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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

Expletives Deleted

Expletives Deleted

By Mike Handley

Here’s why leaving your bow in the clouds is not a good idea. Clutching only an arrow in my right hand, my inner predator mulled over the possibility of spearing the panting 11-pointer just 10 yards from me. In some other corner of my addled brain, a soprano voice was pleading for the buck to turn around and go away, preferably back into the ... READ MORE

A Place for Crossbows

A Place for Crossbows

By Russell Thornberry

Horizontal bows make great tools for recruiting and keeping hunters. It is interesting to observe hunter reaction to crossbows from back in the day when they were demonized by some. I am gratified to see crossbows finally gaining respect and coming into their own. The oldest argument against crossbows was they are too effective and hunters would de... READ MORE

Going Solo

Going Solo

By P.J. Reilly

Hunting with friends is great, but there are benefits to going alone. The forecast was a bowhunter’s dream: clear, cold, high-pressure system firmly settled in, and no wind. I’d recently seen a marked uptick in scrape and rub activity, so there was nothing that was going to keep me out of my Pennsylvania treestand that morning. The nigh... READ MORE

Food Plots with a Purpose

Food Plots with a Purpose

By David Hart

Do you want to grow bigger deer or attract them for hunting? When Ray Scott started the Whitetail Institute in 1988, he sold a single product: white clover. Although Scott, better-known as the founder of BASS at the time, was interested in the nutritional value of clover, few hunters gave it much thought. They just wanted something that would draw ... READ MORE

Rainy Days and Mondays ...

Rainy Days and Mondays ...

By Rick Balzer

Don’t always have to get you down. My father introduced me to hunting when I was 10. He put an Ithaca single-shot 20 gauge (which I still own) in my hands and showed me the proper way to handle, respect and shoot a gun. He started my brothers and me on rabbits, and it didn’t take long for us to share his love of hunting. I took to the c... READ MORE

The Outside-In Approach

The Outside-In Approach

By Steve Bartylla

How to hunt the entire season without burning out your best stands. My bow was still hanging from the pull-up rope when I spotted a 151-inch 12-pointer trotting down the ridge. When the buck paused at a mock scrape I had created for just that purpose, it gave me the few precious extra seconds I needed. I unhooked the rope as fast as I could, draped... READ MORE

Setting Stands

Setting Stands

By Bob Humphrey

How and where to place your stands for a variety of conditions. What is a deer stand? It can be as simple as a moss-covered stump overlooking an opening in the forest, or it can be a mechanical contraption engineered to elevate the hunter to whatever height he deems suitable. It might even be an enclosed room, outfitted with all the creature comfor... READ MORE

All in a Day’s Work

All in a Day’s Work

By Jim Walls

Awesome buck gives new meaning to the Eastern Shore’s scenic nickname. I’ve been an avid hunter and outdoor enthusiast for as long as I can remember. Now in my 50s with a full-time job, I don’t have as much time afield as I would like. When I do get the opportunity to hunt, I try to make the most of the experience. Through the yea... READ MORE

They Call it Buck Fever

They Call it Buck Fever

By Carla Schartz

It’s one thing to see this malady on TV. It’s quite another to feel it first-hand. "Yes! Yes!” These two words, followed by a fist pump and a high five, have bounced around in my head for the past two years, ever since the day my husband introduced me to what is now a passion, bowhunting. Lance is a mailman and I’m a teacher... READ MORE

The Perfect Morning

The Perfect Morning

By Glenn Evans

Illinois bowhunter waits for just the right day to hunt his favorite stand. I had waited two weeks for the weatherman to tell me the wind would be right to hunt my favorite stand. It was a cold November morning with temperatures in the mid-20s and a northwest wind of about 10 mph. I knew I had to be in the stand. I was able to juggle my schedule fo... READ MORE

Bassin’ for Bucks

Bassin’ for Bucks

By Kathy Etling

These tournament fishing pros know a thing or two about taking whitetails. KEVIN VanDAM  Age: 44 Home base: Kalamazoo, Mich. Former occupation: tackle and boat salesman Years as a pro: 22 Tournament earnings: nearly $6 million Notable achievements: four-time winner of the Bassmaster Classic; seven-time BASS Angler of t... READ MORE

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