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Eric Frein

With Fugitive Manhunt Over, Hunting Seasons Reopen

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has rescinded prohibitions enacted due to the manhunt for Eric Frein, accused of killing a state law enforcement officer after he was captured on Oct. 31. With Frein no longer on the loose, Pennsylvania Game Commission Executive Director R. Matthew Hough, effective midnight, lifted the temporary prohibition on hunting and trapping activity...

Deer Scrape Dripper

Power Your Mock Scrapes During the Rut for Big Bucks

Mock scrapes are one of the best ways to get a buck’s attention and give you a great chance at killing a big one. You’re not going to have as much success with your mock scrapes without a licking branch. Deer use the scrape and licking branch to communicate with other deer. Their preorbital...

Deer Early season archery

5 Reasons You Stink in the Woods While Deer Hunting

If you’ve ever seen Top Gun, you may recall the scene when Maverick and Slider are in the meeting with Charlie, played by Kelly McGillis, who appears to turn down Maverick’s request for a date. Slider, the smarmy wingman for Iceman, chuckles and says, “Crashed and burned, huh, Mav?” Maverick, the flyboy cowboy lead...

Hermaphrodite

Whitetail Freaks Part 2: Hermaphrodites

Here is another bizarre instance of a buck’s genetic wiring gone awry. This lucky hunter shot a truly once-in-a-lifetime deer, but what is it? That’s a good question; one that we can only speculate on when trying to answer it. The photo has been all over the Web, and was recently posted on Facebook...

This buck and dogs are caught in the act of doing what they do. Mother Nature isn't always pretty. (Photo by Devin Solomon)

UPDATE: Buck, Hounds Captured Amid Their Battle

Devin Solomon photographed this buck being chased by two pointers with tracking collars. We weren’t sure what was going on (and admitted as much in our original post) but Solomon has reached out to let us know what was happening. “I don’t want to portray the idea that I’m out here encouraging dogs ripping...

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The Easiest Way to Make Outstanding Deer Jerky

Venison jerky is a fantastic snack when you’re hunting, needing something to gnaw on while watching Madison Bumgarner throw an immortal Game 7 or are sitting there fishing in spring weeplng softy because deer season is still months away. There, there. Your best deer jerky can get you through those rough patches and cold days...

Population control of bucks and does is critical to an effective deer management program.

WATCH: Top Insights on Deer Population Control and Herd Management

Population control and herd management are the focus of an all-new episode of Destination Whitetail. Tune in to the Sportsman Channel tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT to hear the experts weigh in on best practices and hunter tactics. Due to successful conservation efforts, the deer population in North America today has soared to more than...

Crossbows for deer hunting

Deer Hunting Tip: Always Track the Wind

  Properly adjusting your strategy for wind direction is crucial when hunting mature bucks. We know this, but sometimes, it’s easier said than done. Advancements in hunting technology have made that easier than ever. By Mark Kenyon Smartphone applications such as the Weather.com and AccuWeather apps provide hourly wind direction forecasts and indicate wind...