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Hunter’s Handbook is the official student “how-to” information pipeline of the International Hunter Education Association. As the experts in teaching safe, ethical and successful hunting, we are here to provide tips, tools, and great video content as well as offer you a place that you can learn more about your love and favorite past-time—hunting.  Spend some time with us.  New content is added monthly, and we are excited to share our expertise with you.  We wish you a lifetime of safe and memorable experiences in the outdoors.

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Bird

Bird hunting includes turkey, pheasant, quail, crow, dove, grouse and waterfowl, which are aquatic birds - such as ducks and geese. Here you will learn about the best shot loads, chokes, clothing, calling and of course safety. 

Bird hunting includes turkey, pheasant, quail, crow, dove, grouse and waterfowl, which are aquatic birds - such as ducks and geese. Here you will learn about the best shot loads, chokes, clothing, calling and of course safety. 

OUTFITTING YOUR TURKEY CAMP When the grass turns green and the weather warms, most hunters are thinking about birds. Specifically, turkeys. The resurgence of wild turkey populations is a conservation success story unlike any other, and for hunters that means a chance to extend your season, spend more time in the woods, and fill your freezer with some excellent wild game.

OUTFITTING YOUR TURKEY CAMP

When the grass turns green and the weather warms, most hunters are thinking about birds. Specifically, turkeys. The resurgence of wild turkey populations is a conservation success story unlike any other, and for hunters that means a chance to extend your season, spend more time in the woods, and fill your freezer with some excellent wild game.

TURKEY HUNTING: THE EIGHT ESSENTIALS As wild turkey numbers have rebounded over the last quarter-century—thanks in large parts to the efforts of hunters—more and more people take to the woods each spring in search of a big gobbler. Pursuing turkeys is exciting, and the struggle of bringing a big bird strutting to the call is one of the most rewarding hunts you can experience.

TURKEY HUNTING: THE EIGHT ESSENTIALS

As wild turkey numbers have rebounded over the last quarter-century—thanks in large parts to the efforts of hunters—more and more people take to the woods each spring in search of a big gobbler. Pursuing turkeys is exciting, and the struggle of bringing a big bird strutting to the call is one of the most rewarding hunts you can experience.

ROBBIE PURSER'S BIRD HUNTING TIPS When a champion shotgunner like Robbie Purser gives advice on how to improve your chances hunting birds, smart hunters listen. Before setting out to hunt doves, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese or any of the other game birds, there are a few things hunters can do to improve their chance for success, according to Purser, who is also on Browning’s pro staff.

ROBBIE PURSER'S BIRD HUNTING TIPS

When a champion shotgunner like Robbie Purser gives advice on how to improve your chances hunting birds, smart hunters listen. Before setting out to hunt doves, pheasants, quail, ducks, geese or any of the other game birds, there are a few things hunters can do to improve their chance for success, according to Purser, who is also on Browning’s pro staff.

TURKEY HUNTING WITH A BOW Bill Lewis, a Nebraska Bowhunter Education and Archery Mentor Program instructor (also pro staffer for Mathews Solocam Bows, Primos Hunting Calls and Mossy Oak Camouflage) who has bowhunted turkeys for 25 years, shares these hunting tips.

TURKEY HUNTING WITH A BOW

Bill Lewis, a Nebraska Bowhunter Education and Archery Mentor Program instructor (also pro staffer for Mathews Solocam Bows, Primos Hunting Calls and Mossy Oak Camouflage) who has bowhunted turkeys for 25 years, shares these hunting tips.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHOKE FOR DUCK AND GEESE HUNTING There’s a great deal of discussion regarding shotgun and load selection for waterfowl, but many hunters overlook a very important element in making clean, ethical kills—the choke tube. Interchangeable choke tubes are one of the most important technological advances in shotguns in the past 50 years, and having the ability to change the chokes allows you to fine-tune your shotgun’s pattern for more versatility at varying ranges.

THE BEST TYPE OF CHOKE FOR DUCK AND GEESE HUNTING

There’s a great deal of discussion regarding shotgun and load selection for waterfowl, but many hunters overlook a very important element in making clean, ethical kills—the choke tube. Interchangeable choke tubes are one of the most important technological advances in shotguns in the past 50 years, and having the ability to change the chokes allows you to fine-tune your shotgun’s pattern for more versatility at varying ranges.

TIPS ON HIDING FROM DUCKS AND GEESE The ultimate goal in waterfowl hunting over decoys is to completely fool the birds into thinking they are actually joining their live kin on the water or in the field. When you’ve done everything right, the birds will be so close it will seem you can almost reach out and touch their feathers with your fingertips.

TIPS ON HIDING FROM DUCKS AND GEESE

The ultimate goal in waterfowl hunting over decoys is to completely fool the birds into thinking they are actually joining their live kin on the water or in the field. When you’ve done everything right, the birds will be so close it will seem you can almost reach out and touch their feathers with your fingertips.

BINOCULARS FOR TURKEY HUNTING I just got back from turkey hunting in and around the turkey-filled Holly Springs National Forest in northern Mississippi, where I was reminded of the sharp eyesight turkeys have. Taught another lesson might be a better way to put it.

