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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Wisconsin: No Doe Hunting in 2014?

Deer hunters in the northern one-third of Wisconsin will likely not be able to shoot antlerless deer this fall, due to the effects of the brutal winters of 2013 and 2014. The Wisconsin DNR is recommending no doe hunting for most of the northern one-third of the state. According to reports, more than 40...

This is the buck, as displayed at the 2011 Illinois Deer Classic. The entry card read, "Archery - Marc Anthony, Goodfield, Schuyler County, 12-pointer, 2010, 187-4/8." Photo courtesy of Jeff Lampe, www.heartlandoutdoors.com. Lampe broke the story on the controversy last Saturday.

Marc Anthony Deer Scandal Rocks Hunting World

Not to make light of what seems like a very serious matter, but the recent unravelings of famous Illinois whitetail bowhunter Marc Anthony (the ghillie suit guy) seem like, as Yogi Berra would say, “Déjà vu all over again.” by Daniel E. Schmidt As a deer hunting world, we’ve been here before. Quasi-famous hunter...

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Turkey Season Bonus: Close Call is Really Close

A day in the spring woods brings back some fond memories — and reinforces the sage advice handed down by veteran turkey hunters. It also reminds this hunter that a wily, old gobbler at close range is way quicker than a Western gunslinger. by Daniel E. Schmidt I’ve shot my share of turkeys over...


3 Best New Trail Cameras for Deer Hunters

Trail cameras sure have come a long way since those early models from the mid-1990s. Today, we can use cameras to not only census our deer populations, we can use them to capture video and track weather trends vs. deer movement. Selecting a specific camera for your needs can be easy and difficult at...

Albino Deer

Just How Rare are Albino Deer?

Not all deer are born equal. Especially the ones that stand out like beacons in the night! Here’s a look at what just might be one of the most fascinating deer roaming southeastern Wisconsin this spring. by Daniel E. Schmidt These very cool photos today come compliments of my niece and her husband, Andrea...

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...