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3 Cheap Ways to Silence Tree Stands

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3 Cheap Ways to Silence Tree Stands

With turkey season comfortably in the rearview, it's time to start hammering the checklist for the fall. I love dedicating these next few months to tackling gear tweaks, modifications, and adjustments. I review my notes from last fall to keep the necessary mods fresh in my mind. I record these...
4 Natural Food Sources Every Public Land Deer Hunter Should Know

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4 Natural Food Sources Every Public Land Deer Hunter Should Know

If you're a public land whitetail fanatic, you don't need lush food plots or ag fields to find early-season success. In fact, we often prefer other food sources. Nothing against these two staple spots, but deer are still consuming native vegetation as their primary diet, even on properties where...
How to Improve Any Bedding Area

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How to Improve Any Bedding Area

In the grand scheme of things, bedding areas are small. Usually, you're working with one or two core locations, and often not more than a handful of acres in size and sometimes it's as small as your living room. So it's important to maximize the overall use and effectiveness of these areas. The more...
3 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Trees

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Trees

Some of the most serious biologists agree that if they had to choose a single tool for managing and manipulating habitat, it would be a chainsaw. Thankfully we live in a world with more options. The possibilities are virtually endless when you arm a habitat manager with a chainsaw, the right...
3 Best Food Plot Shapes

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3 Best Food Plot Shapes

A consistently favorite topic among whitetailers is food plots. Before you get your hopes up about some groundbreaking, revolutionary seed mix or soil amendment strategy, I need to provide a disclaimer: I’m far from a food plot expert. But with some trial and error, plenty of reading, and quality...
3 Places to Find Whitetail Sheds That Aren't Food Sources

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3 Places to Find Whitetail Sheds That Aren't Food Sources

Many of us don’t have the luxury of large nearby fields with standing grain to draw shedding bucks. We’ll never be able to go on a simple stroll through perfect shed hunting land and scoop antlers up left and right. It’s no secret that quality destination food sources are an ace in the hole for...
Scouting These Public Land Spots Will Help You Kill More Deer

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Scouting These Public Land Spots Will Help You Kill More Deer

When it comes to hunting public lands, finding consistency from tract to tract is rare. Each area presents its own challenges and often has very few similarities to the next one. Over the years, one trend I continue to see is that mature bucks use public lands as a portion of their home range...
The Art of Backtracking a Whitetail Buck

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The Art of Backtracking a Whitetail Buck

Late winter and early spring is, without question, my favorite time to be in the woods. A thin layer of snow, diverse habitat, and a season's worth of sign offer the makings for a whitetail hunter's best education. All the previous season’s sign stands out, and with the season having recently closed...
Why Transitions Are the Perfect Rut Setups

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Why Transitions Are the Perfect Rut Setups

Sweet November comes by its reputation honestly. Those precious few weeks each year are the best time to notch your tag on a mature buck. Daylight activity is at an all-time high, and if you're in the right spot, it can be one of the most wonderfully chaotic experiences imaginable in the deer woods...
This Strategy Will Help You Kill More Rutting Bucks

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This Strategy Will Help You Kill More Rutting Bucks

Reflecting back on hunts helps me consistently learn and grow as a hunter. When I began taking rut trips out of state, I started to notice some of my unproductive tendencies. I would spend the first few days in places where it looked like deer should be, but sightings and encounters were spotty at...