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The Reality of Outfitted Deer Hunts

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The Reality of Outfitted Deer Hunts

I wasn’t sure I even wanted to be there. There were manicured food plots. Carefully placed tree stands and ground blinds. Strategically set trail cameras. A jaw-droppingly beautiful Midwest landscape. And, of course, big giant bucks. Who wouldn’t want to be in the middle of that? Me, it turns out...
4 Most Endangered Whitetail Destinations in America

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4 Most Endangered Whitetail Destinations in America

It would not be hyperbole to say that we’re quite possibly living in the “golden age” of whitetail deer hunting. Deer populations might be higher now than ever before and, at least since records have been kept, bigger, older bucks have never been more numerous. Hunters smash world and state records...
Following in the Footsteps of a Big Woods Buck Tracking Legend

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Following in the Footsteps of a Big Woods Buck Tracking Legend

Snow softly popped beneath my boot like wet popcorn as I eased my heel, then toe, down to the ground. I leaned forward, squinted eyes searching ahead, and thumbed the safety on my rifle. It was there, I was ready. I had to be ready. “He could be right up hee-ya,” Hal whispered back to me in his...
How to Soundproof Your Deer Hunting Gear

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How to Soundproof Your Deer Hunting Gear

Consistent deer hunting success is found in the details. Sure, there are people who wander haphazardly into the woods with no preparation at all and manage to get lucky. But if you want to consistently put meat in the freezer and antlers on the wall, this pursuit requires an obsession with getting...
The Truth About Urban Deer Hunting

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The Truth About Urban Deer Hunting

“Let’s get some pho!” “What the hell is pho?” I asked. Pho, which I later discovered is a Vietnamese noodle dish, had never been recommended to me before as a pre-hunt menu item. But, as I’d soon learn, spicy noodles in broth would be just one of many new experiences on my first urban deer hunt...
Boating for Whitetail Bucks

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Boating for Whitetail Bucks

I slid across the lake’s surface like a skater on ice, the bow of my canoe slicing smoothly through the waves while diamonds sparkled on the water and shimmered off the antlers at my feet. This was something new. I’d seen flip-flops, fish, and beers in this context, but never antlers. I could get...
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 Avoid the Trendiest Whitetail Land Management Mistakes

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How to Avoid the Trendiest Whitetail Land Management Mistakes

I’d like to propose that the trendiest whitetail land management project of the last decade is not hidey hole food plots or back-in-the-woods water holes or screening cover, but hinge cutting. Yes, hinge cutting. This popular, quick-and-dirty timber management method has caught fire across the...
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...