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Shed Hunting: The 4-Point Shed That Grew From the Ground

Or … “Shed Scouting is Necessary but Imperfect” Antlers are already dropping and some shed hunters are having some early success. Whether or not you plan to get out looking for antlers right now, it’s a good idea to at least get out and scout. Drive around and observe where you see deer right...

Be sure to give your meat a light dusting of flour before browning, unlike what I did with this stew meat.

3 Secrets to Great Venison Stew, and With a Hint of New Orleans

Creating great venison stew, or beef stew for that matter, is a task that comes with trial-and-error before you really get everything nailed down well. Following exact recipes can help you get started with a good recipe. Recipes are like blueprints for a house, with the ingredients being the walls, roof and interior spaces....

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Soybeans for Deer Food Plots

Nothing beats soybeans for deer food plots when it comes to nutrition, tonnage and attraction. by Don Higgins I smiled when I saw the small group of deer headed for the plot of standing corn. I had been debating my friend Todd Hewing about what was the best late-season food-plot crop for whitetails. Todd...

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Burris Droptine Scopes: Optics Specifically Designed for Deer Hunters

Are you looking for a solid, value-priced and dependable riflescope that will help you be more successful this year for deer and predators during hunting season? Burris believes they deliver with its new line of Droptine scopes. They’re designed in the 2-7 and 3-9 lines for centerfire rifles, slug guns and muzzleloaders with good...

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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...

Mark Davis of South Carolina hosts the Big Water Adventures fishing TV show but in deer season he's chasing bucks like this one down in Texas. Salute!

Learn to Measure and Score Deer Antlers

Learning how to measure deer antlers is a great way to enjoy your hunting experiences more and also help friends who may have big bucks they want scored. Antlers will abound throughout the Palmetto State as the search for new state record deer antlers gets underway during the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources’ annual...

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Refuges Seeking Input on Possible Quota Hunt Fee Increases

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment on a proposal to increase quota hunt permit fees for three national wildlife refuges, citing increasing administrative costs and lack of an increase in almost 20 years. The refuges are Felsenthal National Wildlife Refuge, Overflow National Wildlife Refuge and Pond Creek National Wildlife Refuge....

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The Most Versatile Deer Call for Your Big Buck Success

We talk about practicing at the range with our rifle or muzzleloader, or working on bow shots from different angles in the yard, in order to become more proficient when the season rolls around. Why do we take for granted working on our deer grunt calls? Because, usually, we think they will just magically...