Scout

The best tips and tactics for scouting, woodsmanship, how to use game cameras, treestand and blind placement, where deer live and how to find them throughout the year.

Mark Kayser after a day of whitetail deer shed antler hunting with his faithful friend, Sage. (Photo copyright Mark Kayser)

Bring Man’s Best Friend and Find More Shed Antlers

Man’s best friend is also your best friend, especially if you enjoy picking up shed antlers. Think about it, antlers are just bone, albeit the most amazing bone in the animal kingdom. Can you grow a new hunk of bone annually? That bone has appeal to your best friend whether it is a trained...

Now is the time in most states to look for and find shed antlers, which is a great way to get an idea of where bucks are hanging out so you can plan for next season. (Photo: Darrell Nieschwitz)

3 Reasons You’re Not Finding Shed Antlers

In recent years, shed hunting has become the biggest pre-turkey season springtime fad for hunters. The “white gold” of a buck’s shed antlers has become something to keep our desire to hunt at bay while nothing is in season. But what if you’re not finding any bone? You see all your friends flooding Instagram with...

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Big Buck Sheds Both Antlers on Film!

Hey everybody, check this out. It is one of the coolest videos I’ve seen come across my desk in a while. Jeff Enns posted this on YouTube a while ago, but we first saw it now. He writes: “Here is a mule deer buck that I have trail cam videos and videos of in...

Post-season scouting is the best time to find trails and bedding and feeding areas, so you can plan accordingly for next season.

Three Payoffs to Scouting for Deer in February

The season is over, or soon to be, for whitetail hunters across the country. Whether you let a crossbow arrow fly to put meat in the freezer or antlers on the ground doesn’t matter much any more. But your work is far from over. In fact, it never really stops if you want to stack...

Is this a cull buck? Some would say yes, and others would give it another year to see what happens as it matures.

Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

White-tailed deer tend to grow antlers that are fairly well-balanced. That is, one side looks pretty much like the other. Keep in mind, however, that no two antlers are ever exactly alike, although their similarities from side to side, or even from one buck to the next, are sometimes striking. Nevertheless, deer antlers are...

Alabama's diverse terrain and wealth of wild game provides hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts year-round opportunities.

Why Does This State Have Multiple Rut Periods?

The rut is one of the most anticipated times of the hunting season in Alabama. However, the timing of this can vary greatly depending on where you hunt within the state. Generally speaking, this period of the season is when most mature bucks are more vulnerable to harvest due to an increased activity level....

State wildlife agencies use spotlight surveys, and hunters sometimes do this on their own property along with game camera photos to keep up with bucks and does.

Revealed: The Truth About Spotlight Deer Surveys

Hunters expect wildlife managers to determine how many deer there are in an area, and biologists strive to do so. Common approaches to examine deer population size and trends include harvest data reconstruction, pellet and track counts, and browse, camera, aerial, infrared and thermal-imaging surveys. By John J. Ozoga Probably one of the most...

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The Facts and Truth About Culling Bucks

Culling is the selective removal of presumably inferior deer in order to improve the quality of the remaining population. Among whitetails, the culling harvest strategy generally involves targeting those bucks with inferior antlers for removal to improve overall antler quality of those left to do the breeding and for harvest at an older age....