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.

Mature bucks are starting to show the growth of what their antlers will look like this fall.

Big Bucks Starting to Show Velvet Antlers

By Charles J. Alsheimer Antler growth on mature whitetail bucks begins around the end of March.  For the first month this growth represents little more than two inches.  However, by the end of April growth ramps up on most monster bucks in the 4- to 8-year-old range. The accompanying photo is of a buck...


What’s Your Deer Processing Horror Story?

Bits of plastic in your ground burger? How about strands of switchgrass found mixed in your sausage? It could be the deer you dropped off but never got back. Or, possibly, it was the pack of tenderloins that weren’t included with your order. It seems like we all have a venison processing horror story....

Kari and Billy Whitetail Ridge Song

Whitetail Ridge Song is Catching On

A new country music song written about deer and deer hunting is gaining a tremendous amount of popularity and airplay. “Whitetail Ridge” is a song about hunting, hard work and good, old-fashioned country values. Performed by the duo Kari and Billy, the song was officially introduced to the hunting world through BOWTECH Archery earlier...

Mike Strandlund, editor of Bowhunting World Magazine, died suddenly yesterday while on vacation. He was 56.

So Long to a Friend and Fellow Bowhunter

  It is with great sadness that we learned of the passing today of our industry friend Mike Strandlund, longtime editor of Bowhunting World Magazine. Mike died suddenly while on vacation. Details are still unknown publicly, but we have been told that it was an accident. We are so very saddened and feel the...


Deer Pictures: Real Slobberknockers

There was a day not so long ago when deer hunters across North America were absolutely fascinated with big bucks. No, not big racks — big bucks. Huge, giant, monstrous creatures. Or, as the old-timers called them, “real slobberknockers.” Antlers were adored, but they were almost secondary when it came to describing a buck’s...