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Dan Byers of southeast Iowa with a gorgeous 200-incher! Wow!

Deer & Deer Hunting: The Best Bucks of 2014-15

Welcome to the Deer and Deer Hunting 2014-15 Buck Pole, where giant bucks from across the country are featured and deer hunters are celebrated. The bucks and hunters here are sent to us via email and also some of the hottest big bucks circulating on social media sites. We’ll keep this post updated as new...

This buck and dogs are caught in the act of doing what they do. Mother Nature isn't always pretty. (Photo by Devin Solomon)

UPDATE: Buck, Hounds Captured Amid Their Battle

Devin Solomon photographed this buck being chased by two pointers with tracking collars. We weren’t sure what was going on (and admitted as much in our original post) but Solomon has reached out to let us know what was happening. “I don’t want to portray the idea that I’m out here encouraging dogs ripping...

Population control of bucks and does is critical to an effective deer management program.

WATCH: Top Insights on Deer Population Control and Herd Management

Population control and herd management are the focus of an all-new episode of Destination Whitetail. Tune in to the Sportsman Channel tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT to hear the experts weigh in on best practices and hunter tactics. Due to successful conservation efforts, the deer population in North America today has soared to more than...

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If You’re Going to Grunt, Make Sure It Sounds Real

Getting a buck’s attention can be done by rattling antlers together, using a good grunt call and realistic sounds, or bumbling through the woods like a clod and scaring off everything around you. Don’t opt for the last possiblity. Rattling may not work as well in your neck of the woods, depending on the...

Steve VanDeKeere loves hunting and good venison on the table.

Fantastic Deer Jerky Has a Peppery-Garlic Kick

Steve VanDeKeere of Indiana is a diehard hunter and outdoorsman, and like many of us he loves to put venison on the table. I asked him recently if he had a good deer jerky recipe and VanDeKeere didn’t disappoint. “My deer jerky recipe has a semi-peppery/garlic taste,” he said. “This recipe yields 2-2.5 pounds...

DDH Editor-in-Chief in Oregon

Hunters Beware: Sitting Still Can Kill You

Quick: Name the most dangerous part of deer hunting. The list of hazards adds up pretty quickly, doesn’t it? Most of you probably will mention things like hunting from tree stands; razor sharp broadheads or, heaven forbid, accidental firearm discharges. By Daniel E. Schmidt All can be deadly, no doubt, but not as deadly...

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Gravely Atlas Side-by-Side Has Features Land Managers Need

Polaris and Ariens Partner to Create an Intriguing New Option for Hunting Properties By Jared Blohm Most land managers rely on a variety of vehicles to oversee their hunting properties. They use a truck to haul wood, seed, lime, fertilizer, deer feed and other heavy loads. A tractor is usually needed to complete food...

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Best Deer Hunting Tips Revealed in Big Buck Secrets

Seasoned whitetail hunter Steve Bartylla serves as a personal trainer with his new book, Big Buck Secrets, divulging insider tips on scouting and sharing hunting tactics that will help the average hunter take his or her craft to the next level. Big Buck Secrets, from Krause Publications, is available for pre-order at www.shopdeerhunting.com. Calling...