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Deer Gores Michigan Woman

A Michigan woman suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a young buck last month. The deer, which wore an orange collar, attacked Patty Willis when she was checking on a chicken coop on her property in Au Gres Township. “He pushed me way back and I fell on my...


Why Oct. 20 Kicks off the Best Bowhunting of the Year

Historical “rut curves” assembled by whitetail biologists over decades show that while bucks have been sign-posting for weeks now in the early fall, they really crank up their scraping around October 20. Data also show that in central and northern states, 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are...


Here’s Where Pressured Bucks Spend the Most Time

We all need a sanctuary, a place where we feel safe and comfortable hanging out, sometimes alone and sometimes with a few friends. A refuge we can come home to and flop into bed after dinner, or a long night out on the town. Old bucks need those shelters too...


Oregon Wildlife Officers Remove Net From Deer’s Antlers

A buck with some type of net tangled in its antlers has been freed after concerned residents alerted the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW). After ODFW officers located the buck, they tranquilized it and removed the netting snarled about the deer’s rack. Andrew Walch, a wildlife biologist with...


Anti-Hunter Hysterics, Deer Disease Updates, 53-Year Mystery Solved, and Other Deer Hunting News

Let’s start with some anti-hunter fearmongering. Two groups you have never heard of, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have petitioned the Secretary of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the import of all wild animals into the United States, and...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


How and Where Big Bucks Move in September

One September day Kevin Jaegers checked his trail camera and about fainted — there were multiple images of a 200-class giant with massive drop tines! Jaegers picked a spot and hung a treestand for the bow opener. “I figured if I was ever going to see this buck, the first...


5 Tools for Warm Weather Meat Care

The shot looked perfect, and it sounded like the deer crashed nearby. Awesome. But it’s 90 degrees, and you are more than an hour from the closest meat locker. What now? For a lot of us, deer season begins while the weather is still pretty warm, and maybe downright hot...


EHD Hitting Western Whitetails, and More Pre-Season Deer Hunting News

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Two whitetails near Davenport, Washington, tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this week. Another 36 deer near Colfax are believed to have died from EHD. “We are bracing ourselves for this being a pretty bad (EHD) year,” said veterinarian Kristin...


Answered: 5 Early Season Deer Hunting Questions

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer, and a shooter 10 coming to a beanfield like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks (especially the 10-point), be around when bow season opens in a few weeks? That bachelor’s club will start to break up in...


Micro Food Plots for Bow Season

Two to 5 acres or more of shimmering green food plot is pretty to look at, and it no doubt will attract a good number of whitetails. But how many times have you sat in a tree on the edge of a large plot, glassed deer coming, going, and feeding...


Podcast: Stephen Tucker's Tips for Bowhunting Big Velvet Bucks

Serious deer hunters have probably heard of Stephen Tucker. The soft-spoken farmer from Middle Tennessee shot a 47-point non-typical whitetail in November of 2016 that was, for a few years, the largest non-typical buck ever taken by a hunter. Tucker killed that buck with a muzzleloader on a small farm...


Watch: Mounted Deer Head Falls on Man Relaxing in Chair at Home

Richard Rebollo was relaxing in a chair in his southern Arizona home when a large mounted deer head came crashing down on him, injuring his arm and his leg. The scary — and painful — ordeal was caught on his home security camera. In the footage, you can see Rebollo...


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7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations. See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts...


Have You Ever Seen a Melanistic Whitetail?

I was hunting one time in South Texas when I got this text: If you get done early come see me. I know how you like weird deer stuff … I was intrigued, and lucky for me, I shot my buck later that day. The next morning, I showed up...


Hunting with Open Sights

I don’t guess I’ve ever heard a noisier buck. He was tending does in the dark, crashing through the hardwoods and grunting the whole way, even though the calendar said it was too early for that. It was mid-October, and the second morning of the two-day early muzzleloader season. I’d...


Watch: Doe Comes Running When She Hears Human Baby’s Cries

Moms of all species are hard-wired to respond to their infant’s cries. For one mother deer, that instinct was so strong that she came running when she heard the cries of a baby that wasn’t hers — a human baby. Hanna Burton recently posted a video on TikTok that shows...


What Really Kills Whitetail Fawns?

Quick, what is the No. 1 fawn killer in America? “Coyote!” you squeal. It’s no wonder hunters blame Canis latrans for slaughtering little deer each spring and summer. Most all scientific studies over the past 30 years have documented predation, largely by coyotes, as the leading cause of whitetail fawn...


4 Things to Know About Whitetail Buck Bachelor Groups

These soft, summer evenings in mid-July and August are when I officially start my scouting for the upcoming deer season . A couple hours before dark, I drive to one of my hunt areas and park where I can see a good piece into a field of low-growing alfalfa, soybeans,...


Declutter Your Old Hunting Gear

Right now, there’s a flatbed trailer parked in my driveway, stacked high with a magnificent pile of junk. I see an old grill, a mini fridge that hasn’t worked in five years, dull lawnmower blades, and a storm door with broken hinges. I’m almost afraid to write about it, for...


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