wisconsin deer hunting

Double Droptine 214-Incher is His Buck of a Lifetime

Gary Barenz isn’t a trophy buck hunter, despite living in one of the best areas of the country to see and kill giant whitetails. Barenz has seen them in his 40-odd years of hunting, but he’s never really dialed into the trophy mentality. He just enjoys hunting near his home in central Wisconsin, which...

Famous Halloween Snowstorm: Remarkable Consequences for Deer

Not all early winters are disastrous for whitetails, but the 1991 Halloween snowstorm that swept northern Wisconsin set the state for one of those severe winters that produced unpredictable consequences. The storm blanketed the region with nearly 30 inches of snow three weeks before the state’s traditional rifle deer season opened. Another 18 inches...

Stunning Double-Droptine Giant Scores 214 Inches

Gary Barenz, a longtime and close friend of the D&DH team, had an encounter with the buck of a lifetime on Oct. 25 and, without a doubt, made the most of it. Barenz was hunting in Waukesha County, Wis., with his crossbow when this stupendous buck stepped within range. Just watching it would certainly...

Dumping Deer Registration a Colossal Mistake

 “Those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. It’s probably one of the greatest quotes ever, but it wasn’t penned for deer management. It should have been. As my home state of Wisconsin puts the close to its annual 9-day firearms season, I’m both saddened and discouraged over our future. This was...

How Brain Abscesses Affect Big Bucks

Zombie whitetails aren’t the norm but occasionally one will have a problem with what biologists identify as a brain abscess and may indeed exhibit zombie-like traits. By Alan Clemons Chas Moore, Wildlife Biologist, with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, wrote about the problem of brain abscesses. They’re seen most often in...

Astonishing 260 Inch Baker Buck Shatters State Record

The Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club has officially panel-scored a state record, non-typical whitetail buck killed by Jim Baker while bowhunting Sept. 18, 2013, in Waukesha County. Six measurers from the Wisconsin Buck & Bear Club convened to officially score the antlers following a mandatory 60-day drying period. The measurers included: Ron Strauss, Wisconsin...

Biggest Buck Ever Shot Wasn’t Easy Call: NBBC

Almost 11 years have passed since Johnny King, of Mt. Horeb, Wis., killed a monstrous white-tailed deer now known by many in the hunting world as “The King Buck.” The massive buck — that caused some antler-scoring groups to change the way they officially scored whitetails — is still recognized by the Northeast Big...

Cameras Capture Head Games With a Crazed Whitetail Buck

  When a bully buck wreaks havoc in a hunting preserve, the Destination Whitetail team gets the call to take care of the menace. Airing tonight on Sportsman Channel, the next episode of Destination Whitetail travels to Crivitz, Wis., to help out some hunting friends. Destination Whitetail host Lauren Rich gets in on the...