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The State of Deer

Hunters have reason for both concern and optimism this season, according to the National Deer Alliance.


DOG DAYS

Sloan Williams is living proof that those with the right combination of perseverance and work ethic can make their dreams come true. Proprietor of S&S Outdoors in Cleveland, North Carolina, she has transformed a lifelong passion for the outdoors, hunting and dogs into a thriving full-time training and boarding business that shows no signs of slowing down.

SHARING EVERY SHOT

In today’s world, where hunters and shooters get cutting-edge content straight from the source, Federal ambassador Courtney Smith has made a profession out of her passion for the outdoors. The popular blogger from Raleigh, North Carolina, routinely chronicles successes and failures from her outdoor adventures.

PATH TO SUCESS

Every deer hunter worth their blaze orange knows to factor in wind direction, food sources and other variables to isolate the perfect spot to ambush their buck. Then they blow it by not putting any thought into how they get to and from that stand. Mike Stroff explains how to fix this imbalance and fill more tags.

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.

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.

BEAR BUSTERS

Mike Stroff grew up on the coast of North Carolina, home to some of the biggest black bears in North America, and spent college breaks working at his father’s bear lodge in Maine.

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.

FULL THROTTLE

Pursuing your passion often entails working harder than you ever thought possible to make your dreams come true. For Jessie Richards, a love of dogs and the great outdoors ignited such a quest.