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Deer Taxidermist is Scapegoat in Tennessee

Not sure that we can call what happened this week to a Tennessee taxidermist fake news, but it sure seems pretty appropriate. The headlines are being plastered all over social media as we speak: MAN CHARGED FOR ILLEGAL POSSESSION OF WHITETAIL DEER FROM CWD POSITIVE STATES! Not too many news sources...

Big Whitetail Does are Smart Critters

White-tailed does live in colonies that are often complex. These colonies consist of females from maternally related groups, and they can include up to seven social classes.  From a scientific perspective, the first three categories include fawns, yearlings and/or first-time mothers. Then come the dispersers, which are the second-time mothers. These...

God Be With You, Charlie Alsheimer

Charles Alsheimer Obituary and memorial. Longtime Deer & Deer Hunting contributor Charles Alsheimer died on Dec. 30, 2017. This is editor Daniel Schmidt’s reaction to the loss of his long-time friend and colleague. It’s been 17 hours since I’ve heard the news that Charles Alsheimer left this world to be his...

Late-Season Hunting: Be Better When It’s Bitter

Who’s out there hunting late-season whitetails right now? This is a magical time of the deer season, no doubt, especially in areas with snow cover. Just seeing a fresh deer track puts the hair on the back of my neck on end. Always has. Always will. It’s fun to speculate on...

Oldest Deer Hunter in America Does it Again

A few years ago we told you about 102-year-old Clyde Roberts from Virginia. He had just bagged an 8-point buck while hunting near his home in Bedford County, Va. Well, he is at again, having not only bagged another deer, but another big buck. Now 104 years old, Roberts said his...

Was the Rompola Buck Real?

  The Rompola Buck. If you’ve been around the deer world as long as I’ve been, a few names need no introduction. That one is perhaps the most infamous. Was it real or just an elaborate fake? And, if it were real, how could it just seemingly disappear almost as fast...

Girl’s First Deer is a Lifetime Memory

They say hope is what we cling to when reality has left us with nothing else, but I have to disagree. As the minutes ticked down on the second-to-last day of my daughter’s first deer season, we weren’t clinging. We were hanging on by our fingernails. Thankfully, Emily had a champion’s...

Video: Deer with Chronic Wasting Disease

Today’s blog post is a disturbing video clip of a deer allegedly infected with chronic wasting disease. A friend of mine sent to me this morning. The video was posted earlier this fall by a South Dakota landowner who found a near-death mule deer. The man states that he contacted state...