• January 2016 - Volume 18, Number 1

    Features

    Everyone knows a buck’s nose is a hunter’s biggest challenge. But these two men have found a homegrown product that turns deer’s olfactory senses against trophy deer.

    Following conventional wisdom about deer hunting and wind direction, Brandon Nettles never would have hunted the buck he did where he did on the opening day of the 2015 Mississippi archery season.

    At Magna Vista Plantation, sunrises belong to waterfowl and sunsets to big bucks. Here’s how to double up on your hunting days.

    Whistling wings buzzed directly overhead an instant before a flock of ducks suddenly crashed into our decoy spread in the pre-dawn darkness. An old lone Susie who was now swimming amongst the decoys called out to a group of mallards flying overhead. 

    You carry a lot of equipment in the woods, but is duct tape in your bag? Maybe it should be. Here are some uses for the versatile material.

    There are a few items I’ll never leave home without when heading into the woods to deer hunt. Of course, if it’s during the rut, I’ll tote along a grunt call, doe estrous and even rattling horns, in addition to items that are useful all season.

    I have to admit that when it comes to carrying the extra weight of survival items, I don’t pack much that could be considered useful aside from a knife and cordage.

    Use these expert tips to know where and how to set up in the Delta to take advantage of what is predicted to be a record waterfowl migration.

    The 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Trends in Duck Breeding Populations Report indicates a record year of waterfowl production, with an estimated 49.5 million breeding ducks in the traditional survey areas.

    Looking for some winter pre-spawn bass? Just locate some key travel routes and use these pro tips to pick up bites, even when fish are lethargic.

    Bass go where bass want to go, but there’s always a logical reason for why they chose their courses. Seasonality drives major relocation, with water temperature and bait positioning being the major influences.

    However, the particular travel lanes fish utilize are most often defined by channels, ditches, drains and other contour features.

    After a slow start, big boys like this 160-inch beast take by Scott Thomas started falling. Learn what you need to know to take your late-season trophy.