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Hunting How-To

Slim & Trim: Do Simpler Lightweight Optics Still Have a Place Among Hunters?

Heavier variable-power riflescopes come with more features than ever, but sometimes it's best

Richard Mann

How to Pinpoint Public Land for 'Private' Hunting

Careful research can lead you to your own hunting spot on publicly accessible land.

Scott Linden

Bow vs. Shotgun: Which is Better for Your Turkey Hunting?

Here are 10 differences between bowhunting and shotgunning turkeys.

Josh Honeycutt

Strategy Tweaks to Hunt Long-Range Toms

Modern shotguns and loads allow turkey hunters to reach out on birds like never before. Here's

Scott Haugen

18 Times to Stop and Listen in the Turkey Woods

Here's a list of events for which every turkey hunter should hit the brakes and open their

Josh Honeycutt

Fishing How-To

Here They Come: Cicadas Arrive to the Delight of Gamefish, Anglers

After years of anticipation, two hatches of periodical cicadas has fish looking up as fly

Lynn Burkhead

Field Skills: Do-It-Yourself Trout Bait

Save cash by concocting trout jar baits in your own kitchen.

Gary Lewis

Off the Beaten Path for Panfish in the Backcountry

Overlooked waters are great places to find bluegills, crappies, redear sunfish and other

Keith Sutton

Bass Crash Course: Topwater Froggin' Game Plan

High, bright skies can produce unexpectedly great results with hollow-body frogs.

Shane Beilue

Be There and Be Square: Pin Down Spring Bass with Squarebill Cranks

The venerable squarebill crankbait enables anglers to cover more water and tempt more bass.

Shane Beilue

Conservation & Politics

Sucker Supporters Say 'Junk Fish' Are Anything But

A group of dedicated anglers stresses the importance of under-appreciated native fish.

Andrew McKean

Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease in Deer: Can We Curb Devastating Outbreaks?

The scourge of researchers, wildlife managers and hunters, EHD has a deadly impact on

Andrew McKean

Sportsmen's Groups File Wolf Petitions with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

One petition provides pathway for delisting and returning recovered wolf populations to state

Sportsmen's Alliance

Conservation: Accessing Private Hunting Land

Programs that pay landowners to permit public hunting may safeguard the future of access.

Andrew McKean

A Seasonal Salute to the Turkey Hen

While gobblers get most of the attention in spring, take a minute to consider the hardships of

Andrew McKean


A Pound (or so) of Prevention to Keep You Out of Trouble

Pack a basic kit that includes items to prevent tough situations from becoming worse.

Scott Linden

How to Treat Chigger Bites

How does one go about getting rid of chiggers and treating chigger bites? Your first line of

Lynn Burkhead

Idaho Hunter Survives Black Bear Attack

An Idaho hunter is recovering from serious injuries he sustained in a black bear attack.

Game & Fish Online Staff

Must-Know Outdoor Skills: Become a Real Woodsman

Learning the woodsmanship skills presented in this column not only is an insurance policy, but

Keith Sutton

Survival Camps Offer Preparedness Training

For generations, survival skills were primarily the domain of outdoorsmen, who often learned

P. J. Perea

The Right Knife Matters: 7 Blades for the Outdoorsman

Non-hunters often ask me about skinning and field-dressing as if they are a sort of

Game & Fish Staff

Big Bucks

Tagged Out: Big Bucks Harvested During 2023 Season

Our readers share their memorable whitetail hunts from this season (Updated).

Game & Fish Staff

The Hunt for 'Chopper': A Crazy-Wide Trophy Pronghorn

Unique antelope taken by California hunter is "the buck of 100 lifetimes."

Josh Honeycutt

Huge Utah Mule Deer is Typical Velvet Bow World Record

Killed in 2012, 218-plus-inch buck certified in new Pope and Young category.

Game & Fish Staff

Jaw-Dropping Trio of Monster Non-Typical Bucks

Trophy Report: 180-inch-plus whitetails from Ohio, Oklahoma and Alberta.

Josh Honeycutt

Trophy Buck: Long-Beamed Muzzleloader Booner Was Worth the Wait

This big late-season Iowa whitetail, taken days before Christmas, checks all the boxes.

Josh Honeycutt


New World Record Roosevelt's Elk Smashes Old Benchmark

California hunter Timothy Carpenter smashes Roosevelt's elk world record; holds archery world

Lynn Burkhead

Angler Turns Potential World Record Into Fertilizer

97-pound bighead carp: "I'm going to eat it in the form of tomatoes and cucumbers."

Lynn Burkhead

World Fishing Records That Almost Weren't

In some cases, proof that the biggest fish really are the biggest has been intriguingly

Colin Moore

Best Bets to Catch a Record Fish for 12 Freshwater Species

Head to these hot fishing spots if you're looking to make the record books.

Colin Moore

Big-Fish Stories: State Records and One Huge Great White

The 1,200-pound shark was caught and released at a Panhandle beach.

Lynn Burkhead

State-Record Crappie Nullified After X-Ray Reveals Ball Bearings

The Kansas slab caught last year was certified at first until further investigation.

Lynn Burkhead

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