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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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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...
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...
Why I Love to Shoot Young Bucks

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Why I Love to Shoot Young Bucks

Throwing haymakers at some idiot during a housewarming party is not something I’d recommend, especially if you already have six stitches in your punching knuckle. You’ll blow them out, get kicked out of the party, and accomplish nothing except proving why sobriety is probably the right path for you...
Why Deer Hunting Private Land Can Suck

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Why Deer Hunting Private Land Can Suck

When public land whitetail hunting is portrayed by the hook-and-bullet media, it often falls into one of two camps. While one side paints an uber-rosy picture of common ground deer hunting, the other wouldn’t be caught dead on public land. The reality? Public land whitetail hunting is just like...
How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

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How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

Western hunters are lucky in a lot of ways, but whitetail hunters have an advantage in tools available for recovering game. If you draw a line along the western borders of Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico, you’re looking at the demarcation for legal use of dogs to aid in game recovery efforts. Anywhere...
How to Kill a Late-Season Buck Without Hunting Food

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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck Without Hunting Food

Several years ago I was sitting on a Minnesota buck tag as December rolled in. I figured filling that tag was a long shot, but I also had nothing to lose by trying. I made a plan to split my time between private and public ground with the realization that I didn’t have access to a single acre of a...
3 Overlooked Deer Hunting Tactics for Late Season

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3 Overlooked Deer Hunting Tactics for Late Season

Many hunters claim that December is often the best time to kill a mature buck. After all, the rigors of the rut caused them to drop 25% of weight, and packing on pounds is of utmost importance. So, simply hop on your side-by-side and drive out to your favorite box blind to shoot a hitlister over...
How To Kill a Late-Season Buck On Public Land

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How To Kill a Late-Season Buck On Public Land

If you want one of the biggest challenges in whitetail hunting, set your sights on a mature buck in December. If that’s not enough, commit to doing it on public land. After general gun season resets the deer herd to survival mode and the rut winds down to nothing, it becomes challenging just to see...
How To Kill a Big Buck at the End of the Rut

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How To Kill a Big Buck at the End of the Rut

The downside to the latter part of November is that the wild chase-fest of a few weeks ago is largely over. With the dependable chaos of the early part of the rut in the rearview mirror, it can feel like a lost cause to try to tag a mature buck by the time the calendar flips to December. Don’t lose...
How to Kill a Pressured Buck During the Rut

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How to Kill a Pressured Buck During the Rut

Whitetailers tend to think of the rut as a magical time when the season starts anew and success is all but guaranteed. As I discussed in a previous article on why so many hunters fail during the rut, that’s simply not the case. Iowa’s harvest rates speak to this point. There is no state that offers...