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Tony J. Peterson

Tony J. Peterson

MeatEater Contributor Tony Peterson has penned hundreds of hunting articles, several books, and developed multiple podcasts. Peterson’s whitetail-related contributions stem from real-world experience and a passion for hunting new ground each season. He's considered one of the top whitetail hunters in the country and is a staunch advocate for public lands.

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Ep. 456: Foundations - Seeking That Opening Week Glory

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Ep. 456: Foundations - Seeking That Opening Week Glory

Today on the show, Tony discusses the dos and don’ts of opening week, and breaks down how hunters should work off of their summer scouting, but also be open to fresh sign and what it tells us. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram...
How to Kill a Buck in High Wind

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How to Kill a Buck in High Wind

When Spencer Neuharth asked me to write this article, I feared it might end up being the shortest piece in MeatEater history. It would read like this: If you want to kill a buck in high winds, you should just keep hunting like you would in calmer conditions. Unfortunately, the problem with that is...
Ep. 453: Foundations - Big Buck Setups on Moving Water

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Ep. 453: Foundations - Big Buck Setups on Moving Water

On today’s episode, Tony talks about his favorite kind of landscape feature -- moving water. Nothing forces deer movement more if you know how to use it, which is the topic of this whole show. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram...
How to Deer Hunt Big Tracts of Public Land

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How to Deer Hunt Big Tracts of Public Land

One of the best reasons to hunt public land for whitetails is for the available acreage. When it comes to public dirt, the rule is always “the more the merrier.” But having thousands of acres to hunt comes with its own challenges, the main one being the need to quickly eliminate the ground you...
Ep. 450: Foundations - Standing Water Whitetails and the H20 Connection

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Ep. 450: Foundations - Standing Water Whitetails and the H20 Connection

On today’s show, Tony discusses some of his favorite strategies for finding secluded seeps, ponds, and cattle tanks, as well as how he hunts them. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and...
Ep. 447: The Last Essential Work of the Pre-Season

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Ep. 447: The Last Essential Work of the Pre-Season

On today’s show, Tony breaks down the reality of the kind of work that we should have totally squared away in the immediate pre-season, and what to do if you don’t feel like you’re ready for the opener. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on...
The Best Setups for Killing a Velvet Buck

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The Best Setups for Killing a Velvet Buck

There are only a handful of states that offer bowhunters the opportunity to arrow a velvet buck. Nonresidents looking for this unique trophy will see North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Montana, Tennessee, and Kentucky at the top of the list. Ambitious archers are allowed the chance thanks to easy...
Ep. 445: Foundations - Evaluating Your Whitetail Ambush Options

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Ep. 445: Foundations - Evaluating Your Whitetail Ambush Options

On today’s episode, Tony discusses the stands that we should all have up by now if we have the option to pre-set sites. He also explains what to do if you’re a saddle hunter, or if you hunt public land and can’t get your stands up ahead of the season. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http...
The First Thing You Should Do to Scout a New Property

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The First Thing You Should Do to Scout a New Property

There’s no worse feeling than losing a hunting spot, just as there’s no better feeling than gaining a new one. This is partly due to the fact that unlike familiar ground where you’ve got seasons of good and bad experiences filed away in the memory bank, new properties are all promise. You don’t know...
Ep. 443: Foundations -  Do You Need More Boots-On-The-Ground Scouting?

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Ep. 443: Foundations - Do You Need More Boots-On-The-Ground Scouting?

Today’s episode is all about whitetail self-reflection, and whether there is still scouting or treestand work that needs to be done as we creep ever closer to opening day. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram...