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R&R, Kentucky-Style

R&R, Kentucky-Style

By Ed Waite

There’s nothing like a relaxing weekend of hunting to shatter the nerves. Jody Beth Walker of London, Kentucky, grew up in Whitley County, where her family lives. She still hunts deer there, but she spent the 2014 rifle opener fending off a little buck and tagging a great big one in Morgan County. Jody had intended to hunt her usual place, wh... READ MORE

Know When to Walk Away

Know When to Walk Away

By P.J. Reilly

Why hunting on low-odds days can hurt your chances when the time is right. Country crooner Kenny Rogers scored the biggest hit of his career with “The Gambler.” Just about everyone knows its signature refrain: “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em. Know when to fold ‘em. Know when to walk away. Know when to run.&r... READ MORE

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

By Bob Humphrey

Things don’t change that much during the peak of the rut. Conventional wisdom says bucks stick close to home and follow patterns early in the fall. Then when the rut hits, they spread out across the landscape, roaming far and wide in search of prospective mates — and foiling our best hunting plans. That contention is based on circumstan... READ MORE

Quoting Lincoln

Quoting Lincoln

By Mike Handley

If it fools even one buck, one time, isn’t rattling worth the extra pound or two in your bag of tricks? Abraham Lincoln once opined, “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool ALL the people ALL the time.” The 16th president wasn’t talking about rattling up bucks, ... READ MORE

Girls’ Night Out

Girls’ Night Out

By David Hart

Does do some crazy things during the rut, too. Deer research has come a long way in recent years. Thanks in part to the advent of GPS-fitted tracking collars, biologists can track a deer almost as if they were actually following the animal through the woods. Most of the tracking research has looked at buck activity with a heavy emphasis on the rut,... READ MORE

Hook

Hook

By Ed Waite

Just because a buck changes zip codes doesn’t mean it’s gone for good. Jamey Collier of Chillicothe, Ohio, is a trail camera junkie. He sets them out in the early spring and swaps out their image cards weekly, which allows him to keep track of the deer visiting his mineral sites. After pulling the cards on July 1 last year, he went home... READ MORE

Too Hot for TV

Too Hot for TV

By Bob Humphrey

An uncensored look inside whitetail bedding areas. My son and I were slipping around the perimeter of a large bog late one November morning. The early action had subsided and we were slowly making our way out when a deer jumped out of the tall grass and bounded off. There was no chance for a shot, but it provided a good opportunity for a lesson. &l... READ MORE

Do-Over

Do-Over

By Ed Waite

Losing a 150-inch 5x5 almost ended this Ohio man’s love affair with hunting. Sooner or later, anyone who hunts is going to lose an animal and, subsequently, his self-confidence. The frustration can be as crippling as an errant shot, even if the shot wasn’t. Jon Dodridge of Minford, Ohio, knows the pain of not recovering a deer. His firs... READ MORE

Covert Ops

Covert Ops

By Darren Warner

Ohio biologist sheds light on how hunting pressure affects deer movement. Of the pantheon of concerns deer hunters worry over, one question seems pretty high on most everyone’s list: How often can I hunt my favorite stand? Whitetails are savvy and know their hangouts well. They’re also armed with powerful senses. What’s more, they... READ MORE

Big Plans for Big Woods

Big Plans for Big Woods

By Mark Melotik

Huge blocks of unbroken timber allow bucks to get old and burly. The barrel-chested 10-pointer strode confidently into the little clearing, heading slowly but steadily toward a sturdy, solitary evergreen at its center. In a sudden explosion of power and speed, the massive buck sent bark, pine needles and branches flying. Seconds later, a violent tw... READ MORE

Nuts! Too Many Acorns!

Nuts! Too Many Acorns!

By David Hart

An abundance of food doesn’t have to mean tough hunting. A puff of wind rattled the oak leaves high above Steve Giles, sending another shower of acorns to the ground. The young, naive Ohio school teacher reached for the bow hanging next to his treestand and waited for the buck that would surely come running. But two hours later, the sun set o... READ MORE

Pushing the Right Buttons

Pushing the Right Buttons

By Alex McCabe

When small talk doesn’t do the trick, it might be time to smash some bone! As soon as I began collecting trail camera images of a large buck with a lopsided rack in 2014, I became obsessed with it. I instantly set out to pattern “Loppy” by recording wind direction, temperature and barometric pressure every day on my calendar. Also... READ MORE

Looking for Bone?

Looking for Bone?

By Mike Handley

Searching the right haystacks is the best way to find needles. Pursuers of whitetails, this continent’s favorite and most widespread big game animal, take to the woods each fall for a variety of reasons. Many deer hunters simply enjoy communing with nature. Some are more driven to collect venison for the freezer. For others, the quest is all ... READ MORE

The Gene Factor

The Gene Factor

By David Hart

Can hunters use selective harvest to improve buck antlers? Imagine being able to take inferior bucks out of the population so only the biggest, strongest and healthiest are left to pass on their genes. The results of your genetic selections would create a land filled with giant bucks with racks so massive, you’d end up on the cover of Buckmas... READ MORE

Getting In ... and Out

Getting In ... and Out

By P.J. Reilly

Spend as much time preparing to get to your stand as you do hanging it. As I watched my neon-yellow fletchings disappear in a creased section of hide just behind the shoulder of the stout Pennsylvania 10-pointer, I couldn’t help thinking of John “Hannibal” Smith’s signature line as the leader of The A-Team: “I love it ... READ MORE

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