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2019 Whitetail Report: The Current Status on Deer Processing

Deer processing. It’s a tradition and heritage unlike any other. But is it in jeopardy? Is it threatened by the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? It’s quite possible that’s true. The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) shed light on this in their 2019 Whitetail Report. “Considering that around six...


2019 Whitetail Report: Where Most Non-Resident Deer Hunters Are Going Now

For those who aren’t aware, license sales foot (most of) the bill for conservation. A host of other things such as excise taxes and grants help fund it, too. But, by in large, it’s the direct sale of licenses, tags and other state-required documentation that keeps the lights on for...


2019 Whitetail Report: New Deer-Related Automobile Accident Trends

Busted bumpers. Bashed grills. Scratches. Dents. All-out totaled cars. Safe bet — deer and highways don’t mix. It’s become enough of a problem that the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) made note of it in their 2019 Whitetail Report . “We compared the number of accidents in the most recent...


2019 Whitetail Report: Deer Disease Updates

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) constantly fights for the conservation and preservation of deer and deer hunting. Part of that fight is the warfront on disease. This was shared in their 2019 Whitetail Report. CWD is caused by an abnormal protein referred to as a prion. Prions are neither...


Whitetail TV: The Heavy 10-Pointer

Ryan and Jordan Matzke coordinate their vacations and spend it on the home farm in Illinois during the peak of the rut. They hunt for 10 days straight. Jordan gets his opportunity before the archery season closes. Then, his brother Ryan takes it down to the last day of the...


Melissa Bachman Misses and Then Arrows a Giant Deer

Hunting in South Dakota, Melissa Bachman misses a giant deer. But, due to high winds and a wound-up buck, she gets a second chance. Check out what she does with it. Don't Miss: 12 Unethical Shots You Shouldn’t Take on Deer Are you a deer hunter wanting to learn how...


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Rules Every Turkey Hunter Should Know

Corky Pugh is the former director of Alabama’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. He is also a certified turkey hunting nut. I have been fortunate enough to hunt with Corky on many occasions. As you can imagine, a large part of our friendship revolves around wild turkeys and hunting them...


Important Things You Learn from Missing Turkeys

Have you missed a turkey? Join the club. Here's how to improve your shooting skills. 1. Quick Shot The flock suddenly appeared, materializing on the high Pennsylvania ridgetop. Driven by target panic, I raised my gun, swiftly took aim at a legal turkey, and fired. While I fully expected the...


"Crooked-Head Deer" Defies Odds for Survival

Deer are tough. We don't have to tell you that. As you know, they can survive and thrive even after suffering the most heinous of injuries. Take this doe for example. Kathryn Guevarra, the Idaho woman who filmed the unusual deer, says she first noticed the disfigured doe in the...


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How to Bowhunt Turkeys on the Run

You don’t need a ground blind to arrow a spring gobbler. With the right approach, run-'n'-arrow ploys produce results. Editor's note: In the interest of safety, take precautions when repositioning while bowhunting turkeys. Always make sure your arrows are safely contained when on the move.


Rare White Wild Turkey Taken by Tennessee Hunter

As reported by WVTM 13 News , Tennessee hunter Cameron Bond tagged a 20-pound white gobbler this month. The late Lovett E. Williams, Jr. wrote extensively on color mutations in wild turkeys: Off-colored wild turkeys are seen from time to time. The "smoke gray" mutant is the most commonly reported...


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Ammo Field Test: New Federal Premium Turkey Hunting Loads

In the past two years, Federal has completely overhauled its lineup of high-performance turkey loads in three different, distinct product families. In 2018, the company revamped its turkey shotshell lineup with a long list of new products that offer performance benefits beyond any hunter had ever seen. That meant all...


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