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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...

Venison Donated for food banks

Donated Venison to Provide Meals to Hungry Families

Ohio hunters donated 1,017 white-tailed deer to local food banks to benefit Ohioans in need during the 2014-15 season. The ODNR Division of Wildlife works together with Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (FHFH) to assist with the processing costs associated with donating venison to a food bank. The program allows for subsidy grants...

Deer fawn  photo by Todd Schneider GaDNR

That Deer’s not Orphaned, so Just Leave it Alone

It’s the time of year when state wildlife agencies start sending out press releases about “orphaned” fawns and wildlife as reminders to leave them alone. It’s not a bad idea to do that, either. Too many folks with the bleeding-heart Disney Bambi Complex think they need to “save” everything cute and furry, including white-tailed...

Biologists are tracking movements by deer trapped and outfitted with GPS collars. The five-year study will help guide white-tailed deer management in Missouri. Photo courtesy Missouri Department of Conservation

What Will Tracking Collars Reveal about these Deer?

A lot of deer hunters through the years have wondered where deer go after they see them a few times on game cameras in summer or during the season when they see one a few times. We joke around about them hiding until after the season ends or running to the next county because...