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Dan Schmidt Deer & Deer Hunting

Pursuit of Bowhunting Perfection

  It was a sticky Sunday evening in July, and I was bored. So, like most 1980s teenagers did, I relied on my imagination for entertainment. Not sure what drew me to that long-abandoned PSE Archery Citation compound bow in the corner of Pa’s garage, but I’m sure it had something to do with...

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Rejoice the Spirit Brotherhood!

Matt and Albert are playing a game of billiards here at the Dyer BearCamp wilderness lodge in New Brunswick, Canada. Matt from Pennsylvania is 17 and Albert from New Jersey is 13. They are good boys and here hunting bear with us along with a camp full of wonderful families. As I have always...

The more you know about deer densities, the better a land steward you will become. (Daniel Schmidt)

Always Stress Land Stewardship

Land management is fun, but it also comes with great responsibility. In our giddy enthusiasm to grow bigger and better deer, many hunters/landowners forget the founding tenant to sound whitetail management: responsible deer densities. A high abundance of white-tailed deer can create dramatic changes in forest understory that leads to irreparable harm to the...

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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Good grief, my guitar is LOUD! The whole band is really LOUD! Every wonderful song we krank out like animals is wildly intense and very LOUD! Over in England they call me Loudman! Isn’t that precious. You might not agree that my 60 year nonstop blitzing repertoire of lovesongs qualifies as precious, but I...

Zach Cherryholmes with his Ohio bruiser arrowed in autumn 2015.

Average Deer Hunter, Small Plot Yield Bruiser Buck

Zach Cherryholmes of Blanchester, Ohio, is like other hunters who love to get into the woods, don’t have deep pockets and are looking for a good buck to draw on if presented a chance. Diversity makes the deer hunting world go ’round, for sure. Some hunters don’t give two rips about antler size and...

Hitting flying targets with arrows? Of course the kids loved trying that!

Always Remember, It’s All About the Kids

I have witnessed perfection and lo and behold, it is our beloved Ted Nugent Kamp for Kids charity. I wish every human being could attend one of these sacred events and see first-hand the sheer joy and effervescent glowing in 100 kid’s eyes. The fiery positive spirit is palpable and perfect, and something very...

A close-up at the whitetail's molting process. This doe is losing her winter coat - fast. She will soon don the clay-red hairs of summer. Stealth Cam photo by Daniel Schmidt)

Molting: When and Why Deer Lose Their Hair

If you have trail cameras out, you’ve probably noticed some really ratty-looking deer out there. I’ve received many inquiries here at D&DH, and the common question is: What’s wrong with the deer? There’s nothing wrong with them, actually. The annual molting process — the few weeks in spring when deer lose their thick fall...

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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Folks, Quit Messin’ Around with the Fawns and Wildlife

It’s that time of year when state wildlife agencies send out press releases urging folks to leave “abandoned” or “orphaned” deer fawns and other wildlife alone if they find them in the wild. It’s that time of year when folks at wildlife facilities and organizations get telephone calls or emails about finding a fawn...