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2022 Northwest Deer Hunting Forecast

Elk, mule deer, black bears and other big game are the most sought-after animals of the Northwest. Whitetails tend to drop down on the list of importance. Still, in the isolated pockets with whitetails, the region cranks out some eye-popping deer hunting opportunities. Although hunters shouldn’t expect Midwest-esque antler sizes,...


Pennsylvania Record Buck Hid in Garage for 60 Years

The days of monster bucks going unnoticed are almost gone. With the advent of hunting magazines, digital outlets and social media, folks talk about big whitetails often — almost always. According to Bob D’Angelo, the Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program coordinator, and official Boone & Crockett Club scorer, few top-end...


Safety Precautions for Public Hunting Areas

I have never been an overly cautious hunter and certainly not a paranoid one. But these days, I’m more aware of my surroundings than ever. Crime and drugs are out of control. Runaway inflation and $5 gas have scumbags coming out of the woodwork and looking for opportunities to rip...


2022 Midwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Midwest is the home of big bucks. Some hunters who live here take it for granted. But folks who live elsewhere dream of going there one day. It’s an awe-inspiring place. I was one of those hunters. But in the past decade or so, I’ve hunted half of the...


Iowa Law Expands Rifle Options for Late-Season Antlerless Hunts

Iowa is the place of dreams for deer hunters. Tags are difficult to draw, but when you do, the state is a big-buck mecca. Now, controversial new rules will also boost opportunities for antlerless deer. Recently, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law expanding deer hunting rifle options...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


2022 Northeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Just as with the Southeast region , the 2022 Northeast deer hunting forecast is shaping up to be promising. This year’s Antler Nation grades are in, and almost all states show improvement from the past few years. Connecticut Some states are just average, par for the course or whatever run-of-the-mill...


Why and How to Scout Summer Scrapes

A few years ago, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources banned the use of minerals to attract deer. Officials believed that might help stop the threat and spread of chronic wasting disease. I’m all for doing everything we can to stop CWD, but the ban threw a monkey wrench into...


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...


2022 Southeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Another deer season is on the horizon, and that means one thing — the latest Antler Nation rankings. Check out the 2022 grades for the Southeast region, with special information that might help make your hunt a success. Find intriguing info below, with additional state-by-state details in each link. Alabama...


Panthers Boot Deer Hunters as Top Florida Predator

Deer hunters have long been the kings of whitetail harvest. But in Florida, that’s no longer true. Although hunters remained the top dog into the 2000s, cats now rule. According to the University of Georgia , a highly regarded whitetail research machine, panther populations have exploded, and the cats now...


Georgia Congressman Introduces Bill to Eliminate Pittman-Robertson Act

If passed, a new bill introduced by Rep. Andrew Clyde (Ga.-9th) would eliminate federal excise taxes on firearms, hunting and fishing equipment. For those who hate to pay taxes, the bill may sound great, until you learn that the revenue generated from those taxes goes to fund conservation programs aimed...


The 4 Best Spots to Hang Summertime Trail Cameras

I run several cams year-round, but July 4 is when I start my buck recon in earnest for the new season. Velvet antlers are growing full bore. When you get an image of a buck with shooter potential, you’ll know it and can start tracking his movements for the next...


Pre-Season Bowhunter's Checklist

Bow season is here, if only unofficially. The days have been getting just a little shorter since June 21, and now that Independence Day is behind us, hunters everywhere are starting to think a bit about stands and trail cameras and tags. Out west, archery antelope seasons open in a...


Sunday Hunting Legalized on Virginia WMAs, and Other Summer Deer News

Is the COVID Hunting Boom Finished? To continue monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on hunting, the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports conducted a study earlier this year to analyze trends in recent hunting license purchases . Working with the survey experts at Southwick Associates, the council collected license...


3 Bow Stand Mistakes to Fix Before Deer Season

Have you been inadvertently making one of these goofs when you set your bow stands? If so, fix it from day one this season and your odds of shooting a big buck go up. Your Ingress Sucks You haphazardly lug a treestand and steps on the way to a stand...


Doorbell Cam Catches Man Tripping Over Fawn and Mama Deer Chasing Him

A Ring doorbell camera captured hilarious footage of a man fleeing a mama deer after he accidentally stepped on her fawn, which was lying in front of his door. According to Countryrebel.com , a TikToker named Benji shared the footage showing the encounter between his dad and the deer. In...


10 Amazing Facts About Velvet Antlers

Over the next three months, buck racks will grow at a fast and furious pace, and the process is nothing short of amazing. Here’s a look at 10 interesting facts. Growing antlers consist of a core of developing bone and cartilage covered with velvet. The antlers grow out and up...


Podcast: How the Grunt Call Came to Be

Brad Harris was high in a tree in Mingo Swamp in southeast Missouri when a 6-point buck walked by at about 80 yards. Harris doesn’t remember the exact year, but it was in the ’70s. He was working in the mines back in those days, and he was among several...


Choose the Best Knife for Deer Hunting

You can gut and skin a buck with a penknife or a Bowie or any blade in between, but to do the job right, select a tool designed with the deer hunter in mind. Fixed Blade with Gut-Hook If you haven’t tried a fixed-blade knife with a gut-hook, you should...


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