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Bill Cooper

Bill Cooper
Bill Cooper is a 40-year veteran outdoor writer from Missouri. He is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Missouri where he earned a Masters Degree in Outdoor Education. He is a member of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and a past president of the Missouri Outdoor Communicators. Bill received the Conservation Educator of the Year Award from the Conservation Federation of Missouri in 2000 and the Conservation Communicator Award in 2008.
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GUIDES by Bill Cooper:

Best Baits for Summer River Largemouth
Best Baits for Summer River Largemouth (guide)
A carefully crafted plan is key to success when targeting creeks or rivers for largemouth bass. This guide explains bait strategies for tackling summer river largemouth at every level of the water column.

Waterfowl Boats for Small Waters
Waterfowl Boats for Small Waters (guide)
Looking for a boat that can ply small waters in search of ducks and geese? These tips will help you choose the right duck boat for your needs.

Best Baits for River Smallmouth
Best Baits for River Smallmouth (guide)
Next time you're after river smallmouth, try these deadly dozen baits to put more fish in your boat.

Smaller Caliber Rifles for Aging Deer Hunters
Smaller Caliber Rifles for Aging Deer Hunters (guide)
The heavy recoil generated by larger caliber rifles can wreak havoc on the shoulders and joints of aging deer hunters. Here are some smaller caliber alternatives to consider.
HOWTOS by Bill Cooper:


Hounding Bunnies
Hounding Bunnies (howto)
Rabbit hunting is an inexpensive and fun sport for many hunters to enjoy.

Birds of Autumn
Birds of Autumn (howto)
Autumn provides the first chance for hunters to get some shots in, and hunting for dove and teal is a perfect opportunity.

Hunting the Yucatan Jungles for the Ocellated Turkey
Hunting the Yucatan Jungles for the Ocellated Turkey (howto)
Hunting the Ocellated turkey in the jungles of the Yucatan proved to be the ultimate in turkey hunting.

Locating Downed Birds
Locating Downed Birds (howto)
A downed game bird can vanish right before your eyes into the habitat from which it flushed. The following methods will up the odds in your favor of finding that prize we call a “bird down.”

Guide to Goose Hunting Spreads
Guide to Goose Hunting Spreads (howto)
With an overpopulation of geese in North America, hunters can take advantage of a no-limit goose hunting season by carefully picking their hunting spread.

Tips for the Traveling Fisherman
Tips for the Traveling Fisherman (howto)
To ensure the best fishing trip possible, remember a few things when you plan your adventure.

Dealing with Dominant Does
Dealing with Dominant Does (howto)
A dominant doe is always alert and can lead a herd to safety if spooked. Taking out the dominant doe first opens up the opportunity for multiple kills.

Preventing Gun Shyness in Dogs
Preventing Gun Shyness in Dogs (howto)
Training retrievers at a young age can greatly reduce gun shyness. There are several steps hunters can take to make sure their retriever is not only a great companion but a great hunting dog.

Killer Camp Meals
Killer Camp Meals (howto)
Cooking up the perfect camp meal can bring friends and family closer together.

Frog Gigging
Frog Gigging (howto)
Frog gigging has long been a nighttime sport pursued by hearty outdoorsmen who feign fearlessness of creatures that go bump in the night. To learn how to get your gig on, read on.

Late Season Tactics for Ocellated Turkeys
Late Season Tactics for Ocellated Turkeys (howto)
Contrary to popular belief, harvesting an ocellated turkey on the ground is possible with a little bit of research, work and luck. Author Bill Cooper describes his turkey hunting adventure in Campeche, Mexico.

River Camping
River Camping (howto)
River camping provides solitude and interaction with nature and wildlife that simply is not possible with other styles of camping. To learn how to prepare for your next river camping excursion, read on.

Wild, Natural Foods to Supplement Food Plot Plantings
Wild, Natural Foods to Supplement Food Plot Plantings (howto)
Learn how to combine your plantings with those of existing wild pants to reach the full potential of your food plot.

Fly Fishing for Snook
Fly Fishing for Snook (howto)
Snook are ample adversaries on any type of tackle, but the ultimate snook fishing challenge comes from stalking them with a flyrod in hand.

Teal Hunting the Yucatan
Teal Hunting the Yucatan (howto)
If you are a fanatic teal hunter in the United States, you owe it to yourself to visit the Yucatan during teal season. It is a teal hunter's dream come true.

