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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Deer Hunters: Stop the CWD Hysteria — Please

Can someone tell me why this “recent” hysteria over chronic wasting disease has been circling over us like a perpetual storm cloud? Enough already. These fears are ridiculous. Read one of the many repurposed news briefs out there and you’d think that we’re all going to fall over and die if we get our...


Dumping Deer Registration a Colossal Mistake

 “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. It’s probably one of the greatest quotes ever, but it wasn’t penned for deer management. It should have been. As my home state of Wisconsin puts the close to its annual 9-day firearms season, I’m both saddened and discouraged over our future. This was...


Find More Deer by Following Natural Food Trends

What’s the key to successful deer hunting? The answer is two-fold: Knowledge makes you powerful, but wisdom provides for consistent success. Highly populated whitetail herds certainly provide opportunities for some hunters to blunder into success here and there, but true whitetail wisdom is what will separate you from the guy who fills his buck...

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Unplug and Enjoy Your Deer Season

If there’s one thing that could make me happier in the deer woods this fall it would be a complete off- the-grid experience. Not asking for much here; just a few days during the rut — perhaps a few 10-hour vigils where I’m completely unplugged from the stressors and distractions of this so-called modern life....

Ohio Buck Grosses 300 Inches?!

Just an incredible buck!  I talked with Dan Coffman last night, and we are working on getting his story in Deer & Deer Hunting. The guy in this photo is a buddy of his who wanted to pose with the deer. To dispel all of the rumors, Dan told me this buck is legit,...

Deer react to hunting pressure perhaps far greater than hunters realize. Having thick, quality bedding areas that offer security helps greatly across all age spectrums.

Are Doe Bleat Reactions a Learned Response?

Bleat reactons: a learned response? Deer behaviorists and those who raise deer mostly agree that white-tailed does are typically not that vocal during the rut. in their reports in d&dh over the past 30 years, many of the top behavorists and researchers have stated that does are most vocal during the fawning season. Leonard...

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...