Brow Tines and Backstrap

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.


Bowhunting Basics II: Terminal Tackle

In the first installment of Bowhunting Basics , I discussed choosing a bow. With that part of the journey behind you, you’ll obviously need additional gear to make your bowhunting ambitions more streamlined and successful.

Real(tree) Men Wear Sweater Vests

The ATA and SHOT shows are finally over for 2012. We’ve spent so much time pointing out cool gear and favorite products from the shows this year that I think it’s only fair to point out my least-favorite aspect of the shows—the Realtree Sweater Vests.

Tony's 2012 SHOT Show Pick: Nikon Affordable Optics

The editorial crew gets the enviable task of checking out as many new products as possible during the SHOT Show each year. And we certainly found some cool stuff . At the end of the show, we choose one that stood out. To me, the choice was pretty easy...

Texting Gloves: Next Must-Have Deer Product?

Just over two months ago, my phone buzzed, and when I picked it up, it said, “1 New Message from Dad.” I opened it up, and there was a picture of a dead buck with a text that said, “Will, thought u would want 2 C this.” I replied: “Who...

Zeolite: New Scent Control Magic?

There are few things in the woods that have saved more whitetails than last night’s camp chili. Let's not go into details and just state simple facts: Deer can smell really, really well. Deer hunters are fond of chili. You can see where this is going . . . Deer...

Brantley's SHOT Pick: Benjamin Air Gun

Most of my work on is done from my home office in Kentucky. Yep, I'm usually wearing pajamas (or long underwear during hunting season). Matches right up with the image you had, right? Anyway, pajamas aside, one of the biggest advantages of my home office is the opportunity for...

New Breed AR-15s for Deer Hunting

Walk around the floor of the SHOT Show for a while—and spend much time discussing it with folks on the hunting side of the business—and one theme becomes starkly clear: the “black guns” are taking over. People love their AR-15s, and there’s no doubt the AR-15 craze is the fastest-growing...

Bowhunting Basics: Part 1

Have you never been bowhunting? Getting started is easier than you think.

Brantley's ATA Pick: Easton Injexion Arrow Shafts

We saw a ton of great new stuff at the 2012 ATA Show in Columbus, Ohio, but I'd have to say my favorite was this new A/C Injexion arrow shaft from Easton . I'm already hearing great things from pro-staffers who've had a chance to shoot it, both on the...

Hansen's ATA Pick: The X-Stand

I love new treestands . Just got back from the ATA show and there were plenty of interesting things to see. But one item in particular really stood out - the x-stand treestand - and I thought I'd share it. Check out the video.

Meet Patrick Meitin

I’ve been in the outdoor-writing dodge a while, selling my first magazine articles to mainstream archery publications in 1988. Ironically enough, my first published article was a technical piece, detailing a simplified method of aiming a bow and arrow using a single pin. It’s ironic only because I wasn’t what...

Meet Brantley

I wasn’t into team sports as a kid, and to this day, don’t care much about watching them on TV. I had good buddies, but whether or not I hung out with them after school was of no real consequence to me. Hunting, for whatever was in season, was the...