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Barnett Raptor Reverse crossbow is unique, cool and darned lethal on deer.

What’s Coming Next with the Best Deer Gear for Hunters

Some of the deer hunting (and fishing) gear I find stored away in my garage makes me shake my head at the advancements we’ve seen in the outdoors industry. I’m sure my pals who hike and camp regularly think the same. I ran across an issue of Backpacker magazine from 2002 recently and laughed...

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Bushnell Elite Series: Best Bargain for Deer Hunting Scopes?

Bushnell Optics has retooled its popular Elite Series line of scopes to make it easier for you to find the best scope for deer hunting. You’ll get the great features of the Bushnell Elite line such as Rainguard HD coating, top quality optical glass and rugged housings in 1-inch or 30mm tube sizes. This...

Once you put your venison on the grill or smoker, don't overcook it!

Grilling Deer? Once You Burn, There’s No Return!

Many years ago during a cookout with family members, I pretty much stood over the grill to make sure my steak didn’t end up looking like the sole of a worn-out hunting boot. Fortunately, the host shared my desire for a marbled ribeye the way they’re supposed to be prepared: seared on the outside...

Steven Davis of North Carolina with his crossbow buck that pushes 190-plus inches! North Carolina hunters may get a chance to hunt on Sunday if proposed legislation is approved.

Wildlife Agency Wants Hunter Input About Deer Management

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host nine public forums across the state in June to discuss deer management in North Carolina. These forums will utilize an interactive approach to share information and gain feedback from deer hunters and others about their preferences for deer management in North Carolina. Wildlife Commission biologists will share...

Wild venison is the missing link for many of today's locavores. There's nothing more satisfying than preparing a dinner that you completely grew and/or harvested yourself. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

3 Ways Shot Placement Affects Venison Quality

The quality of your venison is a direct result of the care you take (or don’t) after the animal is down and while you are processing the animal at home. However, did you know that the it’s equally important to take care before the shot and during the trailing process? Here are a few...

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Your Venison Can Help Feed Others, But Money Needed

An anonymous industry partner has graciously pledged to match up to $24,000 worth of national donations and sponsorships received by Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry this year (up to $2,000 per month). Additional donors and sponsors are desperately needed to help FHFH earn these matching dollars,  which are crucial for making progress in...

Shooting skills and safety are part of smart education for young shooters.

The Spirit of the Wild Saves Lives

The Great Outdoor lifestyle will not only cleanse the soul, it will save your life. Just ask my favorite guitar player (yes, that’s me) and I assure you that the jury is not still out. Growing up on the not so mean streets of Detroit back in the roaring ‘50s and 60’s, then on...

Dan Schmidt aiming at an extreme quartering-to target as part of the Deer Talk Now illustration.

Deer Talk Now: Bowhunting Shot Placement is a Game of Angles

When you’re deer hunting and have a big buck or doe within range, your best shot placement on the deer depends on the angle that deer is standing when you release the arrow. Makes sense, right? A broadside or slightly quartering-away shot is what most bowhunters look for. A severe quartering-to or quartering-away is...

Chronic Wasting Disease is always fatal and is found in two dozen states and Canadian provinces. (Photo: Wisconsin DNR)

CWD in Wild Deer Spurs Wildlife Agency’s Action Plan

Chronic Wasting Disease has been discovered in a wild, free-ranging deer in Michigan, according to conservation department officials, and is the first such case in the state. CWD is an always-fatal neurological disease that affects deer and other cervids. It had previously been detected in Michigan in deer that were in enclosures. The wild...