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Feed your whitetail passion and broaden your knowledge with the insights, advice, tips, tactics and honest commentary from white-tailed deer expert, D&DH Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt.

How Much Meat is On 1 Deer?

A hunt here in Wisconsin was one for the ages for this bowhunter. The day was overcast, drizzly and super windy, but I decided to give it a try anyway. I settled into my ground blind at about 2:30 with hopes of seeing some turkeys or maybe a doe for the freezer. No turkeys...

Taxidermy Prices: What Should a Deer Mount Cost?

If you’ve ever shot a deer and looked for the best price on taxidermy, you know that shoulder mount prices are all over the board. Established taxidermy shops might charge $600 or $700, while the “guy down the street” is only looking for $300. What’s the difference (other than half), you ask? Short answer:...

Why Aren’t There More Photos of Deer with CWD?

If you’ve read enough of my blog posts over the years, you’ll know where I stand when it comes to the hysteria over chronic wasting disease (CWD) in deer and how that relates to deer hunting’s future. Today’s post is not going to be long and detailed. It is quite simply a question that...

I Tell You What … We’re Going to Miss You, Steve Puppe

If you watch any hunting shows on TV and enjoy some of the larger-than-life characters, you can thank, in part, Steve Puppe for that experience. Steve Puppe was “The Man” before the Michael Waddells, Lee Lakoskys, Pat Reeves and Mark Drurys hit their collective stride on national TV programs. And it all started with...

Seize the Moment When Deer Hunting

Hesitation ruins everything. That applies a lot of things in life — from relationships to job opportunities and everything else in between. It also applies to deer hunting. How many times have you been deer hunting and a shot opportunity presented itself, yet for one reason or another you botched the opportunity by not...

Leave a Legacy

Where do the years go? It will soon be 19 years since the late, great Deer & Deer Hunting contributor Charles Alsheimer penned the following paragraph: “Our time on God’s green earth is but a vapor. Make no mistake; the day will come when all of our cycles are complete. The material things we...

Ultimate Dream: To Hunt Year-Round

“When I was young, I had the time but not the means. Now that I’m older, I have the means but not the time.” That famous quote could apply to just about everything in life. For a moment, let’s dare to apply it just to deer hunting, and let’s dream that impossible dream of...

The Pursuit of Bowhunting Perfection

It was a sticky Sunday evening in July, and I was bored. So, like most 1980s teenagers did, I relied on my imagination for entertainment. Not sure what drew me to that long-abandoned PSE Citation compound bow in the corner of Pa’s garage, but I’m sure it had something to do with the rabbits...