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The Mentality of Big-Buck Killers

You know them — those hunters who kill one or multiple monster bucks each year. It makes you wonder. How do they do it? What are they doing differently? Lots of factors culminate into consistent success on mature whitetails. Still, it’s obvious that big-buck killers have a different mentality than...


8 Big-Buck Brawls You Must See

Buck fights are some of the most interesting scenes hunters can experience in the wild. Seeing two big deer brawl for dominance is something to behold. Generally, these encounters are brief or not very visible. But sometimes, things get interesting. These eight buck fights are prime examples. Check out these...


3 Off-the-Wall Whitetail Tactics

Out on the Milk River in eastern Montana, Eliot Strommen glasses for a buck crossing an alfalfa field, swaggering alone nose down or trailing a doe. He watches where the deer enters the timber, then eases downwind into position. The longbow hunter stands behind a tree, picks up a stick...


How to Build a Shooting House on a Budget

Potroast sat next to me, rubbing his hands back and forth in the glow of the small propane heater at his feet. We’d been sitting about an hour on that December hunt, and it was cold when we got there. As the evening wore on, the temperature was descending into...


The Worst Foods to Eat on Stand

I’ve been there. That time when deer are running all around, but your guts feel seconds away from disaster. It’s a race to the nearest log, and layers are flying all over as you trip and fall your way through the woods. You’d give up a 180 buck just to...


What in the World Is Digital Taxidermy?

Chris Pazul is an outdoorsman who loves nature and enjoys preserving memories of the hunt. Deer hunting is his passion. He’s a Pennsylvania native who has hunted his entire life and started bowhunting at 13. He’s also the owner of Graphic Taxidermy , and recently rolled out a new service...


Bowhunting Tiny Wood Lots

On a whim, Indiana bowhunter Shawn Brinkman asked the landowner across the road from his house if he could hunt the guy’s 8.5-acre tract. “Sure,” the neighbor said, “Nobody else ever hunts it.” Next afternoon Shawn slipped into the woodlot with a lock-on stand on his back. He looked around...


7 Most Common Reasons Deer Hunters Get Tickets

You love to hunt, and you play by the rules. As well-intentioned as you may be, it is easy to get lackadaisical and inadvertently break a hunting law. Here are the 7 most common reasons deer hunters get tickets. 1. Failure to Read the Regs Season dates and bag limits...


Urban Bowhunting Tips and Tactics

Bowhunting in the suburbs has a near cult following, and for good reason. It’s fun, and an effective way to tag some giant whitetails. Just take George Moore, Mark Hanaway, and Matt Myatt’s bucks, for example. If hanging a stand and hunting in town interests you, here are a dozen...


4 Types of Buck Rubs You Need to Know

Fresh scrapes are the most alluring buck sign in the woods during the rut, but rubs are more important to your season-long strategy. Here’s how to place value on four types of rubs and how to determine which ones can help you pin down and kill a big deer. Type:...


The Sixth Sense, Part II: A Deer Hunter’s Intuition

No sound is made. No sight is seen. No smell is sniffed. But hairs stand at attention anyway, and you know. You know there’s a big buck standing just out of sight, and a slight turn of the head proves your intuition true. Discussions of the whitetail’s sixth sense have...


The Sixth Sense, Part I: A Whitetail’s Secret Weapon

Your target buck steps out 75 yards away. Cool as a cucumber nowhere near a chopping board, he casually feeds along the timberline toward you. You’re well-hidden with no chance of making noise, and the soft breeze signals a steady crosswind. The situation is dang near perfect, and you’re a...


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