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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...

Hunter Nicole McClain gives her 5 tips for a stress free hunt

Nicole McClain: 5 Easy Tips for a Stress-free Hunt

1. Leave the un-necessities at camp Do you really need to take your gut hook and gloves \to your treestand or hunting blind? Do you need two doe bleats and two buck calls? I’m a person who makes sure the bases of planning are covered, like taking a headlamp and a mini-light, but I...

Dan Schmidt: Our Prey Deserves Our Respect

by Daniel E. Schmidt Maybe it’s just me, but it appears we as hunters have stepped off our path. It wasn’t a sharply defined turned, but rather a gentle meandering that occurred over the course of several generations. As a whole, we don’t truly appreciate the animals we kill. Maybe we’re spoiled by today’s...

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Don’t Give Up When You Bump a Buck From His Core Area

Spooking a buck in his core area doesn’t mean the game is finished. In some cases, it has really just begun. By Bill Vaznis The buck exploded from underfoot like a firecracker and zigzagged across the creek and up the wooded hillside before disappearing into a thick stand of hemlocks. The unmistakable noise of...

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Ted Nugent: Deer Hunting Good Old Days Forever

It could have been the bone-chilling predawn of November 15, 1958, or maybe it was on the indistinguishably and equally thrilling November 15, 2013. Due to overwhelming inner excitement and anticipation, I couldn’t sleep a wink the night before. I had dedicated as much time as I could possibly muster to sight in my...

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Alsheimer: Bucks Begin to Recover After the Rut

For all practical purposes the rut is over in the North. For the better part of the last 40 days, bucks have been on the march searching for does to breed. During that time they’ve devoted little attention to eating, causing them to lose up to 25 percent of their pre-rut body weight. Though breeding...

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Ted Nugent: DoubleStraps Bowhunting Morning Glory

I don’t care what Ma Nature has up her sleeve for me on any given huntday, I’m hittin’ the woods no matter what! Even though the season has been very strange and more frustrating than usual, I learned long ago that backstraps don’t come from the cabin. So I get out there relentlessly. My...

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Alsheimer: Whitetail Bucks Still Looking for a Fight

When hunters think of vicious buck fights they envision encounters that occur in the late pre-rut or when the rut goes hot-to-trot. Though some of the most incredible fights occur during this time, fighting doesn’t end when the rut ends. Some of the most impressive fights I’ve witnessed in my career took place when the rut was...