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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...
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...
The Easiest Way to Improve Any Deer Property

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The Easiest Way to Improve Any Deer Property

The most common question I get from deer hunters related to land management is some version of this: What’s the easiest thing I can do to improve my property? The issue of where to start is a stumbling block that many aspiring land managers run into. With countless websites, podcasts, videos, and...
How Crop Rotations Impact Deer Movement

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How Crop Rotations Impact Deer Movement

Agriculture dominates the landscape of America’s heartland. The same can be said of its influence on the deer and deer hunters that live there. The presence of crops that deer eat dramatically impacts where deer live and travel, as do any changes to those crops. Due to an agricultural practice known...
Ask MeatEater: Is It OK to Shoot Fawns?

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Ask MeatEater: Is It OK to Shoot Fawns?

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers (and if we don’t, we’ll make them up). Every day, fellow MeatEaters send us more than 100 emails regarding hunting, fishing, cooking, conservation, and more. So, we decided to publish a series dedicated to our favorite FAQs. This is Ask MeatEater. Decisions...
How to Age a Whitetail Buck on the Hoof

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How to Age a Whitetail Buck on the Hoof

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...
How the Whitetail Nearly Went Extinct

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How the Whitetail Nearly Went Extinct

“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...
How Do Deer Survive a Polar Vortex?

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How Do Deer Survive a Polar Vortex?

Last January, with wind chills ratings across the country dropping as much as 60 degrees below zero, the polar vortex was all anyone could talk about. But many within the outdoors community were thinking about its effects on animals other than ourselves. In particular, the question on the minds of...
Back 40 Extras: How Deer Hunters and Pollinators Can Help Each Other

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Back 40 Extras: How Deer Hunters and Pollinators Can Help Each Other

“Ironically, it’s such a beautiful mix between what we’re doing and what you’re doing that a lot of the management practices you’re doing works for pollinators, as well.” Deer hunters and bee keepers are often helping each other without even knowing it. If you want to take that next step as a land...
Back 40 Episode 2: Stubborn Mowers and Angry Bees

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Back 40 Episode 2: Stubborn Mowers and Angry Bees

In episode two of Back 40, I make the first habitat improvements on the property. But before I put plow to dirt, I call in some experts to get their take on what I should do. I also battle a stubborn mower, rutted up trails, and a swarm of angry bees. As Ben O’Brien put it, “The Back 40 is a bad...