Deer Hunting Blogs


Why did the Deer Cross the Road?

Will Brantley sent me a news item that piqued my interest. After all, I’d just been up and down California’s Interstate 280 last week while visiting family in the Bay Area. It seems, according to Will Kane in the San Francisco Chronicle, that on average one deer gets hit every...

First Legal Buck of 2012?

No need to wait for deer season. It's already least in South Florida.

Learning from Western Bowhunters

How Hot Is It?

Enough already! We’re choking and sweating and finding it hard to swallow when we’re outdoors here in the Ozarks. How about in your neck of the woods?

A Hunter’s Friend: The Range Report

Range. The word often connotes shooting indoors or even if outdoors, finely disciplined shooting amidst other shooters, maybe having to wait your turn for a long time or having to pick up your brass immediately, while it’s still hot.

Why Permanent Stands on Public Land Should be Illegal

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in your own little hunting world and forget that folks in other states may do things differently than you.

Bear Anarchy Review

I’ve been shooting the Bear Anarchy the past couple weeks. This single-cam model is Bear’s flagship bow for 2012, and though the design is thoroughly modern, it has something of a “retro” feel to it. By retro, I’m referring to the straight riser and 35.25-inch axle-to-axle length. This bow bucks...

Antler Nation: A Project Revealed

First Buck Friday: Kelsey Bloom

This week’s installment of First Buck Friday was sent in by Wisconsin hunter Kelsey Bloom. It’s a great story, and a heck of a nice first buck. And you've got to check out that pink skull mount! Submit your first buck stories and photos to us by e-mailing them to...

Food Plots: It's Decision Time

I have never claimed to be a farmer. Or a gardener. Or really much of a food plotter. But I do put in a few plots each year, and the learning curve has started to become less steep.

First Buck Friday: Illinois 10-Pointer

On Hipsters and Hunting

The Trendy Urbanite. He often refers to himself as a "hipster," and is as foreign to our camo-wearing crowd as we are to his skinny jean crowd. Take Matt Stopera, for example. He works as an editor for, a popular and innovative site with such ground-breaking features as the...

QDMA Fights Captive Deer Breeding

Efforts to legalize captive deer breeding were stopped in three southern states—Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee—during the 2012 legislative session. The QDMA reported in a press release this morning that additional legislative victories (at least in QDMA’s eyes) regarding captive deer breeding were had in Indiana, Missouri and West Virginia.

Dr. Deer: Public Land Hunting Is Communism

What happens when you mix passionate deer hunters, deer management and politics? Headlines like these: Walker to Deer Hunters: Pay Up or Get Lost

Dryer’n a Popcorn Fart in These Deer Woods

This morning, I had to step away from my desk and stare outside. It was finally raining, if only for 10 minutes. It’s dry around here—western Kentucky was in moderate to severe drought conditions as of May 22, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Johnny King Buck Video Implies Deer Should Be New World Record

In 2006, Wisconsin hunter Johnny King killed a huge 6X6 buck that could have challenged Milo Hanson's all-time typical record. But the buck has never been officially entered into the Boone and Crockett records because of controversy over how the buck should be scored. A point on the buck's right...

First Buck Friday: One For The Wall

For this week's First Buck Friday story, we're going to break the rules just a bit. That's always fun.

First Buck Friday: Lindsey Kemnitz of Wisconsin

This week's First Buck Friday entry comes from the great state of Wisconsin. Home of cheese curds, The Pack and Milwaukee's Best. And some darned fine deer hunting.

Climbing Stand or Hang-on?

My climbing stand has been an integral part of my bowhunting since my first season in the woods. And if you think we outdoor writers always have fancy new gear on hand, you need to take a close look at my stand (pictured below). It’s an old Summit, likely older...

“Realtree Monster Bucks XX, Volume 3" Digital Download

Patience may be a virtue, but I say why wait if you don’t have to? I have a nice surprise for all of you “Monster Bucks” fans out there.