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Deer Hunting’s Tailgate Ties

The spark that ignited my passion for whitetails struck me sometime 40 odd years ago when I experienced my first gathering around a bloody tailgate. It might have seemed odd the first time I saw it, but an open, blood-stained tailgate on a pickup truck was a sign of success. Back in those days,...

Shemane, Sasha and Caeden are proof of the deerhunting passion fires!

The DeerHunting Passion Builds and Grows Like Wildfire

And so we meet again my SpiritWild BloodBrothers at the next best thing to a down and dirty honest to God all American, backstrap sizzling deerhunting family glowing campfire. In case I have failed to do so lately, on behalf of the many millions of dedicated hunting families across the land, thank you Dan...

Scoring deer Jawbone Michigan DNR

WATCH: Learn to Age Deer with Their Jawbone

One of the most asked questions deer hunters pose to themselves when they see a buck or doe, or ask other hunters at the skinning shed, is common throughout the country. “How old is it?” Determining age in a deer isn’t impossible and is a good part of your management program. Pulling the jawbone...

Dan Schmidt Deer & Deer Hunting

Dream a Little Deer Hunting Dream

“When I was young, I had the time but not the means. Now that I’m older, I have the means but not the time.” For a moment, let’s dare to dream that impossible dream of the ultimate deer season. For me, it would be an eight-month affair, and it would include a smorgasbord of...

TED in his plaid jacket and whompin stick

Celebrating the Special Human and Spiritual Bonds

In my last deeranddeerhunting.com NugeBlog#146 last week, I celebrated the incredible and very special human and spiritual bond shared by our fellow hunting families across America, and in fact, according to a few million facebookers, far across the globe. We of the hunting lifestyle who dedicate ourselves to genuine hands-on conservation and natural world...

Dan Schmidt Deer & Deer Hunting

Pursuit of Bowhunting Perfection

  It was a sticky Sunday evening in July, and I was bored. So, like most 1980s teenagers did, I relied on my imagination for entertainment. Not sure what drew me to that long-abandoned PSE Archery Citation compound bow in the corner of Pa’s garage, but I’m sure it had something to do with...

TED  with boys and bear

Rejoice the Spirit Brotherhood!

Matt and Albert are playing a game of billiards here at the Dyer BearCamp wilderness lodge in New Brunswick, Canada. Matt from Pennsylvania is 17 and Albert from New Jersey is 13. They are good boys and here hunting bear with us along with a camp full of wonderful families. As I have always...

The more you know about deer densities, the better a land steward you will become. (Daniel Schmidt)

Always Stress Land Stewardship

Land management is fun, but it also comes with great responsibility. In our giddy enthusiasm to grow bigger and better deer, many hunters/landowners forget the founding tenant to sound whitetail management: responsible deer densities. A high abundance of white-tailed deer can create dramatic changes in forest understory that leads to irreparable harm to the...

TED  Byrdland

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Good grief, my guitar is LOUD! The whole band is really LOUD! Every wonderful song we krank out like animals is wildly intense and very LOUD! Over in England they call me Loudman! Isn’t that precious. You might not agree that my 60 year nonstop blitzing repertoire of lovesongs qualifies as precious, but I...