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How to Read a Whitetail Buck Bed

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How to Read a Whitetail Buck Bed

Buck beds are trendy as hell and the hype very well might be deserved. These earthy ovals in the dirt are truly valuable pieces of sign. But finding a buck bed and actually using that intel to kill a buck are two very different things. The trick to taking action on a bed is to move beyond just...
How to Age a Buck on the Hoof in Summer

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How to Age a Buck on the Hoof in Summer

It happens every summer. Sometimes it’s a trail cam pic, sometimes it’s a sighting at the back of a bean field. Regardless of what form it takes, the adrenaline rush and the questions are always the same. Is that a shooter? Is that going to be the buck? For some people, the answer to those questions...
A Whitetail Terrain Feature that Works From Montana to Maine

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A Whitetail Terrain Feature that Works From Montana to Maine

Deer behavior, hunting culture, and tactics can all vary wildly by region. But one fact remains true from Montana to Maine and all whitetail country in between—creek and river bottoms are dynamite for deer hunting. These winding water systems provide food and cover, funnel deer movement, and provide...
The Cheat Code for Deer Hunting Swamps

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The Cheat Code for Deer Hunting Swamps

As a born and bred Michigan whitetail hunter, I was raised on the gospel of deer hunting swamps. Grandpa solemnly preached the virtues of seeking out the black-booted bucks that called these wetlands home and implored me to become a “swamp stomper” as well. I listened, and I've experienced the...
The Underappreciated Art of Trimming Shooting Lanes

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The Underappreciated Art of Trimming Shooting Lanes

Shooting lanes are not sexy. Whitetail fanatics don’t binge-watch shooting lane videos on YouTube or drool over artsy tree trimming pics on Instagram. Wow factor be damned—the art of trimming shooting lanes is crucial to deer hunting success. Yes, it is an art. Determining just the right time to cut...
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...
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...
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...