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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 Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

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How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

Western hunters are lucky in a lot of ways, but whitetail hunters have an advantage in tools available for recovering game. If you draw a line along the western borders of Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico, you’re looking at the demarcation for legal use of dogs to aid in game recovery efforts. Anywhere...
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...
How to Kill a Pressured Buck During the Rut

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How to Kill a Pressured Buck During the Rut

Whitetailers tend to think of the rut as a magical time when the season starts anew and success is all but guaranteed. As I discussed in a previous article on why so many hunters fail during the rut, that’s simply not the case. Iowa’s harvest rates speak to this point. There is no state that offers...
3 Reasons Hunters Fail During the Rut

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3 Reasons Hunters Fail During the Rut

The first two weeks of November are without a doubt the best days to be in the woods if your goal is to kill a mature buck. That’s Whitetail 101 stuff, but it’s still not a simple proposition. Just because daylight movement ramps up and bucks are throwing caution to the wind doesn’t mean killing is...
How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in CRP

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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in CRP

There’s a curious thing that happens when hunters romanticize big woods bucks and dream about entering thousands of acres of timber to shoot a dark-antlered bruiser. What they find, particularly if they come from an area with plenty of open space or deciduous forests, is that the big timber reality...
How to Kill a Whitetail Buck Hunting Water

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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck Hunting Water

As someone who mostly hunts public land, I’ve realized that a lot of the destination food sources that factor into my hunts are on private land and off limits. Or, they are on public land but are so obvious and easy to hunt that they get a ton of pressure. Although deer still use these food sources...
How to Kill an Early-Season Buck in the Morning

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How to Kill an Early-Season Buck in the Morning

There are two myths in deer hunting that need to die. One is that we are all experts at judging the age of a buck on the hoof. The other is that hunting mornings during early season will only cause irreparable harm to your future chances of success. (The thinking here is that it’s too hard to get...