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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. 465: Foundations - Hunt the Right Scrapes, Right Now

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Ep. 465: Foundations - Hunt the Right Scrapes, Right Now

Scrape hunting is often thought of as being a worthwhile strategy from the bow opener until the rut winds down, but on today’s episode, Tony explains why your best bet for killing a buck on a scrape is actually in mid-October.
How to Kill a Buck at Midday in October

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How to Kill a Buck at Midday in October

In deer hunting (and life), it’s the false things we think are true that hold us back the most. While I could list a pile of these beliefs as they relate to deer hunting, a glaring example is the myth that there’s no reason to be on the stand during the midday hours before Halloween. We all know...
Ep. 462: Staging Areas and Overlooked Whitetail Hotspots

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Ep. 462: Staging Areas and Overlooked Whitetail Hotspots

On today’s episode, Tony discusses his strategy for figuring out where the bucks relocate to after a couple of weeks of hunting pressure ushers them into survival mode.
How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area

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How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area

If there is a month to consider hunting staging areas, it’s October. That is, at least, if you’re the kind of hunter who spends time on public land, or just generally around pressured deer. In either case, the field-edge pattern has probably died a quick death, and the dreaded reality of educated...
How to Find the Dumbest Buck in the Woods

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How to Find the Dumbest Buck in the Woods

Describing deer as “smart” or “dumb” is kind of silly. It’s mostly just a contextual framing exercise that masks what we are really saying, which is that some deer are good at surviving and some aren’t. And that’s not entirely true either. When we call a deer "dumb" it’s usually because it acts...
Ep. 459: Foundations - The Dying Gasp of Summertime Patterns

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Ep. 459: Foundations - The Dying Gasp of Summertime Patterns

On today’s show, Tony breaks down what to do when you’re unsuccessful on the opener and are now considering laying low unit the rut looms closer. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and...
A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt

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A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt

Consistent whitetail success and enjoyment hinges on two very different aspects of every hunt. The first involves all of the stuff we can’t control, like weather, the actions of other hunters, and the cosmic, known-only-to-them whims upon which all deer operate. The second is what we can control...
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...