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When In Doubt ...

When In Doubt ...

By Michael Venti

Listen to mama, and always go with the hot doe. While scouting during the spring and summer of 2011, I got several glimpses of an awesome buck. He looked very promising on the three sets of trail camera pictures I had. I was never able to get a really good picture, but he kept getting bigger every time I saw him. When archery season finally arrived... READ MORE

A Year to Remember

A Year to Remember

By Art Benton

Departed friends and a big buck made 2011 something special. Last year was really different at our hunting camp in Brooksville, Fla. We had gathered as usual, but one of our hunting buddies had passed away, and we had lost two more during the season. Let’s just say we all did some serious reflecting while passing the time on stand. Despite ou... READ MORE

Pressured Bucks

Pressured Bucks

By Steve Bartylla

How to score on ultra-smart, ultra-wary whitetails. It had already been a long day. I’d showered, crossed two swamps, stripped, bathed in Scent Killer and gotten dressed twice — and it was still an hour before first light. Shortly after settling in, I heard the buck coming. At most, it was 60 yards away behind a clump of brush near seve... READ MORE

A Giant Little Buck

A Giant Little Buck

By Matt Little

Spending time with dad is great, but shooting a giant buck makes it even better. During the 2011 Ohio youth hunt, my daughter Chelsey told me the same thing she had the two previous years: “Dad, I don’t care if we even see anything. I just love spending this time with you.” The previous year, we had been sitting in the blind drink... READ MORE

Judgment Day

Judgment Day

By Bob Humphrey

How to assess bucks on the hoof to manage deer and avoid fines. Boredom, fatigue, lack of sleep from two days of travel and the agonizing cold of northern Saskatchewan were taking a toll. I’d been staring at the same empty spot of woods for several hours with little to show for my mostly mental effort. I lowered my chin and closed my eyes, ju... READ MORE

Is the Rut Overrated?

Is the Rut Overrated?

By David Hart

Is the rut really the slam dunk so many of us assume it is? Just how popular is the rut? Ask any deer hunter and he’ll insist it’s the best time to tag a trophy-class buck. We plan our vacations around it, and we anticipate it the way a child counts down the days to Christmas morning. Even outfitters charge a premium for that mythical p... READ MORE

Home on the Range

Home on the Range

By Dennis L. Dahlke

Despite being shot at twice, this mature buck refused to leave his core area. This hunt began three years ago in east-central Kansas. It was late September as I lay on a pond dam glassing an oak ridge. At just about sundown, I spotted a mature buck looking my way. I put out a trail camera but failed to get any shooter bucks on it. The next year, in... READ MORE

Expectations Exceeded

Expectations Exceeded

By Amy Wheeler

Who says your first buck has to be little? I had two goals for the 2010 whitetail season: learn to use the crossbow and claim my first buck. I become emotional just thinking about the day those goals became a reality. My boyfriend, Miguel, introduced me to hunting in 2009, and I immediately knew it was for me. As a teenager, I made every excuse I c... READ MORE

Trapline Bucks

Trapline Bucks

By Tracy Breen

How to get aggressive with habitat improvement to attract and hold deer. Mountain men are considered the ultimate outdoorsmen. They hunted for a majority of their food, and they trapped furbearers for clothing and to make money. While it’s difficult to find a hardcore trapper these days, there are a few still out there. Some are better than o... READ MORE

The Right Way to Bait

The Right Way to Bait

By David Hart

Love it or hate it, baiting is legal in many states. Here’s how to do it properly. Whether or not you agree with it, baiting deer is legal in all or part of at least 27 states. Some, like Michigan and Wisconsin, have restrictions on the amount of feed hunters can use, while Louisiana allows baiting on private land only and with everything but... READ MORE

Have a Plan

Have a Plan

By P.J. Reilly

A well thought out plan of action will increase your chances for a big buck. Ever watch a pro football game and notice the coach on the sidelines carrying a large multicolored card? That’s his game plan. Every team has one for every game, and it covers everything: offense, defense and special teams. It’s what the coach believes is the r... READ MORE

The Anniversary Bucks

The Anniversary Bucks

By Danielle Hegge

If you’re going hunting on your wedding anniversary, you might as well make it count. My husband is Luke Hegge, an avid bowhunter since the day we met. In addition to hunting the local area for whitetails and in Colorado for elk, he applies yearly for the Camp Ripley hunt in central Minnesota. He’s been going to the same area for 17 yea... READ MORE

Vocal Whitetails

Vocal Whitetails

By Bob Humphrey

Sound is a subtle, yet important means of communication for deer. I was slipping along a hardwood ridge in the West Virginia mountains on my way to a treestand when I spied a distant buck. I quickly grabbed my call and grunted, but the buck showed no reaction. I grunted again, this time louder, and it slammed on the brakes, threw up its head and st... READ MORE

15 Days to 15 Minutes

15 Days to 15 Minutes

By Ken Piper

When it comes to taking bucks, it’s all about location. They say there are three keys to hitting it big in real estate: location, location, location. That’s often true of deer hunting as well, and it’s why so many articles talk about the importance of being mobile. Let’s face it: Whitetails seldom show up where we want them ... READ MORE

Who’s Patterning Who?

Who’s Patterning Who?

By David Hart

Change your routine to see more bucks. At 4 p.m. on most weekdays in November, Joe Carpenter lays down his tool belt, walks away from the job site and drives to the farm he’s been hunting most of his life. He parks at the same gate, walks down the same logging road and climbs into the same wooden stand he built a decade ago. Joe might stop fo... READ MORE

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