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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...


Have You Ever Rattled Up a Buck with a Climbing Stand?

Back in the day, before hashtags made tree saddles cool, mobile bowhunters used climbing stands. Climbers still work fine wherever tall, straight timber is found, and I especially like using them this time of year when I’m hunting scrapes and pinch points in the hardwoods. (Get the scoop on chasing,...


Deer Crashes Through Barbershop Window

Jennifer Brady just opened JB’s Barber Shop last month in the Caln Village Shopping Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She had worked for so long to open her own place, so you can imagine her surprise when, around 5 a.m. last Wednesday, she walked up to discover her shop in shambles...


Bryce Mitchell to Sport Realtree EDGE Shorts in UFC Fight Against Andre Fili

If you’re a UFC fan, you know that Bryce Mitchell, aka “Thug Nasty,” has mentioned a time or two that he would like a pair of camouflage shorts to wear in the UFC Octagon. But per UFC rules, fighters are required to wear official Reebok uniforms and gear — and...


You Wounded a Buck. Will He Come Back?

One morning I got a text from my friend Scott. “Shot …” “Great, be there in a few,” I responded. “No. Hit him in head, deer ran off.” “What the …?” When we hooked up later, Scott explained that he released the arrow, heard a loud thwack, and watched in...


Body-Cam Footage Shows Wildlife Conservation Officer Tackling and Pinning Buck to Ground

Body-cam footage caught the impressive moment a wildlife conservation officer tackled and pinned a buck to the ground after it charged him. The deer attacked Utah Department of Wildlife Resources officer Kody Jones when he and Iron County, Utah, deputy Dustin Roy freed its antlers from a hammock that was...


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