deer hunting tips

Know Thy Habitat: Greenery Desirability Changes with Seasons

Food sources change in desirability during their various stages of maturation. When hunting over them, you should time your hunts for the phase when they’re most desirable. While it’s impossible to cover the most desirable stage of all preferred deer foods in one article, the following generally applies to greenery: • Seedlings – extremely...

Improve Your Deer Hunting with Pears, Persimmons

In late summer when the fruit is ripe, it’s pretty doggone hard to beat the wonderful flavor of sweet persimmons or a crisp pear straight off the tree. One of the houses on my jogging route has four or five persimmon trees near the road. I know the owner and usually take a break...

Proof of How Shed Hunting Can Help Your Deer Hunting

The antler didn’t stand out at the time I picked it up on a steep, South Dakota hillside. I do recall the unique, curving brow tine that split for a double-brow appearance. Other than that the antler disappeared in my bin alongside thousands of other antlers I’ve picked up over the years. Two years...

How to Get the Jump on Public Land Bucks This Season

Hunters who have private land they can hunt rarely gravitate to hunting open-to-hunting public lands simply because no matter how much hunting pressure private parcels receive, nearby public lands usually receive more, have fewer mature bucks and can be more difficult to hunt. However, even in the heaviest-hunted states, there are public-land gems that...

Eastern Tactics for Hunting Western Whitetails

With large cities strung up and down the East Coast and some of the highest whitetail hunter densities per capita, there’s no debate where the most savvy whitetail hunters hang their hats. These hunters grew up with whitetails, honed their skills at deer hunting camps and devised tactics and strategies that have served them...

5 Post-Season Scouting Tips You Shouldn’t Ignore

If you haven’t begun thinking about deer season already, well, it’s not too late to get that in your mind to make plans. The season begins in just a few months and that will fly by quickly. Florida’s southernmost zone opens in late July, along with blacktail deer season in California, parts of South Carolina in...

Hot Gear: Redesigned Head Focus of New Scott Echo Release

Scott Releases, the industry leader in release aid technology, has tapped into its 35-year legacy to match experience with innovation and create the Echo™ index finger release. The focal point of the Echo is the new Hyper Jaw™ technology, resulting in a never-before-seen release head configuration. The independent jaws operate in perfect synchronization with one...

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...

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...

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....