dan schmidt

The Worst Thing About Being a Deer

  What is the worst thing about being a white-tailed deer? Well, to me, it would have to include the infestation of external parasites, including ticks, screw-worms, mosquitoes and black flies. But there’s one scourge that has got to really bother the whitetail: botfly larvae. You have likely seen deer reacting to nasal bots...

What’s the Best Weather for Deer Hunting?

Most states offer early archery seasons and in recent years these seasons have featured unseasonably warm weather. Temperatures in the 40s and highs in the 60s might make for comfortable tree-stand vigils, such temperatures literally shutdown daytime deer activity. In fact, the weather’s influence on deer activity has been scientifically documented as a major...

Huge Deer Survived Nasty Fight

  Deer truly are built to survive. Take this 4-1/2-year-old Alabama buck that I shot in 2012 as an example. When the deer appeared in the food plot before me he appeared to be the picture of good health. He was thick, muscled, and strutted like the king of the woods. Little did I know...

Headgear Says Buck, Everything Else Says Doe

Check out this crazy 8-pointer that Brian Woodard Jr. arrowed recently. The headgear says “buck” but other appearances said “doe.” What’s the true story? Well, as noted many times in Deer & Deer Hunting, it is most likely a hermaphrodite (both a buck AND doe!). True hermaphrodites have both ovaries and testes, but possess...

Five Great Ways to Hunt Pressured Deer

Deer hunting seasons are shifting into gear right now and hunters are looking for many things, including big bucks, the buck of a lifetime, maybe a buck they’ve been watching for a year or more on game cameras. Some are on private land, some are on public land … the latter, in many states, being...

Bowhunting Video: Opening Day Deer Hunt

BY DANIEL E. SCHMIDT What a long 8 months it has been! I kicked off my bowhunting season last week with a trip out to Ralph and Lenora Dampman’s Trophy Ridge Outfitters place in northeast Wyoming. Wyoming has long been a sleeper state for big whitetails and for fantastic bowhunting opportunities. This is the...