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.

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 are a few...

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WATCH: Deer Ducking an Arrow

Can a deer duck, dodge or otherwise avoid being hit by an arrow? This is a common topic among bowhunters, especially when bowhunting season starts. Here’s a little insight from a trail camera sequence capture by our editor-in-chief. By Daniel E. Schmidt Seasoned bowhunters often use the “deer ducked my arrow” excuse as a...

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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...

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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...

The bobcat showed no fear of the human onlooker.

Bobcat Kills Deer in Road While Driver Watches

It’s rare to see nature’s harsh predator-and-prey relationship play out in front of your own eyes, but that’s exactly what happened on a paved road in Nevada recently. Thanks to the quick photography actions of an onlooker, we get a glimpse at these stunning images. No, it’s not a whitetail, but we thought this...