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Spook a buck one time, and he will most likely adopt nocturnal behavior for at least a little while.

Dan Schmidt: How Deer React to Human Pressure

Human pressure – be it from hunters, hikers or horse riders – is the No. 1 suppressor of daytime deer activity. Deer & Deer Hunting contributors Charlie Alsheimer and Vermont biologist Wayne Laroche have documented the extent of this suppressor during their ongoing study of how the moon affects deer behavior. Using trail timers...

Dr Jim Brauker with poison ivy

Hey Deer Hunters, Does Poison Ivy Drive You Crazy?

I don’t know how many times I’ve had poison ivy over the years but I’m fortunate that it’s not as bad as some folks I’ve seen who must be more sensitive to it. I’ve never really had such a terrible case, at least that I can recall, that it would scare children or make...

With age comes wisdom and the realization that hunting smarter means doing what you can and should ... not what you used to do.

The Mighty Spirit of the Wild

I ain’t got time for make believing. My time is short but I’m here to stay. No politics will cure the grieving. I’ll choose my life and I’ll choose it my way. Just like the wolf I’m getting hungry. The law of the land it is my will. I ain’t got time for staying...

Dan Schmidt aiming at an extreme quartering-to target as part of the Deer Talk Now illustration.

How to Make the Best Bow Shot to Kill a Deer

The anatomy of every successful bow shot hinges on many synchronous yet dynamic elements. This lends bowhunting the drama that keeps us coming back, but we also have an ethical obligation to eliminate uncertainty from the equation whenever possible. By Patrick Meitin Many view successful shooting as a purely-physical function of aligning sights to...

Hunting traditions in the Schmidt family include "airing out" the blaze orange before the gun season begins.

Three Cheers for Orange Therapy

Some of my fondest childhood memories — and best life lessons — came from Mom’s clothesline and the loving care she put into tending it. The lessons were many, and they all revolved around hard work. You see, I was one of seven kids, and we all had to pitch in around the house. No...

A post-war longbow and cedar arrows fueled Mr. Nugent's fire, which lit the fire of his son Ted and grandsons!

Ask Uncle Ted: Tips for Your Sacred Venison

Rule #1 — Respect your elders. At my age (67.4 hyper years) this can definitely come in rather handy since the largest percentage of my fellow man is noticeably younger than old, feeble me. Based on the many millions of wonderful folk around the world I get to communicate with every day on my...

Maryland deer poaching law

Stiffer Deer Poaching Law Sends Wrong Message

Your heart is in the right place, Maryland, but you got this one dead wrong. Earlier this week, the Maryland General Assembly passed a bill that will increase deer-poaching maximum penalties to $10,000 and 80 hours of community service. The caveat: IF the buck scores more than 150 inches on the Boone and Crockett...

Waupaca County, Wisconsin, is home to more than 60,000 whitetails. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

Top Deer Hunting County Residents Propose Earn-a-Buck

One of Wisconsin’s top deer hunting county’s might avoid an entire year of doe-only hunting after all. Residents of Waupaca County last night passed a floor resolution to work with the Wisconsin Legislature to craft an earn-a-buck law, with  the stipulation that EAB counties have mandatory in-person registration. The resolution was passed 39-36 on Monday...