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 and Facebook.

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...

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Save Your Deer with Citric Acid Spray

by Daniel E. Schmidt I know I get this from my dad, but I am a real freak when it comes to cleanliness with my deer. I am also adamant that I get my deer cold as fast as possible after field dressing it. These warm autumns of the past few years have caused...

Illinois hunters will see changes in the coming seasons. Click the photo to see more giant bucks!

Dan Schmidt: 5 Best Bucks of the Week

BEST BUCKS OF 2013! By Daniel E. Schmidt A look at the photos that are making news this week in the whitetail world. Welcome to October, and welcome to some serious big-buck action! If you’ve paid attention at all this past week, you would have noticed how many big deer are hitting the ground....

The sight every bowhunter wants to see: A blood-soaked arrow that hit its mark. (photo courtesy of Cory Johnson/Smokey Valley Archery)

Dan Schmidt: 3 Ways to Become a Better Bowhunter

by Daniel E. Schmidt You don’t have to be a world-class archer to become a deer hunting machine. In fact, the most successful deer hunters are those who develop proficient shooting skills then use their woodsmanship and knowledge of deer anatomy to do the rest. Here are three things you can do this weekend...