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Game & Fish's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2017

Game & Fish's 10 Most Popular Stories of 2017
Larry Wheeler with the rack of a 25-pointer he killed in Oklahoma in October 2017. (Photo courtesy of Larry Wheeler)

10 most popular stories
Larry Wheeler killed two trophies from the same stand a few days apart in October 2017. (Photo courtesy of Larry Wheeler)

The 10 most popular stories posted on in 2017 ranged from big bucks to best rifles to the best in catfish and bass fishing.

Game & Fish magazines reach millions of readers each year — devoted hunters and anglers who count on our writers and editors to help them improve on the water or in the field.

More than 11 million readers visited our online content last year, including articles that have published in the magazine or are online exclusives.

Here are 10 of the most-visited articles posted in 2017.

If you're looking for a new deer rifle — whether it be for whitetail, blacktail or mule deer — there are great choices for the 2017 season. Check out these rifles featured recently in our 2017 Gear Issue magazine editions. Click the headline to read more
Family trip or fishing vacation? If you're debating whether vacation days should go toward a family outing or days on the water, you might be asking the wrong question. A better question is where you can take your family on a fishing-themed vacation this summer. If that's the question you're ready to ask, we've got the answers, and we've even considered that odd idea that everyone might not want to fish all the time! Click the headline to read more
It seems appropriate that the presumed new state record crappie caught in Illinois earlier this week was taken on a bass lure. The fish was that big. Click the headline to read more
Aluminum bass boats reached a pinnacle in 2016 when John Cox won the FLW Forrest Wood Cup in a metal ride. That was the first time anyone had attained that level of tournament victory in what used to be called a tin boat. Are we seeing a new era of innovation and utility from the latest aluminum boats? We found these three new models stable, fast and designed with the tournament angler in mind. You may not be in contention for the 2017 FLW Cup, but these boats will give all bass anglers features and a price tag to enjoy their days on the water. Click the headline to read more
A Wisconsin man is facing more than $24,000 in fines as a result of charges stemming from being cited for illegal possession of more than 2,500 panfish. Click the headline to read more
The call to the shallows coincides with the signs of the times. March falls during the heart of the spawn on many lakes across Texas, pre-spawn on others. That means armies of bass — small and large — will be setting up camp in or near isolated pockets, flats, points and other sun-baked sweet spots. Click the headline to read more

North America's big-three species of catfish — the channel, blue and flathead — fry drags, bust rods, straighten hooks and break swivels each summer across this great country. Big specimens can snap 50-pound line like sewing thread. Should you be privileged enough to hook one weighing 100 pounds, you better be combat-ready. Some serious tackle-testing action will surely ensue. Click the headline to read more

Catfish Bait Recipe: WD-40 Marinated Chicken
Many die-hard catfish bait makers have their own special recipes they swear catch big whisker fish. Here's one that includes WD-40 as one of the main ingredients. Click the headline to read more

Can I Hunt Deer With Suppressors?

Can I Hunt Deer With Suppressors?
With the right caliber, in the right places, the short answer is 'Yes, you can hunt deer with suppressors ' But ... Deer hunters should see suppressors as a blessing. You can save your hearing and kill deer ethically. Yet you are changing your hunting tool when you attach or screw on a suppressor. And regulations are changing as well, so double-check your state regs before marching out into the field suppressed. Click the headline to read more

Oklahoma Hunter Takes Two Big Bucks From Same Stand

Oklahoma Hunter Takes Two Big Bucks From Same Stand
A few weeks before Oklahoma and Oklahoma State stage their annual Bedlam battle for Sooner State football supremacy, Larry Wheeler has his own competition brewing. And that's which buck goes where in a fall hunting season that has seen the 55-year-old Francis, Okla., hunter take not one, but two huge bucks only days apart from the same 14-foot-tall ladder stand. Click the headline to read more

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