Author Archives: Daniel E. Schmidt Editor-in-Chief

Hunting traditions in the Schmidt family include "airing out" the blaze orange before the gun season begins.

Three Cheers for Orange Therapy

Some of my fondest childhood memories — and best life lessons — came from Mom’s clothesline and the loving care she put into tending it. The lessons were many, and they all revolved around hard work. You see, I was one of seven kids, and we all had to pitch in around the house. No...

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Big Rubs: Are They the Superhighway to Big Bucks?

The whitetail’s most visible rut-time signs also have spawned deep-rooted myths. Count, if you can, how many times you’ve heard someone say, “Small rubs always equal small deer. You have to find big rubs to find big deer.” What’s the count? Probably dozens, right? Unfortunately, that blanket statement is yet another whitetail myth. Although...

DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt tagged out in Kansas on this fine buck, which had a club foot.

Whitetail Wisdom Gleaned Over the Years

Single-cam bows. Mechanical broadheads. In-line muzzleloaders. Go back 20 years, and you can realize all of the amazing improvements we’ve seen infiltrate our deer hunting world. I’ve been beyond blessed to have seen this community grow and mature during the past two decades during more than 20 years working at the same media company. I’ve...

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Why Do Some Bucks Grow Three Beams?

The biggest deer in the woods are often the result of great genetics and good deer feed, but there are exceptions. Take, for example, the case of this triple-beamed buck. My friend and DDH field editor Les Davenport reported a few years ago that there was a surge in the number of triple-beamed bucks showing up on...

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Unplug and Enjoy Your Deer Season

If there’s one thing that could make me happier in the deer woods this fall it would be a complete off- the-grid experience. Not asking for much here; just a few days during the rut — perhaps a few 10-hour vigils where I’m completely unplugged from the stressors and distractions of this so-called modern life....

Brian Woodard Jr. with his buck-doe, which likely is a hermaphrodite with both ovaries and testes.

Headgear Says Buck, Everything Else Says Doe

Check out this crazy 8-pointer that Brian Woodard Jr. arrowed recently. The headgear says “buck” but other appearances said “doe.” What’s the true story? Well, as noted many times in Deer & Deer Hunting, it is most likely a hermaphrodite (both a buck AND doe!). True hermaphrodites have both ovaries and testes, but possess...