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A Deer Hunter’s Resolutions for 2021

We are all ready for 2020 to be over. So over . While COVID has not impacted deer hunting as much as it has everything else in our lives, the pandemic did throw a few wrinkles my way last season, but I intend to iron those out for 2021 and...


5 Things to Know About Muzzleloader Accuracy

Late muzzleloader hunts are the last hurrah in a lot of whitetail country, and they can be a great opportunity to kill a good buck. Big deer powerhouses like Iowa and Ohio offer seasons into January. But you have to make the shot when it happens, and muzzleloaders don’t always...


There’s Another Hunter in Your Stand. Now What?

One night a fellow named Dave watched me hunt deer from a treestand on public land on my television show, and it brought back sour memories for him. He wrote in an email: “Mike: One day I was sneaking into my bow stand, and when I got 50 yards away,...


Monster Buck Poached in Kentucky and More Deer Hunting News

Big buck stories and rut reports aside, what's been going on in the whitetail world this fall? Here's a quick roundup of the latest headlines. A man in Boone County, Kentucky, is accused of poaching a giant non-typical buck scoring 230 6/8. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish...


Try This Deadly Scent Strategy for Late-Season Bucks

B.J. Clement and his son, Todd, are die-hard archers who love to bowhunt into December, even though that is when rifle season starts in Kansas. “Out here where we hunt, the late and second rut can be as good or better than the peak rut, especially when the weather is...


3 Thoughts on Ground Shrinkage

One day on the Texas plains, I leveled my 7mm mag. on a fat 9-pointer, the larger of two bucks sparring in a dry wash 150 yards away. “Buck on left, ready?” I whispered to Bill, my cameraman. “Go.” Boom! The deer piled up and we hustled out to see...


Have You Ever Rattled Up a Buck with a Climbing Stand?

Back in the day, before hashtags made tree saddles cool, mobile bowhunters used climbing stands. Climbers still work fine wherever tall, straight timber is found, and I especially like using them this time of year when I’m hunting scrapes and pinch points in the hardwoods. (Get the scoop on chasing,...


You Wounded a Buck. Will He Come Back?

One morning I got a text from my friend Scott. “Shot …” “Great, be there in a few,” I responded. “No. Hit him in head, deer ran off.” “What the …?” When we hooked up later, Scott explained that he released the arrow, heard a loud thwack, and watched in...


What’s the Best Straight-Wall Rifle Round for Deer Hunting?

If you’re going to be hunting this fall in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Michigan, take a quiet moment to yourself and give thanks for the straight-wall rifle cartridges that are slowly replacing shotgun slugs in the deer woods. Though I’m saying this in the nicest way possible, shotgun slugs...


6 Things Hunters Have to Know About Chronic Wasting Disease

I just Googled “Chronic Wasting Disease” and got 28,700,000 results, links where you can go to get information on the nasty neurological disease that is affecting some herds of whitetails and mule deer across North America. CWD causes a spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals that results in...


Are Trail Cameras Affecting Your Hunting Experience?

Author’s note: First off, let me say I enjoy trail cameras and use them extensively. No doubt in terms of hunters finding, patterning and killing big, mature bucks, cams are the biggest innovation of the last 30 years in the deer hunting world. — M.H. I, like most whitetail hunters...


The Best One-Liners from Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp

Early bow season is a special time of the year, and even more so as we enter the home stretch of 2020, the Year of the Crazy. My wife, Michelle, and I hosted Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp during opening week at our place in Kentucky. We invited a crew of...


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