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 traditions in the Schmidt family include "airing out" the blaze orange before the gun season begins.

Three Cheers for Orange Therapy

Some of my fondest childhood memories — and best life lessons — came from Mom’s clothesline and the loving care she put into tending it. The lessons were many, and they all revolved around hard work. You see, I was one of seven kids, and we all had to pitch in around the house. No...

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Stiffer Deer Poaching Law Sends Wrong Message

Your heart is in the right place, Maryland, but you got this one dead wrong. Earlier this week, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that will increase deer-poaching maximum penalties to $10,000 and 80 hours of community service. The caveat: IF the buck scores more than 150 inches on the Boone and Crockett...

In an attempt to manage its burgeoning whitetail herd, Waupaca County, Wisconsin, is proposing a doe-only hunting season this year. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

Best Deer Hunting County Proposes Buck Hunting Ban

Bless their hearts for trying, but a Wisconsin county’s proposed ban on buck hunting stands about as much chance of working as New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s proposal to ban large soft drinks. The deer hunting controversy arose last week when a 6-member council of deer enthusiasts proposed a doe-only season this year for...

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$1K Bounty on Coyotes is Bold, Smart Move in South Carolina

  Finally, a state that gets responsible wildlife management. South Carolina made the bold first move this week to advance legislation that would place an all-out bounty on coyotes. Tree huggers are screaming. True conservationists are applauding. What this boils down to is a state taking responsibility of a non-native invasive species. It’s no...

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Big Rubs: Are They the Superhighway to Big Bucks?

The whitetail’s most visible rut-time signs also have spawned deep-rooted myths. Count, if you can, how many times you’ve heard someone say, “Small rubs always equal small deer. You have to find big rubs to find big deer.” What’s the count? Probably dozens, right? Unfortunately, that blanket statement is yet another whitetail myth. Although...

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What’s the Best Weather for Deer Hunting?

Most states offer early archery seasons and in recent years these seasons have featured unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures in the 40s and highs in the 60s might make for comfortable tree-stand vigils, such temperatures literally shutdown daytime deer activity. In fact, the weather’s influence on deer activity has been scientifically documented as a major...

DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt tagged out in Kansas on this fine buck, which had a club foot.

Whitetail Wisdom Gleaned Over the Years

Single-cam bows. Mechanical broadheads. In-line muzzleloaders. Go back 20 years, and you can realize all of the amazing improvements we’ve seen infiltrate our deer hunting world. I’ve been beyond blessed to have seen this community grow and mature during the past two decades during more than 20 years working at the same media company. I’ve...

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How to Make a Deer Mineral Site

  Don’t put it off anymore: Now is the perfect time to establish deer mineral licks on your hunting property. Few things are more rewarding to hunters and landowners than creating something beneficial for wildlife, and that includes adding mineral licks to your property. Minerals are necessary for whitetail deer health. Along with normal...