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Our deer blog is one of the longest-running and most popular ones out there. This is where we cover all things deer hunting, from experts and whitetail trivia to news, gear, and hardcore hunting advice. Whether you need to know how to test the soil in your food plot, tighten the groups from your crossbow, or scope out the latest on that big buck you saw online, you've landed around the right campfire. Pull up a seat and join us.

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Pre-Season Bowhunter's Checklist

Bow season is here, if only unofficially. The days have been getting just a little shorter since June 21, and now that Independence Day is behind us, hunters everywhere are starting to think a bit about stands and trail cameras and tags. Out west, archery antelope seasons open in a...


Sunday Hunting Legalized on Virginia WMAs, and Other Summer Deer News

Is the COVID Hunting Boom Finished? To continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on hunting, the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports conducted a study earlier this year to analyze trends in recent hunting license purchases . Working with the survey experts at Southwick Associates, the council collected license...


New Advice for Summer Food Plots

You got your new food plots planted right on time this spring, and your established patches of perennial clover are growing thick and green. Now it’s time for some summer maintenance. Break out the sprayer and tractor and mower, right? Well, maybe not. Check out this advice from a guy...


3 Bow Stand Mistakes to Fix Before Deer Season

Have you been inadvertently making one of these goofs when you set your bow stands? If so, fix it from day one this season and your odds of shooting a big buck go up. Your Ingress Sucks You haphazardly lug a treestand and steps on the way to a stand...


10 Amazing Facts About Velvet Antlers

Over the next three months, buck racks will grow at a fast and furious pace, and the process is nothing short of amazing. Here’s a look at 10 interesting facts. Growing antlers consist of a core of developing bone and cartilage covered with velvet. The antlers grow out and up...


Podcast: Kentucky Turkey Hunter Attacked by Bobcat

I first met my friend Jack Canady in the early 2000s, back when I was in college and he was working the gun counter part-time at a local sporting goods store. He’s always an easy guy to talk to, eager to share fishing tips or intel on a gobbling turkey...


Podcast: How the Grunt Call Came to Be

Brad Harris was high in a tree in Mingo Swamp in southeast Missouri when a 6-point buck walked by at about 80 yards. Harris doesn’t remember the exact year, but it was in the ’70s. He was working in the mines back in those days, and he was among several...


Choose the Best Knife for Deer Hunting

You can gut and skin a buck with a penknife or a Bowie or any blade in between, but to do the job right, select a tool designed with the deer hunter in mind. Fixed Blade with Gut-Hook If you haven’t tried a fixed-blade knife with a gut-hook, you should...


Sunday Hunting, Deer Harvest Totals, Studies on Spooked Bucks, and More

Georgia Hunters: Debone Your Deer Georgia hunters, listen up. No more shooting a buck or doe over in Alabama or South Carolina (or any state for that matter), loading it in the bed of your pickup, and driving home with your bounty. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed House Bill...


4 Ugly Facts About Ticks

We all hate the nasty little devils, but ticks are largely unavoidable as we do habitat work and start scouting and hanging treestands in the summer and early fall months. Here are four things to know about ticks, along with a few tips to stay tick-free and healthy. Ticks can...


CWD in Alabama and the Cheapest States for Deer Hunting

How Long Do Deer Live? Researchers in Pennsylvania looked back at their 20 years of data from capturing, collaring, and tracking wild deer, and found that if a buck survives to his first birthday, on average he will live another one to two years. If a doe survives her first...


Find a Deadhead Buck? Keep it Legal

To you thousands of COVID-19 newbies that have joined our ranks to hunt deer in the fall and shed antlers in the spring, here is something you’ll find interesting. A “deadhead” is the commonly used term for a buck deer carcass that you might stumble across in the woods, with...


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