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Birds

The Bismuth Boom

I first heard of bismuth while sitting in a duck blind in the mid-90s. My friend next to me was passing the time by reading a copy of Ducks Unlimited magazine when he asked

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Prepared Opportunist

In today’s hectic world, time is valuable. It is harder to find time for hunting and fishing every year or just being in the field with friends or family. I’ve learned to purchase all

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Run & Gun Turkey Decoying Tactics

Like all public land hunting, pursuing gobblers on government ground is generally a sink or swim proposition. Those who have done some pre-hunt research have two legs up on those who show up opening

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Sleep In For Turkey Success

Tradition drives most hunting pursuits, but sometimes throwing tradition out the window could be the best plan for success. Spring turkey hunting falls into that category. Most hunts begin well before daylight by positioning

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Trusty 20: Sub-Gauge Addiction

Dad owned an old Stevens side-by-side in 20 gauge, and it became the shotgun that kick-started my bird hunting addiction. Ruffed grouse were ideally suited for a beginner. However, when I started to bring

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Grouse Pie

I started my hunting career with ruffed grouse and fondly remember my dad passing me his trusty double-barreled shotgun to collect my first bird. I was hooked from the first blast. Ruffed grouse have

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Full Moon Quackers

It’s nice to have friends as fanatical about waterfowl as yourself. It was October 22nd, and with a full moon burning a hole in the nighttime sky, the waterfowl hunting was tough. Ducks were

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Cheers to Snow Geese

The sun was high in the southern sky, burning like a signal flare across our decoys. The white socks waddled in the wind, like snow geese trying to outwalk each other to the next

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Specklebellies By Design

We had watched the harvested pea field four days, and the number of birds enjoying the high-protein feed just continued to build. I was hunting with several friends who had never shot a specklebelly

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Born Hunting