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.

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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...

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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...