Game & Fish's Top 10 Stories of 2018

Game & Fish's Top 10 Stories of 2018

From a world-record crappie to the best gear of the year, these hunting and fishing articles were most popular with our readers.

Hunters and anglers all across the nation rely on Game & Fish Magazines every month for the best in hunting, fishing, shooting and boating.

Our 28 state and regional magazines, updated-daily website and interactive social platforms reach millions of sportsmen and women seeking to become more skilled in the woods or on the water.

From tips on catching lunker bass to reviews of the best in deer-hunting rifles, Game & Fish has something for everyone.

Here’s a look at the 10 most popular articles we posted online in 2018.


1. Best Deer-Hunting Rifles for 2018

“Deer”

Here's a look at great deer hunting rifles for 2018 by Game & Fish contributors M.D. Johnson and Gary Lewis


2. Tennessee Black Crappie Certified As World Record

“JamCrappie”

The final step in Lionel Ferguson's journey from farm pond to a world record ended when the International Game Fish Association announced it certified his 5-pound, 7.86-ounce black crappie as the biggest it had ever seen.

3. Catch Lunker Bass at Small Lakes Near You

“SmallLakes”

If you drive more than 10 miles from your urban home to catch largemouth bass, you're almost surely driving farther than you need to. That's a fact.

4. Top 20 Bass Records: How Does Your State Rank?

“BassRecords”

We dug into the data to rank the top state bass records in the U.S. for largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass. How does your state's black-bass records compare to other states?

5. 2018’s Deer Hunting Rifles Tested

“Rifles”

We sent a multitude of hunting loads downrange to evaluate the durability, shootability and versatility of these new guns. We bet you'll find the right one for a road trip or a hunt near you.


6. Where’s the Best Deer Hunting in America?

“DeerForecast”

Want to discover the hottest deer-hunting areas in your state, or across the country? Game & Fish offers the latest expert analysis, statistics and hotspots.

7. 278-Inch Buck Taken in Texas Poaching Case

“Poaching”

The poacher admitted to killing the massive white-tailed buck in a Texas poaching case that could be one of the largest illegal takes of all-time.

8. Catfish Night & Day: How To Catch Them Both Ways

“Catfish”

While catfish are still catfish, the difference between day and night tactics and strategies can be profound, even when fishing the same lake or river.


9. Best Spinning Reels for 2018

“SpinningReels”

For those who won't venture onto their favorite lake without a drop shot, wacky rig or shakey head tied on, here are some of the best spinning reels available today.

10. No Place Like Home for Young Kansas Hunter

“KidBuck”

Only a week after his ninth-birthday, a young Kansas hunter shares the deer hunting moment of a lifetime on family hunting ground with his supervising father looking on!

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