deer hunting

Where Are You Among the Five Stages of a Hunter?

While doing a little poking aroundfor an upcoming story, I needed to find the information below and after doing so realized it’s always a good idea for a refresher. This “Five Stages of a Hunter has been kicked around since about the mid 1980s following some research work. Two professors at the University of...

Gaaaa! Snakebites Reportedly Higher This Year

The sight or sound of a snake strikes fear in some folks, whether it’s in plain view or hidden amid leaves or brush by its incredible camouflage. Of all the species of snakes in the United States, the venomous ones most hunters and land managers deal with on a regular basis are well-known: rattlesnake,...

Three Payoffs to Scouting for Deer After the Season Ends

The season is over for whitetail hunters across the country. Whether you let a crossbow arrow fly to put meat in the freezer or antlers on the ground doesn’t matter much any more. But your work is far from over. In fact, it never really stops if you want to stack the odds in your...

Grateful to God, and I Love This Country!

Have you ever had the good fortune to be able to fly over all 50 of our beloved United States in a small airplane with a clear, unobstructed eagle’s eye view of this phenomenal place we call America? For many, many years, I have, and am compelled to share with my fellow deeranddeerhunting.com backstrap BloodBrothers...

A New Dawn For American Sporters

Today will be my 68th January 19. And what a glorious one I predict! I carpe diem like I mean it every day, celebrating and milking to the max every breath I take, every move I make, every step I take, every arrow I fling, but when the winter deerseason is still on, my...

ATA2017: Horton’s Compact and Economical Vortex RDX

Horton Crossbows always creates a buzz with a new release, and its latest model is no different. Unveiled at the Archery Trade Association show in January, the Vortex RDX, is a compact, high-tech and hard-hitting bow that comes in at a fraction of the price of a premium model. Deer & Deer Hunting Editor-in-Chief...

My Mystical Flight Life as a Bloodbrother

My whole life flashed before me in a heartbeat. Amazing how such an outrageous 68 year adventure can be encapsulated in the instantaneous flash of the mystical flight of an arrow, but somehow, it happens. And it happens all the time. Literally, all the time. And that’s because I shoot my bow all the...

DDH Classic: Grandpa’s Food Plot Proverbs and Secrets

Believe it or not, many old truisms, proverbs and old-time sayings teach valuable lessons when farming for wildlife. I had the pleasure and opportunity to know my grandparents when I was young. My grandparents were born in the early 1900s and lived long lives. This provided me with many years of wonderful relationships …...

How High Should I Hang My Tree Stands?

  How high should I hang my stands? This is one of the most common questions in bowhunting. Elevated hunting’s No. 1 selling point is literally rising above the astute noses of the game we pursue. In bowhunting, there’s another majorly important consideration: Undetected shot execution during the conspicuous draw cycle. Tugging a bowstring to...