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20 Photos That Show Just How Tough Whitetails Are

It’s no secret that whitetails are incredibly tough animals. Their will to survive is beyond anything in the big-game category, and their ability to overcome serious harm is impressive. Although we don’t celebrate or take joy from seeing deer in pain, check out these trail camera photos that show just...


Ancient Buck Had Rare Third Antler

Jason Morton spotted the buck and knew right away the animal was old. The deer was a bag of bones and walked stiffly with a slow, hip-swaying gait. The 7-point antlers were on the heavy side but stubby and going downhill from what the rack must have been a few...


Alabama’s Mysterious Big-Nose Deer

Something about the 8-pointer looked weird. He was skinny and scuffed up, but that was not unusual during the peak rut. Johnny Sorensen tipped his can call, and the odd-looking deer made a beeline for the doe bleats. Johnny pulled the trigger and buck went down in a heap. The...


3 Ways to Kill a Buck in the Last Weeks of Season

If you’re reading this blog, you’re either lucky (you shot a buck earlier in the season and you’ve got another tag burning your pocket) or you’re on a major downer (you haven’t gotten your buck yet and your buddies are riding you about it). Either way, we’re here with three...


The Mid-Gun-Season Blues: When Times Get Tough

After the barrage of cannon fire you heard opening week, do any big bucks still roam the timber? You start to wonder. But remember, an old hip-swaying, big-racked whitetail is the ultimate survivor. Hunting one is never easy, especially during the middle of gun season. But hang in there, and...


Tricks for Finding Lost Hunting Arrows

KKTV in Colorado reported that a bow hunter had to be airlifted out of the wilderness near Steamboat Springs after he was impaled by an arrow and broadhead apparently fired and lost by another hunter earlier this season. Routt County Search and Rescue said the hunter accidently walked into the...


20 Weird and Funny Treestand Names and Their Stories

Hunters who share access and hunt together tend to name treestands and blinds. It’s fun and necessary, especially when trying to identify where someone is going for the day. So, if you’re slapping a handle on a spot, why not make it creative, funny or even weird? Here are 20...


Should You Join a Hunting Club Next Season?

The hunting club lifestyle has a great following in America, but it’s especially common in the Southeast. From Texas to South Carolina, Kentucky to Florida, hunt clubs are the norm. But for those who’ve never been a part of one, and those considering joining, it can seem a mystery. Is...


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20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

I’m not saying your granddaddy isn't a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more bucks with his open-sighted, lever-action .30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-axed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. And he'll shame a...


Do Bucks Delay Their Response to Grunt Calls?

It makes good sense to grunt at every buck you see walking or trotting through the woods 75 to 100 yards out of bow range of your treestand. What have you got to lose? Nine times out of 10, unless he’s chasing a doe, a buck that hears your calls...


Does a Snorting Deer Mean Your Hunt’s Over?

Black, beady eyes bore straight through your skull. Head bobs, foot stomps, and echoing snorts tell you exactly what she thinks, and it isn’t good. She completely disapproves of the situation, and every deer in the valley is going to hear about it. But does it matter? When a deer...


3 Simple but Deadly Rut Stands

We make hunting the rut way too complicated, so let’s simplify things. In states above the 35th parallel with a November rut, the key to killing a big deer is to hang a few treestands (or build a few ground posts) in areas where a big deer is likely to...


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