Author: Scott Bestul

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Hunter Gored By Whitetail Deer Is Fined for Poaching

Hunter Gored By Whitetail Deer Is Fined for Poaching

Imagine your worst day of deer hunting ever. Maybe the weather turned awful, or the deer just seemed to conspire against you. Well, no mat [...]
Pope & Young Announces New World Record Mule Deer

Pope & Young Announces New World Record Mule Deer

It took Bowdy Gardner’s buck nearly a decade to officially make it to the top, but the tremendous velvet mule deer he arrowed in 2012 is n [...]
Best Budget Trail Cameras of 2022

Best Budget Trail Cameras of 2022

Budget trail cameras don’t mean they are bad trail cameras. Successfully using trail cams is, in my mind, a numbers game. The more came [...]
Best Day of the Turkey Strut: May 6

Best Day of the Turkey Strut: May 6

The turkey strut mimics the whitetail rut almost exactly. If breeding activity were graphed on a bell-shaped curve, we’d be starting down [...]
A Hunter Finds Home in a Public Marsh| Field & Stream

A Hunter Finds Home in a Public Marsh| Field & Stream

I was a mess when I first set foot on the place. Looking at the Princeton Marsh, a 1,200-acre Iowa wildlife management area connected to a [...]
Best Day of the Turkey Strut: May 2

Best Day of the Turkey Strut: May 2

We revealed the seven Best Days of the Strut last month and discussed the best tactic for the third day last week. Now we’re giving you th [...]
The Best Perennial Food Plots For Whitetail Deer

The Best Perennial Food Plots For Whitetail Deer

Food plots are becoming an annual ritual for the nation’s whitetail hunters and land managers, and the yearly conundrum of “what should I [...]
The Best Trees and Shrubs for Whitetail Deer

The Best Trees and Shrubs for Whitetail Deer

In honor of Earth Month—and Earth Day later this week—we’re celebrating the best way we know how: with a series of stories that are all ab [...]
Best Day of the Turkey Strut: April 18

Best Day of the Turkey Strut: April 18

We revealed the seven Best Days of the Turkey Strut a few weeks ago, and now Day No. 3 is upon us and focuses on late-morning/afternoon hu [...]
Minnesota Eyes Ban on New Captive Deer Farms

Minnesota Eyes Ban on New Captive Deer Farms

Minnesota’s captive deer farms are back in the news, as Gopher State lawmakers look to combat Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) with tighter r [...]
The 7 Best Days of the 2022 Turkey Season

The 7 Best Days of the 2022 Turkey Season

The fact that my March Madness bracket has been busted for weeks isn’t going to keep me from making more predictions. But this time I’ll t [...]
Utah Doubles Down on Trail Camera Ban

Utah Doubles Down on Trail Camera Ban

The seven-member Utah Wildlife Board is sticking to its guns. Trail cams used for hunting and scouting will be illegal from July 31 throug [...]
Watch 10-Point Buck Shed Both Antlers in Trail-Cam Video

Watch 10-Point Buck Shed Both Antlers in Trail-Cam Video

For a shed hunter, the only thing better than actually spotting a buck shedding his antlers is getting the event on trail-camera. One Tom [...]
Why March Is a Key Month for Whitetail Deer Hunters

Why March Is a Key Month for Whitetail Deer Hunters

The NCAA tournament. St. Paddy’s Day. Mardi Gras. They all do what they can to prevent March from winning Yawner Month of the Year. But if [...]
Smoke on The Water: An Unforgettable Fishing Trip

Smoke on The Water: An Unforgettable Fishing Trip

This story was originally published in issue no. 1, vol. 126 of Field & Stream. For some reason, when I think of the trip, what I r [...]
How to Frost Seed a Clover Plot for Better Deer Hunting

How to Frost Seed a Clover Plot for Better Deer Hunting

For most food plotters, planting season remains weeks away. But if you’ve got an established clover plot or you started one last fall, it’ [...]
The Top 3 Shed-Hunting Violations

The Top 3 Shed-Hunting Violations

Shed hunting is, at least on the surface, among the most benign outdoor activities going. Deer (and elk and moose) drop last fall’s antler [...]
The Best Mobile Ice-Fishing Tactics for Perch

The Best Mobile Ice-Fishing Tactics for Perch

If you associate hardwater fishing with staring slack-jawed at a hole in the ice for hours on end, Steve “Zippy” Dahl has this to say: you [...]
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