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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’s That for a First Buck?

Two teenagers go out hunting and come back with a Boone-and-Crockett-class buck. Some might call it beginner’s luck. We will call it divine intervention on a grandiose scale. This story starts with two high school buddies: Nathan Schmitt and Brycen Dumke of Hubertus, Wisconsin. Brycen is a 15-year-old who has already bagged deer and...

These Deer Harvest Numbers Don’t Lie

How many times have your heard this argument by trophy buck hunters: “If you want meat, just kill a doe!” That mantra has been repeated loudly on almost any deer hunting website, social media page or YouTube channel that’s dedicated to whitetail hunting in recent memory. Ironically, in the old days (30+ years ago),...

Is It An Antlered Doe? Probably Not

Despite sound scientific research on the topic that’s been around for more than 25 years, the general deer hunting public is still confused about deer that — from outward signs — appear to be “antlered does.” Deer & Deer Hunting has been the leader in information on this subject for decades, and — more...

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...