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Dan Schmidt aiming at an extreme quartering-to target as part of the Deer Talk Now illustration.

Deer Talk Now: Bowhunting Shot Placement is a Game of Angles

When you’re deer hunting and have a big buck or doe within range, your best shot placement on the deer depends on the angle that deer is standing when you release the arrow. Makes sense, right? A broadside or slightly quartering-away shot is what most bowhunters look for. A severe quartering-to or quartering-away is...

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WATCH: Deer Ducking an Arrow

Can a deer duck, dodge or otherwise avoid being hit by an arrow? This is a common topic among bowhunters, especially when bowhunting season starts. Here’s a little insight from a trail camera sequence capture by our editor-in-chief. By Daniel E. Schmidt Seasoned bowhunters often use the “deer ducked my arrow” excuse as a...

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A Simple Key to Scent-Free Deer Hunting Success

Scent-free soaps, shampoo, sprays and other products are key to staying one step ahead of the whitetail’s keen nose. Deer are intelligent animals, but their intelligence is based purely on the instinctual reflexes of a prey species. In other words, they react – most often quickly and decisively – to out-of-place stimuli. It might...

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Intense Whitetail Management: South Texas Lessons, Clues for Trophy Buck Potential

The white-tailed deer’s popularity is especially augmented by its adaptability and abundance. This malleable herbivore is not only abundant, but it also can live just about anywhere — from our back yards to the deep, dark forests of Canada, providing sportsmen ample and affordable hunting opportunities. By Bob Zaiglin Although the whitetail has always...

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Intro to Archery: The Rise of Women Bowhunters

I know that I’m not alone in my interest in pursuing archery and bowhunting, especially as an adult and as a woman. In fact, women are one of the fastest growing demographics within the hunting industry. According to current Census Bureau statistics, the total number of women hunters has steadily increased in the last 10...

Getting ready for bow season yet? (DDH Photo: Alan Clemons)

The Best Tips to Become a Better Bowhunter

Bowhunting for white-tailed deer has witnessed an explosion of interest in the last 20 years. As deer populations have soared and bowhunting gear and tactics have gone mainstream, more deer hunters are picking up the stick and string to chase their favorite quarry. Shoot a bow long enough and you will desire to improve...

Huge fish and bigger payouts for 86 teams coming from across the country highlighted the 16th annual Muzzy Classic bowfishing championship on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. The first major championship event of the bowfishing season attracted teams from as far as Wisconsin and the southwest.

Huge Fish Arrowed in Season’s First Major Bowfishing Tournament

With a 33 percent increase in participants from last year’s tournament and a record-breaking 84 teams, the 16th Annual Muzzy Classic Bowfishing Tournament had some serious competition vying for the top cash payout of $10,000. This all was despite looming threat of major storms in the forecast on Lake Guntersville in north Alabama. While the...

When you're hunting or at the range, using hearing protection is a good idea.

What? Huh? What Did You Say? Hearing is Believing!

What? Huh? What did you say? Can you please repeat that? Did you say something? Come again? Are you talking to me? Did he say something? I’m sure witnessing me and my older buddies carrying on a conversation at the local feedmill or around the campfire is genuine comedy to those fortunate enough to...