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5 Great Over-the-Counter Deer Hunts for 2019

No one wants to wait two, three or four years to draw a deer tag. That’s for the birds. And applying for preference points is a hassle. You want to be able to pack the gear, crank the truck, hit the road, buy your license, and start hunting when you...


Tested: Lacrosse Alpha Agility Rubber Boot Review

People are excitable — and perhaps even a little snobby — about their kicks, and hunters aren’t immune to that common truth. Most people just care about how they look, but hunters demand performance. They have to look the part, and act it, too. These boots must walk the walk...


Wild Buck Photobombs Michigan Couple's Wedding Photos

A deer, well-known in the Saugatuck, Michigan, area for its friendly nature, decided it just had to have a bite of a bride's bouquet during a wedding photo shoot. According to Newschannel 3 , Luke and Morgan Mackley had just walked to the edge of a field with their wedding...


6 Things All Mature Bucks Do

Just like people, every mature buck has its own personality. Some have bad attitudes. Others are hard to rile up. Some are lovers, hell-bent on breeding, while a few rarely partake in the festivities. Some bucks are downright cowards. Yet despite their differences, almost all mature bucks have plenty in...


How to Spot-and-Stalk Whitetail Bucks with a Bow

Most spot-and-stalk hunts for Eastern whitetails are a bust, but there are times when a stalk is your only option for filling a tag. If you need to get down out of the tree and slither into range, remember this advice. There are certain times that are best suited for...


Guide to Deer Camp Grills

It’s no secret among my buddies that I require good food at deer camp. It doesn’t matter if it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner – a filling meal keeps everyone happy and hunting hard. But camp cooking isn’t always easy. A campfire works, but it’s easy to burn or undercook your...


New Online Dating Site for Outdoor Enthusiasts

Finding your soulmate or even someone to spend time with in the outdoors can be tough, but a new online dating site for outdoors enthusiasts might make it easier. Hunting4connections.com fills a niche unlike any other dating site. It uses a unique algorithm to find parallel connections based on similar...


Enter to Win Realtree’s Ultimate Deer Hunt Sweepstakes

Realtree invites hunters to enter its Ultimate Whitetail Hunt Sweepstakes , to be held at Lost Shed Lodge in Sidney, Ohio. Besides this incredible hunt, one lucky winner will receive the following prizes: Realtree EZ Hanger combo pack Realtree EZ Bow sling Realtree 25-foot EZ Rope Realtree EZ 13-inch mount...


The Case for Climbing Stands

About every deer hunter can benefit from owning a couple climbing stands. I use this style of stand more than the average hunter, but they have so many advantages that owning one of them is just not enough. I always have at least two on hand, and here’s why. 1...


3 Killer Summer Trail Camera Tactics

Trail cameras can be great tools to aid in your success as a deer hunter, and hunters love to use them in the summer. But they can become too much of a good thing, too. Using them incorrectly can be a detriment to your hunting efforts. Applying these tactics in...


Do You Deer Hunt Over Bait?

Bait is a four-letter word that can fire up even the most Zen-like bowhunter. I’m not sure why. There are pros, such as boosting nutrition and food source availability. It can obviously help put deer where you want them in terms of hunting purposes. But today, we’re just covering the...


Should You Try Mock Scrapes in Summer?

Many hunters believe bucks only use scrapes during the rut. There are definitely more scrapes in the woods at that time of year, and they’re easier to see. But deer actually use scrapes and licking branches as communication tools throughout the year, and so making mock scrapes can be a...


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10 Best Deer Hunting Apps for 2019

You don't have to be a tech junkie to enjoy these apps. But it does help if you're a deer hunting fanatic. From weather and mapping resources to pure entertainment, these are the best apps for deer hunters in 2019. Just don't get busted watching hunting videos in the stand.


How to Build a Shooting House on a Budget

Potroast sat next to me, rubbing his hands back and forth in the glow of the small propane heater at his feet. We’d been sitting about an hour on that December hunt, and it was cold when we got there. As the evening wore on, the temperature was descending into...


Will EHD Be a Factor This Deer Season?

From disease to predation to habitat destruction, whitetails and other cervids face many threats. But during the summer months, Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) rises to the top of the list. And there are reports of it almost every year. Thoughts of truly bad years: 2007, 2012, 2013 and 2017 come...


Parasitic Nightmare: Asian Longhorned Ticks Spreading in U.S.

In August of 2017, a New Jersey woman found an odd tick on the single pet sheep she kept in her suburban yard. She removed the tick and took it to the local health department for identification. The results confirmed the first Asian longhorned tick ( Haemaphysalis longicornis ) found...


How to Hunt One Specific Target Buck

Many hunters like to identify and target a specific buck. It’s an enjoyable way to hunt, and also incredibly challenging. Pulling it off means learning as much as you can about the deer, starting with its physical traits, and ending with its personality traits. The physical traits allow you to...


Beach Bucks: Chasing the Rut in Florida

A 110-inch buck crashes down the shoreline, kicking seawater into the air as it pursues a promiscuous doe. It’s like a scene straight out of Baywatch. You watch the fun from the stand, Hoyt bow in one hand, strawberry daiquiri (virgin of course) in the other. And a pair of...


The Triangle of Death: Anthrax Outbreak Hits Southern Deer Herds

It’s like a bad dream you never wake up from. That’s how many in South Texas are referring to the latest bout with deer disease . In summertime, for most hunters, that comes in the form of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) . Not for Texans, though. It's anthrax . It...


Wounded Bucks Run Downhill (and Other Advice to Ignore)

Sometimes we rely too much on what others have to say. But the best way to learn about anything is to experience it firsthand. We live in an era where knowledge is literally at our fingertips, but that access to unlimited information can have a counter effect. We don’t always...


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