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Crossbow hunter with climbing stand

Fears of Crossbows Bringing Harm are Unfounded

Every year or so it seems some state goes through the process of expanding the use of crossbows for deer hunting and then the circus begins with the elephants, clowns, gymnastics and high-wire tension. Where does the latter come from? It comes from all the gnashing of teeth and wailing by “traditional” bowhunters who hate...

TED with doe1

A Bittersweet Season Comes to an End

Bear with me my backstrap BloodBrothers, won’t you, for as I type this deeranddeerhunting.com NugeBlog #130 on this otherwise fine spring March day in Texas, I am a bit tattered, emotional and somewhat downtrodden, for it is, alas, the end of yet another phenomenally joyous season of deerhunting for the old WhackMaster StrapAssasin1 Backstrap...

A turkey's beard, as seen on this strutting gobbler, is believed to influence the sexual preference of hens. Perhaps bigger is better? (Photo: John Hafner)

The Turkey Has Landed

  On June 20, 1782, the U.S. Second Continental Congress established the bald eagle as our national bird, chosen as a symbol of virtue, purity, innocence, power, bravery, justice and perseverance. Founding father Benjamin Franklin venomously disagreed with the choice, taking a dim view of what he considered the bird’s bad moral character and lack...

Deer mineral recipe

How to Make a Deer Mineral Site

  Don’t put it off anymore: Now is the perfect time to establish deer mineral licks on your hunting property. Few things are more rewarding to hunters and landowners than creating something beneficial for wildlife, and that includes adding mineral licks to your property. Minerals are necessary for whitetail deer health. Along with normal...

Ted Nugent learned much from Fred Bear and still values the friendship and experiences.

Happy 75th Anniversary, Wisconsin Bowhunters Association

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, there were bowhunters before Ted Nugent discovered the mystical flight of the soul-cleansing arrow! And you thought I was old! Sure, prehistoric man discovered the bent limb, straight shaft weapon of survival, and as they say, the rest was indeed history. By Ted Nugent As life changing...

DEER Multiple beam buck

Why Do Some Bucks Grow Three Beams?

The biggest deer in the woods are often the result of great genetics and good deer feed, but there are exceptions. Take, for example, the case of this triple-beamed buck. My friend and DDH field editor Les Davenport reported a few years ago that there was a surge in the number of triple-beamed bucks showing up on...

There is far more to life than backstraps, no doubt. Take advantage of every moment!

See All, Know All, Love All, Live All, Share All

I’ve said it before and it is worth repeating often; Man does not live by backstraps alone. It may be difficult to believe such a statement from a guy whose entire life is clearly dedicated to if not downright obsessed with celebrating the glory of backstrap procurement in pretty much everything I do. By...

Scalia

With Justice Scalia’s Death, Hunters Lose an Advocate

Among the myriad complexities surrounding the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, way down on the list is the loss of a bonafide advocate for hunting, fishing and the outdoors. Scalia, 79, was found dead Feb. 13 while visiting the Cibolo Creek Ranch south of Marfa, Texas. That’s in the western area of the...