Southern Deer Hunting

From the Carolinas to the plains of Texas, 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.

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Modern Hunter Returns With Best Tips, Tactics and Gear

The second annual issue of Modern Hunter, which hits shelves this month, caters to the wide and varied outdoor interests of today’s hunters with articles and product recommendations from the industry’s top outdoor writers and photographers. Designed to inform and entertain the new generation of hunters, Modern Hunter encompasses the wide and varied hunting landscape, including bowhunting,...

Vest-style harness systems are popular today because the straps are enclosed, the vest is easy to wear and they fit under shirts or jackets.

Do You Really Want to Die While Deer Hunting?

The stories about deer hunters falling from treestands and sustaining severe injuries or dying usually are the ones we hear about in the news media or at outdoors shows. During my newspaper writing career I wrote several of these stories. I hated it. I knew there was a family involved that might be reliving...

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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...

Doing predator control for hogs or other critters and blazing new trails to stand sites in the humid summer heat can be very taxing on your body. Drink plenty of fluids, wear performance clothing that wicks moisture and don't overdo it. Know your limits. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

Don’t Let Humidity Hurt Your Deer Season Preparations

My brother joined me and Barry Estes, owner of Alabama Hog Control, for a little hunting and feral hog eradication last weekend down in central Alabama. The property we were on was a giant cattle farm that’s leased for deer and turkey hunting. A main creek with some smaller creeks, all in hardwoods, wend...

Water is vital for a strong, healthy body and mind. (Photo: Wikimedia)

Healthy Hunter: Fuel Up Smartly After Your Exercise

Summer finally has arrived here in Alabama where we live and I don’t mind the heat or humidity a single bit, even when it can get brutal (by our standards) in July or August. My wife doesn’t like to walk or jog in the middle of the day, as I do, so I’m usually...

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Another City Considers Ineffective ‘Birth Control’ for Deer

You’d think that taxpayers eventually would get fed up with civic leaders throwing away money on ineffective wildlife management, but they apparently don’t care or don’t realize that what’s going on is a waste of time. Yet another community is considering the use of contraceptive drugs and the time-consuming effort to give these to...

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In Deer Camp, All You Have to do is Ask

Through the years of hunting with private landowners and at lodges, one thing I’ve tried to remember is to ask specific questions about the hunt. That seems like a simple thing. We ask about deer ages and antlers, or what the host has as a minimum requirement. Some don’t have them and others have...