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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.

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...

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...