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How to Whitetail Hunt the Big Woods After the Rut

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How to Whitetail Hunt the Big Woods After the Rut

The whitetail rut gives the best odds for putting your tag on a big woods buck. Once the rut ends, movement is at an all-time low, with deer trying to recover and hide from any human intrusion. I used to think that this time of year was nearly impossible to be consistent with killing mature bucks...
Beau Martonik Dec 5, 2022
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Why December Deer Hunting Can Be Amazing (or Terrible)

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Why December Deer Hunting Can Be Amazing (or Terrible)

For most people, the worst month to hunt just might be December. I know I’m supposed to paint a rosy picture of rut-worn bucks sprinting into food sources during cold afternoons, but that’s mostly BS. If you hunt where there’s any real pressure at all, the twelfth month of the year is often an...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 1, 2022
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How to Find Bucks on Public Land After the Rut

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How to Find Bucks on Public Land After the Rut

The prospects of finding a mature whitetail buck on public land may seem like a fool’s errand and leave you disheartened. You’ve watched truck after truck leave your local public hunting area, presumably all donning firearms and all filling their tags. Why would you waste your time and sit in a...
Dylan Tramp Nov 29, 2022
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Rut Fresh Report: 11/24/2022

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Rut Fresh Report: 11/24/2022

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but not because of the turkey, football, or Black Friday deals (speaking of which, you can get up to 40% off on a ton of MeatEater, First Lite, Phelps, and FHF Gear right now). Thanksgiving kicks ass because it means a long weekend of good deer hunting. I know...
Spencer Neuharth Nov 24, 2022
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How to Bow Hunt During the Gun Season

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How to Bow Hunt During the Gun Season

Growing up, my father and I always considered the opener of Minnesota’s gun season as the end of our bow season. The properties we hunted all had plenty of shotgun groups with permission as well, so we handed over the keys to the woods to the orange army. It never bothered me much, for the first...
Tony J. Peterson Nov 23, 2022
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5 Rut Funnels to Hunt in the Big Woods

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5 Rut Funnels to Hunt in the Big Woods

Hunting whitetails in the big woods is complex. With very few designated food sources, thick cover seemingly everywhere for deer to bed, and low deer densities, the rut is the one time of year when you can increase your odds of success. It’s easy to get caught up in trying to figure out all the...
Beau Martonik Nov 22, 2022
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How to Pick the Right Hunting Spot

Scout

How to Pick the Right Hunting Spot

There’s a scene in just about every murder-mystery show where the detective is locked in his office with pictures, note cards, and maps tacked to a wall with strings connecting one thing to the other. A pattern, a clue, a connection–the investigator is searching for anything that can help him solve...
Mark Kenyon Nov 30, 2022
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How to In-Season Scout During the Rut

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How to In-Season Scout During the Rut

While filming our second season of One Week in November earlier this month, I faced a dilemma. Where I thought the Wisconsin bucks would be cruising was a dead zone. By November 6th, that much was clear. It was also clear that I needed to take advantage of my last day of hunting, so I went looking...
Tony J. Peterson Nov 15, 2022
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3 Best Locations for Trail Cams During the Rut

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3 Best Locations for Trail Cams During the Rut

My trail camera strategy during the rut is more inventory-based than trying to time movement with an exact setup location. Leading up to the rut I’ve already scouted heavily (both boots on the ground and studying maps) to identify critical areas where a buck will move or use terrain or cover to find...
Alex Gyllstrom Nov 11, 2022
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How to Whitetail Hunt Around Acorns

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How to Whitetail Hunt Around Acorns

Every hunter knows that deer are attracted to acorns but knowing when and how to target an acorn browse pattern is a refined skill. The acorn crop varies from year to year, depending on environmental factors, which adds to the difficulty in targeting acorn browsing patterns. On a micro level, the...
Dylan Tramp Oct 25, 2022
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How to Successfully Deer Hunt a New Piece of Public Land

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How to Successfully Deer Hunt a New Piece of Public Land

