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How and Where Big Bucks Move in September

One September day Kevin Jaegers checked his trail camera and about fainted — there were multiple images of a 200-class giant with massive drop tines! Jaegers picked a spot and hung a treestand for the bow opener. “I figured if I was ever going to see this buck, the first...


3 Top States for DIY Big Buck Hunters

For a Do-It-Yourself hunter, nothing beats the simplicity of traveling to another state, buying a deer tag over the counter, and then going to the woods. There are plenty of places for us DIYers to hunt like that and probably get a shot at a deer, too. But not as...


EHD Hitting Western Whitetails, and More Pre-Season Deer Hunting News

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Two whitetails near Davenport, Washington, tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this week. Another 36 deer near Colfax are believed to have died from EHD. “We are bracing ourselves for this being a pretty bad (EHD) year,” said veterinarian Kristin...


10 Things You Didn’t Know About Velvet Bucks

For some, antler velvet is a holistic medicine and a supplement that’ll treat everything from arthritis to low libido. For others, a big buck in the fuzz is emblematic of the kickoff to fall hunting season. In a few states, you can bowhunt bucks before their velvet is stripped, making...


How to Become a Hunting Guide

Being a hunting guide and spending months in the outdoors chasing critters would be a dream job, right? It surely is for some, but guiding is not for everyone. There can be a long road to success, especially financially. Here is what you need to know, with input from some...


Answered: 5 Early Season Deer Hunting Questions

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer, and a shooter 10 coming to a beanfield like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks (especially the 10-point), be around when bow season opens in a few weeks? That bachelor’s club will start to break up in...


5 Advanced Trail Camera Tactics

I’ll never forget the foggy picture of a dandy buck meandering underneath my treestand. The image was captured at one-something in the morning, but that didn’t sap my innocent, then-13-year-old hopes. My wheels turned for weeks following that capture, and I dreamed of encountering the buck in person. But ultimately,...


Micro Food Plots for Bow Season

Two to 5 acres or more of shimmering green food plot is pretty to look at, and it no doubt will attract a good number of whitetails. But how many times have you sat in a tree on the edge of a large plot, glassed deer coming, going, and feeding...


13 People Who Changed Bowhunting Forever

It might be hard for today’s bowhunters to imagine a time when equipment was still as basic as a wooden bow, a string fabricated from rawhide or woven plant material, and a metal broadhead. The quality and utility of archery gear has come a long way in a relatively short...


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7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations. See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts...


Have You Ever Seen a Melanistic Whitetail?

I was hunting one time in South Texas when I got this text: If you get done early come see me. I know how you like weird deer stuff … I was intrigued, and lucky for me, I shot my buck later that day. The next morning, I showed up...


6 Ways to Prepare for an Elk Hunt

The action was intense. Two bulls were screaming, and my heart was slamming inside my chest. A steady rain was falling, and each step I took to gain elevation and close the distance was a struggle. Mud was building on my outsoles, and on the slippery slope I had all...


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