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Shed Hunting Gear

Shed hunting has become a growing trend on social media and in the outdoor industry. Your friends and favorite influencers are constantly posting their finds online. The question that quickly follows is why?

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The Big Game | Feeding the Crowd

Make sure this year's gameday party is on point with great food prep. Here are a few recipes that are guaranteed to please.

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Mathews Halon 32 | SCHEELS Expert Review

The draw cycle of the bow is like running a hot knife through butter. It’s so smooth that it makes pulling 70 pounds feel like a dream.

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Phone Skope

Digiscoping has become a very popular trend in the hunting and outdoor industry. Capturing images through your optics will allow you to scout more efficiently and to share your experiences with friends and family.

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Coyote Calling Nuances

"We had the opportunity to pick Geoff Nemnich’s brain for this article highlighting some of the hottest trends and considerations for hunting today’s pressured coyotes."

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Game Processing: Rubs, Sauces, Seasonings & Kits

Sausage, jerky and seasoned ground meat is a great use for any leftovers you may have from the butchering process. We put together a list of some of our favorite rubs, sauces, seasonings and kits to choose from when prepping your game this year.

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Employees Picks Gift Guide

Take a peek into our office and see what our employees are wanting this holiday season.

Hunting Holiday Gift Guide

SCHEELS carries the best brands and products in the industry, which means buying for the hunter in your life has never been easier! Fuel their passion for the outdoors with these gifts selected by our Experts. Whether it's in the stand chasing a trophy whitetail or in the field watching the dog work, this gift guide has something for everyone. Choose from a vast variety of options including clothing, blinds, food processing and much more! Take the first step towards celebrating this special time of year with the perfect gift for any hunter.

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Pro-Hunts Giveaway

Pro Hunts is giving away 2 all expense paid trips to the 2017 MLB Spring Training in Florida. Enjoy spring training games and get access to the field for batting practice before the game. Also, you will hunt hogs with Baltimore Orioles JJ Hardy, Chris Tillman and Tommy Hunter as well as Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis. The whole experience will be filmed and featured in an episode of Pro Hunts! Subscribe to Pro Hunts today and be automatically entered with your first years subscription for only $5 a month.

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The Last Mile

As the short 5-day First Colorado Rifle Season came to an end, our focus shifted from hunting, to meat and camp extraction. In previous years, our family friend Gene had filled his tag early and spent his time riding his horses up and down with loads of meat while the other parties continued to hunt. This season did not leave us with that luxury.

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A Successful Storm

Jesse hurried to get set up with his Sako .300WSM ready to go. He patiently waited for the bull to step into the right position. One shot to the high front shoulder anchored the young bull in his place.

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Game Processing: Cuts of Meat

Take the time to educate yourself on the cuts of meat that can be used for different recipes. The options are endless with game meat, so we decided to provide a few general suggestions on how to use different cuts. Enjoy the excitement of the hunt, but most importantly, appreciate the privilege and opportunity to hunt.

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A Backcountry Bonding Experience

There is something special about elk hunting. The experience itself creates a deep connection with those on the hunt. Before their last elk hunt a few years ago, Bill stated it would be his last, due to the physical and mental demands of a backcountry hunt. Even though Jesse didn’t fully believe his father was done, they both came to terms with the reality that time changes everything. Making the most of their time in the field, Jesse and Bill made memories by harvesting elk and soaking up every second of being in the backcountry together.

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Game Processing: Tools You Need

We've all hear the saying, "The true work begins after the shot." The reality is, you truly do you have a major chore in front of you. Whether you hunt big game or waterfowl you have to get it broken down and in the freezer or to the processor. If you then choose to process your own meat you need to make your cuts and sort the meat according to your end products. (steaks, sausage, jerky, etc)

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Training for a Mountain Hunt

A backcountry hunt is no easy task! Quite simply, if you want to exceed the normal limits and be successful, it takes preparation.

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Colorado High Country Rifle Elk Hunt

As I began packing for this trip I couldn’t help but think about the 3 trips our elk hunting group has made to this remote wilderness area previously. Reflection on these trips helps me prepare for this upcoming hunt by tweaking the gear that gets to make the trip to the top of the mountain.

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Waterfowl Decoying Tips

Waterfowl hunting continues to evolve as decoys become more realistic each season. While the waterfowl hunting experience of decoying birds may be thousands of years old dating back to the beginnings of man, the escalation of movement, realism and concealment options continue to redefine decoy hunting for ducks and geese.

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Deer Scrapes: What You Need To Know

Setting a camera over a deer scrape can be one of the best ways to inventory what bucks you have on your farm. It will also give you some of the best video you can get for a camera. I like to start my mock scrapes in early September. I usually locate a spot that had a scrape in the area last year or put it near a very heavily used trail.

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2016 Season Dates

Find when your most anticipated hunting season opens and closes, along with your other favorite hunting season dates for the 2016 season.

