Author Archives: D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt

John, Holly and Hunter Bargren rejoice in the hunt of a lifetime after John made a clutch shot on this 200+ inch whitetail in 2013.

Biggest Buck Ever? Bargren Buck Comes Close

Is there better way to celebrate a big buck on the ground than with your family at your side? After shooting this 200+ inch Illinois whitetail, Jon Bargren got to do just that with his wife and daughter. BY KERI J. BUTT Illinois native Jon Bargren and his family have a long history with...

This girl's reaction to her first deer is priceless!

Deer Antler Rules: Divided We Fall

If you need another stark reminder of where we’re at as a deer hunting community, check out the Facebook comments that are being logged in response to Richard Smith’s report on the new deer antler rules in Michigan. Last fall, Michigan enacted mandatory antler rules in 12 counties. In short, hunters are required to...

(photo courtesy of Cuddeback Cameras)

The Real Reason Why Our Deer Herds are Declining

by Daniel E. Schmidt If this winter has taught us anything, it should be that habitat is the trump card in any discussion on white-tailed deer management. It should teach us all that. But it won’t. No, it won’t take but a few sunny, snowless days later this spring or early summer, and we’ll...

Bob Walker Walker's Game Ear

Hunting Industry Pioneer Bob Walker Dies

The hunting industry lost a pioneer this morning with the passing of Bob Walker, founder of Walker’s Game Ear. He was 62. A current resident of Forksville, Pa., Bob was born in Philadelphia and was a renowned deer and turkey hunter in his home state and across North America. He became a licensed audiologist...

What does a deer tick look like?

Will Winter Weather Kill Off Deer Ticks?

We are all grasping for any positive spin we can put on this brutal winter. One that I’ve heard repeated over the past few weeks is, “well, at least we won’t have to worry about bugs this summer.” The thinking is that this deep freeze — with frost depths lower than we’ve seen in...