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.


Wisconsin Headed for Deer Season Hangover

With another gun-deer season in the books in Wisconsin, it appears the once-hyped Deer Czar cure-all was indeed much ado about nothing. It’s been nearly three years since politicians hired out-of-state, private-sector deer managers to implement a program aimed at waylaying the complaints of deer hunters who believed the state was heading in the...

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Deer Camp Memories: Star Country Singer Shows Up at Camp

By far one of the coolest experiences I’ve had at deer camp happened in Oklahoma few years ago when I hunted Oklahoma for the first time. I was hunting in a camp filled with great hunters and industry friends from companies like Hunters Specialties, Bushnell Optics and Thompson/Center firearms. One of the first people I met...

St. Hubert of Acquitaine. (photo by Jim Stevens)

Celebrate St. Hubert: The Patron Saint of Hunters!

In 1744, the Catholic Church canonized and venerated St. Hubert as the Patron Saint of Hunters and Butchers. Today, the day celebrated every Nov. 3. Here are some quick facts about the man who was a deer hunting fanatic long before anyone thought of using a tree stand or compound bow. by Daniel E....

DDH Editor-in-Chief in Oregon

Hunters Beware: Sitting Still Can Kill You

Quick: Name the most dangerous part of deer hunting. The list of hazards adds up pretty quickly, doesn’t it? Most of you probably will mention things like hunting from tree stands; razor sharp broadheads or, heaven forbid, accidental firearm discharges. By Daniel E. Schmidt All can be deadly, no doubt, but not as deadly...

DDH Editor-in-Chief in Oregon

25 Reasons to Take an Out of State Deer Hunt

Dan Schmidt, Deer & Deer Hunting’s Editor in Chief, just returned from his first deer hunt in Oregon. Although he was targeting mule deer on this trip, he did manage to see one whitetail and loads of other game. The adventure was documented on video and will be used as an episode of D&DH...

Deer & Deer Hunting Editor in Chief Dan Schmidt poses with the first whitetail he has taken while hunting with a crossbow. For a wide selection of crossbow hunting products, visit our online store.

Crossbow Hunting for Deer is a Success

The word might be overused, but “epic” would definitely described my day yesterday; at least when it comes to the best deer hunts I’ve ever experienced. You see, Wisconsin legalized crossbows for all deer hunters this years, and I couldn’t help but wait in line a few weeks ago to buy the add-on license...

Holly Sherman is all smiles after recovering her first bow-buck earlier this week in central Wisconsin. (photo courtesy of Lon Sherman)

The Best Blood-Trailing Advice of All

The best blood trailing advice I could ever offer anyone was reaffirmed by my friend Lon yesterday when he was helping track a deer shot by his daughter-in-law. That advice is simple: Never, ever give up on a deer that you know you shot. By Daniel E. Schmidt Sounds simple enough, but I’ve seen...