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Common Hunting Advice That’s BS

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Common Hunting Advice That’s BS

The thing about any kind of advice is that’s wholly dependent on countless individual variables, and the recipient’s willingness to even consider it. If anything is out of whack on either side, the advice is generally worthless. Such is the case with much of the hunting wisdom that is often touted...
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...
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...