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.

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.

Research Coatings Before Buying Hunting Optics

What are all these coatings on scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes? Take a look at any optics company’s site and you’ll find some descriptions about lens coatings that help with abrasion resistance, clarity, light transmission, glare reduction and waterproof capabilities. By Alan Clemons Some of these coatings are proprietary, specially designed by or for...

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Turkey Season Bonus: Prepare to Make the Perfect Shot

  Because the main tool of turkey hunting is a shotgun, some hunters get the false impression that it produces a large pattern of shot, making it easy to hit a target. So, they tend to skip shooting practice. But with fine-tuned barrels and high-tech shotshells designed to take down gobblers beyond 40 yards,...

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Food Plot Tips: The Mighty Soybean

By Don Higgins Why Beans? Whitetails crave soybeans during the late season for several reasons. First, there’s likely not another food source at that time of the year that comes close to offering the same level of protein. I have sent a sample of soybeans (in the pods, which is how deer eat them)...

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AR Controversy? Are They OK for Deer Hunting or Not?

While misperceptions about tactical rifles remain among the sporting public, and even some division remains among sportsmen in camp (one recent magazine article talked about being the first guy in camp with an AR and how to present yourself as a good ambassador for the tactical gun crowd), studies show that opinions are changing....

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Turkey Season Bonus: To Decoy or Not to Decoy?

By Brian Lovett Video Courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com Depending on who’s talking, turkey decoys are the greatest turkey hunting tool since the yelper or the biggest scourge since blackhead disease. No one can deny that in the right situations, decoys are an integral part of a turkey hunter’s arsenal. The trick is...

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Manage Deer Food Sources Carefully in Drought Conditions

Antler quality parallels the nutrition status of a deer’s diet, which is composed of a variety of succulents, particularly forbs and brush species. Although nutritionally strong and highly digestible, forbs occur primarily in spring and occasionally, depending on rainfall, throughout the year. By Bob Zaiglin Protein-fortified forbs grow antlers, but brush sustains deer. During...

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Turkey Season Bonus: 10 Must-Know Friction Calling Techniques for Spring!

Video courtesy of Shane Simpson and callingallturkeys.com. Everyone loves pot-and-peg calls for spring turkey hunting, but are you truly maximizing the potential of these great devices? Here, turkey calling champion Scott Ellis gives you 10 phenomenal pointers to have you yelping like a pro in no time. Striker Angle One of the first critical...

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Do Wounded Deer Circle Sometimes?

  Most deer shot through the vitals die quickly and run only a short distance and only in one direction before going down. Wounded deer that don’t go down quickly, though, seldom run a straight line after being hit. Most begin curving a little left or right after traveling a short distance. Directions often...