Author Archives: Alan Clemons

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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...

Delaware deer

Northeast Governor Does Something Totally Unexpected for Hunting

Due to politics and the tug of war between the two major parties, the Northeast portion of the United States often gets everything lumped into one giant pot of stereotyping and rhetorical mess. That covers everything from whatever’s on the hardcore political agenda about schools, roads and such to even the wildlife arena. Fairly...

November Buck- Quivira NWR

5 Hot Gear Picks to Put Deer on the Ground

Hunting seasons are finally here, which means deer hunters have started picking through some of their backpack items to figure out what’s working or what may not be needed right now. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Here in the Southeast where I live, bowhunters I know are just about ready to gnaw on their arrows...

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The Best Reloading Tips You Need to Know About Your Ammunition

As the all-time high interest in reloading continues, Gun Digest has teamed up with handloading expert Phillip P. Massaro to publish the new Gun Digest Shooter’s Guide to Reloading. For shooters who are new to reloading and want to take advantage of reloading’s many benefits – cost savings, improved accuracy and combating future ammunition shortages,...

CWD has been found in more than two dozen states and Canadian provinces. (Photo: Wisconsin DNR)

Hundreds of Infected Deer Killed on Game Farm After CWD Discovered

At least 287 of more than 350 deer tested on an Iowa game farm were found to be infected with chronic wasting disease and euthanized by wildlife officials and the farm owner paid $917,100 for the animals, according to a story highlighting the contentious issue of game farms, wildlife and disease. The Indianapolis Star leads its shocking...

Tacos Carnitas can be made with shredded beef, like these, or venison if you have some deer meat in the freezer. They're great! (Photo: Jess Lander/Wikipedia)

4 Great Slow-Cooked Venison Tacos You Must Try

When we found out that Oct. 4 is National Taco Day, well, it just was a perfect time to revisit some of our favorite dishes for slow-cooked venison! Tacos and burritos are fantastic ways to enjoy your venison. Whether you use ground venison with special herbs and spices or slow-cooked shoulders, necks and rump...

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,...