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Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...


7 Best Late-Season Food Sources for Deer

The late season can be a bear. It’s hard to find deer during the latter parts of the season. It doesn’t matter if you’re chasing giant bucks or fawns with milk-staches on their fuzzy lips (they taste pretty darn good). It’s tough, especially if you don’t have a dynamite spot...


How to Hunt Coastal Mule Deer

As a well-traveled bowhunter , I’ve hunted a lot of game in a lot of places, but I’m drawn to bowhunting these deer like nothing else — they offer an extreme challenge in rare mountain habitat that I have yet to find elsewhere. Few archers even know these deer exist,...


3 Ways to Find Pre-Rut Blacktail Bucks

For most bowhunters, chasing blacktails is a chess match that usually concludes with the buck being the victor. Heavy timber and dense cover provide them with the upper hand against those willing to test their hunting skills. Fortunately for us, there comes a time during the year when all mature...


Blacktails: Hunting the Pacific Ghost

The Columbian Blacktail is known to many veteran hunters as the “ Pacific Ghost ” due to its ability to appear from the shadows for a brief moment, then disappear at the blink of an eye as if it were never there. These masters of deception are considered to be...


3 Late-Season Deer Hunting Strategies

The late season is a great time to tag a deer. So man, what are you waiting for? If you've still got the green light in your state, here are three solid ways to score on winter whitetails. 1. Take a Stand It's the post-rut and you know what that...


How to Do a Deer Drive

There are many tactics out there that are effective enough to kill a deer. Some are more reserved tactics. Others are more aggressive methods. Deer drives fall among the latter. And while this approach might not be for everyone, it is preferred by some. If you’re a part of that...


Using Maps to Kill Big Woods Bucks

Energy. In the mountains it means everything. You have to have enough to get the job done and you have to conserve it every chance you can. That is what led me to using topographic maps in order to locate and kill big-woods bucks . Scouting acres of steep, rocky...


Rotate Pressure to Kill Big Bucks

You’ve seen the trophy bucks on the cover of magazines , but have you ever seen one in the wild? Have you ever taken one yourself? Only a small number of hunters can answer “Yes” to these questions because few bucks live to reach the coveted trophy size. With millions...


Changed by Deer Hunting

Breath vapors fogged the light streams of Dave’s headlamp. His father-in-law whispered, “Good luck, shoot straight,” and patted him on the shoulder. At 46 years old, Dave, an entertainment systems business owner said, “This was my first opening day and for the first time I felt alone as the walk...


7 Deer Biologists Who Changed Hunting Tactics Due to Research

Gather a group of hard-core deer hunters as the rut approaches, and what do you see? People sharing trail-camera photos, estimating ages, measuring antlers, talking about new bows and discussing rifle ballistics. Gather a group of deer biologists as the rut approaches, and what do you see? People sharing trail-camera...


How to Deer Hunt from a Treestand

Just about every bowhunter (and many gun hunters) pursue whitetails from a treestand these days. "Hunting 'em high" offers the bowhunter several advantages. A deer lives primarily by its sense of smell. That highly sensitive organ tells it where food and water is, where its fellow deer are, where a...


Deer Hunting Mistakes That Cost Me Big Bucks

Nothing hammers home a lesson that needs learning quite like a blunder that muffs your chances at a trophy buck . One of those deep-chested, heavy-horned studs you hear some guys refer to as “ toads ” or maybe even “ hammers .” Unfortunately, I know this feeling all too...


How to Hunt Property Lines

In the outdoor world, few things are more controversial than hunting property boundaries. As time goes by, it seems greed drives more and more hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to do illegal or unethical things. It’s not because they can’t decipher right from wrong. It’s because people test and even...


Scouting for Deer with Topo Maps

Speed scouting with maps can quickly put you on big bucks. It works. You just have to know how to get the job done. Why Speed Scout? Whether you’ve been drawn for a special hunt in an unfamiliar area, are hunting out of state or are just hunting a new...


The Toughest Whitetail Rut Hunt You Can Go On

Are you looking for the ultimate whitetail rut hunt ? After a few decades of searching in states and provinces across North America, I believe I’ve found it — in the remote, northernmost stretches of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Canoes, paddles, and gear-laden dry bags may not be...


How to Deer Hunt from a Ground Blind

Throughout the years, I have run into more than one bowhunter that has had a treestand accident of one kind or another. Although they aren’t crazy about hunting from a tree, they continue to do so largely because they feel that hunting from the ground is an inferior way to...


7 Factors When Deer Hunting New Properties

I love the challenge of a do-it-yourself roadtrip for whitetails. I suppose that’s why I have been on about two dozen of them in the last 15 years. I have had some exciting successes and some crushing failures during these hunts, but I have learned from each one of them...


8 Tips to Rattle in More Deer

Rattling and grunting can lure bucks from September through January. But there's no doubt that the tactics work best during the breeding season, and especially during the two-week scraping phase that I call the "hard pre-rut." A sexually frustrated buck on the prowl for the first hot doe of the...


A Bowhunter's Perspective on QDM

Are you tired of seeing only spindly fork-horns and 6-pointers every bow season? Has your idea of a "trophy buck" been reduced to anything over a spike-horn? Well, my friend, join the club — "The Hunters Small Buck Club." Now, before you start writing me an angry email, allow me...


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