30 Fall Favorites

The First Day Of Fall has arrived and we want to share what we're currently loving for the season. From UGG boots to the hottest blind for waterfowl hunting: here is what we're craving.

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Waterfowl Hunting Blinds

Every waterfowler has a preference as to how they hunt. Whether it is in the field, over water or off the road, they all find success. Puddle jumping is fun, but the most adrenaline filled experience is typically reflected upon having a flock of Canadas locked up on top of you, thousands of snows stacked up for days or even a tornado of mallards pouring into your favorite honey-hole. These are all accomplished through a great presentation with your decoys/calling and also your ability to remain hidden. We have put together a selection of some of the best options available so you are able to get closer and create the most memorable experiences this season.

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Holster Fitting: How To

Holster selection is an important part of the gun buying/owning process. If you think about it, your firearm will most likely be stored in 3 places: the gun safe, the range bag and a holster. The gun owner will directly interact with their firearm while it is in the holster. This makes the selection of a holster very important.

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2016 Upland Hunting Season

Chasing upland birds can be a very physical game. Depending on the area you are hunting the terrain and vegetation can be difficult to navigate. Similar to any other hunting excursion, proper gear and preparation will allow you to be successful when the opportunity presents itself.

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Where To Place A Treestand

One of the most asked questions in hunting is where to place a treestand or blind. I have found 3 places that seem to always be successful.

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What’s in the Pack

A backcountry hunt requires a long list of gear and preparation. This list provides a variety of essentials including hunting accessories, camping gear, survival kits, food prep, and a quality pack.

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Success Defined

We are sitting here finishing this blog in the comfort of our home with bodies that need a few days to heal. We talked all the way home about how easy our days at work will be compared to the days we just endured in the backcountry. Success on this hunt was not only defined by the cooler full of antelope meat, but by the recharge our souls found in the mountains.

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Glassing in the Field

Hunting the western landscape can be difficult, especially if you are not prepared. Having the right gear, optics, and being physically/mentally prepared will all play into the outcome of your hunt. For example let's focus on optics and the proper technique for glassing big country.

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Cogburn CB4 Fat Tire Bike

The Cogburn CB4 Bicycle is the ultimate option of the outdoorsman or woman with the desire to get deep into the backcountry. This bike has a multitude of options that will allow you to get deeper into the backcountry and see more terrain in comfort and speed.

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Luck of The Draw

Utah bound with Jesse's golden ticket: A limited-entry archery antelope tag. He was the only non-resident in the country drawn for the unit.

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Wildlife Pursuit Pronghorn Gear List

It’s no secret, there is a slew of gear out there and it’s mind blowing as to where to start. There are definitely items, if you want to spend the money, that will be worth the time, stress, hassle, and will allow you to focus on what you love to do…hunt. While all of us would love the best of the best, our pockets only go so deep, so where is your hard earned dollar best spent?

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Welcome to the Pro Hunts Network

Pro Hunts features big game hunts all over the west with some of the biggest names in professional sports. You will feel like you are right along on the hunt as you experience every step in Pro Hunts raw format. Hear from the athletes about their hunting stories, their experiences as a professional athlete and the steps it took to get there. With two complete seasons and a third being filmed this fall, Pro Hunts is quickly becoming a fan favorite with their exciting hunts and their entertaining guests.

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Scent Control

I am a big believer in two scent control companies on the market today: Dead Down Wind Evolve 3 and Nose Jammer. Dead Down Wind makes multiple products that I use during season and I truly feel they help mask the human odor.

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Adjusting Lead

Nothing is more frustrating for wing shooters than shooting at a bird and coming up empty time after time. As much as we want to blame it on the equipment, most of the time it is operator error. After switching chokes and ammo to diagnose the problem with the same end result, you may want to consider this effective approach to adjusting lead.

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Choke Tube Selection

When selecting a choke tube, you have endless options of size, shape, constriction and color. There are many similarities out there, but choosing the proper choke or chokes is key to your success in the field.

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Meat Care After The Shot – Part II

To recap Part I, you recovered your harvest, skinned and quartered the animal. The next step is to debone the quarters, transfer the meat into game bags and load the bag into your pack or on your frame.

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Meat Care After The Shot – Part I

This two part blog will provide specific insight on the different processes of breaking down an animal and getting it back to the truck and in the cooler. This will be followed by future segments filled with different ways to prep your harvest for your friends and family.

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Where To Place Trail Cameras

Where do we put trail cameras during the stages of deer development and throughout the hunting season? Here are some guidelines for trail camera placement.

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Treestands: Lone Wolf

As a guy who never hunts public ground, why would I want an extremely portable stand? To sum it all up, why wouldn’t you want the most portable tree stand on the market?

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Tom Miranda’s Gear Guide

There is a vast variety of product and gear available in the growing hunting industry. The key factor in choosing the best product is to determine the adventure one is about to embark and the situations that will arise. Tom Miranda has provided his go to list for hunting essentials. Use this gear guide to assist in prepping for the upcoming season.

