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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Do Wounded Deer Circle Sometimes?

  Most deer shot through the vitals die quickly and run only a short distance and only in one direction before going down. Wounded deer that don’t go down quickly, though, seldom run a straight line after being hit. Most begin curving a little left or right after traveling a short distance. Directions often...

Bucks check out rubs made by other bucks and rubs created by hunters, so don't think you can't make a fake rub or scrape and have a buck stop by!

You Can Become a Better Bowhunter

Bowhunting for white-tailed deer has witnessed an explosion of interest in the past 20 years. As deer populations have soared and bowhunting gear and tactics have gone mainstream, more and more deer hunters are pickup up stick and string to chase their favorite quarry. Shoot a bow long enough, and you will desire to...