen duck blind ..read more
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The Best Varmint Cartridge You’ve Never Heard Of
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by Jordan Sillars
3w ago
What makes a good varmint cartridge? It should be accurate in most factory rifles. It should be flat-shooting, meaning it doesn’t drop too much at longer rangers. It should also have limited recoil to allow for a full day of prairie dog hunting and use a narrow bullet to preserve the pelt as much as possible. There are lots of popular cartridges that check these boxes, and we’ve covered some of them in previous articles. But there’s one varmint cartridge that I don’t think gets enough love, and even though die-hard varmint hunters have likely heard of it, it’s worth a look even if you only cha ..read more
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