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How To Pack For A Backcountry Hunting Trip

Planning is the safest way to enjoy yourself while in the backcountry. Always pre-plan! Pre-pack, unpack and pack again. Here are the top items you will need in your pack for a successful backcountry trip.

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Get in shape for the hunt of a lifetime

No better way to enjoy that hunt of a lifetime then by being in shape for it. You don’t want to get to your hunting destination and be too exhausted to actually hunt. Here are some tips on getting ready for that pack hunt:

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Choosing the right Trail Camera

Choosing the right trail camera can sometimes be a tedious task. Luckily, SCHEELS provides the proper assistance throughout the buying process. Speaking with an expert in the store will provide fantastic insight on what has been popular in the local area and why. When shopping for your new camera there are a few things that you want to keep in mind.

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Tom Miranda: Memories and Goals

I actually have a long list of very exciting and memorable hunts. Sure a few stand out like my first Alaskan brown bear where the bear walked into bow range and stood up on his back legs and stared me down or even my last brown bear where the cameraman dropped the camera as the bear charged into 20 yards where I arrowed him in the chest.

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Q&A With A Big Game Hunter

We sat down with Hunting Expert Ben Kluge to get his take on his big game experiences. From Camo Patterns, Blinds and Trail Cameras, Ben Kluge lets us know what makes his hunt successful.

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Clay Target Prep For Hunting Season

When the success of a hunt is so often gauged by how many birds you come home with, hunters must do everything they can to stack the odds in their favor. If we sold something that would guarantee a hunter 20% more birds, we would not be able to keep that item in stock.

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Father’s Day Gift Guide

Fuel his passion with the right gifts. Check out our Father's Day Gift Guide for gifts that align with his passion and empower him to get outdoors.

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Tips On Gun Cleaning

Gun cleaning is never anyone’s favorite task, but it is a must. If you want your rifle to last longer and more importantly perform to its peak performance, then cleaning is a non negotiable. Follow these tips and tricks to help you not only maximize your gun cleaning time, but also make it more enjoyable.

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Selecting A Shotgun For Beginner Shooters

When getting a new shooter introduced to shooting shotguns, taking specific steps can help to make their experience a positive one. 3 things should be taken into account when selecting a shotgun for their first outing.

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Spring Turkey Gear Guide

It can be difficult to stay motivated and focused during this time of year. The weather seems to be sitting still, not wanting to change any time soon and going to the gym can get stale.

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Turkey Hunting Essentials

Turkey hunting season is upon us and you realize you aren't ready! Don't worry, we have all the gear you need.

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Tips and tricks to a successful 2016 shed season

Shed hunting is a great way to inventory what bucks have made it through the end of hunting season, and survived the winter. Around the first part of February deer will start to drop their antlers, which means it's time to lace up the boots and walk a couple of miles.

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Winter Hunting Top Ten

Check out the top hunting products for the Winter season.

Getting Ducks to Commit

Whether I’m in the store or out hunting, one common concern comes up a lot, and it doesn’t matter if we’re talking about ducks or geese.

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BBQ Pheasant Fingers

Ingredients 4 pheasant breast fillets 2 cups flour 2 Tbs black pepper 1 Tbs salt 1 egg 1 cup bbq sauce

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Field Techniques for Canada Goose Hunting

Laying on the frozen ground in six inches of snow while a blizzard covers the barley fields in Montana is not what most kids do on a weekend. This was my first goose hunt at the age of five;

Early Goose Tactics

It is that time of year again, the farmers are starting the wheat harvest and family groups of Canada geese are starting to fly around in search of a feeding spot. Here are a few tips on how to make your hot, humid, yet always exciting early goose season a great one!

Expert Advice: Top Five Essentials for Your Upland Hunt

Taking his passion and knowledge from the field, Tony shares five essentials for a great upland hunt.

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Dress for Hunting Success with First Lite

This past year I’ve discovered a clothing line that can cover my entire hunting needs from an early season archery antelope hunt to an October elk hunt in the mountains. It also outfits me through the frigid temperatures of late season North Dakota bow hunts for whitetails.

Gift Ideas for the Hunter: Men and Women Apparel

We’ve picked some of our favorite gear of 2015 for the person in your family that loves to hunt. Check out...

Dress for Hunting Success with First Lite

By Kurt Schirado of Ultimate Outdoor Adventure This past year I’ve discovered a clothing line that can cover my entire hunting...

Farm Country Whitetail Deer

Posted by Jason Mitchell of Jason Mitchell Outdoors So much of the information written or said about whitetail hunting originates from big...

Raised Hunting 2015 Bow Set Up

By Pro Staffer Warren Holder of Raised Hunting  Watch on the Outdoor Channel (Mon @ 4:30 PM, Fri @ 9:30 AM, Sat @ 11:30 AM –...