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.

Arkansas has a variety of hunting options including some special youth and draw hunts on refuges.

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...

Aaron Carter with the NRA is geared up, after about 15 minutes or more of prep, for his afternoon in a ground blind in Kansas. Harsh conditions call for careful planning and good apparel to ward off bone-chilling temperatures.

Southern Blood, Kansas Cold and Preparing for the Clash

Being an ol’ southern boy, deer hunting in Kansas temperatures dipping into the teens or lower combined with teeth-chattering wind riding an Arctic wave and blasting out of the Rockies is quite an experience. Unlike my co-workers who live in Wisconsin and deal with real winter conditions each year, we don’t have anything like...

Willie Hettinger of Montana loves bowhunting for big bucks.

Unique Deer, Unique Country in Kansas

Just west of Alva in northwest Oklahoma, the two-lane state highway begins climbing a bit until it tops out on a small ridge. If you slow down a bit and take it all in, the expanse of rugged terrain stretching toward the skinny Panhandle is mesmerizing. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Stark, of course,...

Florida Deer

The Best Time To Hunt Florida Whitetails

Florida isn’t on the list of many folks’ “must hunt” states for whitetail deer, although the hunting there can be fun and challenging. Swamps, palmettos, black bears and panthers, a slice of the Old South … it’s all there and a bit different. Certainly nothing like the other areas of the country. But that’s...

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Can CWD In Deer Be Controlled, Or Is It Here To Stay?

Ever since chronic wasting disease was discovered four decades ago, biologists and hunters have wondered if it can be eradicated, controlled or if it’s here to stay with further expansion in the United States. By Alan Clemons, Managing Editor Here in the Southeast we haven’t had CWD pop up in the white-tailed deer population....

Young Bucks May Be Stupid In Summer, Too

One of the truisms of deer hunting is old bucks are wise and young bucks are stupid, or to give ‘em a little more credit, they’re still learning about life and such. We see that in autumn and winter when a young buck prances out in a field or comes lily-dipping down a trail....

Have you begun shooting more frequently or at different angles to prepare for bow season this year? (Photo: Alan Clemons)

Know Your Deer Hunting Gear Before Heading To The Woods

Summer football workouts were held in the evenings back 30 years ago when I played, with weights and stadium work comprised of sprints, grass drills, sprints and hops up the bleachers, and laps around the field. It was hot, of course. We sweated like dogs or horses or whatever sweats profusely. Our coaches exhorted...

Willie Robertson loves deer hunting just as much as he does duck hunting.

Duck Dynasty Star is a Big Deer Hunter

IOLA, Wis. – While Willie Robertson, CEO of Duck Commander and star of reality-TV smash hit Duck Dynasty, is naturally associated with duck hunting, the Louisiana native has also caught the deer hunting bug and is executive producer of Buck Commander, which airs on Outdoor Channel. And given his overall hunting chops, Robertson is...