deer hunting tips

Bucks use licking branches as signposts with their scrapes, and preorbital gland scent is a big part of it.

Advanced Licking Branch Secrets for Big Bucks

We love hearing good deer hunting success stories and even moreso when hunters have capitalized on some of the best tips or suggestions to help them be successful. Larry J. McKenzie of South Carolina wrote in to one of our good friends, John “Smokey” McNicholas, to let him know about his good hunts last...

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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...

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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...