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How to Find a Whitetail's Match Set

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How to Find a Whitetail's Match Set

You found a shed! Pick it up. Spin it in your hand. Marvel at the pearly bases, the cedar-stained beams, the slick curving tines. It’s a work of art, isn’t it? OK, that’s enough. You’ve found a shed, but guess what that means? There’s a match out there, and now it’s your job to find it. Here’s how...
The Perfect Conditions for Shed Hunting

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The Perfect Conditions for Shed Hunting

The best time to shed hunt is any day or weekend or week that you can get off work or away from other obligations to race away to the woods. But the next best time is when conditions are perfect. As I’ve written before, consistent shed hunting success is strongly linked to efficiency, i.e. making...
How to Plan an Out-of-State Shed Hunting Trip

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How to Plan an Out-of-State Shed Hunting Trip

You and I both know that cabin fever is real and winter is long. We can all feel it deep in our bones, but I know the perfect antidote. The cure for cabin fever, at least for whitetail nuts like us, is to plan a shed hunting adventure. Yes, an out-of-state trip to stretch the legs, kick off the dust...
The Ideal Conditions for Late-Season Deer Hunts

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The Ideal Conditions for Late-Season Deer Hunts

It was the last day of muzzleloader season in Michigan and it was time. A cold front pushed through, the rain faded, and temperatures were nearly 30 degrees lower than they were just 24 hours prior. Best of all, my target buck was caught on trail cam during daylight the night before. Conditions were...
3 Natural Food Sources To Hunt Late Season

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3 Natural Food Sources To Hunt Late Season

Ask anyone what is the key to late-season whitetail success, and I can almost guarantee you the first word out of their mouth will be “food.” Food is the name of the game when we get late into the year, and the reasons for that are clear. Deer are now almost entirely focused on recovering from the...
What You Need to Know About the 2021 Rutting Moon

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What You Need to Know About the 2021 Rutting Moon

Here’s the very most important thing you need to know about the 2021 rutting moon: It might not matter at all. It might be a load of hogwash. It might be a steaming pile of good ol' deer camp mythology. Or it might not. As my pal Spencer Neuharth likes to say, the rutting moon is kind of like...
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...