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Stay up to date on everything happening in the whitetail world! From record bucks to weird happenings, the D&DH news crew stays on top of all things deer.

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The Problem With Scientific Deer Management

Despite his efforts to educate the public on sound deer management, Aldo Leopold realized the lessons learned from wars between nations apply to those waged over natural resources. By Marybeth Lorbiecki In September 1939, Germany invaded Poland. During the dark months of the next 2½ years, Europe exploded with tanks, bombs and guns. The...

Matt Moss with his 216-inch triple beam Mississippi monster buck! (Photo: Mississippi Sportsman)

Gut Instincts Help Hunter Topple Three-Beamed Record Buck

Sometimes when we’re hunting we look at a map or the sign-out board and figure, “Eh, why not? I’ll hunt that old barn by the cutover and see what happens.” Sometimes it pays off. Sometimes you come back to camp and wonder why you didn’t choose another stand. Matt Moss had one of those...

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Veteran Conservation Officer Tapped to Lead State Agency

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has a new law enforcement director, Col. Curtis Brown. Brown, who is known among his colleagues at the FWC and partner agencies for his passionate dedication to conservation, will oversee more than 1,000 employees in the FWC’s Division of Law Enforcement. He’ll direct their efforts to protect Florida’s...

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Mad Deer Turns Tables on Hunter, Attacks Him

Ever hear someone jokingly say, “Boy, when those deer turn on the hunters or get weapons then it’ll be a fair fight!” Well, uh, one finally did. Sort of. A 72-year-old hunter was out for a hunt Jan. 2 with family when he shot a doe with a crossbow. Then when he was searching for...

Justin Braswell Mississippi Tallahatchie County scores 193 48

Lady Luck Shines on Deer Hunter with 193-Inch Giant

Justin Braswell freely admits he didn’t have a grand plan or anything other than wanting to sit in a deer stand for an evening hunt and maybe see a nice buck. Well, things turned out pretty good for him when Lady Luck turned on the megawatt shine and smiled broadly. Braswell, of Greenwood, Miss.,...

New Jersey Assembly members are considering a bill that would allow hunters to sell deer meat.

State Mulls Controversial Proposal to Allow Sales of Deer Meat

For decades, states have banned hunters from selling deer meat but now one group of legislators is considering a controversial proposal to overturn that longtime prohibition. That idea has spawned numerous discussions, too, about commercial sale of wildlife and management strategies. According to the New Jersey Herald, a bill in the New Jersey General...

California poacher rifle, deer heads confiscated by state officials

Tip Helps Wildlife Officers Make Case Against Poacher

A Plymouth man was convicted in Amador Superior Court of multiple deer poaching charges after wildlife officers investigated following information provided on a tip line. Gary Michael Creason Jr., age 24, was fined $19,520 for activities involving the take of trophy deer out of season, among other charges. Acting on a tip, wildlife officers...

California DFW Enforcement Chief David Bess (left).

Bess Appointed Chief of California DFW Law Enforcement

California wildlife officer David Bess has been appointed the new chief of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Law Enforcement Division, CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham announced. The position was recently vacated by the retirement of 33-year veteran wildlife officer, Chief Michael P. Carion. “California’s fish and wildlife and the sportsmen and...

Wyatt Reinhardt killed a monster buck that any New Hampshire deer hunter would be proud of! The 8-pointer weighed 212 pounds. Congrats!

Deer Numbers Down, But Final Tally Among Top 10 in Nine Decades

The preliminary numbers are in for one state’s autumn hunting seasons and while the season kill is down for unknown reasons, the overall number is among the highest in the last nine decades. That’s kind of weird, isn’t it? Hunters killed fewer deer this season but the final total is among the top 10 for...