Brow Tines and Backstrap

 

Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.

Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.

  • 12 Reasons Some Hunters Kill Big Deer But Others Don't

    Some guys and gals seem to always kill big deer. Other hunters rarely do if ever. So what’s their secret? Well, it isn’t just one thing. But those who frequently kill big deer have certain things in common. These 12 things are some of those.

  • 13 Mistakes Rookie Deer Hunters Make

    Deer hunting is a never-ending journey. If you do it and do it right, you should never stop learning. We can know a lot about the white-tailed deer due to the extensive research biologists are conducting. We can perfect approaches and tactics by observing whitetail behavior and implementing said tactics...

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7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations. See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts...


11 Deer Hunting Mistakes Even Experienced Hunters Make

Sometimes deer hunting seems like a simple thing. But most of the time our better judgment reminds us that there’s truly nothing simple about it. Whitetails are complex critters that take decades to understand. And while biologists and researchers have dispelled many myths and made huge strides, we’ve only begun...


The Best Setup for Bowhunting Elk

For me, the annual highlight of archery elk edges out the November whitetail rut for sheer bowhunting enthusiasm. There's something about elk. They're big and wear a lot of bone, but there's more to it than this; a gregarious nature, majestic terrain and the proactive hunting style (no sitting for...


5 Mature Buck Personalities We Hate

Every deer is unique. They have different facial characteristics, body size and antler structure. Most importantly, they have different personalities. That’s what makes every deer hunt different. Some bucks have personalities that make them easier to kill. Some are harder. Below are five of the latter.


The Best Broadhead and Arrow to Make Your Bow An All-Game Rig

By: Patrick Meitin Just for fun let's pretend you've won a cosmic lottery allowing you to shoot a wide variety of game this coming season, all expenses paid, including the combination of arrows and broadheads best suited to each big-game animal. The only stipulation is you must use a single...


13 Things Public Land Deer Hunters Despise You For

The public land scene is much like the private land venue, but with subtle twists. For those who’ve never hunted public land, these things might (or might not) be new to you. Some even apply to private land. But if you’ve spent any length of time hunting open-to-all properties, these...


10 Things Your Deer Hunting Mentor Hates

The future of hunting depends on us sharing the outdoors with those who may not have the knowledge, means or access to do it on their own. So there’s no greater act in the outdoor lifestyle than introducing someone to hunting. If you’re new to hunting, and have a mentor...


7 Deer Hunting Tactics That Don't Work Like They Did

Deer are pretty smart animals. They adapt quickly. Subtle changes in their environment don’t go unnoticed. Their senses are unparalleled. So it seems fitting and theoretically accurate to believe that certain hunting tactics might start losing their effectiveness over time. Maybe these are backed by fact. Maybe they’re just my...


15 Jobs You Can Get in the Outdoor Industry

Millions of people across the country love the outdoors. Whether it’s hunting, fishing, hiking, etc., the great outdoors is loved by many. And chances are a good portion of those people would love to work in the outdoor industry. I’ve worked as an outdoor writer, editor, photographer, video producer, worked...


7 Bucks I Couldn't Kill and Why

I’m not an expert deer hunter. I’ve never claimed to be. Sure, I’ve been fortunate to take some nice deer throughout the years. But a fair number of big bucks have escaped due to my blunders, too. I can’t lie. My nerves have gotten the best of me on more...


2017 North American Deer Summit: Threats to Hunter Access

Hunter access continues to be a big issue throughout the country. Habitat loss. The sale of public lands. Private lands closed to all hunting. The list goes on. And hunters are finding it harder and harder to find a place to enjoy the outdoors. It’s because of conservation organizations such...


2017 North American Deer Summit: CWD Is Worse Than We Thought

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to worry deer biologists, managers and hunters across the country. It isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse . Many people aren’t aware of CWD, or simply don’t understand the full breadth of the threat it poses. CWD is caused by an abnormal protein referred...


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