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Deer Hunting Tip: Call Your Way Out of the Lock-Down Phase

The lock-down phase is something bowhunters likely experience every season. It coincides with the peak of breeding, when the greatest number of bucks and does are paired up. Most pairs spend much of the day in their beds, so this is one of the most challenging times to kill a good buck during the...

Deer Early season archery

Deer Talk Now: 3 Keys to Hunting Mature Bucks in Early Archery Season

If you’re a deer hunter, the early archery season can be tough sometimes because bucks are transitioning from their summer bachelor groups or maybe are already in their autumn areas getting settled. Sometimes that’s a tough period because you’re in that in-between zone. You saw bucks during summer on camera but now they’re gone,...

Alabama Tagged Deer

Would You Shoot This Deer the State Says is Special?

Hunters usually avoid shooting deer that have tags in an ear or collars around their necks for several reasons, some being that they’re unsure if the deer is protected, a pet, an escapee from a fenced property or perhaps some kind of science project. The deer really are hanging around biker bars and tattoo parlors...

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Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

Hunters expect wildlife managers to determine how many deer there are in an area, and biologists strive to do so. Common approaches to examine deer population size and trends include harvest data reconstruction, pellet and track counts, and browse, camera, aerial, infrared and thermal-imaging surveys. By John J. Ozoga, Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor...

If you don't have any venison just yet, try out Scott Leysath's recipe with beef. (Photo courtesy of The Beef Checkoff - wwwBeefItsWhatsForDinner.com)

Ready for a Creative, New Way to Prepare Your Venison?

We’re never too big on Cream of Mushroom as a go-to for venison dishes, often seeing hunter-chefs resort to some worn out recipe that’s just not good. “Prepare venison, put into slow cooker with giant can of Cream of Mushroom and favorite herbs, cook the snot out of it and then eat it with...

whitetail deer management

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...

The High Tail folds into one compact bundle, making it highly portable.

Hunting Solo? Take the Hassle Out of Field Dressing

  Although nothing beats the camaraderie of hunting with family and friends, I honestly don’t mind hunting alone. In fact, I kind of like it. It provides me with ample time to de-stress, and there’s nothing quite like the quiet time. However, when the real work begins — like field-dressing a deer — it...

The Rage X-Treme broadhead again made short work of a whitetail for Dan Schmidt. (photo courtesy of Cory Johnson/Smokey Valley Archery)

Secrets Revealed About Hunting Tough, Invisible Bucks

The hardest buck to hunt is the one you never see. On the season finale of Deer & Deer Hunting TV, learn how to better spot those invisible bucks that elude hunters and increase your chances of success. The Season 10 finale airs Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET, only on NBC Sports. From elusive...

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FLASH: Save Bucks for Your Bucks and Stay Cool

Engel DeepBlue roto-molded coolers are designed to provide long-lasting insulation to keep your food, beverages and deer meat colder when you’re heading to camp or back home after a successful hunt. These super coolers are engineered with seamless polyethylene and have a full two inches of dense polyurethane foam injected into the top, bottom and sizes....