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Syracuse Begins Second Year of Deer Management Program

A deer management program for the city of Syracuse, New York, has just begun its second year with the goal of diminishing the impact of deer overpopulation in the area. The large numbers of deer have led to an increase in deer-vehicle accidents, have negatively affected parks, gardens, and the...


Is It Safe to Leave Treestands Out All Year?

In a perfect world, once deer season ends, we’d all go back to our hunting land, pull our treestands, carry them home, and store them in a locked shed where they’ll stay dry and safe until it’s time to hang them again next fall. If you only use two or...


Kansas Man Facing Prison for Poaching 60 Deer, and More Whitetail Headlines

Deer seasons are over, and we’re well into the second month of what looks to be another crazy trip around the sun. What’s going on in the wide world of whitetail news? New regs, postseason analysis, and a big poaching bust in Kansas, for starters. Here’s a roundup of the...


How Long Should Deer Taxidermy Take?

I was talking to a friend the other day who was grumbling about his taxidermist. “I took him a 10-pointer I shot back in 2018 and he’s still not finished,” Scott said. “Told me I might get him this summer.” Last week a friend texted me a picture of a...


Should You Walk or Ride an ATV to Your Deer Stand?

In my formative deer hunting years, I’d park an extra quarter mile from my hunting area, throw a climbing stand on my back, and hike all the way to my tree. Often as not I’d spook a deer somewhere along the way. Back in those days, too, I’d sometimes listen...


Do Gut Piles Spook Deer?

Don’t field-dress that deer near your stand, or you’ll ruin it for the rest of the season! That’s conventional wisdom with the time-honored stamp of approval from the old guys in deer camp. But does that mean it’s true? Do gut piles really spook deer? It’s something we can never...


Is it Safe to Hunt with Old Ammo?

The ammunition shortage of 2020 and early 2021 has had a massive impact on shooting and hunting. As early as last June, shelves were becoming bare of popular cartridges like the .223 and 9mm. By October, when most gun hunters started prepping for deer season, it was difficult if not...


Wisconsin Man Rescues Doe by Pushing Her Across Frozen Reservoir

A Wisconsin man braved thin ice to save a doe stranded in the middle of a frozen reservoir. According to USA Today , Gil Lencour spotted the deer in Cranmoor last Tuesday. He’d planned to use a leash to pull her to safety, but when she kept falling while trying...


Meat Hunter’s Rules for Shooting the Right Deer

There was a time, back before deer hunting became a contest for inches of antler, when hunters went afield with the primary goal of filling freezers with delicious venison. A healthy supply of wild meat meant good food on the table that didn’t have to be purchased at the local...


A Deer Hunter’s Resolutions for 2021

We are all ready for 2020 to be over. So over . While COVID has not impacted deer hunting as much as it has everything else in our lives, the pandemic did throw a few wrinkles my way last season, but I intend to iron those out for 2021 and...


California Wildlife Officials Remove Hammock from Buck’s Antlers

Wildlife officials have finally freed a buck from a hammock that had been entangled in its antlers for months. CBS13 first reported on the deer that was roaming the Fair Oaks neighborhood near California’s Lake Natoma back in September. Gold Country Wildlife Rescue had been tracking the buck with trail...


5 Things to Know About Muzzleloader Accuracy

Late muzzleloader hunts are the last hurrah in a lot of whitetail country, and they can be a great opportunity to kill a good buck. Big deer powerhouses like Iowa and Ohio offer seasons into January. But you have to make the shot when it happens, and muzzleloaders don’t always...


There’s Another Hunter in Your Stand. Now What?

One night a fellow named Dave watched me hunt deer from a treestand on public land on my television show, and it brought back sour memories for him. He wrote in an email: “Mike: One day I was sneaking into my bow stand, and when I got 50 yards away,...


Stranger Saves Woman and Dog from Aggressive Buck

A woman says a stranger came to her and her dog’s rescue during a scary encounter with an aggressive buck last week. Tawney Hilliard was hiking with her pup at Flying J Park in Conifer, Colorado, when a small buck approached her. According to CBS4 , the buck touched Hilliard...


Monster Buck Poached in Kentucky and More Deer Hunting News

Big buck stories and rut reports aside, what's been going on in the whitetail world this fall? Here's a quick roundup of the latest headlines. A man in Boone County, Kentucky, is accused of poaching a giant non-typical buck scoring 230 6/8. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish...


Watch: Variety of Creatures Use Wildlife Overpass to Cross Dangerous Utah Highway

A new video from Utah’s Department of Transportation shows dozens of animals using Utah’s largest wildlife overpass to safely cross Interstate 80. According to Smithsonianmag.com , the 50-foot-wide overpass has a span of 320 feet and was located based on animals’ migratory patterns. Although experts thought it’d take years for...


Watch a Rutting Buck Spar with Bull

What deer hunter doesn’t love the rut? For a few short weeks each year, bucks lose their minds, making them easier targets for eager hunters. No doubt the buck in the video above left his good sense behind when he decided to square up to a 1-ton bull. Jeff Thomas...


Try This Deadly Scent Strategy for Late-Season Bucks

B.J. Clement and his son, Todd, are die-hard archers who love to bowhunt into December, even though that is when rifle season starts in Kansas. “Out here where we hunt, the late and second rut can be as good or better than the peak rut, especially when the weather is...


3 Thoughts on Ground Shrinkage

One day on the Texas plains, I leveled my 7mm mag. on a fat 9-pointer, the larger of two bucks sparring in a dry wash 150 yards away. “Buck on left, ready?” I whispered to Bill, my cameraman. “Go.” Boom! The deer piled up and we hustled out to see...


Dog Chases Deer, Soon Regrets It

The dog in the video footage above was obviously having a great time chasing a doe, until the doe got the upper hoof. In the footage, which lasts several minutes, you hear a man and woman laughing as their dog and a deer chase each other throughout their yard. The...


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