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.

Scoring deer Jawbone Michigan DNR

WATCH: Learn to Age Deer with Their Jawbone

One of the most asked questions deer hunters pose to themselves when they see a buck or doe, or ask other hunters at the skinning shed, is common throughout the country. “How old is it?” Determining age in a deer isn’t impossible and is a good part of your management program. Pulling the jawbone...

Zach Cherryholmes with his Ohio bruiser arrowed in autumn 2015.

Average Deer Hunter, Small Plot Yield Bruiser Buck

Zach Cherryholmes of Blanchester, Ohio, is like other hunters who love to get into the woods, don’t have deep pockets and are looking for a good buck to draw on if presented a chance. Diversity makes the deer hunting world go ’round, for sure. Some hunters don’t give two rips about antler size and...


Folks, Quit Messin’ Around with the Fawns and Wildlife

It’s that time of year when state wildlife agencies send out press releases urging folks to leave “abandoned” or “orphaned” deer fawns and other wildlife alone if they find them in the wild. It’s that time of year when folks at wildlife facilities and organizations get telephone calls or emails about finding a fawn...

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....