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When deer season ends, don't despair. Get into the woods to scout and use your game cameras for surveying does and bucks to see what survived the season.

Best Tips for Trail Cameras: Time to See What Survived the Season

The inevitable time is here, the end of deer season. It always seems to end as fast as it started. It’s hard to think that only 100 days ago we were fighting the “October lull” and waiting for the rut to break loose. But since then food sources have become scarce, many gun seasons...

Buck on Smokeys branch

The Most Important Thing You Forget About Making Mock Scrapes

If you’re making mock scrapes for hunting or your game cameras, one of the most important things to remember is the overhead licking branch. I’ve created mock scrapes for the last few years after getting some great Stealth, Browning and PlotWatcher cameras for the property where I hunt. I have several areas where I...

Steve Bartylla has managed land and hunted throughout the United States, targeting big bucks like this one.

Your Deer Hunting Mistakes are the Best Lessons

With one glance and I wanted the buck. If he didn’t break 150 inches, he came within a whisker. He’d popped out of the woods dogging a doe into the field. Every time she started bounding my way, a hairpin turn would kill another sliver of hope inside me. With her not quite in...

Having your own land, making improvements, and finding bucks on it you'd like to hunt all can be greatly rewarding.

Do Grunt Calls Work on Big Bucks? You Decide!

The effectiveness of using grunt calls to bring big bucks within range is hotly debated by deer hunters at camps and coffee shops throughout the country every season. But it’s been proven time and again that bucks are curious when they hear another buck in their area. That curiosity often sparks aggression, with the...

Smokeys Lure video

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...

DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt tagged out in Kansas on this fine buck, which had a club foot.

Buck With a Club Foot: What Would You Do?

DDH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt was in Kansas with Xtreme Hunts when he spied a fine buck limping along before it came into range. Schmidt has seen thousands of deer during his time in the woods, so he knew something wasn’t right about this old bruiser. Here’s Schmidt’s report: Great hunt at Xtreme Hunts in Kansas tonight....

Buck checking scrape

Bring Deer Closer with Your Best Mock Scrapes

It’s October … a magical time for hunting big white-tailed bucks! In this episode of Deer Talk Now, Dan Schmidt and Brad Rucks explain how to create the best mock scrapes to bring deer closer to your stand setups. Learn proven tactics for success and then learn about a new mock scrape scent that...

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Why Your Deer Hunting Stand Setups Don’t Work

While your neighbors and other hunters are trashing their land by tromping all over it, you can create and hunt low impact stands that will make your season far more successful. These low impact stand sites don’t take a lot of work but should take some careful consideration based on your knowledge of the...