deer hunting tips

If you're doing field dressing and aren't concerned about trim work or skinning, a good folding, locking knife with a sharp blade can help get the job done quickly. (Photo: Alan Clemons)

A Great Way to Sharpen Your Deer Hunting Knives on a Stone

If you’re an old school guy who likes to sharpen your best hunting knives by freehand, learn to do it well and quickly on a bench stone with these techniques. By Dexter Ewing Freehand sharpening is a skill that must be developed with practice, along with trial and error — at first, mostly error....

The sight every bowhunter wants to see: A blood-soaked arrow that hit its mark. (photo courtesy of Cory Johnson/Smokey Valley Archery)

Dan Schmidt: 3 Ways to Become a Better Bowhunter

by Daniel E. Schmidt You don’t have to be a world-class archer to become a deer hunting machine. In fact, the most successful deer hunters are those who develop proficient shooting skills then use their woodsmanship and knowledge of deer anatomy to do the rest. Here are three things you can do this weekend...

Jerry Peterson has pursued deer, predators and turkeys for decades yet always learns something when he goes in the woods.

The Deer Call That Will Fill Your Freezer This Fall

When it comes to the best deer hunting strategies, sometimes we think it’s so easy a kid could do it and other times we’re left scratching our heads in confusion. We did all the right things, had the best setup, the best hunting equipment and still got busted or zeroed. One thing most hunters...

A thick-bodied buck feeds in a field during an early season archery hunt in northeast Wyoming at Trophy Ridge Outfitters. (photo courtesy of Chad Drawbauch)

Video: Big Velvet Buck Shot During Bowhunt

  BY DANIEL E. SCHMIDT Bowhunters across North America have their favorite broadheads, bows and tree stands. And they also are quick to share the best places to bowhunt in the U.S. I’ve been blessed to have had the opportunity to travel across the country these past 19 years in search of whitetails and...

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White Clover Is A Great Consideration For Deer, Turkey Habitat Plots

White clover is a good source of protein for deer and turkey and should be considered when developing wildlife openings along with cost of planting and maintentance, duration of plant life and usefulness to wildlife species in the area. By Mitchell Marks, Alabama Wildlife Biologist, Freedom Hills WMA When developing wildlife openings, consideration must...

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Late-Season Tactics The Focus On Final Deer Talk Now for 2012

It’s cold up north, but deer season is rockin’ right along in the Southeast and Southwest with about 10 more weeks remaining in the season! So what late-season tactics might work best? Staying in the woods or travel routes? Sitting over open areas where bucks will be chasing hot does? What’s the best way...

Bucks use licking branches as signposts with their scrapes, and preorbital gland scent is a big part of it.

The Season: Mock Scrapes Are A Waiting Game

Creating mock scrapes and then waiting to see what happens – or if anything happens – is kind of like torture, isn’t it? By Alan Clemons, Southern Managing Editor I mean, you’re kind of confident about deer being in the area. You’re just hoping to make one get more interested. Maybe alter his route...

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Deer Rifles: Buying Used Guns

Used guns can offer a tremendous value for hunters who are looking for a deal. However, the old adage applies: Buyer beware. Here are some tips for shopping for a used deer rifle or shotgun. By Bryan Hendricks Buying a used rifle carries a certain amount of risk, so inspect carefully. Pitting reflects chronic...