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Mule Deer Nebraska

Deer Hunters get Big Increase in Antlerless Opportunities

Deer hunters will see an increase in antlerless deer permits by a significant number to help control population numbers on private lands during the 2015 season. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission made changes to the 2015 big game regulations March 20 at a meeting in Lexington. Most significant of the big game changes...

Venison Chili is great anytime of the year! (Photo: HeHuntsSheCooks.com)

No Consensus in Venison Chili Debate of Beans v. No Beans

Our Foodie Friday on Facebook in early March asked a simple question that churned up a potload of answers: Beans in your chili … Yes or No? That’s not like asking about Bermuda or St. Augustine grass for your yard, or if 23 percent protein is better than 20 percent in your supplemental plots....

Deer have incredible senses that alert them to danger, aid in reproduction and help them locate food sources. Learning more about whitetail behavior can help you score this season.

How to Get Into the Mind of a White-tailed Deer

During a spring turkey hunt I eased to the edge of a treeline near a small, secluded food plot and peered through with my binoculars for birds in the field. Instead of hens and a longbeard, I saw two big ears perked up and an anterless deer looking in my direction. It wasn’t stamping the...

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New Deer Management Show: Grow ‘em Big With Steve Bartylla

EPISODE 1. Whether you hunt 20 acres or 2,000, you can better manage that land for trophy whitetails through the tips, tactics and cutting-edge insights included in the new online show Grow ’em Big with Steve Bartylla. If you like deer, and are looking for the best deer management tips, this deer management show is for...

Venison Crock Pot Chili

Great Tips to Help You Process, Cook Your Own Venison

Labeling one of the most popular books in the Deer & Deer Hunting library a cookbook is, quite honestly, a misnomer considering the vast information found within its pages. Gut It Cut It Cook It for years has been one of the favorites of deer hunters who are truly part of the DIY crowd. When...

Mule Deer Nebraska

What is Causing Mule Deer Numbers to Keep Declining?

Although a five-year cycle figure may reveal more information, concern continues to mount over the decline in mule deer numbers and biologists can’t seem to put a finger on the cause. The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission has completed the second year of an annual mule deer survey in portions of the Pine Ridge...

Velvet Bucks

Fight! Fight! Big Velvet Bucks Get Busy Slamming Antlers

It’s always fun to see big bucks fighting and getting after it, but when it happens in summer while their antlers are still in velvet it can be a bit confusing. This buck fight captured by Whitetail Properties shows how bucks spar in summer while still in velvet. This seems a bit more than...

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Heat Up, Juice Up and Don’t Be in the Dark This Season

Try as we might to get into the woods and disconnect, we’re usually not far from our smart phones. There can be, of course, a legitimate need for smartphones in the woods: calling for help, using the GPS or compass, even using the light in a pinch. I’ve used my iPhone flashlight feature more...

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Deer Talk Now: Tactics for Hunting Smaller Properties

Wide Open Wednesday is one of our most popular days on Deer Talk Now because that’s when you’re the star of the show. In this classic episode of Deer Talk Now, hosts Dan Schmidt and Brad Rucks answer viewer questions that cover a wide range of hunting topics. For example, one viewer wants to...