Daniel Schmidt’s Whitetail Wisdom

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D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt’s columns and blogs have become a must-read for deer hunters and anyone who loves whitetails. This blog is the melting pot for all the whitetail wisdom that he has gleaned over the years while working with North America’s top deer biologists, behaviorists, hunters and land managers. You can also follow him on Twitter — @DanSchmidtDeer — and Facebook.

Hunting Girl Gets First Deer

Rock ‘n Roll! Hunting Girl Scores on First Deer

“Is this normal? I’m not cold, but I’m just shaking!” With that innocent admission, a little hunting girl, Savannah, was welcomed to the deer hunting fraternity and became an Internet sensation. Dad Jason captured his daughter’s priceless reaction — and adrenaline rush — immediately after she pulled the trigger for the first time and...

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Big Buck Sheds Both Antlers on Film!

Hey everybody, check this out. It is one of the coolest videos I’ve seen come across my desk in a while. Jeff Enns posted this on YouTube a while ago, but we first saw it now. He writes: “Here is a mule deer buck that I have trail cam videos and videos of in...

The most consistently successful deer hunters are the ones who hone their woodsmanship skills first and foremost. (D&DH)

Deer Hunting Success Favors Students

What’s the key to deer hunting success? The answer is two-fold: Knowledge makes you powerful, but wisdom provides for consistent success. Highly populated whitetail herds certainly provide opportunities for some hunters to blunder into success here and there, but true whitetail wisdom is what will separate you from the guy who fills his buck...


Antlered Doe? The Odds are Highly Unlikely

How common are antlered does in the whitetail society? Unlikely. Yet, we hear of reports each year during gun season where hunters shoot large-bodied, antlered deer that are reported as females. In the scientific sense, these deer are not does but rather weird genetic freaks. As reported numerous times in Deer & Deer Hunting,...

The author found this young white-tailed doe frozen dead in its bed. It is unknown if the deer died from exposure, illness or injury. (photo by Daniel Schmidt)

How Many Deer Will Die From Winter Weather?

  Will these sub-zero temperatures kill off our deer herds? How much snow pack do we have to receive until it affects the deer population? And just how many deer will die this winter as a result of cold weather and deep snow? It will definitely kill some deer, but not as many as...

Bucks hang out together at some times of the year but research shows that big bucks tend to be loners and want their own space.

Bucks Are Wary Loners, Need Their Own Space

Scientific studies have shown that space is a critical component of a mature white-tailed buck’s habitat requirements. In other words, having a home isn’t enough; he needs to have his own room. Even more interesting, bucks and does have been shown to keep to themselves within their home ranges, even when these ranges overlap....