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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.

If You Shoot a Compound Bow, Thank This Man

The buck flicks his tail and takes two steps. Here we go. He’s perfectly quartering away. Clench that release and bring the bowstring back. When that cam turns over, it’s downhill from there. The draw’s back wall is rock solid. It’s time to bare down and relax your grip hand. Wiggle those grip fingers...

How to Prune Fruit Trees in Winter

If you have fruit, nut or other mast trees on your deer hunting property, now is the perfect time to get out there and prune those fruit trees in late winter — in advance of the growing season. Planting trees is one of my favorite hobbies next to hunting. I can’t describe how good...

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Yeah, I know, stupid question: We all do. Perhaps a better question would be: Is the next world-record whitetail buck worth a million dollars? To answer that, I’ll rely on the sage advice of perhaps the most knowledgeable man on antler values: the late Larry Huffman. He was the be-all-end-all antler expert in North...

How to Cape a Deer for a Shoulder Mount

In less than 10 minutes! Caping a deer for a full shoulder mount is not difficult if you follow these precise directions.  Deer & Deer Hunting friend Blake Godwin is big-game hunting guide from Okeechobee, Florida. During an early season whitetail hunt in the warm Florida temperatures, we were blessed to have sealed the...

Let’s Make Hunting Fun Again

With another season in the books, we all have time to enjoy the memories, and hopefully some venison. There’s also time to take inventory and plan for next season, whether that’s scouting public land, mapping new stand sites, or managing private ground. It’s equally important to take self inventory. Reflect on what hunting means...

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),...