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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...


Sunday Hunting, Deer Harvest Totals, Studies on Spooked Bucks, and More

Georgia Hunters: Debone Your Deer Georgia hunters, listen up. No more shooting a buck or doe over in Alabama or South Carolina (or any state for that matter), loading it in the bed of your pickup, and driving home with your bounty. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp recently signed House Bill...


4 Ugly Facts About Ticks

We all hate the nasty little devils, but ticks are largely unavoidable as we do habitat work and start scouting and hanging treestands in the summer and early fall months. Here are four things to know about ticks, along with a few tips to stay tick-free and healthy. Ticks can...


Utah Division of Wildlife Resources To Auction Off Antlers, Fur, and Hunting Equipment

If antlers, furs, and hunting equipment are your thing, and we bet they are, you’ll want to check out the upcoming auction hosted by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR). On Tuesday, April 26, 2022, the UDWR will be auctioning off hundreds of antlers and furs, as well as...


CWD in Alabama and the Cheapest States for Deer Hunting

How Long Do Deer Live? Researchers in Pennsylvania looked back at their 20 years of data from capturing, collaring, and tracking wild deer, and found that if a buck survives to his first birthday, on average he will live another one to two years. If a doe survives her first...


Texas Rancher Fights Back as State Plans to Kill 500 Penned Deer

A rancher is fighting a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) order to kill all 500 of his penned deer after a few of the deer tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). TPWD said depopulation (the formal term for killing all of the deer at a farm) is necessary...


Texas Biologists Capture Footage of Extremely Rare Melanistic Mule Deer Fawn

Texas biologists say they’ve captured video footage of the “rarest of rare” animals during a recent wildlife survey. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram , Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officers spotted a melanistic — black-haired — mule deer fawn while conducting surveys from a helicopter in the Trans-Pecos region...


Find a Deadhead Buck? Keep it Legal

To you thousands of COVID-19 newbies that have joined our ranks to hunt deer in the fall and shed antlers in the spring, here is something you’ll find interesting. A “deadhead” is the commonly used term for a buck deer carcass that you might stumble across in the woods, with...


Deer Are Jumping to Their Death Off Pennsylvania Bypass

Deer are jumping to their deaths from a bypass in a small Pennsylvania town, and residents want the state department of transportation to do something about it. Residents living in the town of Johnsonburg told WJAC the sight of the dead deer at the bottom of the bypass is disturbing...


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