The New Hunters Guide

George Konetes, avid hunter of deer, turkeys, ducks, predators, and more.

The New Hunters Guide is a website and podcast dedicated to helping new hunters get started and helping active hunters learn new things. If you have never hunted before, this is the podcast for you. If you are thinking about going after a new type of game, this is the podcast for you. If you have experience and want fast nuggets of insight that took us years to learn, this is the podcast for you. We are here to provide quick, tactical tips, things you can take into the woods tomorrow. We touch on many different kinds of hunting including whitetail deer, spring turkey, fall turkey, pheasant, grouse, dove, waterfowl, coyote, fox, bobcat, small game, crows, woodchucks, and many more. We are your step-by-step guide to help you learn to hunt, learn to hunt new things, and learn to hunt more enjoyably.

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Seeing a big deer walk into range after weeks or months of anticipation can cause a major adrenaline response that makes it hard to concentrate or take precision action. On this episode I talk about how to keep your cool when big game walks out and what you can do year-round to prepare for these moments and avoid common hunt ruining problems many people experience. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 6

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Different tactics work better for hunting different types of deer. Hunting whitetails is not a one size fits all proposition, much depends upon the area, age, and gender of the deer. On this episode I cover how big buck strategies differ from doe hunting strategies and how hunting young bucks is also different. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 29

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Plan A doesn't always work out when you are duck hunting, so what do you do when your first approach fails? On this episode I talk about 3 different duck hunting strategies that I employed all in the same day, each one yielding ducks.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 25

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One of the top complaints deer hunters have is that they went out and didn't see any whitetails. That will happen to everyone from time to time, but it should not be the norm. On this episode I talk about how hunting deer sign instead of speculation can drastically improve your chances of seeing game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 22

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Scent control plays a crucial role in almost every deer hunt. But how far should you go to cover up your scent? How far is too far? On this episode I talk about serious but realistic and practical ways to control your scent without spending much money or doing things that are crazy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 15

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There are many great personal reasons to hunt deer, but hunting can also help others, particularly families in need. On this episode I talk with Josh Wilson, the Executive Director of Farmers and Hunters Feeding The Hungry (FHFH). He shares his story and talks about ways that hunters can help feed those in need without spending a penny. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 8

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Almost nothing about deer hunting has been studied longer than the effects of the moon. And yet with hundreds of years of tradition, culture, and some significant observational research, modern technology has completely changed our understanding of this phenomenon. On this episode I talk about how the moon really impacts deer movement and the whitetail rut. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 1

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There are 3 main reasons why you want to have more than a single deer hunting spot. On this episode I talk about the factors that motivate whitetail hunters to have multiple hunting locations be them tree stands, ground blinds, or any number of simple no cost setups so you can find the right number of spots for you and how you hunt. Of course you only NEED 1 spot to take deer, but having multiple spots can increase your chances of success and your ability to hunt when it is convenient for you to be in the woods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 25

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Arrow weight plays a major role in archery hunting, it impacts your range, aiming, and effect on the deer. On this episode I talk about how to sift through all the information out there to make a good decision on how heavy YOUR arrows should be. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 18

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Many deer hunters walk into the woods lacking one of the most important things possible. Today it is possible to not just protect your hearing but boost it back to the level it should be, enjoy the sounds of the hunt, all while amplifying the unique sounds that deer make in the woods. On this episode I talk with Bill Dickinson, a life-long hunter, doctor, and co-founder of an amazing outdoor company that is changing hunters lives. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 11

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The early deer season can be the best time of the year for hunting certain areas but it requires a unique set of strategies that is different from the rest of the year. On this episode I share the story of my early season whitetail buck and the tactics that helped me bring him home on opening day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 7

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The best time of day to hunt bucks changes as the season goes on. It is true that you can take a buck at any time of day and on any day of the whitetail deer season, but there are times when the odds are better. On this episode I talk about the best time of day to hunt bucks in the early season, pre-rut, rut, late season and everything in between. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 4

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Black bear hunting is intense, both in the pursuit and the habitat. It can be tough to hunt where these bears reside, especially when it is wet and cold. On this episode I interview Alaska native and long time black bear enthusiast Jeff Lund about how to find and take down these amazing predators and what to do once you have a bear on the ground. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 30

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The crossbow market can be a crowded place, but if new hunters focus on a few core factors they can navigate things more easily and cheaply. On this episode I talk about how to streamline the consideration process so new users can make simpler and faster purchase decisions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 27

