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Bushcraft 101: Tips and Tricks for Your Packs

There are many different packing configurations and brands on the market today, and the choices in colors and style are almost endless. I have never been a fan of packs with lots of pockets and compartments; whenever you look for a certain item, finding it becomes an ordeal. Keep things simple; our mentors of...

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Bushcraft 101: Pack Frame Sturdy, Strong for Hauling Gear, Deer

Pack frames are my favorite system for carrying gear into the field. You can use them as a standalone item or combine them with other items. The versatility of external frames has been all but forgotten today. By Dave Canterbury The most popular improvised frame today is the Roycroft frame, named after T Roycroft,...

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Locavore Blog: Staying Warm in a Tree Stand

Even though the Vermont days are bright and sunny, the air is still crisp and chilly with frosts settling in overnight, causing my dock to ice over each evening. We spent the weekend prepping for winter and spent most of Sunday continuing to stockpile wood for the long freezing days that lay ahead. by...

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Bushcraft 101: Recognize the Five Cs of Survivability

You can organize the essentials based on the Five Cs of Survivability. Within these five base elements are all the tools and knowledge you need to be prepared for emergencies as well as to become independent of the trappings of the urban jungle. By Dave Canterbury These items are the hardest to reproduce from...

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DDH Condolences to True Outdoors Family

The Deer & Deer Hunting family expresses its condolences to longtime writer and contributor Toby Bridges, whose partner, Christy Cay Steigers-Bridges, lost her battle Oct. 25 due to lengthy complications following surgery for a brain aneurysm. She and Bridges were married for seven years, which he says “have been the best seven years of my...

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Top 5 Deer Hunting DVDs

The Deer & Deer Hunting staffers selected these hunting DVDs as their top picks. The hunting DVDs not only provide footage of entertaining hunts, they teach about the biology behind their quarry. Hunters of all skill levels will find plenty to enjoy in these hunting DVDs. They make great gifts for hunters, too. 1....

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Did You Know? 8 Messages Deer Send With Their Tails

When you spot a deer, study its tail. What you observe will help you make smart hunting decisions. Of course, the deer’s body language is important to watch, too. It goes hand in hand in with what the tail is doing. By Tom Carpenter But the tail’s actions are a very visible, clear and...

Prescribed burning is one great way to eliminate understory growth and leaf litter, and rejuvenate the soil.

Cost-Share Available for Private Land Prescribed Burning

Wildfires were common hundreds of years ago when much of America was still wild and undeveloped, and Native Americans used fire to rejuvenate the soil, move wildlife and restore areas for their crops. Today, some folks see fires as terrible but don’t understand the beneficial impact the process of a good, controlled fire has...

Getting your crossbow and other hunting gear ready for the season is a necessary part of being a responsible hunter.

Simple Steps Make the Difference at Crunch Time

Do you have a plan for the upcoming deer hunting season for game cameras, stands, your bow or gun, how to get to stand locations, and other details for a successful trip? If not, now is the time to be doing it. Deer seasons are starting to open here and there, and within weeks they’ll...

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Is Your Bow Suddenly Off? Look to Yourself First

By Patrick Meitin When I see someone in camp applying Allen wrenches to a bow, I know they’re in trouble. Their arrows are suddenly hitting off center, and panic is setting in. Arrows begin hitting right or left, high or low, and we automatically blame equipment. But what’s more likely, your $1,000 bowhunting setup...