Daniel Schmidt’s Whitetail Wisdom

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D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt’s columns and blogs have become a must-read for deer hunters and anyone who loves whitetails. This blog is the melting pot for all the whitetail wisdom that he has gleaned over the years while working with North America’s top deer biologists, behaviorists, hunters and land managers. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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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...

Holly Sherman is all smiles after recovering her first bow-buck earlier this week in central Wisconsin. (photo courtesy of Lon Sherman)

The Best Blood-Trailing Advice of All

The best blood trailing advice I could ever offer anyone was reaffirmed by my friend Lon yesterday when he was helping track a deer shot by his daughter-in-law. That advice is simple: Never, ever give up on a deer that you know you shot. By Daniel E. Schmidt Sounds simple enough, but I’ve seen...

The Deer & Deer Hunting crew is ready for action. Will the deer cooperate? (photo by Dan Schmidt)

Getting Ready to Bowhunt Big Bucks in North Dakota

Hunting a super early archery season like North Dakota’s requires lots of patience, not only in the field but when you’re in camp. You see, most outfitters like Chris Jorde (www.heartjoutfitters.com) realize that you only get a very small window in which to get the drop on a big, mature buck. For that reason...

Visions of this giant 9-pointer made the Deer & Deer Hunting TV team forget all about the clouds of mosquitoes that greeted them during their stay at Heart J Outfitters in northern North Dakota. (photo courtesy of Christopher Jorde)

Early Bowhunting Opener Brings Hopes of Big Bucks

If that intro photo doesn’t get your pulse racing, you might need some help. What an incredible buck, huh? Well, imagine my anticipation when that popped into my email inbox last month, then learning how that buck was frequenting a spot I’d be bowhunting on the first evening in North Dakota at Heart J...

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Is Blaze Orange Really Necessary?

Dan, As a deer hunter who (by my guesstimate) has hunted many states for whitetails, would you consider the mandatory wearing of blaze orange for big game rifle hunters a hindrance towards hunters? My state of Louisiana does have such, but there are 9 states which do not. I do hunt one of those...