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8 Deadly Ambushes to Try This Bow Season

One October I scouted the bends and points of a 400-acre stretch of the Milk River in northeastern Montana and located four good whitetail bucks, two of which would push 140 inches, about as good as the racks get out there. I hunted hard for four days from three lock-on...


5 Ideas for Cleaning the Freezer Before Hunting Season

I hate waste. We strive to process our deer and other animals to use every edible bite. My dad is fond of saying our cleaned carcasses would “starve a buzzard.” That same philosophy carries over to the kitchen where we cook up hearts, liver, and other tasty bits along with...


September Sins: 6 Reasons Why Early Season Hunts Fall Apart

September bucks are easy, right? The August trail camera pictures and bachelor group glassing sessions make some of those big summer studs seem tame enough to cuddle. “You could set a watch by him,” the old saying goes. But then opening day arrives, and that deer you thought you knew...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 5

Our final 2020 Antler Nation regional roundup focuses on the Northeast. From the status on deer populations to public-land opportunities and everything in between, we’ve updated each state with the information you need to know this season. Connecticut Mild winters and decent mast crops have helped put the deer herd...


Did That Buck Hear You?

We shell out good money on scent-control clothes and a concoction of soaps and sprays to knock out our man-smell. We wear our camo and hide as best we can from a buck’s sharp eyes. All are good and critical strategies. But what if a buck hears you? Or put...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 4

Our fourth Antler Nation roundup centers on these 11 states in the Southeast region, where you can find a mix of some of the country’s very best deer hunting — and also, some of the toughest. We’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital...


Will Deer Season 2020 Be Crazy?

It’s been a strange and difficult year, but hang in there because deer season is right around the corner. As I, like you, look forward to some much-needed treestand therapy, I can’t help but wonder: This pandemic has affected everything in our lives for the last six months. How might...


Boats and Bucks

It’s the eve of opening day of Maine’s 2019 expanded archery season, and John Altman is listening to news he’d rather not hear. A NOAA weather radio reports wind speeds of 20 knots and 13-foot swells. Altman and his hunting crew specialize in hunting coastal islands in the expanded archery...


Metadata Bucks

Biologists have researched the habits of whitetails for decades, and there’s a lot of data available. But how much of the information out there is actually relevant to deer hunters? As with many scientific discussions, the answer is: It varies. But when hunters collect their own intel and then pair...


Deer Hunting in North Carolina

Season Dates (2020): Season dates are segmented and vary greatly for different areas of the state. Please check the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website to confirm season dates. The Grade: C Looking at data over the past 10 years, the harvest of trophy bucks and older age-class bucks in...


Deer Hunting in New Jersey

Season Dates (2020): Deer season dates vary greatly by deer management zone. Please check the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife website to confirm deer season dates. The Grade: B New Jersey isn’t the first state to pop into a deer hunter’s mind, but it does offer some quality hunting if...


Deer Hunting in New Hampshire

Season Dates (2020): Archery season runs September 15 to December 15, but closes on December 8 in WMU A. Muzzleloader season is October 31 to November 10. Firearms season runs November 11 to December 6, but closes November 29 in WMU A. Youth weekend is October 24 to 25. Specific...


Deer Hunting in Connecticut

Season Dates (2020): Hunting season dates vary greatly by location. Please check the Connecticut DNR website to confirm deer season dates. The Grade: C Connecticut maintains a C grade again this season. Harvests haven't been great the last few years, but biologists attribute most of that to warm weather and...


Deer Hunting in Arkansas

Season Dates (2020): Arkansas has 20 deer hunting zones, and the season dates and bag limits vary greatly in each one. Some zones won't open as shown below. That said, for most hunters, the statewide opening dates are as follows: Archery season opens September 25. Muzzleloader season opens October 16...


Deer Hunting in Kentucky

Season Dates (2020): Archery season is September 5 to January 18. Crossbow season spans September 19 to January 18. Modern firearm is November 14 to 29. Early muzzleloader season is October 17 to 18, and late muzzleloader runs December 12 to 20. Youth weekend is October 10 to 11 and...


Deer Hunting in Maine

Season Dates (2020): Archery runs October 3 to 30. Youth deer day falls on October 24. Resident-only day is October 31. Firearms season is November 2. Muzzleloader is November 30 to December 5 and December 7 to 12 (designated areas only). Lastly, the expanded archery season lasts from September 12...


Deer Hunting in South Carolina

Season Dates (2020): Season dates vary greatly by zone and by private or public land. Please check the South Carolina DNR (SCDNR) website to confirm regulations and season dates. The Grade: D Hunting velvet bucks with a gun? That’s a thing down here. Part of the state sees almost a...


Deer Hunting in Vermont

Season Dates (2020): Archery season is October 1 to November 13 and November 30 to December 15. Youth deer weekend is October 24 to 25. Rifle season is November 14 to 29. Muzzleloader runs December 5 to 13. Please check the Vermont Fish and Wildlife website to confirm deer season...


Deer Hunting in Tennessee

Season Dates (2020): Deer season dates vary greatly by unit. Check the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) website to confirm season dates. The Grade: B While the Volunteer State has decent deer densities, it isn’t known for giants. Sure, the Tucker buck was killed here. At one time, it was...


Deer Hunting in Mississippi

Season Dates (2020): Mississippi is divided into five hunting zones. Season dates vary in each one. Read the regulations for specific rules on private and public lands, as well as antlered and antlerless deer, that apply within each of the individual seasons. Please check the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries...


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