The Season

Join the crew from Deer & Deer Hunting and F-W Outdoors as we chronicle the highs and lows of our deer hunting season from start to finish, with personal insights, gear reviews, crazy happenings and more.

EastonStakeOutPack

Gear We Love: Easton Outfitters Stake Out Pack

Easton Outfitters introduces the new Stake Out Pack, a full-featured daypack with an innovative retractable, integrated seat pad. The Stake Out is the perfect match for day hunts when mobility is key. This pack is tailored for “run and gun” turkey hunting, but is equally at home in the treestand or ground blind. The...

turkey chili

Spring? It’s Time For Turkeys, and Turkey Chili!

Turkey season has arrived! If you’re a deer hunter who doesn’t hunt turkeys, just consider this: to turkey hunters, it’s as big of a day as the opening day of deer season. No, really. It is. The geeked-out jitters and excitement deer hunters get for heading out on opening morning is the same for...

deer mount

How To Cape A Deer For A Mount

No matter how good your taxidermist is, he needs your help to do the best job possible. That’s because the process of creating an excellent trophy whitetail mount begins as soon as the animal is on the ground. What you do from that moment until you get your deer to the taxidermy shop will...

Deer Scope

Sight In Your Rifle Scope For More Success

My wife asked recently why we have four trash bags full of plastic milk jugs piled up in a corner of our garage, instead of putting them in the recycling bin with the other stuff accumulated each week in our household. By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor Because, I replied, when I want to...

After running away twice and returning a third time, this Florida buck's curiosity proved fatal. (Photo: Dane Walker)

First Deer of 2012! Clemons Bags Florida Buck During Archery Opener

Daylight arrives quickly in Florida, or at least it seems that way, so Dane Walker’s comment didn’t come as a surprise early Saturday morning. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor “We should have left 30 minutes earlier,” Walker said as we scrunched along the sandy road after dropping off Deer & Deer Hunting publisher Brad...

Checking stand placements one last time before the season-opener. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

It’s Finally Deer Season in America!

To say I’m a little bit amped for the bow season opener in Florida’s Zone A is an understatement, which is why at nearly 11 p.m. Friday my calloused ol’ fingers were still pecking away at the keyboard. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor The season-opener is just special anywhere. If you’re a deer hunter,...

Alligators are common in Florida, too.

Hunting The Everglades: Deer, Snakes and Gators!

Over the years, the Everglades have been carved up by roads and canals, drained, developed, flooded, farmed and polluted, yet hunters can still go out in what’s left of the River of Grass and bag deer, ducks, wild hogs and alligators. By Steve Waters Before hordes of humans moved to South Florida, the Everglades...

Steve Waters killed this fine Everglades buck a few years ago during the archery season.

Florida Bowhunting Opener Tough, Hot and Buggy

Bowhunters in South Florida get to chase white-tailed deer earlier than any other place in the country, which is good news and bad news. By Steve Waters Instead of having to wait until October to grab your bow and treestand to head for the woods, you’re hunting deer in late July on private land...

Co. Map

Deer Season Has Finally Arrived!

Saturday’s forecast calls for a high of 90 degrees, 70 percent humidity, scorching sun and zero chance for precipitation. Perfect weather for deer hunting! By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor What? Hunting? Already? But … bow season isn’t until, late September or sometime in October. No one should be hunting in July. That’s insane. It’s...