Author Archives: D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt

The sight every bowhunter wants to see: A blood-soaked arrow that hit its mark. (photo courtesy of Cory Johnson/Smokey Valley Archery)

Dan Schmidt: 3 Ways to Become a Better Bowhunter

You don’t have to be a world-class archer to become a deer hunting machine. In fact, the most successful deer hunters are those who develop proficient shooting skills then use their woodsmanship and knowledge of deer anatomy to do the rest. By Daniel E. Schmidt Here are three things you can do this weekend...

What's the best way to attract deer during the early season? Provide them with a constant supply of water.

Waterholes: The Best Way to Attract Deer?

I’ll never forget the first time I bowhunted whitetails over a manmade water source. It was in the mid-1990s, and I was hunting the famed bluffs of Buffalo County, Wisconsin. This was my first trip to this land of Boone and Crockett-class bucks, and I was hunting with legendary outfitter Tom Indrebo. As, daylight...

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This Happens to 2,200 Deer Hunters Every Year!

    Of more than 11 million whitetail hunters in the U.S., a good portion of those hunters head for their favorite tree stand when bow and gun seasons start in autumn. Did you know that several thousand of these hunters make a fatal mistake each and every year? Sadly, that’s true. Preliminary research indicates...

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Carbon Express: A Hunting Arrow That’s Passed the Test

The best hunting arrow is the one that shoots best out of your particular setup. The key is matching the arrow to your bow, poundage and shooting style. Previously, hunters had to worry about an arrow’s overall weight. This isn’t necessarily true today, especially with the way modern hunting arrows are being constructed. By...

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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...