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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 Scout Terrain Features for Whitetails

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How to Scout Terrain Features for Whitetails

Pinch points, bottlenecks, and funnels are all the rage for rut hunters. Simply locate a terrain feature that forces deer movement, put in plenty of stand time in November, and get ready for your grip-and-grin photos. Of course, if it were that easy, bowhunters in most states would have a much...
Why Right Now is the Best Time to Shed Hunt Public Land

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Why Right Now is the Best Time to Shed Hunt Public Land

The two factors that dictate shed hunting success are location and timing. In regard to location, the more limited the access, the better. Add in some good wintering cover and quality food sources, and timing really doesn’t matter. Just show up when you want and start scooping up sheds. When you’re...
How to Scout Public Land Whitetails in the Offseason

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How to Scout Public Land Whitetails in the Offseason

In a classic bait-and-switch move, I’m going to tell you something anticlimactic: You should start winter scouting public land just like you would any deer ground. Walk it, make notes, check out the past season’s sign, and try to read the terrain so that you’ll be better prepared next fall. This is...
The Real Benefit of Shed Hunting

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The Real Benefit of Shed Hunting

With an archery season open until the end of January, my hunting partner and I met up to see what we could do about filling a few more tags in southwestern Wisconsin. While the first sit was a bust, the second put two unlucky does in front of me and a great buck in front of my buddy. That buck, with...
How to Improve Your Whitetail E-Scouting

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How to Improve Your Whitetail E-Scouting

E-scouting, the act of using apps to scour satellite imagery in search of hunting hotspots, is a skill that needs honing. You can learn the basics of e-scouting by reading up on it, or by watching tutorial videos, but that’s purely academic. To truly level up your digital scouting game, you’ve got...
How to Winter Scout for Big Woods Whitetails

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How to Winter Scout for Big Woods Whitetails

My hunting nemesis over the last decade has been the big woods, primarily the miles upon miles of unbroken timber in northern Wisconsin. It’s a region with a low deer density due to a myriad factors. Predators ranging from wolves to bears to coyotes roam the landscape, and one bad winter can set the...
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...
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...
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...
The Simplest Way to Become a Better Whitetail Hunter

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The Simplest Way to Become a Better Whitetail Hunter

The path to becoming a better deer hunter is a long one filled with false-starts and dead ends. It’s a path full of credit-card charges for gear that won’t deliver on marketing promises and flavor-of-the-month hunting strategies and tactics. There's plenty of failure and frustration because much of...