Author Archives: Alan Clemons

Deer in a Hole

Giant Buck Stuck in a Hole, But Does He Make It Out Alive?

What kind of weird event happened that a deer fell into a deep hole? Was he wandering along looking at some does across the way and not paying attention? Maybe a garbage bag got wrapped around his antlers and he couldn’t see. Perhaps he’d been to Bucky’s Buck Bar and had one too many...

Viking KwikHoist

The Coolest Tool You Need for Cleaning Your Deer

Whether you have a new camp that still needs some setup, are roughing it in a truck camp in the woods for a weekend or need a hand around the house, it’s not a stretch to say that cleaning a deer can be a chore sometimes. Some hunters are good with gutting and cutting...

Two Bean Venison Chili

Fantastic Two Bean Venison Chili Offers a Kick

Eric Myers was stuck at home in Minnesota last December while workers took care of an emergency problem with his furnace, so he decided to head to the kitchen for some cooking therapy. Yeah, cooking therapy. You know what that is, right? When you just need to do something in the kitchen, relax, think...

Bucks use licking branches as signposts with their scrapes, and preorbital gland scent is a big part of it.

Advanced Licking Branch Secrets for Big Bucks

We love hearing good deer hunting success stories and even moreso when hunters have capitalized on some of the best tips or suggestions to help them be successful. Larry J. McKenzie of South Carolina wrote in to one of our good friends, John “Smokey” McNicholas, to let him know about his good hunts last...

D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt in a Heater Body Suit.

Deer Talk Now: The Best Broadheads for Short Bloodtrails

Fixed or expandable broadhead? Deer & Deer Hunting Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt answers this age-old bowhunting question that rages on and will continue to be debated. Fixed heads are simple, don’t have moving parts and have been time-tested. But expandables are lightweight, have slender profiles and fly like field points, and offer devastating wounds. Which...

Charles Alsheimer

Just What is the Definition of Deer Camp?

Reminisce and relive the enjoyment and excitement of a weekend spent at deer camp by tuning in to this week’s all-new Destination Whitetail, airing on the Sportsman Channel this Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. This week’s episode of Destination Whitetail examines the many facets of deer camps, the common gathering spaces where friends and...

Viking Solutions L-E-Vator

Hunting Alone? How to Lift a Deer By Yourself

One of the most troublesome things about a successful deer hunt is loading the buck or doe onto an ATV, the tailgate of a truck or a utility vehicle — especially if you’re alone and haven’t field-dressed it yet. Everyone has their methods, of course, but after you’re done deer hunting and have one...

Steven Davis of North Carolina with his crossbow buck that pushes 190-plus inches!

Monster Crossbow Buck May Be a State Record!

After watching a gigantic buck for days and getting scads of game camera photos, Steven Davis calmly stood in his stand waiting for a shot at the bruiser. He’d seen this gagger in velvet, bedding down in soybeans, and watched as a smaller 6-point literally ate the velvet from the buck’s massive antlers. And then...

Montana deer

Are Whitetail, Mule Deer Numbers Improving or Still Flat?

Mule deer numbers have experienced recent declines in many areas of one Rocky Mountain state but could be improving, according to optimistic outlooks by some biologists. Favorable weather and habitat conditions this year could help spur an uptick in some areas, but it’s not all wine and roses across the board. According to the Montana...