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Mark Kenyon

Mark Kenyon

Mark Kenyon is the author of That Wild Country, founder of Wired To Hunt, and host of the industry-leading Wired To Hunt Podcast. He is a nationally published writer, a QDMA certified Deer Steward, and MeatEater's resident "whitetail guy."

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The Fool's Gold of Deer Scouting

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The Fool's Gold of Deer Scouting

Summer is the whitetailer’s season of anticipation. At no point during the year does the excitement rise more rapidly or to such a fever pitch than those last months leading up to opening day. For that reason, we deer hunters exert a whole lot of energy each summer seeking out, watching, and...
10 Natural Food Sources Every Deer Hunter Should Know

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10 Natural Food Sources Every Deer Hunter Should Know

A deer’s world revolves around its stomach. So should the savvy deer hunter’s plans. Unfortunately, most conversations about what deer eat begin and end with commercial crops and food plots. I say this with authority, because I was a guilty party to this for quite some time. Since kicking off the...
2021: MeatEater's Year of the Whitetail

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2021: MeatEater's Year of the Whitetail

Somewhere between 8 and 10 million folks across the United States hunt whitetail deer. That’s well over three quarters of the nation’s entire hunting population. The whitetail is our nation’s most ubiquitous big game animal, the most highly managed, and arguably the most coveted. What does this mean...
How to Make Trail Camera Batteries Last Longer

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How to Make Trail Camera Batteries Last Longer

Here’s a controversial statement: Trail cameras can be absolutely worthless. Here’s a less controversial statement: Trail cameras are worthless when their batteries are dead. This might seem obvious, but every year hunters stick hundreds of dollars-worth of trail cams in the woods and then return...
3 Lessons You Can Learn from Whitetail Rubs

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3 Lessons You Can Learn from Whitetail Rubs

I can clearly remember the excitement I felt following in my grandfather’s footsteps some 30 years ago as he pointed out whitetail rubs strewn across the forest surrounding our family deer camp. The bright orange slashes stood out among the trees like red lights in the distance screaming, “STOP! A...
5 Trees Every Whitetail Hunter Should Know

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5 Trees Every Whitetail Hunter Should Know

“Don’t miss the forest for the trees.” It’s a common saying used in conversation when someone is so focused on the details of an issue that they miss the big picture. A similar affliction is present in many a whitetail hunter, but in our case the issue is becoming so obsessed with seeing deer or...
6 Scouting Habits of the World’s Best Deer Hunters

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6 Scouting Habits of the World’s Best Deer Hunters

“Scouting is the name of the game,” said experienced whitetail bowhunter Jesse Coots. “It’s kind of like training as a wrestler. If you skip your whole training season and go right to your first match, you’re going to get pummeled. Bowhunting is no different.” Coots is not alone in this belief. Of...
3 Things You Can Learn from Whitetail Sheds

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3 Things You Can Learn from Whitetail Sheds

Shed hunting is a dang good time. Let’s be clear about that right out of the gate. But there’s more to it than just scooping up antlers. Whitetail sheds can hold a treasure trove of information if you know what to look for. Here are three valuable pieces of intel you can glean from the antlers you...
4 Tricks for Finding More Whitetail Sheds

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4 Tricks for Finding More Whitetail Sheds

The basics of shed hunting are well known, but the devil is in the details. Efficient use of time is the golden rule of shed hunting, so let’s not beat around the bush. Here are four simple tricks that will help you gain shed hunting success. Scout Like it’s Hunting Season The best DIY whitetail...
How to E-Scout for Shed Hunting

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How to E-Scout for Shed Hunting

Shed hunting, from the outside looking in, can seem quite simple: walk a lot, look on the ground, and find antlers. But the search for whitetail sheds is rarely this straightforward. Consistent shed hunting success requires both an understanding of deer habitat and behavior, and a smart strategy...