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Where Do Deer Sleep?

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Where Do Deer Sleep?

Deer spend most daylight hours lying in their bed, so it’s no wonder why so many hunters talk about whitetail bedding, specifically buck bedding. It’s a deer’s home, essentially—the place they’re most secure and protected. Because of this, they’re often located in areas that humans aren’t likely to...
Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Whitetail Hunter

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Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Whitetail Hunter

Turkey hunting is a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, I’m obsessed with whitetail hunting. Every year when I’m chasing gobblers around the big woods of Pennsylvania, I scout new areas for whitetails. The two can go hand in hand if you like the run-and-gun style of turkey hunting that I’m...
Where to Place Trail Cameras in Big Woods

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Where to Place Trail Cameras in Big Woods

Trail cameras are a critical tool for hunting big woods bucks. I use them most of the year, minus springtime and early summer. They'll give you the confidence and confirmation in your scouting to know whether you are in the right place or need to pivot. I like to adjust my cameras based on the time...
How to Find Whitetail Sheds in Big Woods

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How to Find Whitetail Sheds in Big Woods

I spend as much time (if not more) in the woods during the spring as I do during hunting season. Spring scouting can help you gather valuable intel for the next hunting season. My spring scouting regimen includes looking for whitetail sheds to figure out what bucks made it through the previous...
History Kills Big Bucks

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History Kills Big Bucks

One specific buck occupied my mind going into the 2021 hunting season. I had many trail camera pictures of him and collected both of his sheds from the previous season. When the frigid temperatures and deep snow kept me out of the woods for a while last winter, I spent time on my computer studying...
How to Improve Your Hunting Gear Storage

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How to Improve Your Hunting Gear Storage

Over the years, I’ve collected a ton of stuff for hunting and hunting-related activities. The problem was that I could never find anything that I was looking for when I needed it. So a couple of years ago, I decided that I would figure out a way to store all of my gear in a neat, organized, and easy...
3 Best Late-Season Whitetail Hunting Spots in the Big Woods

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3 Best Late-Season Whitetail Hunting Spots in the Big Woods

I used to think the late season was a very difficult time to kill a nice mountain buck. In Pennsylvania, rifle season kicks off during the first few weeks of December, and although some great bucks get killed every season, few hunters are consistent from year to year. In most states, hunting...
How to Hunt the Whitetail Rut in Big Woods

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How to Hunt the Whitetail Rut in Big Woods

The rut is simultaneously the most exhilarating and frustrating time to be in the whitetail woods. That being said, your odds of finding a big-woods buck have never been higher than during this time of year. Hunting the big woods has its own set of challenges including unforgiving terrain, thick...
The Pros and Cons of Rubber Boots for Deer Hunting

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The Pros and Cons of Rubber Boots for Deer Hunting

Rubber boots might be the most popular footwear for whitetail hunters, especially over the last decade. There are many reasons they’re beloved among whitetailers, but they’re not perfect for every hunter in every scenario. I hunt the big woods, Appalachian mountain region of Pennsylvania and much of...
The Land Feature Too Many Deer Hunters Ignore

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The Land Feature Too Many Deer Hunters Ignore

Aerial scouting has become a large part of a whitetail hunter’s game plan for finding new land and expanding their current areas. Still, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to shrink a giant tract of public land to a manageable size for actual hunting. You can learn effective ways to e-scout...