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DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt with his free range 11-point Florida buck that scored 137 1/8.

Deer Season Has Early Wake-Up Alarm in Southeast

While the rest of the nation’s deer hunters are thinking about mineral sites, game cameras, moving stands and maybe putting in winter food plots, hunters in Florida’s southernmost zone and South Carolina’s Lowcountry are in the stand looking for a buck. Opening day for bow season in Florida’s Zone A, which comprises the counties...

Adam Hupf of Beaver Dam, Wis., with his state-record whitetail.

Rut Secrets Revealed in Info-Packed, Must-Have Guide

Because normally secretive and wary bucks have the tendency to become careless and more visible during the rut, this time can be one of the most exciting of the hunting season to kill a trophy whitetail. This peak period can be a chaotic and unpredictable time in the field with hunting pressure, weather conditions,...

Gavin Dingman of Michigan with his albino buck.

A White Deer, Young Hunter and Mixed Emotions

Albino and piebald deer bring out a wide range of emotions and responses in hunters and non-hunters, so much so that giving one side or the other dibs as Feedback Champion would be tough to do. I’ve seen hunters who flat-out go to the mattresses that an albino deer should be protected and not...

Steven Davis of North Carolina with his crossbow buck that pushes 190-plus inches! North Carolina hunters may get a chance to hunt on Sunday if proposed legislation is approved.

Monster Crossbow Buck May Be a State Record!

After watching a gigantic buck for days and getting scads of game camera photos, Steven Davis calmly stood in his stand waiting for a shot at the bruiser. He’d seen this gagger in velvet, bedding down in soybeans, and watched as a smaller 6-point literally ate the velvet from the buck’s massive antlers. And then...

TenPoint crossbow

Are You Shooting the Best Crossbow Arrow for Your Bow?

Selecting the correct arrow for your crossbow can be challenging if you’re unaware of some basic ideas about how you want to use it, what you’ll be hunting and your bow’s setup. Just as with any other deer hunting bow or firearm, your crossbow needs to have the appropriate items to make it work...

A smooth-shooting rifle and good bullets are obviously crucial to success, but they're only as good as the optics that help you line up the deer in your sights.

Research Coatings Before Buying Hunting Optics

What are all these coatings on scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes? Take a look at any optics company’s site and you’ll find some descriptions about lens coatings that help with abrasion resistance, clarity, light transmission, glare reduction and waterproof capabilities. By Alan Clemons Some of these coatings are proprietary, specially designed by or for...

Big Buck

Deer Hunting Seasons Set For Razorback Hunters

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission set the state’s deer hunting seasons for 2014-15, with modern gun deer season opening Nov. 8, archery season opening Sept. 27, and muzzleloader season opening Oct. 17. The deer season dates are part of the 2014-15 general hunting regulations approved during the Commission’s monthly meeting. Season dates for...

Ohio is a fantastic state for big buck hunters but numbers of white-tailed deer can cause problems for farmers and in urban areas.

Extended Hours, Bag Limit Changes Await Deer Hunters

Several changes to Ohio’s white-tailed deer hunting regulations take effect when the first deer season begins Sept. 28, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. New deer hunting regulations implemented by the ODNR Division of Wildlife include extended hunting hours during gun and muzzleloader seasons, county bag limits, changes to deer permit use...