Deer Hunting Tips

Have deer hunting problems? We have solutions. Our experts share dozens of handy deer hunting tips, tricks and deer hunting tactics to enhance and improve your deer hunting experience. This critical advice will take your whitetail pursuits to the next level.

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The Best Tips for Tuning Expandable Broadheads

A Simple Solution Will Have You Stamping the 10-Ring I feel so strongly about practicing with the exact same broadheads I hunt with that, for many years, I refused to hunt with expandable heads simply because the models I liked best utilized a rubber band to hold the blades in place. When I shot them...

Bucks use licking branches as signposts with their scrapes, and preorbital gland scent is a big part of it.

Advanced Licking Branch Secrets for Big Bucks

We love hearing good deer hunting success stories and even moreso when hunters have capitalized on some of the best tips or suggestions to help them be successful. Larry J. McKenzie of South Carolina wrote in to one of our good friends, John “Smokey” McNicholas, to let him know about his good hunts last...

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Five Great Ways to Hunt Pressured Deer

Deer hunting seasons are shifting into gear right now and hunters are looking for many things, including big bucks, the buck of a lifetime, maybe a buck they’ve been watching for a year or more on game cameras. Some are on private land, some are on public land … the latter, in many states, being...

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Deer Hunting Tip: Call Your Way Out of the Lock-Down Phase

The lock-down phase is something bowhunters likely experience every season. It coincides with the peak of breeding, when the greatest number of bucks and does are paired up. Most pairs spend much of the day in their beds, so this is one of the most challenging times to kill a good buck during the...

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Plan Ahead for Success When Shooting Cold

Keeping fingers and hands functioning in cold weather allows for maximum shooting efficiency By Patrick Meitin Shooting bows well obviously requires a certain degree of dexterity. Bowhunting whitetails from stands involves cold, gloves, pack boots and insulated duds. And these are late-October through November dates I have in mind. Things can quickly reach critical...

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The Easiest Thing You Can Do to Help Your Food Plots

This great deer hunting tip falls into the category of “Wow, that’s really simple and I should have been doing this all along” after you hear about it. Deer hunters who plant food plots, from simple rye or clover to more elaborate mixtures and commercially bagged products, should all share one thing in common:...

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Deer Hunting Tip: Using Rubbing Posts

We use rubbing posts in most of our larger food plots and also in some of our smaller plots in the woods. Often, I’ll leave a small tree out in a new food plot that I’m just putting in. That tree usually becomes an immediate signpost rub; that is, a scent-marking tree. By Lee...

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Follow This Checklist to Beat Buck Fever

Most hunters have experienced buck fever. If you ever watch deer hunters on television, you have seen them breathless, shaking and almost out of control. When you have to thread an arrow through a tight spot or put a bullet in a small opening a long way off, buck fever is the last thing...

Getting your crossbow and other hunting gear ready for the season is a necessary part of being a responsible hunter.

Simple Steps Make the Difference at Crunch Time

Do you have a plan for the upcoming deer hunting season for game cameras, stands, your bow or gun, how to get to stand locations, and other details for a successful trip? If not, now is the time to be doing it. Deer seasons are starting to open here and there, and within weeks they’ll...