deer hunting tips

Steve Bartylla experience has given him plenty of successes and failures to learn from.

Big Buck Secrets is Packed with Great Deer Hunting Insight

While there is a wealth of available knowledge on hunting trophy bucks, very little of this information actually comes from someone who hunts in the same places, or even the same conditions, as their audience. Because of this disparity, it often becomes unrealistic to follow this type of how-to information, as little of it...

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Does Smokey’s Preorbital Lure Work? You Decide!

If you’ve ever wondered how to make the best mock scrapes even better so curious bucks get fired up about them, then take a look at this cool video. Jeremy James hunts in southeast Pennsylvania and sent this video to our good pal Smokey McNicholas, a professional trapper and veteran deer hunter in West...

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Improve Your Woodsmanship by Thinking Like a Deer

There’s a difference between anthropomorphism and common-sense hunting tactics. Of course, the latter is quite the oxymoron. As baseball great Paul Molitor once said, “If common sense were so common, wouldn’t everyone have it?” It should also be noted that many great hunters fail miserably when trying to predict deer behavior based on “what...

Still images are great if your camera's settings are fast enough but during the peak rut, bucks chasing does may be a flash unless you're in video mode.

How to Use the Video Advantage During the Rut

There are not many things better than to check a trail camera during the rut. The anticipation of what is on the camera and how many bucks are coming through during shooting hours is crazy. By Jeremy Flinn Some of the excitement can quickly turn to frustration with motion blurs and a deer’s rear ends....

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4 Things You Should Do to Kill Post-Rut Bucks

When the peak rut is over, meaning the chasing and breeding phase that is so exciting, that doesn’t have to signal the end of your hunting season. Hunting seasons are closed or are coming to a close in many states. Winter, of course, has settled into the Midwest like a double-socked foot into a...

Getting all your clothing in ship-shape before and during the season certainly can give you an edge while deer hunting.

Six Hunting Tips for Better Scent Control

Like a kid at Christmas, it was hard to hide my juvenile excitement as the UPS truck was backing into my driveway. Everybody loves getting things in the mail, and I was especially excited for this package. This season’s ScentBlocker order was sure to not disappoint. I am a loyal scent control disciple and...

Bucks hang out together at some times of the year but research shows that big bucks tend to be loners and want their own space.

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 …...

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The Best Tips for Scouting and Bowhunting Deer

IOLA, Wis. (Dec. 8, 2016) – Bowhunters of all ages and experience levels will find plenty of useful tips inside Bowhunters’ Digest, 6th Edition. Throughout the book, well-known author, experienced guide and bowhunter Patrick Meitin shares a wealth of knowledge about hunting tactics, equipment selection, tuning and accuracy to help all bowhunters take their skills...

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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...

Change your angles and distances when practicing during the off-season so you'll be ready for almost anything.

How to Make the Best Bow Shot to Kill a Deer

The anatomy of every successful bow shot hinges on many synchronous yet dynamic elements. This lends bowhunting the drama that keeps us coming back, but we also have an ethical obligation to eliminate uncertainty from the equation whenever possible. By Patrick Meitin Many view successful shooting as a purely-physical function of aligning sights to...