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6 Ways You Spook Deer Without Knowing It

Deer hunting is a game of chess. It’s all about staying off each other’s radar. Deer try to avoid hunter. Hunters try to avoid from alerting deer. That’s the deal. But just because you don’t knowingly spook a deer while you’re deer hunting doesn’t mean you aren’t spooking (and pressuring)...


The Midwestern Whitetail Expert’s Guide to Failure Everywhere Else

Every time I skim the latest advice penned by one of the celebrity whitetail hunters, I’m amazed they believe this expert advice provides us poor plebeians the smallest amount of benefit. These experts are usually from the Midwest. I mean, they kill bigger bucks then we do, so they must...


8 Tips to Make All-Day Treestand Sits More Comfortable

For most midwestern deer hunters, those magical days of late October and early November mean the mature bucks will be on their feet. The days leading up to the peak rut offer the best chance of the season at a nearly nocturnal buck. And when it comes to these monarchs,...


7 Habits of Mature Rutting Bucks

Two words that you don’t often hear in the same sentence are “rut” and “habits.” But one thing is for certain, bucks do certain things habitually during the rut each fall. You just have to know what to look for. And you have to know how it applies to your...


How to Deer Hunt in November

The month of November is arguably the best time of year to kill a mature buck. It can be argued that other times are better (depending on circumstances), but in general, it’s hard to beat the month of November. Here’s a week-by-week breakdown of how you should hunt this month...


How to Speed Score a Buck

Shoot, or not to shoot? Sometimes the hunter inadvertently lets a big buck walk. At other times he shoots a buck that suffers from "ground shrinkage." Well, your problems are over in this regard. In this article, we'll tell you how to make the correct decision on the fly. Case...


12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...


Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

I watched an 8-pointer coming through the oaks. He closed within 40 yards of my stand and turned broadside. I smiled and pressed the muzzleloader's trigger. Pop! I flinched as the No. 11 cap detonated. The buck flinched too. He looked around, but didn't bolt. I waited until the deer...


Deer Hunting with a Slug Gun

Rifles were not legal for hunting whitetails where I grew up in the northeastern part of the country. Slug shotguns where the rule of law, and as little kid, when my father would pull “Old Faithful” from its leather scabbard, I knew it was time to hit the woods. I...


The Best Colleges for Deer Hunters

Selecting a college or university is a major decision for any young person. Location, size, available degrees, reputation and cost are all key factors. For some, there’s yet another serious decision to make when selecting a school, proximity to good deer hunting. Surely your parents won’t be pleased to hear...


How to Hunt the Rut: Advanced Tactics

You've saved up your vacation time, and November is finally here. No matter which week of the rut you choose to hunt, there's a strategy here to help you kill a bruiser.


5 Rut Buck Behaviors You Should Recognize

The rut is almost here in some places. And it’s not much farther off in other locations. So it’s paramount that we understand some of the basic rut behaviors bucks exhibit. Here are five of those. Rubbing This is an easy one to identify. But it’s important to not only...


The Great Debate: Firearms Hunting Seasons During the Rut

I’m a hard-core, wholly-dedicated bowhunter. Outside varmints and predators (which I pursue with rabid obsession), most of my hunting involves bows and arrows. I grew up rifle hunting big game. I reload thousands of rounds of varmint and handgun ammo annually. I’m certainly not opposed to gun hunting, it’s just...


How Canoeists and Kayakers Kill More Deer

Lightweight watercraft lend elegance to any outing, paddling silently and efficiently to access undisturbed bucks or penetrate country touched by few. You don’t need a boat launch or even a sloping beach to deploy canoes or kayaks, though. They can be set afloat just about anywhere, including along steep or...


8 Deer Hunting Tactics for Rifle Season

Gun season has been open for a week to 10 days. Guys have shot a bunch of bucks in your hunting area. The surviving deer hole up in cover and don't move much during daylight hours. Heck, many days it's tough to see the hair of doe, much less a...


Realtree Rewind: Two Big Midwestern Bucks

Hunter’s: Michael Waddell w/cameraman Steve Finch; Don and Kandi Kisky Location: Southwestern Iowa Hunting Method: Bowhunting Phase: Seeking phase of the rut Date: November 3-6, 2003 Weather Conditions: When we arrived, the temperatures were really cold. Just what we wanted! Cold and frosty — we were pumped. "When our time...


Deer Hunting: A Quest for a Drop Tine Buck

“Some men are obsessed with good guns, fine wine and beautiful women. I am consumed with shooting a drop-tine buck.” I wrote that on January 1, 2008, the day I launched my Big Deer blog. But the obsession had taken me years ago, decades ago, though I am not exactly...


How to Deer Hunt with a Flintlock Muzzleloader

Hunting with a flintlock muzzleloader is the epitome of firearms hunting traditions. Creeping along a ridge top in the late fall, looking for a deer carrying the style of rifle which fought and tamed the American wilderness — that’s a challenge accepted by few hunters. Those who choose to carry...


Realtree Rewind: Kandi Kisky's Not-So-Shy Eight

Hunter: Kandi Kisky Date: November 9, 2004 Location hunted: South central Iowa on the Kisky Farm Weather conditions: Sunny and 40 degrees with a light east wind. Phase: Rut Hunting weapon: Bow We first found out about this particular deer when we snapped a trail camera photo of him and...


The Deer Hunter's Guide to Whitetail Glands

Some old-time deer hunters preached that upon taking a rutting buck, the first thing a hunter should do is cut off the animal’s dark and musky hind-leg glands, as they could taint the meat. Other veteran hunters said don’t touch the stinky things, they could taint the meat. And still,...


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