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.

Leyda Gilkerson took this nice Tennessee 10-point on opening weekend in September with her TenPoint Turbo XLT crossbow.

Crossbows or Not? The Argument for Inclusion

I remember my first bow: a handsome recurve with 45 pounds of pull and an effective range of 15 to maybe 20 yards in my hands. I never arrowed a deer with it, but that wasn’t the bow’s fault: Teenage inexperience and youthful impatience assured that the township’s whitetails survived unscathed. That was the...

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...

DDH Editor Gordy Krahn (left) with his dandy Carmen Mountain whitetail, shot with a Mossberg rifle while hunting in mid-December.

Team DDH Successful on Unique Texas Whitetail

It’s been a whale of a season for Team DDH this year, with great hunts and bucks throughout the country. Deer & Deer Hunting Editor Gordy Krahn has been in west Texas the past week hunting for the unique Carmen Mountain white-tailed deer. While similar to the Coues deer, the Carmen sub-species is a...

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? Some ranches in Texas define cull bucks as small-racked bucks at a certain age, while hunters in other states may see spikes or unusual racks as culls.

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...