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Black bears are one of the most impressive predators you can hunt in North America. They have a large and diverse home range which affords many opportunities to newer hunters. On this episode I interview Alaska native and long time black bear enthusiast Jeff Lund about how to get started hunting these amazing creatures. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 23

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You need gear to hunt geese, fortunately a lot of that gear can double for duck hunting. On this episode I talk about the gear you need, should have, and should consider to go goose hunting and how it stacks up with duck hunting gear. I also talk about the single most important thing when it comes to getting you waterfowl hunting gear together and no it is not a type of gear or a brand, it matters much more than that.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 20

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Goose hunting is a fun and exciting pursuit in its own right. Yet many of the strategies and tactics are similar to duck hunting. On this episode I focus on what is unique about hunting geese, and how you can find and apply general duck hunting methodologies as well. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 13

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We should always be learning from our hunting experiences, and the experiences of others. This past season I learned a very important lesson about opportunities in the deer woods and how to manage them. On this episode I talk about how you can make decisions that enable you to enjoy your hunt to the fullest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 9

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One of the best things about ducks is how easy they are to process. If you were just out duck hunting and brought some birds home, this is the episode for you! I talk about how to dress, clean, and cook ducks, and give multiple approaches for each step of the process. When it comes to ducks, they can be cleaned like just about any game bird, the videos below will give you some insight into the nuance of the steps and help you with techniques that involve both plucking and not plucking the feathers. Also remember, wild ducks are not store bought chickens, you didn't get them the same way, don't try to cook them the same way. Ducks require their own set of cooking methods, more about that is discussed in the episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 6

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Up until recently every hunter using a firearm had to make a decision with every hunt. Do they protect their future or relish the present? Tetra Hearing has changed the game for all hunters when it comes to saving their hearing and enjoying every precious sound of every hunt and game species. Whether you are hunting ducks, geese, turkeys, deer, pheasants, grouse, crows, doves, elk, or anything else the Tetra AlphaShield & Multi-Pursuit hearing devices can not only save your hearing but help you hear better and hunt better. I make no commissions on this product and there are no affiliate links. These are my own opinions and this my very own detailed and passionate review. This may be the most important podcast episode I have ever done. Please listen to this episode. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 30

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A boat provides more than another tool, it enables you to hunt in new ways. On this episode I talk about core strategies to hunt ducks from a boat, kayak, or canoe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 23

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You can absolutely hunt ducks without much money or gear and be effective at it too. On this episode I talk about jump hunting, the easiest way to get started chasing ducks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 16

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Hunting ducks from a blind is likely the easiest and most popular way to start waterfowl hunting. It can also be very cheap. On this episode I talk about practical strategy for building a duck blind and hunting from one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 9

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Weather effects almost all types of hunting and ducks are no exception. Some conditions help duck hunting and some make it harder. On this episode I simplify things for the new hunter so you can make better decisions based on the forecast.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 2

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It is easy to think you need a dog to hunt ducks, but those thoughts are only propagated by people who rely on dogs. Not only can you hunt ducks without a dog, you can sometimes be more effective without one. On this episode I talk about the advantages and disadvantages of hunting with a dog and how you can be effective without one. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 26

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Duck hunting can be gear intensive, so to say one piece of gear is the most important is a big claim. But nothing is more important than safety and if something can keep you safe and help you hunt more effectively, it tops the charts. On this episode I talk with Bill Dickinson, a life-long duck hunter, doctor, and co-founder of an amazing outdoor company that is changing lives and the culture of waterfowl hunting. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 19

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Waders are an essential tool for duck hunting. Being able to retrieve ducks and decoys from the water while staying dry is one of the most unique parts of the sport. On this episode I help sort through all the different types of waders, the pros and cons of each, and the different levels of quality so you can make informed decisions based on your style and budget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 12

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Shotguns and shells are essential tools for duck hunting, there is no way to do it without them. Because of this, it is a very crowded market and there are many options out there. On this episode I talk about how to select a shotgun for waterfowl hunting, and perhaps more importantly how to navigate the massive duck hunting ammunition industry.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 5

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There are big changes happening at The New Hunters Guide, and I am excited about them! This is a special announcement episode that goes into the details of what is happening with the podcast currently and the future plans. Listen to get all of the details. The short short version is our reach is expanding and our ability to better serve YOU is increasing! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 1

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Creating movement and ripples on the water on calm days is very important for realistic decoy spreads and it is a big industry. Expensive options may work great, but you can improvise your own motion duck decoys with little to no cost and they can do the job exceptionally well. On this episode I talk about how to build three different kinds of motion decoys using things you already own. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 28

