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Busted: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Deer Senses

The 10-pointer, thick as beef and rack glinting in the late-day sun, stepped out of the greenbrier, took a quick look around, lowered his head and began sneaking my way. I put tension on the bowstring. In less than 45 seconds the buck’s route would take him through a shallow...


Realtree Rewind: A 27-Point Kansas King

Hunter: Gerry Rightmyer Date: November 29, 2005 Location: Morris County, Kansas Weapon: Centerfire rifle Species: Whitetail Preface: Newly trained B&C official measurer and Realtree pro staffer Gerry Rightmyer knows a trophy buck when he sees one. But the buck that stepped out in front of him one cold November day...


How Coyotes Killed Deer Hunting

I hear it more and more as time goes on. “I’m seeing fewer deer .” That’s something I hate to listen to. Because of the root cause, I know there is no quick fix or simple solution to change it. There are many reasons why hunters might see fewer deer...


How to Estimate Your Deer Herd Density with One Trail Camera

At this point, practically every hunter has a trail camera and while many hunters can tell you how many photos they have, few realize that trail cameras are tools capable of determining actual herd density, buck-to-doe ratios and fawn production. It’s an easy process and using these simple methods, hunters...


Early Season Deer Hunting: Conservative or Aggressive Tactics?

It had been two weeks since I’d watched the buck ease out into the bean field to feed for a full 30 minutes until it was simply too dark to see him any longer. I was in a stand with my bow, but 400 yards out of range. The stand...


Realtree Rewind: Kandi Kisky's Big Buck

Hunter: Kandi Kisky Date Hunted: October 8, 2004 Location Hunted: South Central Iowa Weather Conditions: Unseasonably warm with a front approaching Phase of Season: Pre-rut Hunting Weapon: Bow Hunting Strategies: Hunting a standing soybean and Buck Forage Oats food plot from a Loggy Bayou stand. Used rattlling antlers and True...


15 Tips for Deer Hunting from a Treestand

Throughout the years, I’ve still-hunted, spot and stalked, hunting from blinds and utilized treestands. While I enjoy and use each of these tactics when the situation at hand calls for them, my favorite method is the treestand. There’s no substitute in most scenarios. I mostly bow hunt. But I do...


The Death of Deer Hunting?

Words and phrases like "only option," "decimate," "picket lines," "eradicate," and yes, even "aerial shooting" are being bantered about in deer hunting and deer management circles with increasing fervor. While certainly strong language, could we be too late? Too late for what you ask? Chronic Wasting Disease, that's what. Up...


10 Tips for Getting Permission to Deer Hunt

Each season it becomes harder to gain access to private land deer hunting . If you are not a landowner or blessed with family members and friends who are; you are at a serious disadvantage on finding prime real estate. With the intense competition between hunters; it is ever increasingly...


5 Tips for Stalking Mule Deer

The age-old spot-and-stalk tactic has killed more deer than any other approach. Sadly, it’s an art form that’s slowly dying and fading away. And that’s a shame because it is a fun, effective tactic that certainly has its place in the hunter’s arsenal. Here are five tips to help make...


Deer Hunting Debate: Treestands vs. Ground Blinds

Deer hunters have been arguing over this for a century. Which is better — treestands or ground blinds? Some say stands, while others pick the latter. The true answer? Probably neither. Let’s dive in and look at some pros and cons for each and then analyze which, if any, is...


How to Kill a Velvet Buck

Few states offer a legitimate chance at killing a velvet buck. That’s why states such as Montana, South Carolina and Kentucky receive such a high mark from deer hunters. They open before most other states. If you plant to hunt in one of the states that offers such an opportunity,...


10 Ways to Prevent Treestand Theft

Treestand theft is a serious issue. Thousands of deer hunters are affected by it every season. Sadly, no matter what you do, the risk is still there. But there are tips you can implement to reduce the likelihood of someone lifting the stands you used your hard-earned cash on. Here...


For the Love of Deer Hunting

It was the year 2007. Early September. It was the earliest that I’d ever sat in a treestand and I was doing a marvelous job of sweating. It was like an X Games event getting to the top of that stand. It was stupid hot, but I was hunting whitetails...


How to Bowhunt for Blacktails

I have arrowed a number of Pope & Young blacktail by way of spot and stalk, treestands, calling and rattling, as well as still-hunting. I am convinced that without being versatile in my hunting approach, I would not have enjoyed the success I have had on this most worthy trophy...


How to Increase the Buck Density Where You Hunt

Sometimes deer densities are too high. Other times, they’re too low. During times of the latter, it’s important to know how to remedy the situation to improve things for the deer, and for the hunter. Here are eight ways to increase the buck density where you deer hunt. Create More...


8 Major Differences Between Whitetails and Mule Deer

Hunters have been chasing whitetails and mule deer for thousands of years. Each species offers a very unique adventure that outdoorsmen cherish. Some just hunt one or the other. Others have hunted and continue to hunt both. The two species of deer don’t mingle throughout most of their respective ranges...


QDM Cooperatives: The Future of Deer Management on Small Properties

To implement a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program , one initially needs two things — a piece of ground to manage and good reliable information. Originally, QDM was only truly effective on relatively large properties of 1,000 acres or more. However, today, with QDM being both familiar and desirable to...


Whitetail Sensory: What Do Deer Really See?

Anyone who hunts deer quickly learns that the animal’s primary survival tool is its remarkable ability to accurately detect and identify even the most subtle smells. Let a deer pick up your scent and it’s game over. And benefiting from its mobile, oversized ears, it can quickly detect the slightest...


Bad Hunting Buddy Behaviors

We all love hunting with our pals and look forward to hunt camp each season. But let’s be honest. Sometimes our hunting buddies do things in camp or during the hunt that make us just want to punch them in the face. You know it’s true. That doesn’t mean we...


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