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Bill Winke’s Deer Show

Legend has it that Bill Winke was born in a Redneck blind. That’s fitting, because today, he’s the founder and head honcho at Midwest Whitetail — a leader in the world of outdoor hunting videos. However, it wasn’t until 1988, at the age of 25, that Winke killed his first...


Woman Fined $550 for Feeding Mule Deer

Colorado resident Lori Dixon was fined $550.50 for feeding wild deer inside her home. Videos that were apparently filmed and shared by Dixon show a nice mule buck and some does eating slices of white bread from someone's hand, and raw carrots from a table. Officers with Colorado Parks and...


70 Sits for a Drop-Tine Monster

When it comes to hunting pressure, many deer hunters believe quality of sits increases odds more than the quantity of outings. But Mark Heck of “The Given Right” sat 70 times last season before he killed the giant 5½-year-old Iowa buck he called DT (short for droptine). He also spent...


Game Warden Tips for Stopping Trespassers

Two years ago, a trespasser tried to kill me. While checking treestands, I noticed someone had tampered with a climbing stand that I’d strapped permanently to a tree. Originally, the climbing cables were attached, and a ratchet strap added further stability on the top and bottom sections. It wasn’t going...


The Gobblers of Heart Attack Mountain

The mountain had an official name, which I can no longer remember. But it doesn’t really matter. “Heart Attack” tells you everything you need to know. The spacious flat top was, and no doubt still is, a good place for a gobbler, but it’s not a friendly place for a...


10 Dumb Turkey Hunting Mistakes

We've all been there. Hunt enough and you'll be there again. And again. Ten dumb things you do while turkey hunting follow. 1. Stand When You Should Sit Patience kills turkeys, the old saying goes. Lack of it scares them off. Ever think the woods were dead just an hour...


11-Year-Old Girl’s Bruiser Bow Kill

Aleah Wozniak is an energetic, goal-oriented 11-year-old from Ohio. She plays basketball and cheerleads, but she’s a hunter at heart. “Hunting is my passion. It’s who I am,” Aleah says. “I love the time I get to spend in the woods with my dad, not just during hunting season, but...


3 Ways to Tag an Opening Day Gobbler

Let’s face it. These are busy times for most everyone, including us turkey hunters. Try these strategies to maximize your time and effort. They might even help you put your tag on an opening-day gobbler. Fly-Down Time Fly-down time involves an early rising, the drive to your spot, the setup...


Deer Runs Over Man in McDonald's Parking Lot

One Charlotte, North Carolina, man has become a viral sensation after his collision with a deer in a McDonald's parking lot was caught on a security camera. Ken Worthy shared the video footage of his bizarre deer encounter on Facebook. In the video you see him and his wife walking...


Bill Winke’s Best Post-Season Scouting Tip

Deer season just ended and the blues are multiplying with each passing day. It’s eight to nine months before it reopens, but that’s a good thing. Now you can get out there and do all the things you’ve procrastinated on. And you can do so without pressuring deer. I recently...


When to Draw Your Bow on Deer

I’ve been busted by more deer when drawing my bow than I care to admit. There was that double throat-patch stud six-pointer in 2008. The full-velvet nine-pointer in 2011. The muscled-up tank in 2014. I’ve learned my lesson well enough that it stuck, and I haven’t been busted by a...


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The Best Setup for Bowhunting Turkeys

No matter your weapon of choice, the thunder of an approaching gobbler is sure to send a rush of adrenaline through your veins – and with a bow in hand, your heart will beat just a bit faster. Bone-crushing power and penetration are critical when you’re bowhunting big game. But...


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