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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 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...
The Truth About Shed Dogs

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The Truth About Shed Dogs

A few years ago, shed dogs were all the rage. A lot of the big whitetail names were running retrievers, that by social media standards, appeared to be antler finding machines. Average Joes were getting in on the game, too. And just like with a lot of outdoor fads that burn hot, it appeared that if...
Whitetail Hunting’s Best Kept Secret

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Whitetail Hunting’s Best Kept Secret

If you give hunters a platform to gripe, you’ll hear a wide variety of complaints that generally fall into a few categories. One of the most popular centers on access to ground, or lack thereof. It’s true that outbreaks of strip malls and McMansions are eating up whitetail habitat on a daily basis...
3 Whitetail Tags You Should Buy Preference Points For

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3 Whitetail Tags You Should Buy Preference Points For

If you’re not sure if you’re an optimist or pessimist, start researching hunting lottery preference points and draw odds in random Western states. You’ll figure out pretty quickly whether your glass is half full or half empty. You’ll also find that if you’re interested in high prestige, limited...
3 Reasons You Suck at Shed Hunting

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3 Reasons You Suck at Shed Hunting

Shed hunting is one of those outdoor pursuits that sounds easy: Walk some trails, check some fence crossings, and fill up your backpack with antler. If you’ve got primo spots and plenty of time, this is probably true (and you likely don’t need to read an article about why you suck at shed hunting...
How to Find Buck Bedding on Aerial Imagery

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How to Find Buck Bedding on Aerial Imagery

You’ve graduated whitetail pre-school if you’re using satellite imagery to identify a buck’s destination food source. E-scouting for and successfully finding a mature buck’s bedding area is a different story. This is higher education stuff and starts with a 30,000-foot view of your hunting grounds...