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Stay updated on the latest news going on in the whitetail world! From jaw-dropping record bucks, news from state agencies and organizations and weird happenings with deer and deer hunters, the D&DH team stays on top of all things deer.

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Downrange Kinetic Energy: Determining an Arrow’s Killing Power

One of the most confusing concepts for bowhunters today is the application of kinetic energy to their hunting rig. For example, a reader writes: “I have read that kinetic energy of 50 ft./lbs. or more is good for big game such as whitetail deer. Does the kinetic energy change at different yardages? If so,...

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How to Transform Bedding Areas, Create Deer Ambush Sites

A lot of deer hunters are interested in managing their properties for good deer habitat. But Jim Ward of Iowa City, Iowa, is taking things way beyond just planting a food plot and hoping deer show up. Ward, who runs Jim Ward’s Whitetail Academy, manipulates the landscape to create buck bedding areas, preferred trails...

If planting multiple food plots, experiment with different blends on different plots to see which yield the best results. Advanced blends like Evolved Harvest’s Alpha Plot include two clover varieties, southern-tolerant hybrid alfalfa, drought-resistant chicory, and T-Raptor, an early maturing forage turnip/rape hybrid that’s extremely high in crude protein. Photo courtesy of www.evolved.com.

Diversity is Your Best Food Plot Plan for Year-Round Forage

As I walked down the trail enclosed overhead by bare oak branches, I crept past several green fields full of clovers and other growing plants. Farther down the trail, I stop at a secluded brown food plot that appeared to have been abandoned long ago. The lush, green soybeans from summer were now thin-stalked...

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Whitetail Nation: Are Deer Numbers in Decline?

The morning after deer season closed several men gathered around church before the Sunday service began. Carl inquired of Bill, who always gets a nice buck. “How’d you do this season, Bill?” “Don’t ask. I never saw an antler during gun season, much less any does, and in archery season only saw a few...

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Best Tips for Consistent, Successful Bowhunting Accuracy

Ask most bowhunters how many steps are involved in aiming and they’ll normally say something like, “One. Put the pin on a target and release.” This simplistic approach to aiming with sights — in some respects, while aiming instinctively with traditional gear — is the root cause of many common shoot- ing problems, including...

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Remember ‘Buyer beware!’ When Buying Broadheads Online

Apparently knock-off products aren’t exclusive to over-priced jewelry and handbags. One Illinois hunter learned this the hard way, and his story makes you wonder how many hunters have been duped and didn’t know it. Let’s face it: good hunting products can be pricey, and there are certainly some great deals to be had. You just need...

The Gilbert crew with Lenny's Delaware giant, shot on Nov. 12 while the trio was hunting private land in the south-central portion of the state.

Buckshots: Family Deer Hunt and Buck of a Lifetime

Deer hunting often is about being in the right place at the right time, which is exactly what happened to Lenny Gilbert IV during his trip to southern Delaware in November. Gilbert was in camp with his father, Lenny III, and younger brother, Brandon, the second week of November for their annual hunt. Gilbert...