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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...
The Best Time to Upgrade Your Bow

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The Best Time to Upgrade Your Bow

Let’s forget the arguments for and against buying a new bow. Instead, let’s pretend as if you’ve decided that this year is the year you’re going to trade in the old rig for something new. Since bow manufacturers have been engaged in a who-can-release-it-first war for about a decade ago, the newest...
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...
What to Look For When Purchasing a Youth Bow

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What to Look For When Purchasing a Youth Bow

When I set out to buy my twin daughters their first real bow in December, I was surprised at the quality and quantity of youth options. It also made me realize that someone could easily be overwhelmed with the task of outfitting their future deer slayer with a decent rig. Countless variables go into...
Why Deer Hunters Should Always Perform a Necropsy

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Why Deer Hunters Should Always Perform a Necropsy

Necropsy is a fancy term for digging into a corpse in order to, in most cases, figure out the cause of death. For deer hunters who are elbow-deep in a dead buck, it might seem like the cause of death is pretty easy to pin down. You shot it with an arrow or a bullet, and that’s that. It’s not always...
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...