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Culling Bucks: Does It Really Work?

Man has always strived to be the best at what he does, and this same attitude applies to deer hunting, and more importantly, deer management. As a consequence of sportsmen’s insatiable desire to pursue larger-racked bucks and managers’ willingness to satisfy their requests, a variety of techniques have been tested to augment the size...

Understanding the Metabolism of the Wintering Whitetail

In several of his books, Charles Alsheimer describes the whitetail as a true athlete and in my opinion, he’s spot on with that assessment. The whitetail deer boasts an innate ability to overcome the most adverse circumstances, regardless of geographical location or the level of difficulty Mother Nature has dealt them during any given...

Plan Now for Your Best Warm-Season Food Plots

Most hunters who think of food plots think of deer hunting on or near cool-season plots in the fall. But warm season plots, those with plants that provide high protein and nutrients in the spring and summer, are vitally important to game animals.

Are These the Best Mass-Producing Trees for Whitetail Deer?

Just in time for spring planting season in the Southeast, select Walmart stores are receiving Dunstan Chestnut trees and Grafted Female American Persimmon trees courtesy of Chestnut Hill Outdoors. Ideal for wildlife, Dunstan Chestnuts have been called the best food plot tree. They’re easy to grow and produce nuts in just three to five...

Once a Spike, Always a Spike: Deer Hunting’s Big Myth

White-tailed deer tend to grow antlers that are fairly well-balanced. That is, one side looks pretty much like the other. Keep in mind, however, that no two antlers are ever exactly alike, although their similarities from side to side, or even from one buck to the next, are sometimes striking. Nevertheless, deer antlers are...

5 Ways to Analyze Your Deer Hunting Season

Every year as a hunter, it is vital that you evaluate your past season and modify or change your tactics to increase your chance of success in the future. Even if you caught up with that big ol’ doe to fill your freezer, or executed a perfect shot with your crossbow on a trophy...

Big Bucks: The Treasure of Junkyard

Sometimes you get but one chance at the buck of a lifetime. Other times, the deer comes back … and back … and back. When Doug Knott and his son Tyler of Blakesburg, Iowa, first saw the whitetail they nicknamed Junkyard in a game-camera photo taken on Oct. 5, 2015, neither had any idea...