Coyote Hunting Basics
Coyote Hunting Basics (howto)
Coyotes are more abundant than ever. Learn how to hunt song dogs in this coyote hunting primer.

Goggle-Eye Fishing Tactics
Goggle-Eye Fishing Tactics (howto)
Whether you float, wade or ride a belly-boat, goggle-eye fishing is downright fun. Their delicate fillets fried over an open fire along the riverbank make for a meal you won't soon forget.

Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon
Fly Fishing for Baby Tarpon (howto)
Baby tarpon are extremely wary fish, so a fly-fishing trip targeting Silver Kings requires a little forethought and preparation. This article will help you prepare for that once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

The Snow Goose Sneak
The Snow Goose Sneak (howto)
Waterfowl hunters new to snow goose hunting often find that snows are tough decoy and, therefore, require a different tactic -- the snow goose sneak.

Wade Fishing Dauphin Island
Wade Fishing Dauphin Island (howto)
Phenomenal wade fishing and sugar white beaches makes Dauphin Island a vacation hot spot for anglers.

Cold Weather Tactics for White River Trout
Cold Weather Tactics for White River Trout (howto)
Catching huge brown trout is the stuff of many anglers' dreams, and Arkansas' White River is where dreams become reality.

Duck Hunting the Mississippi River Delta
Duck Hunting the Mississippi River Delta (howto)
Competition for hunting pits and blinds can be fierce in the Delta. Doing your research and making reservations well in advance is wise.

Fish Gigging: An Ozark Tradition
Fish Gigging: An Ozark Tradition (howto)
Gigging an Ozark stream is an age-old Ozark tradition, and a cool fall evening, enhanced by the lights of a gigging boat, is medicine for the soul.

Chain Pickerel Fishing Basics
Chain Pickerel Fishing Basics (howto)
Neglected by most anglers, Chain pickerel thrive in the swamps, marshes, ditches, oxbows, sloughs and backwaters throughout a large portion of North America. Read on to learn how to fish for these unique members of the pike family.

Dove Hunting Watermelon Fields
Dove Hunting Watermelon Fields (howto)
Melon fields provide all the ingredients for a great dove shoot -- plenty of food and water for the birds, ample cover for hunters.

Southern Walleye
Southern Walleye (howto)
The traditional line for walleye fishing has slipped southward. If you're passionate about hooking a record book walleye or just filling the skillet with fine filets, start fishing the most likely spot -- down South.

Handgunning for Bushytails
Handgunning for Bushytails (howto)
Squirrel hunting hones basic outdoor skills necessary for all other types of hunting, including big game. Make a handgun your weapon of choice to add a whole new dimension to your squirrel hunting forays.

Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness
Giant Smallmouth of the Quetico Wilderness (howto)
Over 1,000,000 acres of pristine wilderness, filled with hundreds of lakes full of giant smallmouth bass, await the adventurous angler in Canada's Quetico Provincial Park, just across the US border from the Superior National Forest.

Brushpile Tactics for Turkey Hunting
Brushpile Tactics for Turkey Hunting (howto)
Every turkey hunter knows that wild turkeys are wary of thick cover. With the right setup, cover can become a hunter's best ally.

Trout Fishing Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Trout Fishing Great Smoky Mountain National Park (howto)
With over 2,000 miles of breathtaking streams and three different species of trout, every family vacation to Great Smoky Mountain National Park should include at least one day of fly fishing.

Tailrace Hybrids
Tailrace Hybrids (howto)
If you are up for some tackle busting fishing action, head to your nearest tailwater hybrid fishery. Your first hybrid striped bass will provide a lifetime memory.

Late-Season Mallards
Late-Season Mallards (howto)
Toward the end of the season, after ducks have been called to and shot at for months, waterfowling gets tough. You'll need to adjust your calling tactics and hunting locations accordingly. Read on to find out more.

Tactics for Fall Turkeys
Tactics for Fall Turkeys (howto)
Walter Parrott, RedHead Pro Hunting Team member, describes how he hunts the ghost of the autumn woods.

Timely Teal Tactics
Timely Teal Tactics (howto)
One of the smallest duck species, teal provide waterfowlers a chance to tune up their dogs and shooting before the big ducks arrive later in the season.
PRODUCTREVIEWS by Bill Cooper:


RedHead 3D Evolution Suit
RedHead 3D Evolution Suit (productreview)
Put to the test in the jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, the author found the RedHead 3D Evolution Suit was a major part of his successful hunt for ocellated turkeys.
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