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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...

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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...

Whether you're hunting in fine or foul weather, taking care of your crossbow to ensure the best performance is a key to success.

Your Best Deer Hunting with Foul Weather Crossbows

Mother Nature is seldom cooperative, especially during the rut, when whitetails are most active and odds are best for arrowing a mature buck. So, we hunt in the conditions we get: rain, sleet, snow and bone-chilling cold, or a mixture of any and all. What- ever daybreak brings. Not because we necessarily prefer these less...

Steve Bartylla is uber-careful about his scent-control efforts and believes it pays off.

Kill Bigger Deer By Fooling Their Sense of Smell

It was one of the most thrilling hunts I’ve ever experienced. on the way in, I’d laid down a scent trail of Special Golden Estrus. Now, less than an hour later, I could hear the deep grunts of a low 160s Missouri monster following the drag. Spotting him, I was thrilled with what I saw....

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4 Tips to Make a Quick and Effective Mock Scrape

Providing easy shot opportunities is one of the biggest advantages mock scrapes provide. To do that, simply place the mock scrape within a comfortable shooting distance of, and with the lick branch pointing toward, the stand. Doing so focuses attention away from the hunter and strongly encourages broadside and quartering-away angles. The rest is...

Just as with deer hunting, knowing when to take the best shot and maximizing your chances for success works the same way with predators.

Layer Your Way to Weather Comfort for Deer, Predators

Being prepared for weather extremes, especially the inclement kind, means outfitting yourself in gear that can battle rain, snow, wind and subzero temperatures. Wrong warm-weather clothing choices don’t have near the dangers as when cold extremes invade your hunt. Consider a layering system to enjoy whatever Mother Nature brings on. There are three building...

INNOVATION Duel Grunt Call

DDH Innovation Zone: Stretchback Grunt Call by Duel Game Calls

The Deer & Deer Hunting Innovation Zone takes a closer look at the Stretchback Grunt Call from Duel Game Calls. This freeze-free design is built to last and can mimic sounds from old bucks to does to fawns. D&DH Editor in Chief Daniel Schmidt explains the functions of this grunt call that creates realistic...