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How To

5 Tips for Late-Season Turkey Success

Depending on the state, turkey seasons run from early March to the end of May. While southern hunters are finishing up for the year, others to the north are just getting started. Most turkey hunters are in a rush to fill a tag, but some of the best days in the woods come throughout the month of May, including the end of the month. Late-season hunting, however, often requires some special considerations.

Boone and Crockett position video on gun ownership

General

Boone & Crockett Club Releases Position Statement on Second Amendment

Knowing who stands with you often determines who are willing to stand with. The primary mission of every conservation organization is, as the name implies, conservation. Thus, it is understandable that donors from both sides of an issue may support an organization that remains focused on its mission and refrains from being to vocal when it comes to political views. That being said, when the Boone and Crockett Club recently released its position paper on the Second Amendment, gun control, and firearm ownership, its answer was firmly stated in the first line, “The Boone and Crockett Club supports the right of citizens to own and use firearms.”

Good-Coyote

Firearms

5 Top Predator Rifles for 2017

Half of the fun in predator hunting is finding the right setup for your gun and matching it to the perfect load. Will you be hunting at night? How fast will you need to make follow-up shots if a second or third coyote runs in? Do you want to keep the pelt afterward? How long can you shoot? What if a dog runs by a close range? Will you keep a shotgun close at hand? These are just a few of the questions that demonstrate the versatility of predator hunting. While you are pondering the answers to where and how you want to hunt, here are five top choices for your next predator gun.

The Sportsmen’s Act Amendment makes public lands accessible to hunters, anglers, and recreational shooters.

Fishing

Senate Bipartisan Reintroduction on Sportsmen’s Act of 2017 — NSSF

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industries, praised the U.S. Senate’s bipartisan reintroduction of S.733, the Sportsmen’s Act of 2017 and the quick action to favorably report it out of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

Matt Morrett with turkey and turkey decoy

How To

10 Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that employing decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. However, decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything.

Tom turkey at full strut

General

Scout Turkeys Early or Be Disappointed Later

Your hunting areas have changed and the turkeys have already adapted. Will you? These are just a couple of the common expressions you’ll hear from turkey hunters at this time of year. And while they’re growing increasingly excited about the coming spring season, amazingly, most turkey hunters don’t start scouting until just prior to the season opener. If you really are excited about bagging a longbeard this season, start scouting now.

Winchester SX4 shotgun with black synthetic stock right

Firearms

6 Shotguns for Your Next Upland Hunt

At first look many would think Upland bird hunting season has passed. While that is true for pheasant, quail, chukar and others, let’s not forget about turkey! After all, who says you have to have a designated thumper just for turkey. Even if you do, it’s never too early to start thinking about next season, or just to break in your new gun while your dog gets a tune up. Here are six shotguns everyone can be proud while enjoying a little wing and shot time.

Hunter holding a dead coyote

How To

Late Winter Rules for Coaxing Coyotes

Anybody who has spent time hunting coyotes knows these animals are very smart. Like other wild canids and cats, they are wary to the point of paranoia. Their craftiness is legendary, and they consistently make hunters look foolish—whether the hunters know it or not. If you want to up your success rate on song dogs, read on!

Safari Club International logo of a lion and shield

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SCI Sues to Protect Hunting Opportunities in Alaska

On January 19, 2017, Safari Club International (SCI) filed a lawsuit against three sets of Obama Administration regulations that prohibit and restrict certain methods and means of hunting on National Wildlife Refuges and National Preserves in Alaska. SCI filed suit in federal district court in the District of Alaska.