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Arguments Made to Support States’ Rights in Wolf Case

The Great Lakes Wolf situation has taken numerous twists and turns, capturing the attention of hunters, anti-hunters, enviro-supporters, the judiciary, legislators and even Joe Lunchbucket folks as it wends its way through the court system. Neither side — the one for states’ rights and the protect-the-wolves side — are budging. After several rulings, the...

Gary Barenz of Wisconsin with his stunning gagger whitetail, which measured more than 214 inches and had a double droptine. Wow!

Stunning Double-Droptine Giant Scores 214 Inches

Gary Barenz, a longtime and close friend of the D&DH team, had an encounter with the buck of a lifetime on Oct. 25 and, without a doubt, made the most of it. Barenz was hunting in Waukesha County, Wis., with his crossbow when this stupendous buck stepped within range. Just watching it would certainly...

Shooting from a ground blind can have challenges. Hunting feral hogs, if you can, gives you some good practice with a crossbow and ground blind so you'll be ready during deer season.

Don’t Make These Mistakes Shooting from a Ground Blind

Using a treestand or ground blind to hunt out of can provide many benefits to the crossbow hunter. First and foremost, it increases your opportunity to get within shooting distance of game, which in most cases would be 40 to 50 yards or less. The structures also keep us out of sight and provide...

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Game Cameras: The Best Yardstick for Deer Demographics

It’s something deer hunters/managers ponder every year: How many deer are on my property? Maybe they had a poor hunt- ing season and a lot of deer survived. Or a harsh winter had a negative impact on the population. Sure, it’s possible to sit on a big agricultural field during a summer evening and...

Darron McDougal often pursues bucks by utilizing tactics around rivers, creeks and waterways.

Nab a River Buck: Exploit Big Bucks with an Aqua Ambush

Worn from seven days of rising early for the 1.5-mile trek to my public-land stand, I sat overlooking a whitetail runway along a wooded Kansas river-bottom. For two days I’d hunted from dark to dark, which proved tiresome because mature bucks were locked down. Winds had calmed, the river sang a sweet serenade, and mid-morning rays...

Abandoned pastures, barns or other old farm areas may become safe haven hidey holes for big bucks. Don't overlook these areas!

8 Off the Grid Whitetail Honey Holes

The meat pole back home was still empty. Gun season was in its finale days. Though the white- tails had been pushed hard all over Waldwick Township, they were surely still here. But where? I had just finished unsuccessfully combing almost every square inch of the three brushy woodlots on the hill-county dairy farm...

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Poacher Hit with Lifetime Ban for Felony Convictions

Hunters often say “that guy should be put in prison!” for a game violation, or something along those lines including jail, prison, heavy fines, loss of hunting rights or other penalties. Wyoming has tugged on the heartstrings of some of those folks by making poaching a felony. It didn’t take too long for someone...

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Working Class Whitetails: Smokepole Giant in the Snow

Nick Herzberg says he’s never been a big muzzleloader guy but he was ready to go after a buck that got away from him during the earlier bow season. Although the smokepole can reach out, there were some tenuous moments when things didn’t look good. When the smoke cleared, it was all good! +++++...

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Blind Ambition Fuels Crossbow Success

Weather is one of those uncontrollable variables that can really influence the outcome of your hunt. When peak rut hits, deer hunters want to be in the woods all day. However, steady rain and temperatures in the high 30s make that already daunting task seem nearly unbearable. The best you can do is use...