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A home turf Eastern gobbler cemented the Grand Slam!

Grand Slam Turkey Gear Met the Challenge

Editor’s Note: This is the final installation of one turkey hunter’s quest for the Grand Slam, a journey that takes him throughout the country as he seeks to fulfill his dream of hunting and killing the four U.S. turkey subspecies: Rio, Merriam’s, Eastern and Osceola. Read Part 1 Here Read Part 2 Here Read Part...

North Dakota Mule Deer

Spring Deer Survey Shows Solid Increase in Population

After a few tough winters and slight changes in management strategy, the results of a spring deer population survey show some positive signs to a solid rebound that bodes well for the future. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April. Results indicate western North Dakota’s...

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Buck Pole 2015: DDH Shows Your Best Shed Antlers

Welcome to the 2015 Deer & Deer Hunting Buck Pole: Shed Hunting! celebration of our super off-season fun of going out to hunt shed antlers! We will be updating this thread regularly through spring. Submit your photos of your shed discoveries and a little info to us at bigbucks@fwcommunity.com and we’ll post them! Be...

Indiana DNR banned captive deer hunting in 2005 and the issue has yet to be resolved. (Photo by Larry Smith, flickr Creative Commons)

Captive Deer ‘Hunting’ Gunned Down Once Again

Proponents of shooting deer inside fences took another blow recently when one midwest state legislature rejected a proposal to legalize “hunting” inside high fence enclosures. For the second year, Indiana’s Senate has shot down a proposal to allow people to kill captive deer. The voted was 27-23 in what has become a highly contentious issue...

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Grow ‘em Big: How to Create Deer Bedding Areas

In this episode of Grow ‘em Big, Steve Bartylla explains how a chainsaw can be a deer manager’s best friend when planning improvements to habitat. Learn the do’s and don’ts about hinge-cutting trees, and discover how man-made bedding areas can hold deer on a property all year long. Hinge cutting involves cutting through a tree...

When you get in your blind, arrange your seat for the best shot possibility. Consider all the angles and shot possibilities so you don't get caught off guard.

How to Maximize Your Deer Hunting Ground Blind Setup

Want to get closer to more deer while hunting from a ground blind? Creating a ground blind is one of the best and easiest ways to maximize your deer hunting opportunities. You can select specific stand locations based on travel routes, bedding areas, feeding areas, the wind, water or other factors, and then make...

Josh Peterson killed this stunner buck in western Wisconsin.

Antlerless Quota, Permit Recommendations to be Finalized

Wisconsin deer hunters have had a few tumultuous years with extreme winters, problems with wolves and CWD, state politics from the governor and other normal issues related to hunting. Now they’re on the verge of seeing antlerless deer quota and permit recommendations from the County Deer Advisory Councils, an annual rite that kicks things...

Steve Bartylla has some of the best deer hunting tips for land and whitetail management, stand placement and more in his new book, Big Buck Secrets.

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 at www.shopdeerhunting.com. Calling on more...