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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.

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...

Burgeson Pioneered the Deer Scent Industry

It is with heavy hearts in that we must report the passing of another hunting industry pioneer. Our friend and longtime industry partner John Burgeson, co-founder of the Wildlife Research Center, passed away suddenly last weekend near his home in Anoka, Minn. He was 66. After years of hunting trips, hobby...

why do deer snort

Why Do Deer Snort? – Whitetail Behavior

Why do deer snort? Because they’re alarmed or frightened … right? Mostly, yes, that is 100 percent spot-on. However, there are other reasons why deer snort, including some you might not have thought about before today. The above video is a neat moment I captured on my cellphone here at home...

Dominant buck behavior

Dominant Buck Behavior Starts Early

Dominant buck behavior includes fighting, but it also features subtle body language that deer use throughout the year. This video shows classic dominant buck behavior as the big buck approaches the side of a food plot. The younger buck — a yearling — instantly knows he is the insubordinate deer in...

Best Shot for Bowhunting Depends on Game

The best shot for bowhunting deer is not the same as the best shot for bowhunting hogs. That might seem like simple advice, but it’s something every bowhunter should keep in mind, especially when going on an out-of-state bowhunt during the so-called off season. I just returned home from a brief...

Little Boy Gives Directions to Hunting Spot

Watch as this little boy gives directions to his hunting spot. It only takes a few moments to realize that Dad has taught his boy well! NEVER let anyone know exactly where you’re going to be hunting (or fishing) because they will soon tell everyone else! We hope you get a...