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Why Oct. 20 Kicks off the Best Bowhunting of the Year

Historical “rut curves” assembled by whitetail biologists over decades show that while bucks have been sign-posting for weeks now in the early fall, they really crank up their scraping around October 20. Data also show that in central and northern states, 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are...


Why Deer Hunting on Halloween is Scary Good

Halloween is a time for candies and costumes. But to deer hunters , it’s much more than that. Hunting on Halloween has long been a tradition, and it’s the signature kickoff for the rut. The sun sets on October, and the madness begins. Still, it requires the right approach to...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree . Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of...


Jeff Danker’s Flyer Buck Has Triple Drop Tines

Early season cold fronts have led to the demise of many mature bucks. These weather events and temperature swings have the incredible power of sparking daylight deer activity. When you get them, deer move — even the big ones. It’s that simple. Jeff Danker, host of Buckventures, knows this. On...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


5 Best Stand Setups for Pre-Rut Bowhunting

I’m predicting a “trickle rut” this fall, based largely on the timing of the full moons in mid-October and mid-November. I expect a good number of does, more than usual, to cue off the bright illumination and pop into early estrus from October 16, through the full moon on the...


12-Year-Old Nails 211-Inch Buck

Just about every deer hunter has a goal. Some hunt strictly for meat. Some want to take their first buck. Others want to shoot mature deer only. And the minds of others feast on thoughts of taking a monster buck that breaks the 200-inch mark. The latter was young Westin...


8 Things to Know About Drought and Western Big Game Hunting

Hunters across the West are welcoming archery season with smokey skies and above-average temperatures. Many states had blazing hot streaks and little to no rain for most of the summer. This created devastating drought conditions and widespread fires. More than 95% of the West was in a drought in August...


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...


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