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.

Casey Burnett of Alabama  with his unique buck killed in December 2015.

You Won’t Believe How Weird This Buck’s Antlers Are!

When deer hunters hear the term “unique antlers” they often first think about a gnarly non-typical rack or maybe a big buck with droptines that look like handles. But in December 2015, Casey Burnett of Alabama killed what definitely classifies as a unique buck. He and his lease partner saw the buck on their game...

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...

Federal turkey ammo

Become a Turkey Hunting Road Warrior

Spring took on a new meaning for me roughly 25 years ago. Until then, my time in the field was confined to those few months that made up the heart of the fall hunting seasons – and, for the large part, to hunting my home state of Minnesota and a few ventures to neighboring states....

CROSSBOW  TenPoint Texas

VIDEO: Threading the Needle on a Big Texas Buck

Being confident in your skills and crossbow, bow, muzzleloader or whatever you’re using is one of the biggest assets for any hunter. Without having great confidence in being able to make the shot, along with analyzing the entire situation, we’re not doing our duty. Similarly, having the knowledge to trust your instinct when the...

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...

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...

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...