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.

Wild venison is the missing link for many of today's locavores. There's nothing more satisfying than preparing a dinner that you completely grew and/or harvested yourself. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

3 Ways Shot Placement Affects Venison Quality

The quality of your venison is a direct result of the care you take (or don’t) after the animal is down and while you are processing the animal at home. However, did you know that the it’s equally important to take care before the shot and during the trailing process? Here’s a few tips...

Aspire Film by Mathews Bowhunting

Must Watch: Cool Bowhunting Film Unveiled

Want to get into the mood for this bowhunting season? Check out this cool, new short film. It captures everything about the outdoors lifestyle that any diehard bowhunter will appreciate. After viewing, be sure to go to the Mathews website and sign up for a chance to win a new bow! http://goo.gl/15ZniV    ...

whitetail doe

Wisconsin: No Doe Hunting in 2014?

Deer hunters in the northern one-third of Wisconsin will likely not be able to shoot antlerless deer this fall, due to the effects of the brutal winters of 2013 and 2014. The Wisconsin DNR is recommending no doe hunting for most of the northern one-third of the state. According to reports, more than 40...

This is the buck, as displayed at the 2011 Illinois Deer Classic. The entry card read, "Archery - Marc Anthony, Goodfield, Schuyler County, 12-pointer, 2010, 187-4/8." Photo courtesy of Jeff Lampe, www.heartlandoutdoors.com. Lampe broke the story on the controversy last Saturday.

Marc Anthony Deer Scandal Rocks Hunting World

Not to make light of what seems like a very serious matter, but the recent unravelings of famous Illinois whitetail bowhunter Marc Anthony (the ghillie suit guy) seem like, as Yogi Berra would say, “Déjà vu all over again.” by Daniel E. Schmidt As a deer hunting world, we’ve been here before. Quasi-famous hunter...

Turkey hunting

Turkey Season Bonus: Close Call is Really Close

A day in the spring woods brings back some fond memories — and reinforces the sage advice handed down by veteran turkey hunters. It also reminds this hunter that a wily, old gobbler at close range is way quicker than a Western gunslinger. by Daniel E. Schmidt I’ve shot my share of turkeys over...

Capture

3 Best New Trail Cameras for Deer Hunters

Trail cameras sure have come a long way since those early models from the mid-1990s. Today, we can use cameras to not only census our deer populations, we can use them to capture video and track weather trends vs. deer movement. Selecting a specific camera for your needs can be easy and difficult at...