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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 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...


15 Tips for Bowhunting Deer in the West

Bowhunting deer in the West is a different ball game than hunting them in the East. It takes a separate set of skills and tactics to get the job done. Here are a few short tips to get you started. The 2017 Obsession Bow Product Line Read the records. Knowing...


Deer Hunting for the Heart and Soul

Deer hunting is not all about shooting a big buck. Far from it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that. Occasionally, we need to be reminded about the truly important things in life. In my years of blogging about deer hunting, I've received numerous stories from readers. These three really stood...


How to Go on a Western Big Game Combination Hunt

The West is different. It’s pretty much that simple, yet that complicated. The skills that help you tag a buck every year on the East Coast might not work out West. In fact, those “skills” may actually cost you opportunities in The Big Country. The West seems to reward hunters...


How to Kill the Biggest Buck Where You Hunt

On a summer scouting mission, I glassed a very large buck coming out of thick bedding cover adjacent to a parking area on a public hunting property. I started keeping an eye on the spot from the safety of my car. If I parked in the right spot I could...


Deer Hunting Debate: Does Culling Really Work?

Culling for antler genetics has long been a hot debate in deer hunting. Is the cull theory true? Can you impact the herd enough to have bigger bucks? If so, is it even worth the time it takes to do it? Plenty of questions surround the topic, so I reached...


How to Glass for Deer

A big part of deer hunting is being able to spot deer. To do that, you need to be able to pick out the slightest bit of movement from a long way off. Or, sometimes you may need to be able to pick out the flicker of an ear entangled...


8 Things Serious Deer Hunters Do During Summer

From summer scouting tips to bow games, rimfire practice to club joining, this collection of hunting tips can make this your best season yet. 1. Do Some Research Although every hunter should consider any big game he or she takes as a highly worthy trophy, wouldn't it be nice if...


Where the Biggest Booner Bucks Are Coming from Now

Deer hunting is an ever-changing world. It might not seem that way on the surface, but it is. Deer populations rise, fall and run stagnant. Sometimes big bucks are killed. Other years they aren’t. Some seasons produce big deer in areas Booners haven’t been seen for years. Just take the...


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