THE STORIES BEHIND THE SHOTS

At Federal Premium®, we know the shooting sports are about more than just hitting your target. They're built on the experiences, knowledge and personalities that bind hunters and shooters together.

Return Of The Elk

Return Of The Elk

ROCKY MOUNTAIN ELK FOUNDATION

Despite challenges and setbacks, the good old days of elk hunting are now. Thanks to efforts from hunters and conservation groups like the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, free-ranging elk now roam 28 states, with a North American population of more than a million animals.

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The Recruiter

The Recruiter

TRISH ENGEL

Trish Engel is on a mission. As Youth Programs Coordinator for the Mule Deer Foundation, she tirelessly pursues opportunities to introduce young people to hunting, conservation and the great outdoors, spearheading outreach and recruitment campaigns across the West.

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5 Squirrel Secrets

5 Squirrel Secrets

22PLINKSTER

Squirrels can be challenging to bring down—particularly when you’re armed with a rimfire rifle or handgun and not a shotgun. Federal Premium’s trick-shooting YouTube superstar and lifelong squirrel hunter 22plinkster reveals his top five secrets for making the shot on bushytails and other small game.

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Quail Comeback

Quail Comeback

2017 FORECAST

Northern bobwhites and other quail once flourished across much of the North American landscape. Unfortunately, loss of habitat and other factors led to precipitous declines in quail numbers. Thanks to projects supported by groups like Federal Premium conservation partner Quail Forever, these downward spirals are reversing as quail numbers are again on the upswing.

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The Other Dove

The Other Dove

PIGEON HUNTING PRIMER

They get no respect, but common pigeons—or rock doves—are plentiful everywhere, can be hunted year-round and offer a great way to work out kinks in your shooting form before the “real” fall hunting seasons begin. Learn how to take advantage of this underappreciated species.

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Talking Turkey

Talking Turkey

ANTHONY FOSTER

When the spring woods call, Anthony Foster answers back with more than 40 years of experience communicating with gobblers. Get to know this master call maker and learn his secrets for fooling more longbeards this spring.

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Trial By Snow

Trial By Snow

NEW BLACK CLOUD®

Before redesigned Black Cloud ever saw the inside of a box, it was put to the test in the field. And there was no better proving ground than a stretch of North Dakota prairie, where a crew of Federal Premium engineers crawled into layout blinds next to a veteran guide to go toe-to-toe with hard-hunted snow geese.

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Strikeout Coyotes

Strikeout Coyotes

CLAY BELDING

Some hunters make mistakes before they even hit the field, errors that cost coyotes they could have bagged had they made better pre-hunt decisions. That’s according to Clay Belding, host of Federal Premium-sponsored “Dead Dog Walkin’.” The accomplished coyote killer identifies these three common missteps—and how to fix them.

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When To Break The Rules

When To Break The Rules

BEASLEY BROTHERS

Conventional wisdom offers countless solutions for the scenarios hunters face. Sit here. Stalk this. Wait there. But “Canada In The Rough” co-host Keith Beasley knows when to break from tradition. “There are definitely proven systems for hunting most types of game,” he says. “But you also have to be willing to think outside the box and break the rules when an orthodox plan isn’t working.”

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Hog Wild

Hog Wild

MIKE STROFF

If you want to be successful hunting hogs, get over the unfounded idea they’re stupid animals. In fact, your best bet is to hunt them with techniques you’d use to go after the smartest whitetail you’ve ever pursued, according to Federal Premium® partner Mike Stroff, host of “Savage Outdoors.” He shares his insights for staying one hoof step ahead of today’s ever-expanding—and increasingly challenging—feral pig populations.

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Making Of A MeatEater

Making Of A MeatEater

STEVEN RINELLA

Fans of the Sportsman Channel’s popular “MeatEater” series know host Steven Rinella as the insightful traveling outdoorsman who whisks them away on exciting hunting adventures where he tracks down, cleans and cooks an amazing variety of wild game. Through that role and others, he has become a self-styled frontman for conservation, the hunting lifestyle and total utilization of each wild harvest.

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Sluggin’ Bucks Better

Sluggin’ Bucks Better

JACKIE BUSHMAN

If you think hunting deer with a slug gun puts you at a disadvantage, you haven’t seen what a modern slug can do. “Buckmasters” TV host Jackie Bushman knows their amazing capabilities. “With the shotguns and ammo available today, you’re not at a disadvantage at all,” Bushman says.

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Ringneck Revival

Ringneck Revival

PHEASANT FORECAST

For more than a year, reports from around the Pheasant Belt have offered hope that hunters might be seeing the beginning of a ringneck revival. Various crowing counts, roadside surveys and harvest figures have all pointed to an upswing in the numbers of this beloved upland game bird.

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Early Birds

Early Birds

CHAD BELDING

When it comes to hunting early-season ducks, especially those local birds, Chad Belding says there are a lot of things you can do to consistently succeed, yet only one thing you can do to fail: Underestimate them. “The Fowl Life” television show host says local ducks aren’t dumb and he knows how to stay on them after they’ve been hunted.

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Bear Busters

Bear Busters

Mike Stroff

Mike Stroff grew up on the coast of North Carolina, home to some of the biggest black bears in North America, and spent college breaks working at his father’s bear lodge in Maine. The “Savage Outdoors TV” host hasn’t kept track of the number of black bears he’s killed, but estimates it at more than 30 between Alaska, Canada and the Lower 48. Lucky for you, this globe-trotting expert shares his top tips for shooting your biggest bruin ever.

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Your First Elk Hunt

Your First Elk Hunt

BRAD FARRIS

A run-in with a giant bull might last only seconds, but anyone who’s hunted them knows that countless weeks and sometimes years of preparation go into making that encounter a success. Famed TV personality and hard core hunter Brad Farris knows this better than most. He shares the tips he’s learned for making sure you get to punch your coveted tag.

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CALLING THE SHOT

CALLING THE SHOT

Chad Belding

Waterfowl hunting is often a group activity, and like any collective adventure, collaboration is key to everyone's enjoyment and safety, not to mention overall success. Toward that end, veteran duckman Chad Belding recommends entrusting one hunter to orchestrate the group’s every move.

"It's important to designate a hunt leader, so everybody knows their role and works together toward a common goal from the time you get out of the truck until you all head for home," says Belding, host of the wildly popular "The Fowl Life" television show and a widely recognized waterfowl hunting expert.

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The Unlucky 7

The Unlucky 7

Will Primos

If you hunt turkeys, you’ll make mistakes, so you might as well get used to the idea. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn from them or, better yet, learn from someone else’s before they cost you a gobbler. Will Primos, founder of Primos Hunting Calls, admits to making hundreds of mistakes. He’s shared his most common ones—and their solutions.

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