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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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Gear Up at the New Mossberg Online Store

O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc, America’s oldest family-owned and operated firearms manufacturer, has launched its redesigned, mobile-optimized online store with the announcement of “Grand Opening” specials for visitors who join the Mossberg community. Now through Nov. 20, 2016, sign up as a Mossberg community member and receive 20 percent off of your next purchase...

Steve Bartylla is uber-careful about his scent-control efforts and believes it pays off.

Kill Bigger Deer By Fooling Their Sense of Smell

It was one of the most thrilling hunts I’ve ever experienced. on the way in, I’d laid down a scent trail of Special Golden Estrus. Now, less than an hour later, I could hear the deep grunts of a low 160s Missouri monster following the drag. Spotting him, I was thrilled with what I saw....

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4 Tips to Make a Quick and Effective Mock Scrape

Providing easy shot opportunities is one of the biggest advantages mock scrapes provide. To do that, simply place the mock scrape within a comfortable shooting distance of, and with the lick branch pointing toward, the stand. Doing so focuses attention away from the hunter and strongly encourages broadside and quartering-away angles. The rest is...

Just as with deer hunting, knowing when to take the best shot and maximizing your chances for success works the same way with predators.

Layer Your Way to Weather Comfort for Deer, Predators

Being prepared for weather extremes, especially the inclement kind, means outfitting yourself in gear that can battle rain, snow, wind and subzero temperatures. Wrong warm-weather clothing choices don’t have near the dangers as when cold extremes invade your hunt. Consider a layering system to enjoy whatever Mother Nature brings on. There are three building...

Montana trappers believe the future of trapping on public lands is at stake with this ballot measure that would ban public land trapping other than by state wildlife officials.

Montana Trappers Under Attack: Voters Eye Proposed Ban

Montana boasts more than 30 million acres of state and federal lands with a population of just over one million people. Much of those 30 million acres are remote wild lands hidden behind towering mountain peaks or amidst vast stretches of ranch lands. With the exception of a handful of ranchers the only people out...

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The Amish Lucky Buck

When Jonathan Schmucker of Peebles, Ohio, slipped away to go hunting the afternoon of Sept. 30, 2006, he had no idea he was about to make whitetail history. During that memorable day, the 2006 Ohio archery opener, Jonathan crossed paths with a huge nontypical buck he knew well. He’d seen the big deer often...

Controlled burning is beneficial to woodlands and provides new growth for wildlife.

The Best Times for Prescribed Burn Habitat Management

There are two main times of the year when you can successfully conduct a prescribed burn: during the dormant and growing seasons. Dormant-season burns are often conducted during late winter when plants, trees and shrubs are not actively sending nutrients for new growth. Conversely, spring and summer burns can be conducted to kill more above-ground...

Deer react to hunting pressure perhaps far greater than hunters realize. Having thick, quality bedding areas that offer security helps greatly across all age spectrums.

Create the Nastiest, Most Beneficial Bedding Areas

Big bucks love secure bedding areas, and providing them on smaller properties is often the only way to hold them, at least a portion of the time. Though cover might not be limited in most areas, high-quality cover often is. Creating high-quality cover is not as hard as many people believe. It can be...