14 Photos That’ll Make You Miss Deer Hunting Season

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Are We There Yet?

For me, deer season ended in January. I’ve been going through withdrawals ever since. Yeah. It’s that bad. Sure, we have turkey season coming soon. But deer season, it’s still a long way away. I try to cure my off-season blues with photos and videos of whitetails. And if you’re like me, these 14 photos will only make you miss deer season even more. This gallery will take you from the early season all the way through the late season and everything in-between. You’re welcome.

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1 | Early Season Velvet

Big antlers. Full velvet. Double white throat patch. There’s a lot to salivate over in this photo. That’s a dream buck for most any hunter. And I’ll be danged if it doesn’t make me dream of early season bowhunting.

Bonus Read: Bowhunting Early Season Wyoming Bucks

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Bruce MacQueen

The Lonesome DoeThe Lonesome DoeThe Lonesome DoeThe Lonesome DoeThe Lonesome Doe

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2 | The Lonesome Doe

Trust me, I don’t just think of big-tined bucks when I think of deer season. I think of the ladies, too. Don’t think for a second I’m afraid to target the slick heads. As long as I have a tag, does get no free passes from me. I love eating backstrap way too much for that nonsense.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Tom Tietz

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3 | Bloody Antlers

Now that’s a sight to see. It’s not every day that you get to witness a buck shed its velvet — even through a photo. A really neat process.

Bonus Read: Vows and Velvet Bucks

Photo credit: Shutterstock/PhotosByAndy

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4 | Dried Velvet Hanging Down

Here, September is on the way out the door and October is on the horizon. Fall is coming and the whitetails are stocking up on fat reserves. This giant still has velvet hanging down as it scours the forest floor for acorns.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Bruce MacQueen

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5 | Booner Alert

Boone & Crockett bucks are rare. Really rare. If you ever get the opportunity to see — or harvest one — cherish it. It doesn’t happen to everyone. This early fall monster lazily moves through the timber.

Bonus Read: Top 10 Booner States for Deer Since 2010

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Tim Yarnal

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6 | On a Mission

The pre-rut is here and bucks are laying down sign everywhere. This buck is obviously on a mission as it leaves cover during broad daylight. The storm is on the horizon.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Warren Metcalf

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7 | Bedded Down

A mid-day nap on the prairie is just what the deer doctor ordered. Tired from a night full of laying down sign and establishing dominance, this buck crashes in the open grasslands. It better tuck that head before too many people see it.

Bonus Read: 8 Bedding Habits of Mature Bucks

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Warren Metcalf

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8 | In the CRP

A doe and fawn stand at attention in the CRP. I’m thinking backstraps and jerky the whole time I stare at this photo. I’m getting hungry just looking at it.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Warren Metcalf

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9 | A Big Six

If you don’t think this deer is cool, something is wrong with you. Period. Big sixes are rarer than big eights and tens. This buck has the character, for sure. Add in the double white throat patches and one like it would get a one-way ticket in the back of the truck if it walks in front of my stand this fall.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Bruce MacQueen

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10 | Deep-Timber Deer Hunting

There’s not much better than hunting whitetails deep in the forest. I love hiking back in further than others are willing to go and using hang-and-hunt style tactics. That’s exactly what this photo makes me think of.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Bruce MacQueen

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11 | The Chase

The rut is a prime time to be in the deer woods. When it’s good, it’s great. Does running around. Bucks chasing like their lives depend on it. It can be downright magical at times. And thoughts of potentially seeing such sights this fall will fill a fellow (or gal) with anticipation.

Bonus Read: The Chasing Phase of the Whitetail Rut

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Ron Rowan Photography

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12 | The Flehman Nose

You know things are getting real when you see this. It’ll no doubt get the adrenaline pumping. It’s also a decent sign the rut is on, or is likely on the horizon at the very least.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock/Steve Oehlenschlager

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13 | Standing in the Snow

There’s few sights sweeter than a white-tailed buck standing in the snow. This is practically every southern deer hunter’s dream and every northern deer hunter’s common sighting. Either way, seeing it here makes me long for the 2017 deer season. 

Bonus Read: 7 Hot Tactics for Cold-Weather Deer Hunting

Photo credit: Shutterstock/Jim Cumming

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14 | Mission Accomplished

A blood trail. The raw suggestion of a successful hunt. It’s primitive. It’s unfiltered. It’s real. Are you ready for fall?

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Photo credit: Josh Honeycutt

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