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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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4 Books Every Whitetail Hunter Should Read
Jun 18, 2020
After interviewing hundreds of the best deer hunters from across the country on the Wired To Hunt Podcast, I’ve realized they all have one thing in common: a never-ending drive to learn more about deer and deer hunting.
There’s never been a better time to learn than now. But amidst all our modern digital resources, the age-old hunting book has been forgotten. And that’s a damned shame.
If a blog post or YouTube video is a plate of venison poppers...
How to Find Whitetail Buck Bedding
Jun 4, 2020
Let’s say we’re engaged in a high-stakes game of tag. If I tag you, I get your house, your truck, and your bow.
You, of course, will be wary of my presence. You might not leave your home too often, and if you do, it will probably be with minimal travel and under the cover of darkness. I likely won’t have much luck trying to tag you at your favorite restaurant, local park, or place of employment. The best spot, I’m guessing, will be at your home...
How to Age a Whitetail Buck on the Hoof
May 29, 2020
Can you tell how old a buck is by observing him from afar or studying a photo? Many say they can, but others call BS.
From my experience, aging a deer “on the hoof” is an inexact science. With the right knowledge an estimate is possible, but estimates always come with caveats. They’re subjective, up to personal interpretation, and sometimes region specific. So maybe aging a buck on the hoof is more art than science. Either way, it’s a helpful...
How the Whitetail Nearly Went Extinct
May 15, 2020
“When I was your age, it was the talk of the town just to see a deer track!”
Sound familiar? Many hunters in the 21st Century have heard similar statements from a father, grandpa, or friendly old-timer reminiscing about the days when whitetail deer were a novelty. Supposedly, the story goes, there was once a time not that long ago when whitetail deer almost disappeared entirely.
I’ve heard it all too, but the idea seems far-fetched. We’re all...
What I’ve Learned From Missing So Damn Many Deer
May 8, 2020
Misery loves company, so let’s begin here: You’re not alone. I’ve missed deer too. Plenty, actually.
I missed the first deer I ever took a crack at. I also missed a big Ohio 8-pointer a decade ago. I missed an opening day Michigan buck just a few seasons ago. And I missed a couple more in between. Every one of these experiences was miserable, depressing, upsetting, disgusting. I know how you feel. But they each came with a silver lining.
How to Crap in the Woods Like a Pro
Apr 2, 2020
Like most firsts, my inaugural shit in the woods was a clumsy endeavor. I was 6 years old and on the brink of an emergency several miles into the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York. My mother escorted me behind a large tree, instructed me to pull down my pants, squat, and take care of business. I did as she described and promptly dropped “my business” straight into the pants bunched up around my ankles.
If you hunt, fish, hike, or camp...
New Ideas for E-Scouting Public Land Honey Holes
Apr 1, 2020
Most tech-savvy whitetail hunters know the basics of how to locate and e-scout public land from the comfort of their homes. But finding the best of the best spots is an entirely different matter. If studying deer habitat on aerial maps is e-scouting 101, then finding public parcels that offer truly top tier hunting opportunities is akin to graduate level work. Here’s a breakdown of the advanced detective work needed to do just that.
4 Creative Uses for Shed Antlers
Mar 13, 2020
In my prior life, working at a California-based tech company, my colleagues occasionally mistook my weekend shed hunting trips for two days of storage shed shopping. Upon correcting them, the next question was always the same: “What do you do with those antlers?”
My personal answer to this question is not terribly exciting. I set them on shelves, tables, and dressers. I stare at them on cold rainy days and spin them in my hands...
Scout in March to Kill in November
Mar 5, 2020
November deer hunting success is not entirely unlike giving birth to a child (don’t tell my wife about this analogy). If you know what you’re doing, get a little lucky, and put in your work nine months ahead of time, you’re in for a life-long memory.
The most important work predating November success is early spring scouting. It’s during this brief window between snowmelt and green-up that you can see the secrets of last year’s rut laid out like...
3 Guaranteed Places to Find Whitetail Sheds
Feb 26, 2020
Son of a bitch. That’s typically what runs through my mind when I see a buddy walking towards one of those spots while shed hunting.
Maybe you know what I’m talking about. If you’ve shed hunted long enough, you’ll recognize that those spots almost always hold an antler or two. When this kind of place comes into view, you can feel the energy change in a group of shed hunters. Routes mysteriously converge. The pace picks up. Every shed-savvy...