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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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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...
The Best Public Land Food Sources for Whitetails

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The Best Public Land Food Sources for Whitetails

Whitetail hunters often think of food sources in a way that doesn’t do the deer’s adaptability justice. More often than not, this involves a serious focus on agricultural fields or food plots. Everyone knows deer love a picked cornfield or lush food plot full of clover, but what if you don’t have...
How to Kill a Buck Hunting Rubs

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How to Kill a Buck Hunting Rubs

When it comes to deer sign, it’s what we can see that gets us most excited. A  6-inch-thick cedar shredded from serious tine-work along a rub line will always catch our eyes. Our focus on the aesthetics of sign is, of course, due to our olfactory capabilities being orders of magnitude poorer than...
How to In-Season Scout for Deer

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How to In-Season Scout for Deer

As I wrapped up a long weekend in northern Wisconsin, I decided to take advantage of a late-season rainstorm to look around an 80-acre parcel of public land. The deer activity where I’d been focusing my efforts had been pretty slow, so I figured I was missing something. After sneaking up a long...
Are Trail Cameras Making You a Worse Hunter?

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Are Trail Cameras Making You a Worse Hunter?

Scouting deer used to involve glassing, looking for sign, and getting in where the deer live to suss out their patterns. Now, for a lot of us, it just involves hanging a trail camera. This might be a necessity and the best way to figure out a buck, or it can be a crutch and steer us into poor...
The Truth About Whitetail Hunting Experts

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The Truth About Whitetail Hunting Experts

When it comes to crowning a whitetail king, it seems as if the arbiters can be divided into two factions. The first crowd is interested in candidates who kill the biggest bucks with the highest frequency. Those hunters are often experts on moon phase, barometric pressure, and trail cams. In this...