Southern Deer Hunting

Southern deer hunting has a long and storied history that exists to this day. Traditions have been passed down through generations at deer camps despite changes in wildlife management, populations, methods of hunting and societal influences. Still, deer hunting and enjoying that is the heart of it all. In this blog we’ll take a look at all those things and more, including trends, gear, hot topics and more.

Bucks learn and adapt, with some of them becoming what hunters believe are reclusive and never showing themselves during the day.

Reclusive Bucks: Whitetails Easily Adapt to Man, Development

The almost full-grown button buck fawn clumsily picked its way through the thick brush directly behind its mom. Sometimes they would get separated, more common now that the fawn was rather independent, but a bleat from the fawn allowed the doe to relocate her offspring and they would continue on their daily journey. Once...

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8 Messages Deer Send Hunters With Their Tails

When you spot a deer, study its tail. What you observe will help you make smart hunting decisions. Of course, the deer’s body language is important to watch, too. It goes hand in hand in with what the tail is doing. But the tail’s actions are a very visible, clear and direct indication of...

Hunters typically go through different stages during their lives, from wanting to shoot just about anything to mellowing out and enjoying the experience.

Where Are You Among the Five Stages of a Hunter?

While doing a little poking around yesterday for an upcoming story, I needed to find the information below and after doing so realized it’s always a good idea for a refresher. By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor This “Five Stages of a Hunter has been kicked around since about the mid 1980s following some...

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How to Hang a Deer Hunting Ladder Stand Safely

Do you know how to safely hang a ladder stand for deer hunting? Sounds like a simple question, right? Deer hunters hang thousands of ladder stands every year. Some are homemade stands, usually constructed of 2×4 lumber and platforms. Others are manufactured stands from the various companies, which have myriad options from lightweight, simple...

Is culling a myth or reality when it comes to whitetail deer management? Can you selectively kill and manage wild bucks to achieve mature bucks with big antlers if that is your goal?

Culling Bucks: Does It Really Work?

Man has always strived to be the best at what he does, and this same attitude applies to deer hunting, and more importantly, deer management. As a consequence of sportsmen’s insatiable desire to pursue larger-racked bucks and managers’ willingness to satisfy their requests, a variety of techniques have been tested to augment the size...

DDH Group Publisher Jamie Wilkinson killed this 9-point buck while hunting at Wicked Outfitters in southeast Kansas.

Team DDH Scores in Southeast Kansas

Congrats to D&DH Group Publisher Jamie Wilkinson on taking this hog-bodied 9-pointer while hunting Oct. 27 in southeast Kansas. Wilkinson was hunting at Wicked Outfitters near LaCygne, which is in the southeast corner of the state. Wicked has scads of gorgeous, open range property they manage strictly for mature bucks. Along with the ample...

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Bowhunter’s Monster Buck Shatters State Record

After watching a buck for two seasons, Earl Stubblefield of Mississippi figured he’d see it grow into a much better deer this year after another summer of food and maturity. Man, was he right! Stubblefield arrowed a giant 12-point buck on Oct. 8 when it came under his stand and walked to 27 yards....

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Team DDH Tags Out in Texas to Kick Off Season

The weekend turned out well for Team DDH in Texas at the Patterson Ranch near Aspermont, out in the western part of the state north of Abilene. Jamie Wilkinson and Dan Schmidt were successful on awesome bucks with management tags. Both were hunting with Mossberg Patriot rifles, Hornady ammo, Nikon optics and Ani-Logics Outdoors. Patterson Ranch is...