deer hunting

Gregg Ritz knows the importance of a supportive family during hunting seasons.

Support Team Critically Important During Deer Season

Tom Miranda of the Whitetail SLAM has authored a new book, The Rut Hunters. This Tom Miranda blog features excerpts from that book. It’s hard to see at certain times of the fall, but serious whitetail hunters typically end up with a very supportive spouse and understanding family – or they end up alone, which is very similar to the world...

A smooth-shooting rifle and good bullets are obviously crucial to success, but they're only as good as the optics that help you line up the deer in your sights.

Research Coatings Before Buying Hunting Optics

What are all these coatings on scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes? Take a look at any optics company’s site and you’ll find some descriptions about lens coatings that help with abrasion resistance, clarity, light transmission, glare reduction and waterproof capabilities. By Alan Clemons Some of these coatings are proprietary, specially designed by or for...

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Manage Deer Food Sources Carefully in Drought Conditions

Antler quality parallels the nutrition status of a deer’s diet, which is composed of a variety of succulents, particularly forbs and brush species. Although nutritionally strong and highly digestible, forbs occur primarily in spring and occasionally, depending on rainfall, throughout the year. By Bob Zaiglin Protein-fortified forbs grow antlers, but brush sustains deer. During...

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Hunter Misses Giant Buck But It’s Still Amazing

Missed me! Missed me! Hey, who hasn’t missed? It’s one of those things that happens and we just have to suck it up and keep going. Right? Adrenaline’s pumping, heart’s pounding, maybe the Hunting Gods decide to throw a little windy curveball gust at the last minute. Misses happen. But what about this “miss”...

Spending time with family and friends, and helping with those who want one final hunt, helps put things in perspective.

The Best Practice On Earth for Deer Hunting Success

It was another one of those magical, very special Saturday afternoons on a beautiful, warm, sunny summertime day in the 1950s. I hadn’t reached the age of 10 yet, but my total addiction to tromping the woods and the mystical flight of the arrow was irreversible. By Ted Nugent Dad was taking me into...

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How High Should I Hang My Tree Stands?

  How high should I hang my stands? This is one of the most common questions in bowhunting. Elevated hunting’s No. 1 selling point is literally rising above the astute noses of the game we pursue. In bowhunting, there’s another majorly important consideration: Undetected shot execution during the conspicuous draw cycle. Tugging a bowstring to...

Declining numbers of mule deer have organizations, state agencies and hunters concerned about future population growth.

Help Provided for Big Game Permit Application Process

Looking to hunt in Colorado this year but not sure where to begin? No problem. Colorado Parks and Wildlife District Wildlife Managers will help decode the hunt codes at a big game application workshop in Colorado Springs. “The application process may seem a little confusing, especially if it’s your first time, but we’ll walk...

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Pay $2,000, Face Jail Time for Shooting a 4-Point?

How would you like to face the possibility of losing your deer hunting opportunities for more than three years or five years and paying thousands of dollars in penalties for shooting a buck that was previously legal and, in fact, is legal to hunters over most of the state? By Richard P. Smith  That’s...