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.

Some Northern deer hunters will be hard pressed to see adult bucks in the next few seasons. In some areas, three entire age classes will be affected by the past two brutal winters. (D&DH photo)

Deer Hunting Predictions for 2014 and Beyond

If you thought last year was slim pickings for seeing adult bucks on the land you hunt, you’re probably not going to like what’s in store for this year and beyond. Deer and Deer Hunting Editor Dan Schmidt provides his predictions for Northern whitetail hunters for 2014 and beyond. As we exit our worst...

This girl's reaction to her first deer is priceless!

Deer Antler Rules: Divided We Fall

If you need another stark reminder of where we’re at as a deer hunting community, check out the Facebook comments that are being logged in response to Richard Smith’s report on the new deer antler rules in Michigan. Last fall, Michigan enacted mandatory antler rules in 12 counties. In short, hunters are required to...

(photo courtesy of Cuddeback Cameras)

The Real Reason Why Our Deer Herds are Declining

by Daniel E. Schmidt If this winter has taught us anything, it should be that habitat is the trump card in any discussion on white-tailed deer management. It should teach us all that. But it won’t. No, it won’t take but a few sunny, snowless days later this spring or early summer, and we’ll...

What does a deer tick look like?

Will Winter Weather Kill Off Deer Ticks?

We are all grasping for any positive spin we can put on this brutal winter. One that I’ve heard repeated over the past few weeks is, “well, at least we won’t have to worry about bugs this summer.” The thinking is that this deep freeze — with frost depths lower than we’ve seen in...

Dan Schmidt: Our Prey Deserves Our Respect

by Daniel E. Schmidt Maybe it’s just me, but it appears we as hunters have stepped off our path. It wasn’t a sharply defined turned, but rather a gentle meandering that occurred over the course of several generations. As a whole, we don’t truly appreciate the animals we kill. Maybe we’re spoiled by today’s...