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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 Late-Season Buck From the Ground

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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck From the Ground

Having a good ground game is as important to a whitetail hunter as being able to kill deer from a tree. Versatility is your friend, and there are times of the year—like the late season—where one style can offer up an advantage over the other. If you’re looking to arrow a buzzer-beater buck, your...
How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Cattails

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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Cattails

Here's an interesting, fun fact that really isn’t relevant to deer hunting at all: Researchers have found cattail starch on Paleolithic grinding stones dating back as far as 30,000 years. This is good to know if the zombie apocalypse ever comes and you need some starch in your diet, provided you’ve...
The Most Common Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

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The Most Common Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

A couple of years ago I was waiting to go on stage at the Minnesota Deer Classic, when over the loudspeakers I heard an announcement for my upcoming seminar. In it, they referred to me as a deer hunting expert. I cringed, and no, I’m not being falsely modest. I don’t think there is such a thing as a...
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...
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...
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...
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...