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David Blanton’s Best Trail Camera Tips

Some hunters might not like summer, but I think it’s an exciting season, mainly because of the information and entertainment I enjoy while running trail cameras. The process is pure fun, letting me savor the woods during the off-season and glimpse deer and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Moreover,...


The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


15 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Biology and Behavior

One of the most interesting aspects of deer hunting is observing whitetails in their natural habitat. Seeing what they do and determining why they do it can be exhilarating. And although we still don’t know everything about whitetails, biologists have made great advancements in the past 20 years. Check out...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


Grilled Pork Roast and Swiss Sandwich With Blackberry Bourbon Sauce

When we cook a large wild pig roast , we often have leftovers. That’s a good thing. Sliced pork sandwiches are hard to beat. This time of year, when the blackberries around our food plots are producing plenty of fruit, we often include our favorite blackberry bourbon sauce on the...


Why and How to Scout Summer Scrapes

A few years ago, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources banned the use of minerals to attract deer. Officials believed that might help stop the threat and spread of chronic wasting disease. I’m all for doing everything we can to stop CWD, but the ban threw a monkey wrench into...


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11 New Compound Bows for 2022

The 2022 lineup of new hunting bows is now available nationwide, and there are models to suit every shooting style and preference. Although it’s difficult to really compare bows without shooting them all side-by-side, you can at least learn a lot by researching specs and features ahead of time. If...


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The 10 Toughest Game Animals in North America

Is there really such a thing as a “tough” game animal? After all, a bullet or arrow through the vitals will do the job on anything, from squirrels to elephants, right? That’s true. But equally true is that some critters, due to the size of their vitals, thickness of hide,...


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...


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...


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