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...

Brian Woodard Jr. with his buck-doe, which likely is a hermaphrodite with both ovaries and testes.

Headgear Says Buck, Everything Else Says Doe

Check out this crazy 8-pointer that Brian Woodard Jr. arrowed recently. The headgear says “buck” but other appearances said “doe.” What’s the true story? Well, as noted many times in Deer & Deer Hunting, it is most likely a hermaphrodite (both a buck AND doe!). True hermaphrodites have both ovaries and testes, but possess...

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WATCH: Arrow Takes Buck Through Both Lungs

There really is something mystical about the flight of an arrow. This home video clip shows a perfect one, too, as it makes a beeline for a 10-point buck in a September food plot. Shooting an arrow through both lungs of a buck is something that any seasoned bowhunter can appreciate. It’s a distinctive...

DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt with his free range 11-point Florida buck that scored 137 1/8.

Deer Drops Dead From a Shot Where?

If you bowhunt long enough, you’re bound to experience some really interesting reactions by deer. Such was the case with this Florida buck I shot last month. After watching this buck’s reaction, one would think it was hit in the spine or, better yet, the brachial plexus (high shoulder). As you can see from...

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Cool Video: Four Fawns Attack Mother Doe!

What a cool video! Check out the scene as a white-tailed doe nearly gets mugged by four hungry fawns! We get the question a lot here at Deer & Deer Hunting: Will a white-tailed doe nurse fawns that aren’t hers? The typical answer is “no,” at least not for prolonged periods. But that’s not...

Dan Schmidt  Buck with crawly mags

Why Deer Hunting is Good for the Environment

Warning! This video is not for the squeamish. It’s not for those who believe in a Bambi-like natural world, either. I’m posting it to show yet another example of how and why deer hunting — and hunting in general — is good for the environment. How is hunting good for the environment? Well, you...

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Daydreaming of Bowhunting Wyoming Whitetails

Although my whitetail adventures will begin later this month in southern Florida for their rut (yeah, go figure!), I’m already daydreaming about bowhunting northeast Wyoming once again with Ralph Dampman of Trophy Ridge Outfitters. I’ve hunted with Ralph on two other occasions and must say his part of the world is unrivaled when it...

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The Most Accurate and Forgiving Hunting Bow?

It came with a lot of fanfare earlier this year. No cams. Really? Would that even work? A lot of people skeptical, especially longtime archery fanatics. I was not one of them. When Matt McPherson revealed his new No Cam® to bowhunting circles it set the industry on its ear. It still is. After...