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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...

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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...

Darron McDougal often pursues bucks by utilizing tactics around rivers, creeks and waterways.

Nab a River Buck: Exploit Big Bucks with an Aqua Ambush

Worn from seven days of rising early for the 1.5-mile trek to my public-land stand, I sat overlooking a whitetail runway along a wooded Kansas river-bottom. For two days I’d hunted from dark to dark, which proved tiresome because mature bucks were locked down. Winds had calmed, the river sang a sweet serenade, and mid-morning rays...

Abandoned pastures, barns or other old farm areas may become safe haven hidey holes for big bucks. Don't overlook these areas!

8 Off the Grid Whitetail Honey Holes

The meat pole back home was still empty. Gun season was in its finale days. Though the white- tails had been pushed hard all over Waldwick Township, they were surely still here. But where? I had just finished unsuccessfully combing almost every square inch of the three brushy woodlots on the hill-county dairy farm...

Pat and Nicole Reeve manage their property, scout, and hunt together because they love the outdoors and interacting with deer and other wildlife.

Successful Calling Tips for Dominant Whitetail Bucks

It was a cool afternoon and the deer were already on the move as I climbed into one of my favorite tree stands. Shortly after settling in, I noticed movement at the edge of the woodlot. A good buck was coming my way. My heart raced as the buck continued to approach. I carefully...

Changing tactics for hunting big bucks in the wind is a must.

How Wind Affects Deer Movement and Your Hunting

The buck drank deeply from the throat of the icy river, quenching his thirst caused by heavy rutting activity. For a moment, the deer had no inkling I was a mere 10 yards away, safely perched in an old ash 20 feet off the ground. Without warning, the cursed wind ruined it all. A...

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Tips for Hunting Safely in High Winds

Hunters should incorporate many safety practices into their hunting routines, regardless of how hard the wind is blowing. Things such as always letting someone know your hunt itinerary (where you’ll be hunting, when you’ll return), wearing a full-body safety harness when hunting off the ground and carrying a first-aid kit are just a few...