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.

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Fool’s Gold: Are You Shed Hunting Too Soon?

Much of life is about timing. Being in the right place or making the right move at the correct time. Searching for shed antlers is no different, and that’s why I believe it’s time we start waiting longer to hit the woods in search of cast crowns. Past vs. Present...


Our Top 20 Hunting Song Playlist

Hunters love music that speaks to our way of life, and in this playlist we have compiled all the outdoor-related tunes you need. From Hank Williams Jr. to Luke Bryan, and Nate Hosie to Adam Sanders, this soundtrack puts hunting heritage in the spotlight. 1. We Live It Artist: Adam...


5 Deer Hunting Trends That Make Me Sick

Everybody loves a positive trend, including deer hunters. Negative trends, not so much. Unfortunately, there are some bad trends happening with deer hunting right now, including these below. We might not like them, but we do need to know about them: Declining Hunters, Their Money and Their Votes According to...


The Latest on Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a death sentence for whitetails. The neurological disease affects other cervids, too (mule deer, elk, moose), and can be transmitted through saliva, urine, feces, spinal material and brain fluids. It’s caused by prions, which are malformed (misfolded) proteins. It’s pretty scary, especially given how little...


My Worst Deer Season Ever

My 2019-20 deer season turned out pretty good. I got the closest to a wild deer I’ve ever been (4 feet). I made many great memories with family and friends. Oh, and I killed three mature bucks in three states. But it definitely didn’t start out that way. And even...


The Worst Hunting Hashtags

These aren’t the worst hunting hashtags. No, the worst ones are so egregious I can’t publish them. But of those that are at least passable for a family friendly website, these are the ones that we can’t keep using. Some are silly, outdated, or both, and others are simply in...


Should You Notch Your Tag on a Lost Deer?

If you wound a deer and don’t recover it, does that mean you should fill your tag anyway and quit hunting? A growing number of hunters seem to think it’s the right thing to do – but is it really? It’s not a simple thing to answer. It Happens to...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 1 – The Southeast

In the South, sweet tea tops the food pyramid, everything autocorrects to “y’all,” and Deep Woods OFF is the only perfume around. Oh, and the deer hunting sucks … especially if you’re a sucky deer hunter. It’s hard to kill a deer around here. So hard, in fact, that in...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 2 – The Northeast

When it comes to their deer hunting, northerners really do have reason to complain. As we continue our countdown, ranking the nation’s toughest deer hunting regions from easiest to toughest, the Northeast comes in at No. 2. Only one other region is consistently more difficult. HeadHunters TV’s Nate Hosie has...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 3 – The Northwest

When I hear Northwest, I think of mountains and lumberjacks, real ones and posers both. But it’s surprisingly good whitetail country, too. As we’re ranking the hunting in each region from easiest to toughest, the Northwest lands perfectly in the middle, at No. 3. Patrick Meitin is our resident northwestern...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 4 – The Southwest

All you have to do is shake a bag of shelled corn and all the Texas Booners come running in with tails wagging, right? Rattling works so well, it’s almost like cheating. At least, that’s what I’ve been told about deer hunting in the Southwest. Don’t get mad and kick...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 5 – The Midwest

No doubt about it, the Midwest is the nation’s easiest region to deer hunt. Manicured food plots. Plump ag fields. It’s all quite beautiful. And we’re using an unscientific, slightly biased system to rank each region, from easiest to toughest. When it comes to the easiest, the Midwest has it...


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