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Decoys are one of things that make duck hunting so much fun, and so much work! For most kinds of waterfowl hunting, decoys play a crucial roll in getting the birds to come where you want them. On this episode I talk about what you need to know to buy and use duck decoys. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 21

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Calling is one of the most engaging parts of duck hunting. It is a real life example of talking to the animals! On this episode I talk about how to get started in the world of ducks call, both what calls to purchase and how to use them. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 14

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Duck hunting takes more gear than most other types of hunting, BUT you can get started with a few must haves and then later add on the should haves. On this episode I go into some detail about all the gear you need for duck hunting and how you can break into the sport the easiest and the cheapest way. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 7

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There are many ways to hunt ducks and each has a time and place where it is effective. But most people only have the right conditions, gear, and access to implement a few different approaches. On this episode I cover four big strategies for hunting in different conditions to help get you started. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 31

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The most important thing you need to hunt ducks, is ducks. Scouting makes a successful hunt possible. On this episode I talk about several strategies for finding a good spot to hunt ducks without needing to invest an unrealistic amount of time and effort. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 24

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Duck hunting is an amazing tradition and American past time that is both fun and challenging to break into. In this episode I talk about the three major parts of duck hunting to help orient you to the sport so you can get started! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 17

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Duck hunting is an amazing pursuit and there is good reason it quickly becomes a consuming hobby for many of those who give it a try. On this episode I talk about the top 10 reasons you should hunt ducks! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 10

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Today was a dream come true in the turkey woods! Gobbler down within 5 minutes of legal shooting time! But it didn’t happen by accident, this turkey hunt took strategy, preseason work, and a carefully thought out plan including tactics that are out of the ordinary for me.  On this episode I share the story and the strategy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 6

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You cannot always control what comes at you in life, but you can decide how you will react. On this episode I share about how hunting not only helped me to survive a year of pandemic, but it helped me to thrive, to come out better. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 3

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Turkeys behave differently as the day wears on, so to boost your odds of success you need to adjust your strategies right along with them. On this episode I talk about a variety of late morning turkey hunting tactics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 26

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Hunting where turkeys are supersedes all gear and every skill, nothing can help you unless you hunt near birds. On this episode I explain how to find a great spot to hunt gobblers be it on public or private land. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 19

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Different tactics are needed to be successful hunting silent turkeys. Lots of gobbling sure helps, but you can still take a turkey even on a quite morning. On this episode I talk about the strategies needed to be successful when birds give you the silent treatment. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 12

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It is an age old turkey hunting question, should you take a shot on the jake that comes by, or hold out for a mature tom. On this episode I examine the ins and outs of this question and heartedly answer it from the perspective of the new hunter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 5

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I have seen almost every turkey hunter I have ever known make the same critical error. This includes people who are brand new to the sport and those who have been hunting for 40 years and have written books on the subject. This has cost people many successful hunts (myself included) and it has cost many a measure of their health as well. On this episode I talk with Bill Dickinson, an expert hunter, doctor, and CEO of an amazing outdoor company that is doing some of the most important work in the industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 29

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Turkey decoys are all the rage, and just like any tool there are times they are right for the job. But on this episode I look at times when decoys are very much the wrong tool for the job and can even cost you the hunt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 22

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Calling a gobbling turkey to you is the main way to hunt these birds, but that does not mean you should never move from your position. On this episode I talk about times when moving can help boost your chances of calling a turkey to you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 15

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Hunting turkeys on small parcels requires different strategy and technique to maximize your chances of success. On this episode I share practical step-by-step tips on how to make the most of small property gobbler hunts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 8

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When it comes to turkey hunting, a lot of mystique has developed around the shells, shot, and choke tubes used to get the best patterns to take gobblers at range. On this episode I break down the different types of shells, shot, and chokes, and what the advantages are of each to help you make the best decisions for your hunting style and budget. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 1

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The New Hunters Guide Podcast has now expanded to video and has launched on YouTube! We are now not only able to reach more people but we can do more things and unique things with video that we could not do with audio alone.  Please help us launch and grow the new YouTube channel buy subscribing, commenting, and liking videos! It all effects the YouTube algorithm and helps us reach more people.  You can find the new channel here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZjvticGCNP4ta-K2-CK_6A  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 25

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Turkeys are constantly in search of food. On this episode I talk about the simplest, easiest, and cheapest ways you can draw gobblers toward a property with food and the types of habitat that produce turkey food naturally. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 22

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