Author Archives: D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt

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Second Week of Deer Camp Song

We all have fond memories of our early days of deer hunting. For thousands of Upper Midwest deer hunters, one of them would be this classic deer hunting song from the 1980s: “The Second Week of Deer Camp” by Da Yoopers. As kids in deer camp, we remember this song being played every morning...

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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...

Barnett Recruit is brand new for 2015.

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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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...

Adam Hupf of Beaver Dam, Wis., with his state-record whitetail.

Bowhunter Bags State Record Typical in Wisconsin

From the Wisconsin DNR: NEW STATE RECORD FOR TYPICAL WHITETAIL BUCK Congratulations to Adam Hupf from Beaver Dam for harvesting a new state record, typical whitetail buck. For 16 years Adam hunted this area and watched this buck for several years on his trail camera. On October 11, Adam had the opportunity to harvest...