BINOCULARS FOR TURKEY HUNTING

I just got back from turkey hunting in and around the turkey-filled Holly Springs National Forest in northern Mississippi, where I was reminded of the sharp eyesight turkeys have. Taught another lesson might be a better way to put it.

TOP 3 TIPS FOR YOUTH TURKEY HUNTERS It’s important as experienced and adult hunters that we pass on our knowledge to youth and new hunters. Providing an opportunity for them to learn and become excited about their first harvest will encourage many years of ethical, safe hunting.

TOP 3 TIPS FOR YOUTH TURKEY HUNTERS

It’s important as experienced and adult hunters that we pass on our knowledge to youth and new hunters. Providing an opportunity for them to learn and become excited about their first harvest will encourage many years of ethical, safe hunting.

JAKE VS TOM: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE Harvesting a jake is great for any youth or first-time turkey hunter. Each state has different laws on how many you can harvest and what type of turkey you can hunt. Being able to know the difference between a jake and a tom is useful for this.

JAKE VS TOM: HOW TO TELL THE DIFFERENCE

Harvesting a jake is great for any youth or first-time turkey hunter. Each state has different laws on how many you can harvest and what type of turkey you can hunt. Being able to know the difference between a jake and a tom is useful for this.

TIPS FOR TURKEY HUNTING SAFETY The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of North America’s great conservation success stories. These birds were hunted nearly to extinction at the turn of the twentieth century, but by the early 2,000s their numbers had expanded into the millions and turkey populations were stronger than at any time since the Civil War.

TIPS FOR TURKEY HUNTING SAFETY

The wild turkey, Meleagris gallopavo, is one of North America’s great conservation success stories. These birds were hunted nearly to extinction at the turn of the twentieth century, but by the early 2,000s their numbers had expanded into the millions and turkey populations were stronger than at any time since the Civil War.

12 GAUGE VERSUS 20 GAUGE DUCK HUNTING Is there a new duck hunting shotgun in your future? Perhaps you’re trying to decide on the right “first” duck gun for a lucky new hunter. Or, perhaps, you adhere to the golf bag approach to firearms ownership, seeking the “perfect” shotgun for each hunting situation.

12 GAUGE VERSUS 20 GAUGE DUCK HUNTING

Is there a new duck hunting shotgun in your future? Perhaps you’re trying to decide on the right “first” duck gun for a lucky new hunter. Or, perhaps, you adhere to the golf bag approach to firearms ownership, seeking the “perfect” shotgun for each hunting situation.

TALK TO DUCKS IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE TALK TO DUCKS IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE Contest calling is the Hollywood of duck calling, but calling in the blind is different than calling on stage. Judges expect a rehearsed routine including a specific list of elements. Successful calling in the blind results from reading the birds and adapting. You adjust what you’re doing and experiment to learn what they want that particular morning and place.

TALK TO DUCKS IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE

TALK TO DUCKS IN THEIR OWN LANGUAGE

Contest calling is the Hollywood of duck calling, but calling in the blind is different than calling on stage. Judges expect a rehearsed routine including a specific list of elements. Successful calling in the blind results from reading the birds and adapting. You adjust what you’re doing and experiment to learn what they want that particular morning and place.

CALLING ALL CROWS As the large dark bird glides by overhead, you swing your shotgun, tug the trigger and a crow tumbles from the sky. It’s followed by a small cloud of feathers gently floating down. There’s no time to relax or look around because more noisy cawing crows are swarming overhead at your location.

CALLING ALL CROWS

As the large dark bird glides by overhead, you swing your shotgun, tug the trigger and a crow tumbles from the sky. It’s followed by a small cloud of feathers gently floating down. There’s no time to relax or look around because more noisy cawing crows are swarming overhead at your location.

  WHY YOU SHOULD BE HUNTING LIGHT GEESE Booming populations of snow, Ross’s and blue geese are causing problems in tundra zones, and hunters can help. When Ducks Unlimited’s Chris Jennings invited me to northern Arkansas for a “light” goose hunt, I wasn’t quite sure what I should expect. But Chris and I had been friends for years and, from what I could gather in our conversation, we could expect to take hundreds of geese each day and would perhaps see tens of thousands.

 

WHY YOU SHOULD BE HUNTING LIGHT GEESE

Booming populations of snow, Ross’s and blue geese are causing problems in tundra zones, and hunters can help. When Ducks Unlimited’s Chris Jennings invited me to northern Arkansas for a “light” goose hunt, I wasn’t quite sure what I should expect. But Chris and I had been friends for years and, from what I could gather in our conversation, we could expect to take hundreds of geese each day and would perhaps see tens of thousands.

PUT SIGHTS ON YOUR TURKEY GUN, NOW! We’re talking turkey hunting? In late December? You bet! By the time the holidays are finished and you get the chance to read this, you could be turkey hunting in less than 90 days! Now’s the time to start getting ready, especially if you’re going to make changes to your rig like adding sights to your turkey gun.

PUT SIGHTS ON YOUR TURKEY GUN, NOW!

We’re talking turkey hunting? In late December? You bet! By the time the holidays are finished and you get the chance to read this, you could be turkey hunting in less than 90 days! Now’s the time to start getting ready, especially if you’re going to make changes to your rig like adding sights to your turkey gun.