white-tailed deer

Deer Hunting Tip: Call Your Way Out of the Lock-Down Phase

The lock-down phase is something bowhunters likely experience every season. It coincides with the peak of breeding, when the greatest number of bucks and does are paired up. Most pairs spend much of the day in their beds, so this is one of the most challenging times to kill a good buck during the...

Follow This Checklist to Beat Buck Fever

Most hunters have experienced buck fever. If you ever watch deer hunters on television, you have seen them breathless, shaking and almost out of control. When you have to thread an arrow through a tight spot or put a bullet in a small opening a long way off, buck fever is the last thing...

Fence ‘Em In: How to Guide Deer into Bow Range

By Bob Robb For a long time, I looked at fences on hunting land as a real pain. All they seemed to do was hold up gates I had to keep opening and closing, or rip my pants and shirts when I tried to go over them. Then I began talking with landowners about...

Keep Buck Home Range Sizes in Mind

Hunting pressure during the rut won’t change a mature buck’s core area, but it will change how and when they use it. The more pressure that is out there, the more nocturnal a buck will become. By Daniel E. Schmidt The important point to remember is this: When you’re chasing an adult buck, you...

Deadly Silent Bows in Five Steps

  Assembling a whisper quiet whitetail bowhunting rig puts you at a huge diadvantage. Here’s how the author does it. Creating a deadly-quiet bowhunting outfit makes you a deadlier predator. It’s true the modern compound bow is quieter than ever right out of the box. By Patrick Meitin It’s also true you’ll never hear a bowhunter...

Become a Creature of Habit

By Steve Bartylla We’ve been trained to avoid falling into ruts. After all, if we take the same route into the woods every time or hunt our favorite stands too often, we risk having deer pattern us. Still, some habits are good. One is making a last check of the hourly weather before hitting the...

Research Coatings Before Buying Hunting Optics

What are all these coatings on scopes, binoculars and spotting scopes? Take a look at any optics company’s site and you’ll find some descriptions about lens coatings that help with abrasion resistance, clarity, light transmission, glare reduction and waterproof capabilities. By Alan Clemons Some of these coatings are proprietary, specially designed by or for...

Food Plot Tips: The Mighty Soybean

By Don Higgins Why Beans? Whitetails crave soybeans during the late season for several reasons. First, there’s likely not another food source at that time of the year that comes close to offering the same level of protein. I have sent a sample of soybeans (in the pods, which is how deer eat them)...