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Dan Schmidt Texas deer

Intense Whitetail Management: South Texas Lessons, Clues for Trophy Buck Potential

The white-tailed deer’s popularity is especially augmented by its adaptability and abundance. This malleable herbivore is not only abundant, but it also can live just about anywhere — from our back yards to the deep, dark forests of Canada, providing sportsmen ample and affordable hunting opportunities. By Bob Zaiglin Although the whitetail has always...

Will Kochevar and his giant Alabama buck.

Plot a Successful Course to the Best Deer Hunting This Year

If you’re dead-set on managing and planning for the best deer season possible then it’s not something you want to take lightly and hope good things fall into your lap. Making the most of deer season is a goal every hunter strives for, even if things might happen that make us veer off course....

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 Deer & Deer Hunting Contributor...

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...

Gray wolf. (US Fish & Wildlife Service)

Controversial Wolf Ruling a Huge Concern for Deer Hunters

Controversy still reigns in the December 2014 decision by a judge to return wolves to the federal Endangered Species List, sending state wildlife agencies and hunters into shock at what had been a successful management program for the predators. After years of being on the Endangered Species list the wolves in Minnesota, Michigan and...

Florida hunters have new deer management units and antler restrictions following changes by the state's wildlife commission.

Deer Hunters Have New Management Units, Restrictions

More restrictions on legal bucks and a management strategy designed to work better on a local level are among the changes enacted by one state wildlife agency. This comes on the heels of changes last year to establish smaller deer management units following requests from hunters. After more public input, the FloridaFish and Wildlife...

Kaiden Gauther with her fantastic Vermont monster whitetail.

Big Changes on the Way for Deer Hunters, Including a Longer Season

After two years of discussion with the public, an in-depth management study and the need for updating its management plan, the beneficiaries of proposed changes will be deer hunters if approval is granted. The Fish and Wildlife Board gave a first-vote preliminary approval to the proposed changes at its Jan. 21 meeting in Montpelier. A...

Coyote Fawn

States Targeting Coyotes in Groundbreaking Research Project

Three state wildlife agencies have joined forces with one of the top white-tailed deer research labs in the nation along with a prestigious university as part of a groundbreaking, multi-year project into coyote behavior. The states have long battled coyote predation on white-tailed deer fawns and now, after about a decade of liberal doe...