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Dan Byers of southeast Iowa with a gorgeous 200-incher! Wow!

Deer & Deer Hunting: The Best Bucks of 2014-15

Welcome to the Deer and Deer Hunting 2014-15 Buck Pole, where giant bucks from across the country are featured and deer hunters are celebrated. The bucks and hunters here are sent to us via email and also some of the hottest big bucks circulating on social media sites. We’ll keep this post updated as new...

This buck and dogs are caught in the act of doing what they do. Mother Nature isn't always pretty. (Photo by Devin Solomon)

UPDATE: Buck, Hounds Captured Amid Their Battle

Devin Solomon photographed this buck being chased by two pointers with tracking collars. We weren’t sure what was going on (and admitted as much in our original post) but Solomon has reached out to let us know what was happening. “I don’t want to portray the idea that I’m out here encouraging dogs ripping...

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The Easiest Way to Make Outstanding Deer Jerky

Venison jerky is a fantastic snack when you’re hunting, needing something to gnaw on while watching Madison Bumgarner throw an immortal Game 7 or are sitting there fishing in spring weeplng softy because deer season is still months away. There, there. Your best deer jerky can get you through those rough patches and cold days...

Population control of bucks and does is critical to an effective deer management program.

WATCH: Top Insights on Deer Population Control and Herd Management

Population control and herd management are the focus of an all-new episode of Destination Whitetail. Tune in to the Sportsman Channel tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT to hear the experts weigh in on best practices and hunter tactics. Due to successful conservation efforts, the deer population in North America today has soared to more than...

Crossbows for deer hunting

Deer Hunting Tip: Always Track the Wind

  Properly adjusting your strategy for wind direction is crucial when hunting mature bucks. We know this, but sometimes, it’s easier said than done. Advancements in hunting technology have made that easier than ever. By Mark Kenyon Smartphone applications such as the Weather.com and AccuWeather apps provide hourly wind direction forecasts and indicate wind...

Duel Game Calls grunt call

If You’re Going to Grunt, Make Sure It Sounds Real

Getting a buck’s attention can be done by rattling antlers together, using a good grunt call and realistic sounds, or bumbling through the woods like a clod and scaring off everything around you. Don’t opt for the last possiblity. Rattling may not work as well in your neck of the woods, depending on the...

Steve VanDeKeere loves hunting and good venison on the table.

Fantastic Deer Jerky Has a Peppery-Garlic Kick

Steve VanDeKeere of Indiana is a diehard hunter and outdoorsman, and like many of us he loves to put venison on the table. I asked him recently if he had a good deer jerky recipe and VanDeKeere didn’t disappoint. “My deer jerky recipe has a semi-peppery/garlic taste,” he said. “This recipe yields 2-2.5 pounds...

A smooth-shooting rifle and good bullets are obviously crucial to success, but they're only as good as the optics that help you line up the deer in your sights.

Can You Save Money and Sight in Your Rifle This Quickly?

If you’re still gearing up for the gun season in your deer hunting zone or state, there’s enough time to get to the range and get your scope zeroed in perfectly for the best accuracy. It’s fun to go shoot at the range. I’ve never heard anyone say they hated it, even the guys...