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10 Tips for Finding More Shed Antlers

Hey shed heads, want to find more antlers this year? It’s time to start thinking about where to look and how to find the antlers bucks have cast. Shed hunting is a super way to learn more about the property where you hunt along with enjoying the outdoors. “Honestly, I can’t think of a...

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Fencing Options for Better Deer Food Plots

As gamekeepers we constantly preach about the importance of spring and summer nutrition for whitetails. There are huge upsides for your deer herd when they are provided quality high protein groceries during the growing months. Anyone who has tried to grow a small food plot of soybeans, lablab or other highly attractive warm season annual...

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Shed Hunting: The 4-Point Shed That Grew From the Ground

Antlers are already dropping and some shed hunters are having some early success. Whether or not you plan to get out looking for antlers right now, it’s a good idea to at least get out and scout. Drive around and observe where you see deer right now, particularly antlered bucks. Just like in deer...

When deer season ends, don't despair. Get into the woods to scout and use your game cameras for surveying does and bucks to see what survived the season.

Best Tips for Trail Cameras: Time to See What Survived the Season

The inevitable time is here, the end of deer season. It always seems to end as fast as it started. It’s hard to think that only 100 days ago we were fighting the “October lull” and waiting for the rut to break loose. But since then food sources have become scarce, many gun seasons...

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The Most Important Thing You Forget About Making Mock Scrapes

If you’re making mock scrapes for hunting or your game cameras, one of the most important things to remember is the overhead licking branch. I’ve created mock scrapes for the last few years after getting some great Stealth, Browning and PlotWatcher cameras for the property where I hunt. I have several areas where I...

Steve Bartylla has managed land and hunted throughout the United States, targeting big bucks like this one.

Your Deer Hunting Mistakes are the Best Lessons

With one glance and I wanted the buck. If he didn’t break 150 inches, he came within a whisker. He’d popped out of the woods dogging a doe into the field. Every time she started bounding my way, a hairpin turn would kill another sliver of hope inside me. With her not quite in...

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Do Grunt Calls Work on Big Bucks? You Decide!

The effectiveness of using grunt calls to bring big bucks within range is hotly debated by deer hunters at camps and coffee shops throughout the country every season. But it’s been proven time and again that bucks are curious when they hear another buck in their area. That curiosity often sparks aggression, with the...

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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...