Author Archives: D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt

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Wolves Photographed Before Killing Buck in Minnesota

How’s this for a surprise when checking on your trail camera? A northern Minnesota resident captured these haunting images of gray wolves after putting out his Bushnell Trophy Cam in a deer hunting area. After scouring the area, the landowner found the ravaged carcass of a 2-1/2-year-old buck. The final image shows three big...

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Best Shot Placement on Deer for Bowhunting

The best shot placement on deer for bowhunting can be learned by watching many of today’s hunting shows on TV. Most folks watch hunting shows only to be entertained. I get that. And who can blame them? But I say there is so much to be learned from today’s hunting programs, especially if you...

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Barnett Recruit Crossbow: Not Just for Kids

  Many crossbows are designed and marketed for the youth shooter, but few fill the gap between the youth and adult hunter. The Barnett Recruit not only fits the smaller-framed hunter, but it offers enough adjustment to grow with that hunter. The Barnett Recruit comes in Compound and Recurve Models. Ideal for youth and...

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Putting Wolves Back on Endangered List is Flat-Out Wrong

By now, you’ve probably heard about how U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell ruled that the removal of the wolf from the endangered list was “arbitrary and capricious” and violated the federal Endangered Species Act. And, with a stroke of a pen, returned the wolf to the endangered list and ended hunting and trapping seasons on them...

Spook a buck one time, and he will most likely adopt nocturnal behavior for at least a little while.

Dan Schmidt: How Deer React to Human Pressure

Human pressure – be it from hunters, hikers or horse riders – is the No. 1 suppressor of daytime deer activity. Deer & Deer Hunting contributors Charlie Alsheimer and Vermont biologist Wayne Laroche have documented the extent of this suppressor during their ongoing study of how the moon affects deer behavior. Using trail timers...

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A Simple Key to Scent-Free Deer Hunting Success

Scent-free soaps, shampoo, sprays and other products are key to staying one step ahead of the whitetail’s keen nose. Deer are intelligent animals, but their intelligence is based purely on the instinctual reflexes of a prey species. In other words, they react – most often quickly and decisively – to out-of-place stimuli. It might...

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Video: Handgun Hunter Drops Deer in its Tracks?

Dropping a deer dead in its tracks at 152 yards is an accomplishment for any whitetail hunter, but what about if you’re shooting a handgun? That’s what this shooter allegedly did in this video. Did he really pull it off? We’re not sure; he’s not responding, plus he didn’t include a recovery of the...