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 and Facebook.

Spook a buck one time, and he will most likely adopt nocturnal behavior for at least a little while.

Dan Schmidt: How Deer React to Human Pressure

Human pressure – be it from hunters, hikers or horse riders – is the No. 1 suppressor of daytime deer activity. Deer & Deer Hunting contributors Charlie Alsheimer and Vermont biologist Wayne Laroche have documented the extent of this suppressor during their ongoing study of how the moon affects deer behavior. Using trail timers...

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A Simple Key to Scent-Free Deer Hunting Success

Scent-free soaps, shampoo, sprays and other products are key to staying one step ahead of the whitetail’s keen nose. Deer are intelligent animals, but their intelligence is based purely on the instinctual reflexes of a prey species. In other words, they react – most often quickly and decisively – to out-of-place stimuli. It might...

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Carbon Express: A Hunting Arrow That’s Passed the Test

The best hunting arrow is the one that shoots best out of your particular setup. The key is matching the arrow to your bow, poundage and shooting style. Previously, hunters had to worry about an arrow’s overall weight. This isn’t necessarily true today, especially with the way modern hunting arrows are being constructed. by...

Extreme blood loss and easy to follow blood trails are what every bowhunter should strive to achieve. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

New Crossbow Broadhead is Something to Behold

It’s almost hard to believe that mechanical broadheads have been entrenched in the bowhunting world for over 20 years now. Wow, time flies almost as fast as these modern arrows! Mechanicals became the rage in the archery industry in the mid-1990s when two things – 3-D archery and high-speed bows – became more popular....

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GRAPHIC: Wolf Video Shows Big Buck’s Cruel Death

Be warned before you click on this wolf video. It shows a big, mature white-tailed buck being killed slowly. It might be graphic, but I think it’s something every hunter, anti-hunter, wolf lover and/or conservationist should watch. Don’t read this wrong, and don’t view the wolf video with blinders on your eyes. Wolves have their place...

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Wisconsin Headed for Deer Season Hangover

With another gun-deer season in the books in Wisconsin, it appears the once-hyped Deer Czar cure-all was indeed much ado about nothing. It’s been nearly three years since politicians hired out-of-state, private-sector deer managers to implement a program aimed at waylaying the complaints of deer hunters who believed the state was heading in the...