Hunting Tips

  • Firearm safety tips to remember

    Top 10 Firearm Safety Tips! By JPT Captain, Clay Ellis-Escobar In the off season during the summer months, you may be getting out to the Sporting Clays Course or trap field to work on your wingshooting skills. This is a good time to also brush up on your shotgun safety…

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  • Try Something New, Like a Sporting Clays Course

    By JPT Captain Clay Ellis-Escobar What is a Sporting Clays Course? A sporting clays course is a course for shotguns. It involves multiple stations that shoot out sporting clays from a machine. There are a different number of stations for each club that you go to. The easiest way to…

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  • Turkey Identification Tips

    When you are out turkey hunting, before you take the shot - look for the beard to be sure! From Outdoor News Contributing Writer There are several reasons why turkey hunting is one of the more accident-prone of the field sports: Everyone out there is camouflaged from head to toe;…

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  • JPT Member’s First Solo Turkey Hunt

    My first solo turkey hunt! By Outdoor News Junior Pro Team Member Isaac Chiodo April 2020 It was opening day of the 2020 MN Turkey Season and I set out on my first ever solo turkey hunt. I headed to the blind around 1:00pm and within an hour there was…

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  • Key to Early-Season Turkey-Hunting Success?

    Patience Often the Key to Early-Season Turkey-Hunting Success Avoid mistakes by watching, listening and adapting By Josh Lantz Most turkey hunters believe the opening days of the spring turkey-hunting season offer the best chances at taking a bird. It’s probably true. Gobblers that haven’t been hunted in months can up…

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  • Turkey hunting tip: Pattern your gun now before it’s too late

    I’ll be honest: I don’t pattern my turkey gun every year. Well, I haven’t in the past anyway. The 12-gauge I use when I’m running and gunning was built for the purpose, and it has treated me well whenever a longbeard has poked his head up within range. Or at…

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  • Late season pheasant hunting tips: Go where others fail to go

    We’ve been hitting the public sloughs hard during the past few weeks in search of some roosters, and the sheer volume of competition has surprised me. Weekends are a zoo, and even during the weekdays there are plenty of people following dogs around. It’s impossible to find a chunk of…

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  • Scouting for turkeys in the fall from the deer stand

    There’s plenty to be learned about birds while you’re sitting in a tree It’s been too long since I’ve sat in a bow stand, taking in the sights and sounds that the gun-hunters of November never get to experience. They miss some of the heat and mosquitoes, for sure, but…

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  • Fall turkey hunting tips: how to get covered in birds

    There are plenty of myths and misconceptions in the hunting world when it comes to deer and other big game. Fall turkeys, while they don’t get a whole lot of love, also are plagued by false beliefs.  The old standbys are, of course, that they don’t make any noise, you…

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  • Waterfowl hunting time: scouting small-water ducks

    By: Tony Peterson When it comes to duck hunting, I’m certainly not an expert. I entered the world of waterfowl late in life and have been playing a game of catch-up for about five years. Any greenhead is still a trophy to me, as is a Canada goose. That’s one…

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  • Keep it fun! Games bowhunters play: They can help when the moment of truth arrives

    By: Steve Piatt I often focus on a one-shot archery practice routine. That certainly has a place in any bowhunter’s practice regimen. After all, as I wrote earlier, that first arrow is the one that’s going to be headed in the direction of a whitetail when it comes into range as…

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  • Preparing for the upcoming duck season

    Summer is winding down, fall will be here before you know it and that means waterfowl seasons are just around the corner. In some areas early goose seasons have already begun. If you haven’t started yet now is the time to practice up on your calling, shooting skills and gather…

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  • Waterfowl hunting tip, staying camouflaged is key to a successful hunt

    By: JPT Captain, Gabby Olson Next time you head out waterfowl hunting pay attention to your surroundings and blend in the best you can to give yourself the best chance at being successful. Using a camo pattern in the colors of your surroundings will work best to help keep your…

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  • Hunting tips: Building consistent bow accuracy

    By: JPT Member Andrew P. Gawin When I started shooting a compound bow 4 or 5 years ago, I practiced at every opportunity and shot okay...at ten yards…which slowly improved till I was good at ten yards, then twenty, but only good, not great. That meant missing the target on…

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  • One-shot archery practice best simulates your hunting scenario

    By: Steve Piatt I’ve never been one of those guys who releases countless arrows each session, choosing instead to keep it to 12-15 or so. Enough to break down the muscles a bit, but not enough to lose my concentration. And, as I do when training a Lab pup, I always…

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  • Wild turkey hunting tips: preparing for your spring hunt

    Now is the time to pull out all your turkey hunting gear and check that it is all in good working order and ready for your spring hunt. Get out there and pattern your shotgun so you know what to expect when you pull the trigger. Shoot it at everything…

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  • Tips for finding shed antlers

    If you didn’t get that big buck you saw during the deer season chances are he still might be out there and hopefully he has stuck around your area so you can locate the antlers he has or is soon to drop. Knowing when to look: After the rut the…

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  • Animal Tracks

    Learn how to identify what animals are hanging out in your area by the tracks you see.

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