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Hunting

A friend asked me about hunting because she wanted to provide her son with wild game to eat. She had chosen to raise her child in Alaska so they both would have opportunities to spend time outdoors, connect to the natural world and "hunt and fish."

One Saturday in December continued a tradition so strong in hundreds of south Louisiana families that the celebration surrounding the first day of "dog" season rivals the Fourth of July and Mardi Gras. "It started with my grandpa, Louis, and it's remained strong for lots of us," Jeff Dinino said days before their pack of deer dogs were turned loose in the swamps in St. James Parish.

Ryan Flaming loves to hunt — he's gone out of state for an archery elk hunt and for pronghorn. He loves playing what he calls a game of chess while hunting whitetail deer and plans on trying mule deer season this fall. He's hunted all kinds of birds and water fowl, and tried coyote hunting as well.

In the mind of a young hunter making the transition from observer to participant, these opportunities to hunt deer, elk, furbearers, small game and waterfowl are milestones never to be forgotten. As such, adult mentors know it falls on their shoulders to deliver a safe and enjoyable experience that leaves their young companion wanting to return to the field another day. It can be a lot of pressure.

Scouting is the most essential factor in deer hunting success. It doesn’t matter what time of the season it is. Early-season, pre-rut, rut and late-season hunting all require scouting to be successful.

After the Orlando nightclub shooting, Democrats criticized the routine sale of the type of semiautomatic rifle used by Omar Mateen. Hillary Clinton called them “weapons of war.” Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin said that if you used a gun like the AR-15 — or the similar Sig Sauer used in Orlando — to go hunting “you should stick to fishing.”

Author Phillip Massaro writing at American Hunter has penned a wonderful piece on his choices for the top 5 centerfire rifle cartridges of all time. Of course your favorites may be different. But Mr. Massaro knows of what he speaks and makes a great case for his selections when it comes to the most common hunting scenarios. See if you agree.

We came across these tips from "Outdoors Dan" about how to block your scent when deer hunting...Enjoy!

Last time I said you could do all North American wingshooting with one shotgun, a light 12-gauge gas gun. Sorry to be no fun, but it’s true. However, this space is not about need, therefore, here are the five guns you “need” for North American wingshooting:

Deer are the most sought-after game animal in the U.S. Hunters across the land take the sport seriously and invest heavily in the best gear they can find to maximize their chance of bagging the big one. So which caliber cartridge will provide the best opportunity for that memorable event?

Successful deer hunters know one thing - what rifle and caliber perform best for them. Although we mere mortals may never the chance to shoot the variety of weapons the pros have access to, here are some combinations that the best of the best have found successful. Maybe there is one that is right for you.