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.

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...

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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...

Hunting was better in 2015 thanks to a change in fitness and diet, which made for better days afield. This buck was taken with the Thompson-Center Strike muzzleloader at the Chain Ranch in Oklahoma last October.

Healthy Hunter: Season Was Easier Thanks to Fitness

Alabama’s north zone season ended Jan. 31 and after more than three months, preceded by late summer work, I was glad to see the sun set on yet another hunting season. It wasn’t great from the standpoint of putting meat in the freezer. For another season, on the property I hunt, I didn’t release...

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Northeast Wyoming Offers Some of the Best Deer Hunting in the West

Learn more about whitetail deer and deer hunting opportunities at Trophy Ridge Outfitters of Carlile, Wyoming. Ralph Dampman, who guides for deer, elk, antelope, turkey and mountain lions, explains how long it took for him to build his business, which is one of the top destinations for big-game hunters each year. Then watch as...

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Pretty Cool Video: Deer Hunting With a 10mm Handgun

Handgun hunting for deer is fun, challenging and we hear about more hunters picking up a handgun each year. Hunting with revolvers has been a favorite for many years. Whether it’s a Smith & Wesson .44 Mag, a Freedom Arms Model 83 or a Thompson/Center single shot model with interchangeable barrels, deer hunters have...

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It’s Trade Show Season, With All the Hot Deer Gear

This is one of the craziest times of the year for folks in the hunting industry and yet while we’re running around like our hair’s on fire, no one really complains too badly. That sounds like a silly statement but it’s true. Here’s what I mean, and I doubt you’d find much disagreement among...

This giant buck was hit by a truck in Alabama.

Monster Buck Hit, Killed But Will Make Your Eyes Pop!

Whoa! Check out this genuine monster buck killed when it was hit by a truck in Alabama, which is unfortunate of course but sometimes that happens when the peak rut kicks in. This big bruiser was struck and killed by Bryne Diehl, the punter on the University of Alabama’s 1992 national championship football team....

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The Most Important Thing You Forget About Making Mock Scrapes

If you’re making mock scrapes for hunting or your game cameras, one of the most important things to remember is the overhead licking branch. I’ve created mock scrapes for the last few years after getting some great Stealth, Browning and PlotWatcher cameras for the property where I hunt. I have several areas where I...

Some hunters wouldn't think twice about shooting this deer while others wouldn't even consider it. Who is right? Both of them, because hunters have to make their own choices and shouldn't worry about what someone else's decision because everyone's different.  (Photo copyright Daniel E. Schmidt)

Step Back Before Spewing Egotistical Hate, Jealousy about Deer Hunting

One of the worst things about hunting and fishing is the egotistical, stupid, ignorant and jealous crap that spews from people’s mouths and fingers online about someone else’s success. Kill a few wood ducks or a small buck? Well, you’re not a “real” duck hunter because those aren’t greenhead mallards! You’re not a “real”...

Getting the right boots that fit, are warm and keep you comfortable are important no matter where you hunt.

How to Buy the Right Hunting Boots

It’s pretty simple: if your feet are wet, cold or hurting then you’re going to be a disappointed puppy trying to hunt a deer, no matter how tough you are or think you are. That’s why buying the right hunting boots is pretty darn important. Deer seasons are open and it’s about to turn...