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Deer Harvest Stats You Should Know

  If the past several winters have 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. Warm weather has returned, and we’re back to squabbling about antler restrictions, doe tags and other nonsense. For those...

Work to Banish The Enemy Within

How ‘bout our sacred family hunting campfires, huh! It is impossible to put into mere words the power and glory of our pure tooth, fang and claw connection as hunting families with God’s miraculous creation and our natural stewardship lifestyle. As Fred Bear said and I repeat often, it truly does cleanse the soul!...

7 Things at Deer Camp That Make You Cuss

Young Ralphie got a good taste of soap after his utterance of the protracted “Fffffuuuuddddgggggeeeeee.” for movie and television viewers in “A Christmas Story,” but we learned that wasn’t what the bespectacled coveter of a Daisy Red Ryder air rifle really said. After tumping the hubcap filled with lug nuts, young Ralphie’s use of “THE...

Where Are You Among the Five Stages of a Hunter?

While doing a little poking aroundfor an upcoming story, I needed to find the information below and after doing so realized it’s always a good idea for a refresher. This “Five Stages of a Hunter has been kicked around since about the mid 1980s following some research work. Two professors at the University of...

Lyme Epidemic Clock is Tick-Tick-Ticking

The two brothers lived to deerhunt. It was a major annual family ritual like no other. Like most of us deerhunters, they lived it year round, always scouting, planning, strategizing, exploring, looking for that perfect backwoods, outback, way-back swampland ambush stand location in our beloved great outdoors. Their efforts not only paid dividends in...

The Worst Thing About Being a Deer

  What is the worst thing about being a white-tailed deer? Well, to me, it would have to include the infestation of external parasites, including ticks, screw-worms, mosquitoes and black flies. But there’s one scourge that has got to really bother the whitetail: botfly larvae. You have likely seen deer reacting to nasal bots...

Memories with Fred Bear

As we bide our precious time between hunting seasons with family, friends, work and the whirlwinds that are life, it is always good and wonderful to reminisce of hunting days of old. So as we jettison into summertime 2017, I thought you would enjoy my exciting celebrations of magical time in the early days...

Make America Great Again This Summer

Ah, summertime and the living is easy, so the song says. So what are you doing this summer to make America great again? I am here to tell you it’s so simple it’s stupid. When “we the people” put our minds to it, nothing is beyond reach. With pleasant weather and the kids getting...