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Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Ultimate Access: Deer Hunting on Military Bases

For many people, the biggest challenge of hunting isn’t tagging a big buck or finding folks to hunt with. It’s simply finding a good place to go. The lack of access is causing hordes of outdoorsmen to leave the tradition behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There...


Bill Winke’s Favorite Week of Deer Season

I’ve hunted just about every day of the rut since 1990 and I have talked to a lot of people. Arguably, the best single day is November 7. Some guys like November 8 or 9, but those three days generally produce the best daylight action of the season, assuming normal...


Dan Infalt on Mind Control and Big Bucks

You know that one guy who seems to have a lucky horseshoe stuck up his rear end every deer season? He seems to be an average guy who hunts like everyone else, but he knocks down big bucks one after another. What’s the deal with him? Why is he so...


Read Topographic Maps, Shoot More Bucks

Whitetails that live in flat country are tough to kill. Without good terrain to conceal your approach, your quarry will bust you long before you get into range. That’s why I prefer hunting ground with varied topography over land without elevation changes. Terrain gives deer a tactical advantage, but you...


5 Great Over-the-Counter Deer Hunts for 2019

No one wants to wait two, three or four years to draw a deer tag. That’s for the birds. And applying for preference points is a hassle. You want to be able to pack the gear, crank the truck, hit the road, buy your license, and start hunting when you...


The 10 Best Deer Hunting Magazines in America

I started my career in the outdoor industry as a magazine writer. Today, I’m a digital guy. But there’s still something magical about holding that fact-filled book in your hands. Turning the glossy pages and seeing the words and photography that adorn them is an experience you don’t get elsewhere...


Don’t Just Pattern Deer. Pattern Other Hunters, Too

It’s happened to you. It’s happened to me. And it just might happen to us both again by the end of the week — patterning a nice buck, only for a fellow hunter to move in and screw it up nice and good. Such is the norm for those who...


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Pro Picks: The Best Time to Hunt Big Bucks

The rut gets all the glory, but I don’t know why. In reality, it isn’t the best time to hunt whitetails. At least, not for the hunter who prepares, scouts and patterns deer. For those hunters, it’s actually the worst time to be in a tree. Bucks aren’t very patternable...


7 Reasons Why Kids Aren’t Deer Hunting

We’ve lost more than 18 million hunters since 1982. There was a decline of 2.2 million active hunters from 2011 to 2016 alone. We’ve talked about all the reasons before. There’s less available hunting land, an aging hunting population, and a shift from rural to urban living. That five-year loss...


The Case for Climbing Stands

About every deer hunter can benefit from owning a couple climbing stands. I use this style of stand more than the average hunter, but they have so many advantages that owning one of them is just not enough. I always have at least two on hand, and here’s why. 1...


Do You Deer Hunt Over Bait?

Bait is a four-letter word that can fire up even the most Zen-like bowhunter. I’m not sure why. There are pros, such as boosting nutrition and food source availability. It can obviously help put deer where you want them in terms of hunting purposes. But today, we’re just covering the...


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