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What Makes Odd Buck Antlers?

Jeff Evans and his trophy 9-pointer. Photo by Dan Schmidt

Whitetail antlers come in all shapes and sizes, and the reasons why some bucks grow abnormal antlers is highly speculative — even among white-tailed deer researchers.

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Casey Burnett of Alabama  with his unique buck killed in December 2015.

You Won’t Believe How Weird This Buck’s Antlers Are!

When deer hunters hear the term “unique antlers” they often first think about a gnarly non-typical rack or maybe a big buck with droptines that look like handles. But in December 2015, Casey Burnett of Alabama killed what definitely classifies as a unique buck. He and his lease partner saw the buck on their game...

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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...

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How to Make a Deer Mineral Site

  Don’t put it off anymore: Now is the perfect time to establish deer mineral licks on your hunting property. Few things are more rewarding to hunters and landowners than creating something beneficial for wildlife, and that includes adding mineral licks to your property. Minerals are necessary for whitetail deer health. Along with normal...

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10 Tips for Finding More Shed Antlers

Hey shed heads, want to find more antlers this year? It’s time to start thinking about where to look and how to find the antlers bucks have cast. Shed hunting is a super way to learn more about the property where you hunt along with enjoying the outdoors. “Honestly, I can’t think of a...

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Is This Gagger Monster Buck the New State Record?

Word travels fast when a truly giant whitetail buck is displayed at a deer expo and it’s one of the biggest ever killed in the Southeast, not to mention the state in which it was taken. A truly remarkable buck was put into the Big Buck Classic, an annual event in Arkansas celebrating deer...

This giant buck was hit by a truck in Alabama.

Monster Buck Hit, Killed But Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

Whoa! Check out this genuine monster buck killed when it was hit by a truck in Alabama, which is unfortunate of course but sometimes that happens when the peak rut kicks in. This big bruiser was struck and killed by Bryne Diehl, the punter on the University of Alabama’s 1992 national championship football team....

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Huge Deer Survived Nasty Fight

  Deer truly are built to survive. Take this 4-1/2-year-old Alabama buck that I shot in 2012 as an example. When the deer appeared in the food plot before me he appeared to be the picture of good health. He was thick, muscled, and strutted like the king of the woods. Little did I know...

Phil Phillips with a cool Kansas buck!

Brave the Cold For Late Season Buck Hunting

If any of you bowhunters didn’t get the buck of your dreams during the early archery season, don’t despair! The late-season hunts can be great for a bowhunter to get the drop on a monster buck. By PHIL PHILLIPS The Colder, the Better I’m a Midwest hunter for the most part, but I also...