Premium Moments

Return of the Elk

Despite challenges and setbacks, the good old days of elk hunting are now.

THE STATE OF DEER

Hunters have reason for both concern and optimism this season, according to the National Deer Alliance. Populations and success rates are holding their own or improving, but hunter numbers are falling and disease threats are on the rise.

CLASS ACT

In a world awash with artificial distractions, country artist Drake White delivers a welcome dose of boot-stompin', feel-good music as genuine and powerful as his rural Alabama roots and lifelong love for hunting, fishing and all things outdoors.

THE OTHER DOVE

They get no respect, but common pigeons—or rock doves—are plentiful everywhere, can be hunted year-round and offer a great way to work out kinks in your shooting form before the “real” fall hunting seasons begin. Learn how to take advantage of this underappreciated species.

CALLING THE SHOT

Waterfowl hunting is often a group activity, and like any collective adventure, collaboration is key to everyone's enjoyment and safety, not to mention overall success. Veteran duckman Chad Belding recommends entrusting one hunter to orchestrate the group’s every move.

ONE WILD RIDE

When Nick Hoffman settled on the name “Nick’s Wild Ride” for his globe-trotting hunting show, the entertainer might as well have been summing up his own life in three words.

STRIKEOUT COYOTES

Some hunters make mistakes before they even hit the field, errors that cost coyotes they could have bagged had they made better pre-hunt decisions. That’s according to Clay Belding. The accomplished coyote killer identifies these three common missteps—and how to fix them.

THE UNLUCKY 7

If you hunt turkeys, you’ll make mistakes, so you might as well get used to the idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them or, better yet, learn from someone else’s before they cost you a gobbler. Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting Calls, admits to making hundreds of mistakes.

EARLY BIRDS

When it comes to hunting early-season ducks, especially those local birds, Chad Belding says there are a lot of things you can do to consistently succeed, yet only one thing you can do to fail: Underestimate them. “The Fowl Life” television show host says local ducks aren’t dumb and he knows how to stay on them after they’ve been hunted.