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Feed your whitetail passion and broaden your knowledge with the insights, advice, tips, tactics and honest commentary from white-tailed deer expert, D&DH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt.

Injury Causes Contralateral Effect in Deer

These amazing videos (below) show just how exactly a traumatic injury to a white-tailed deer can lead to what deer biologists call “the contralateral effect” in a whitetail buck. Whitetail oddities run in all sorts of shapes and sizes. One of the most common questions I’ve received over the years here...

Best Deer Hunt in Florida Caps 1-Day Trifecta

When you think of Southern whitetails, the best deer hunt in Florida doesn’t always come to mind, but the Sunshine State more than holds its own when it comes to trophy deer hunting opportunities. Especially when that trophy deer hunt caps off an incredible trifecta that started with a trophy alligator...

How to Preserve Velvet Deer Antlers

Velvet deer antlers are beyond cool, especially when you come across a velvet buck during hunting season. It’s pretty rare, because most (but not all) bowhunting season start after bucks have shed their velvet. There are a few exceptions. States like Florida, Wyoming and Montana are a few that come to...

It’s Time for an Attitude Adjustment

A new deer season brings news hopes, dreams and anticipations, and these summer months are good for sculpting all three in our minds. And although most of us focus on the tangible — that new compound bow, those upgraded tree stands; that new deer lease — one of the most important...

Become a Student of the Whitetail

It’s easy to get distracted by our desire for instant gratification these days. We not only want to fill our tags, we want to do it now. Perhaps that’s why we focus on the woeful while glossing over the wondrous when we check in at the end of a day’s hunt....

This Can’t Be Fun: Insects and Deer in Summer

How do insects affect white-tailed deer during summer? Just one look at this video clip should provide all of the answers. In some regions of North America, stress from insects and other external parasites oftentimes cause deer more stress than they encounter during harsh winter weather. We have shown you videos...