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Hunting with Phoenix

As I sit here in the October deer woods, I can’t help but think of my heritage. My hunting heritage, mostly. It’s muzzleloader season. A few words on that: Once upon a time, I loved and carried an old-fashioned sidelock muzzleloader. When inlines took o...

It never fails, and chances are some of the readers have experienced this phenomenon: Before hunting season trail cameras will take pictures of nice bucks. Whether the pics are taken during the day or at night, at least we have photo evidence showing a bu...

Regular readers know that I have planted some Dunstan Chestnut trees on my hunting property in hopes of making it more attractive to deer. It’s been a rocky road, but I have replaced the two trees that died and am hoping to see some benefit in a few years...

I recently received a PR email from Convergent Hunting Solutions, about coyote hunting. We have a bunch of those critters on our hunting property, and they need to be thinned out considerably. After all, coyotes ate my first 2019 deer before I could recov...

Streamlight makes some good lights, as I have learned over the past year or two. One that has seen more use in my workshop than afield is the Streamlight Stylus Pro COB, whose magnetic base, right-angle illumination, and overall toughness make it great fo...

One of my earliest deer hunting memories is of a muzzleloader hunt — my first — when I was a skinny and sadly underdressed 13-year-old. The reason that hunt stands out is because it was so miserable. My hands and feet got so cold and they hurt so badly fr...

Tired of seeing so much packaging waste when you go to the range and burn up a few hundred rounds of ammo? Or maybe, like myself, you hate to have “pieces” of boxes of ammo lying around, partially full. Or maybe — just maybe — the idea of a bucket full o...

Regular readers here probably know the name Beka Garris, the young lady who made a name for herself as a bowfisher and bowhunter who posted photos and accounts of her adventures on her Facebook page. Recently, she’s been hunting with her young daughter… a...

For many hunters throughout the United States, this time of year can force lots of us indoors because although we love the thrill and pursuit of the hunt, the weather outside can become downright miserable. It is difficult to find good enough clothing, le...

It is that frigid time of year when many of us who have not filled our freezers with venison yet journey out into the woods in one last valiant effort to fill our tags and our bellies. Muzzleloading season across the US might not be the most popular, but...

As the temperature continues to plummet around the US, we as blackpowder hunters know that can only mean one thing… that muzzleloading season is upon us! Whether you love the loud KA-POW and ensuing smoke cloud, or you are still trying to fill your freeze...

Once the rut is done, how do you go about hunting those elusive mature bucks? This topic interests many hunters who didn’t connect with a nice buck — like myself this year. Jeff Sturgis talks about this in a video he just published yesterday. His first...

Reloading ammo for hunting can be a great way to create ammunition that’s tailored to your individual rifle, as well as your individual hunting needs. Norma is a name that’s been at or near the top of the quality list for decades when it comes to bullets...

I don’t know about you, but during hunting season my truck begins to take on the appearance of a walk-in closet on wheels. As we get settled into our favorite time of the year, lets talk vehicle prep to ensure we have everything we need for a successful s...

Deer hunters love to hunt, and we strive to have a healthy deer herd in the areas where we hunt. Sometimes, this means we shoot more deer than we can eat — and donating the meat from that critter to help the less fortunate is always a great idea. This yea...

Once you’ve bagged a buck, the work has just begun. Now it’s time to get it out of the woods and (in the words of my late father) “knock its guts out” and skin it. And most of the time, we hang up our deer to do that chore. Me, I’ve always hung my deer w...

Back in the day, there was a demand for simple, practical, reliable, affordable firearms. We don’t see it as much these days, when everyone seems to want a semi-auto or a high-dollar tack-driver, but not that many decades ago it was pretty common to find...

I don’t know much about this buck, other than it’s really impressive, and really weird. Heck, it makes this 3-antlered Michigan buck seem plumb normal! I saw these photos on Facebook where they were posted by Scent Crusher, and all their post says is t...

A former Michigan state legislator and current wildlife photographer named Steve Lindberg headed to the woods prior to rifle deer hunting season and managed to encounter — and capture some beautiful images of — a whitetail buck with three antlers!...

Hoppe’s has an interesting gun vise to hold all your hunting guns when it’s time to mount scopes or just do routine maintenance — and it looks more flexible than some other solutions. What caught my eye was the over-under shotgun. While I usually break...