Author: Josh Honeycutt

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I’ve been an outdoor communicator since 2010. Since then, I’ve been blessed with a full-time career in the outdoors, and I’ve worked for most of the major hunting magazines and websites, including Field & Stream and Outdoor Life. As a deer and turkey hunter, these are the topics I cover most, but I also dabble in other areas, too, including conservation, predator hunting, small game hunting, and more.

E-bikes are among the latest gear categories to sweep over the outdoor industry. These powerful tools are being adopted by more hunters each year, and for good reasons. These offer solutions to challenges hunters face that other tools cannot. As such, more e-bike models are hitting the market each year to satisfy increasing demand among sportsmen. Here are 11 awesome e-bike options for outdoorsmen and women in 2024. Bakcou Storm Jager The Storm Jager by Bakcou is an excellent offering for 2024. Named the Jager after the German word for “hunter,” it gets its namesake appropriately. The frame size is…

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This once was a staple in the whitetail’s diet. Someday, it will be again. Once upon a time, the American chestnut tree dominated the American landscape. It was home to the eastern states, and it provided a lot of hard mast for man and animal alike. Humans, deer, and countless other animals benefitted from this staple food source. Of course, it was also used for lumber due to its impeccable resistance to rotting. Because of its incredible value to humans and wildlife, the loss of it came as a terrible tragedy. In 1904, a blight from Asia called Cryphonectria arrived…

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Photos by Honeycutt Creative  Know what to look for when searching for the best deer hunting land available to you Colder days are here, and so is deer season. Some might already have their dream deer hunting land. Others might not. Regardless, all hunters should search for a great deer hunting tract, all the components that create one, and steps to take to find the perfect deer hunting property. Know the Big Boxes to Check Some aspects of finding the perfect tract of hunting land are important above all else. Even though it’s destined to be a recreational property, this…

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How Ashley Wozniak Arrowed the Ohio Buck of Her Dreams Hunter: Ashley Wozniak Buck Score: 162⅜ inches Date of Harvest: 27, 2022 Location of Harvest: Tuscarawas County, Ohio Weapon of Harvest: Hoyt Eclipse Last season, Ashley Wozniak came face-to-face with a 5½-year-old Whitetail nicknamed “Payback.” Her family had two years of history with the buck. During the 2021-22 season, they had several encounters with him, but decided to give it one more year. Last fall, Wozniak hoped to cross paths with the Whitetail and fill the tag using her bow. “Growing up, my family always hunted during gun season,” she…

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A look at 30 famous whitetail counties and their claims to fame Deer hunters have heard legendary stories about the likes of high-profile whitetail counties for decades. Places like Buffalo County, Wisconsin, Pike County, Illinois, and Warren County, Iowa, among others, are big-buck destinations hunters have hunted, or dreamed of hunting. Obviously, some counties are incredibly famous for whitetails. Whether that’s for putting a lot of big bucks in the books, or putting especially famous bucks in the books, some county names are quite familiar to a lot of outdoorsmen. We call these the kingmaker counties. Obtaining this reputation is…

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Stay ahead of the game by avoiding these coyote hunting mistakes New coyote hunters have steep learning curves to overcome. They often make rookie coyote hunting mistakes that ruin their hunts. It’s important to avoid these blunders and to go into the hunt with the ability to overcome common challenges that arise from a lack of knowledge. 1. Not Scouting Digitally Those who don’t use modern scouting tools are missing out on exceptional opportunities to increase efficiency. Digital scouting helps hunters identify likely hotspots to locate coyote strongholds. It also reveals where the local coyotes might be vulnerable, such as…

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A look at everything from the humble .410 turkey shotgun to the mighty 10-gauge and everything in between. My good turkey hunting friend once said, “Never insult a man’s wife, dog, or turkey gun.” I disagreed. While I’d never insult a man’s wife, or his mangiest of dogs, I’ll tell him exactly what I think about his blasted turkey shotgun. He’ll hear it straight from me, and no one else. If I think it’s lord of all gobbler killers, shining in glory and brimming with honor, I’ll name it so. If it’s the scum of the turkey shotgun earth, unfit…

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Winter is a difficult time for Whitetails. As food sources decline and diminish, deer frantically search for remaining food sources. Finding these morsels can be difficult. That’s why land managers should plant and provide options for Whitetails. They will help the deer herd and also result in better hunting experiences. Here are 15 of the best late-season food plots for deer and deer hunters. For the best brands and additional tips to consider – check out North American Deer Hunter’s “Best Deer Food Plot Seed” Alfalfa Though this is the king of early-season food sources, it can be an…

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Your AIl-Inclusive Guide to Off-Season Scouting and Preparation In hunting, there’s much to be done during the off- season. It’s all in the pursuit of maximizing your success next season. Each task is for a purpose. That said, except for seasonal jobs, such as well-timed food plots and glassing velvet, don’t wait to do something that can be done now. Get as much work as possible done during the off-season. The following list recommends some of those tasks. REFLECT ON OBSERVATIONS Now is the time to reflect on deer season. Think about everything that transpired. Consider each trip afield. Make…

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Tips and tactics to keep you running hot for your deer hunt, even when it’s cold outside A huge deer exits the cedar thicket and walks slowly toward the standing soybeans. Cautious as ever, he eases through the standing timber, each step more calculated than the last. Eventually, he’s within range and you prepare for the shot. That’s a scene every hunter hopes for. But here’s the question: are you ready for it? WHY LATE IS GREAT The late season is an excellent time to target cold- weather bucks. First, deer are grouped up around the best available bedding and…

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