deer hunting tips

When you're through hunting, it's best to uncock your crossbow.

Making the Move from Rifle to Crossbow

Fate’s whimsy introduced me to the crossbow. Last November I was a guest at the Hixon Land and Cattle Ranch near Catulla, Texas, invited by Steve Hall, Hunter Education Coordinator for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, to participate in the 2015 IHEA-USA Heritage Hunt. Shooting a crossbow was one of the activities at...

GEB  Buck in food plot

Best Food Plot Gameplan for Bowhunters

Movement in the thicket caught my attention and made my heart race. A buck was headed my way, leaving his daytime hiding spot to feed in the lush food plots I’d planted for him and his brethren. As he cleared the thick cover, I saw he was a young 8-pointer. When the buck was...

The Alps Traverse includes a bow/gun carrying component and can be used as a shooting rest in the field, too.

What’s in Your Backpack? Plan Well for Deer Season

In my office are many things: photos of my wife and children, a cool hog skull from a fantastic Texas hunt years ago with friends, the replica of my 53-inch muskie (yes, I’m humblebragging), my grandmother’s antique lamp, and an assortment of hunting gear that includes flashlights, action cameras and gear, a modern sporting...

Gregg Ritz of Hunt Masters with a great Thompson/Center muzzleloader buck.

Avoid These Mistakes Flying with a Muzzleloader

If you’re planning a deer hunt this year with a muzzleloader and will be flying to your destination, take the advice of one well-seasoned traveler to avoid problems with the TSA folks at the airport. Veteran hunter Greg Ritz has flown around the world with muzzleloaders. He’s seen security checks go easy-peasy and others...

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Make Your Deer Mineral Sites Even Better with These Tips

White-tailed deer need minerals for overall health, milk production for fawns and antler growth during the spring and summer months. Without minerals, deer struggle to achieve their maximum potential. Deer get minerals through natural forage and supplemental forage, of course. But they also seek areas where they live where minerals are present. You can...