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Late Season Bowhunting Success

Temperatures drop, winds howl, and snow falls, transforming many hunters into football tans. Remember, every seven-year-old Boone & Crocket buck had to survive its hunting season as a six-year-old. We all dream of that once-in-a-lifetime deer and sometimes it happens in the fourth quarter. With greatly reduced hunting pressure in late season, deer return to…

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Lessons Learned: How Unsuccessful Hunts Can Shape You Into a Better Deer Hunter

I have 20 deer seasons under my belt, and Lord willing, I’ll have many more. While I have many mule deer and Whitetail racks in my home, I’m not too proud to say that I should have many, many more. I’ve made countless mistakes over the years that have cost me big time. Of course,…

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How Weather Affects Deer Movement

I feel like a sausage—an onion-wrapped sausage—as I waddle my way to the tree stand. Layers upon layers of thermal underwear, a sweatsuit, a windbreaker, parka, ski pants, minus 100-degree boots, a neck warmer, toque, and mittens thick enough to safely handle liquid nitrogen have me loaded up and ready to face the absurdly cold…

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Ghost Busters: When Big Bucks Disappear

There’s an explanation for why that mature buck you’ve been following suddenly disappears. Deer hunters who run trail cameras have experienced voids left by monster bucks that suddenly disappear. Oftentimes, we call these ghosts—and bestow them synonymous names for their cunningness and ability to evade death. But bucks aren’t ghosts. They’re just ghosting us. Or,…

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6 Deer Hunting Mistakes Every Hunter Should Avoid

“Clack, clack, clatter…clash, clack, clatter, clack.” The sound of antler on antler resonated through the woods. Then, I gave my best rendition of a Whitetail buck tussle by adding a few soft, but deep, grunts. Moments later, I heard a branch snap. Waiting patiently, I recognized that I had the attention of a buck. I…

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