Tips & Tactics

Too Close for Comfort

Too Close for Comfort

By Ken Piper

Don’t set up for 20-yard shots if you can shoot well out to 30. One of the most common problems with stand setups is being too close. It’s natural to want an easier shot, but your odds of getting that shot off go up dramatically the farther you set up from the deer’s travel area. Early in my bowhunting days, I used to cut lanes in... READ MORE

Gear Review

Gear Review

By Realtree’s Bill Jordan

This is a great time to get your stuff in order for the coming seasons. Now is the time to consider the upcoming hunting season – and the gear you will be using. Some gear will need repair and other gear will need to be replaced. That’s a good place to start sorting your stuff – a “fix-it” pile and a “replace-it&... READ MORE

Stay Grounded

Stay Grounded

By Ken Piper

A few extra tips for making your ground blind more effective. A few weeks ago, we covered the benefits of using ground blinds in your whitetail strategy. I wanted to follow up with a few more subtle things you can do to increase your odds of success from a blind. When it comes to scent, blinds help contain your smell, but the fact that you’re... READ MORE

Eye Level Excitement

Eye Level Excitement

By Ken Piper

There’s a learning curve associated with using ground blinds effectively. I used to love hunting from treestands. My Summit climber was my best friend, and I had some amazing hunts and shot many deer from its comfortable confines. Conversely, I used to hate ground blinds. I missed opportunities at several decent bucks because of various probl... READ MORE

Leaded or Unleaded

Leaded or Unleaded

By Ken Piper

It’s not a big deal if you have to go to a lead-free bullet. There’s a big push to get rid of lead. In the sporting world, that includes everything from fishing weights to bullets. Eco-warriors argue lead left in the environment from hunters and fishermen is killing endangered species, and several states have responded by banning lead a... READ MORE

Have Stand, Will Travel

Have Stand, Will Travel

By Ken Piper

If you want to enjoy consistent action, don’t be predictable. It’s been said your odds of shooting a buck are best the first time you hunt from a given stand. I don’t think there is any concrete data to back that up, but I definitely experience a steady decline of deer sightings when hunting from a stand throughout a season. There... READ MORE

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

By Ken Piper

Don't hold out for a buck that isn't there. I once saw a cartoon that showed a dress-wearing skeleton sitting at a park bench with a caption that read, "Waiting for the perfect man." If you base your deer hunting expectations on Buckmasters covers or Twitter posts from Illinois, Kansas and Iowa, you could turn into a skeleton waiting for such a dee... READ MORE

Speed Kills

Speed Kills

By Ken Piper

Faster is usually better in trail camera statistics, but know what those figures mean. Let’s wrap up this set of trail camera tips with a discussion about trigger speed and recovery time. Those two terms are often confused or misunderstood by hunters looking to buy a new camera, and you need to know what they mean before you can consider whic... READ MORE

The Heat of the Moment

The Heat of the Moment

By Ken Piper

Trail camera settings affect performance in high or low temperatures. Last week we talked about the importance of using quality batteries to run your trail cameras efficiently and effectively. This week we’ll cover another little-understood camera item, the PIR sensitivity setting. Most hunters look at that setting and assume a high sensitivi... READ MORE

Battery Shock

Battery Shock

By Ken Piper

That jolt you feel when looking at the price of lithium batteries could cost you real money. Look, I get it. The price of lithium batteries seems crazy when compared to the same number of alkaline batteries. When you're standing in the store holding the two packages in your hand, why on earth would you select the one that costs twice as much? Actua... READ MORE

Ooh Ooh That Smell

Ooh Ooh That Smell

By Ken Piper

Deer urine attractants aren’t so popular indoors. We recently received a question in our Ask the Biologist inbox about how to remove deer urine smell from a vehicle seat. It seems a lid for a bottle of buck lure wasn’t screwed on tightly enough. Biologist Bob Humphrey recommended trying a hunting scent-killing spray on the area, and tha... READ MORE

Turkey Time!

Turkey Time!

By Ken Piper

It’s not deer hunting, but it’s still a whole lot of fun and excitement. Turkey seasons are either under way or about to begin throughout most of the states that deer hunters call home. Whether it’s because calling turkeys seems intimidating or because they simply have never done it, far too many deer hunters don’t take adva... READ MORE

Honey Locust, I’m Home

Honey Locust, I’m Home

By Ken Piper

Every region has lesser-known high-draw whitetail food sources. One of the best ways to experience steady deer action throughout a hunting season is to key on the most desirable food sources. The peak appeal of a given source can vary from days to weeks, and the shorter the window, the more intense the action will be. There aren’t many deer h... READ MORE

Read the Sign

Read the Sign

By Ken Piper

Put some fun back into your hunting by going back to basics. Have you ever seen a magazine article that explains how to tell the difference between a buck track and a doe track? How about one that says you can identify a deer’s sex by examining its droppings? While it’s fun to speculate about such techniques, it is virtually impossible ... READ MORE

Paper or Plastic?

Paper or Plastic?

By Ken Piper

We like roll-top sacks, thank you very much. Last week we discussed the benefits of using a roll-top sack to carry your insulated clothing to the stand, but there are other ways to use these handy bags. Whether you’re packing for an out-of-state trip, or if you like to keep an instant hunt setup in your vehicle, roll-top sacks will keep you... READ MORE

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