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.

What Makes Odd Buck Antlers?

Jeff Evans and his trophy 9-pointer. Photo by Dan Schmidt

Whitetail antlers come in all shapes and sizes, and the reasons why some bucks grow abnormal antlers is highly speculative — even among white-tailed deer researchers.



What’s the Best Caliber for Deer Hunting?

From today’s mail comes a question from Dave Roettger, a Deer & Deer Hunting subscriber who enjoys gun-hunting. Dave writes: “My wife and I purchased land in the Upper Peninsula. My son-in-law’s family lives and hunts across the road. My residence is in Sheboygan County, Wis., which does not allow rifle hunting. I would...

Loden Peil, 10, shot his first gobbler while hunting with his dad this morning. (photo by Daniel E. Schmidt)

Turkey Hunting Bonus: The Conversation

Allow for a slight diversion from the deer talk this week. This morning’s text volley between a long-time hunting buddy is too good not to share. My buddy Joe drove to my house yesterday for some last-minute turkey hunting action with his 10-year-old son, Loden. They spent the better part of this spring in...

Dan Schmidt in a Heater Body Suit

The Best Places to Hang Tree Stands

If you’re able to take advantage of a delayed spring, it might provide the benefit of getting in a few extra weeks of scouting for potential tree stand sites for this fall’s deer season. Although cover, food sources and proximity to bedding areas are the three main ingredients I look for when selecting potential stands...

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...

Being happy with your hunting plan is a key element to success, along with modifying it as things change for the good or bad. Studying your plan each year is important.

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...

Maryland deer poaching law

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...