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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.

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...

To Catch a Trespasser: What Would You Do?

I’m normally an even-headed dude when it comes to hunting and property boundaries. You will always attract more flies with honey than hostility, and a Christian attitude will sooth over problems (with all aspects of your life) and bring peace and perspective to any situation. But what’s a guy to do when he catches...

Calling Turkeys is a Lot Like Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is our passion 365 days a year, but that’s not to say we don’t take advantage of all the awesome opportunities in the outdoors. Like turkey hunting. For me, chasing gobblers in spring is not only a oft-anticipated ritual, it’s an obsession. I hear from a lot of Deer & Deer Hunting...

Oldest Wild Deer Confirmed in Vermont

A white-tailed doe that was shot by a youth hunter in Vermont has been verified as one of the oldest wild deer ever recorded in the Green Mountain State. According to a report by the Rutland Herald, the doe was shot during the 2018 deer season, and tooth analysis indicates the doe was 20-1/2...

Big Bucks Run in This Iowa Family

Southern Iowa’s Mike Mattly admits he’s blessed to live in the heart of what easily could be considered the best big-buck hunting region of North America. However, the fact that Mattly moved to south-central Iowa and bought a small chunk of farmland in the 1990s didn’t guarantee he would experience the hunting success he’s...

Urban Bowhunting is Community Service

Nothing about this whitetail adventure seemed normal. It was late March, and the weather was suited more for chasing turkeys than deer. Even more strange, my ambush location was within sight of several homes, a road and municipal buildings. Yep, you guessed it, I was on an urban bowhunt. As commonplace as these types...