The Situation: There’s a chunk of public whitetail ground not far from your house. It consists of 400 acres of habitat you’ve never set foot on, and the season is approaching. Step One: Birds-Eye View The first step is to take dive into satellite imagery of the parcel via a scouting app like onX...
Tony J. Peterson Oct 13, 2022
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How to Find the Perfect Mock Scrape Tree

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How to Find the Perfect Mock Scrape Tree

You’d be hard-pressed to have a conversation with someone about deer hunting and not touch on scrapes. Scrapes are arguably the most powerful communication tool that bucks and does alike use. They get the most attention during October and early November, but some scrapes are used year-round...
Beau Martonik Sep 26, 2022
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3 Best Trail Camera Locations For Pre-Rut

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3 Best Trail Camera Locations For Pre-Rut

As deer hunters, we tend to focus on the rut a lot. We think of it as our big chance, the time when those dream bucks emerge from the shadows and walk around in daylight. But if the rut is your time to shine—those precious few days of PTO that you look forward to each year—why wouldn’t you prepare...
Alex Gyllstrom Sep 20, 2022
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It’s Time to Get This CWD Bill Done

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It’s Time to Get This CWD Bill Done

Archery seasons are well underway, and rifle hunting opportunities are right around the corner in most of the country. Unfortunately, that means hunters in more than 30 states have to contend with deer, elk, and moose that might be infected with chronic wasting disease (CWD). CWD is an always-fatal...
Charlie Booher Oct 7, 2022
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Does a Deer Hunting Lease Make Sense for You?

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Does a Deer Hunting Lease Make Sense for You?

I’ll start this with a point of clarity: I have spent more money than I care to remember leasing ground to hunt. I’ve leased ground in my home state of Michigan as well as in about five other states. For the most part, I don’t regret it but, at the same time, I can’t say that I was really better off...
Tony Hansen Oct 3, 2022
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Are the Good ‘Ol Days of Whitetail Hunting Over?

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Are the Good ‘Ol Days of Whitetail Hunting Over?

I knew exactly where I’d be hunting this fall. It was all but set in stone, and the prospects were exciting. I’d start the season off in Kansas in September with a muzzleloader in hand. I love to bow hunt but the thought of kicking off the year with a little yardage advantage sounded pretty good...
Tony Hansen Sep 23, 2022
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Archers Are Killing More Deer Than Ever Before

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Archers Are Killing More Deer Than Ever Before

Bowhunters are taking record numbers of deer across the whitetail’s range, with crossbows accelerating the long-term increases compound bows triggered a half-century ago. That surge is most obvious in Midwestern and Northeastern states, where archery seasons are typically longer and warmer, given...
Patrick Durkin Sep 6, 2022
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Can Whitetails and Windmills Coexist?

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Can Whitetails and Windmills Coexist?

I was confused when I first saw the roads carved into the bean fields, perturbed when I heard the extra-long flatbeds hauling down the road, and downright bummed when I witnessed the previously undisturbed agricultural lands being swarmed by packs of orange vested workers. As windmills were erected...
Mark Kenyon Sep 2, 2022
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How to Plant a Food Plot on a Budget

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How to Plant a Food Plot on a Budget

Like so many things in hunting (and life for that matter), the process of creating a killer food plot has been made far too complicated and much more expensive than it needs to be. The truth is that there is nothing complex about creating a terrific plot that will draw deer. You don’t need any...
Tony Hansen Aug 24, 2022
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Video: Jordan Budd's Whitetail Kit

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Video: Jordan Budd's Whitetail Kit

A good layering system is key to staying out in the whitetail woods long enough to find the big buck of your dreams. Hours of glassing require warmth, but when hoofing it to that vantage point, you better be able to shed a layer or two. This complete system will have you ready for any situation...
Jordan Budd Nov 2, 2022
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Why Hunters Should Conduct a Mid-Season Bow Checkup

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Why Hunters Should Conduct a Mid-Season Bow Checkup

The arc is always the same. Most bowhunters engage in a ton of summer target practice, but once the deer season opens, the frequency of those sessions plummets. Then, they take their bows out into the field where they get rained on, knocked around, and generally abused. Occasionally, they sit in hot...
Tony J. Peterson Oct 18, 2022
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Choosing the Right Layering System for your Mid- to Late-Season Deer Hunts

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Choosing the Right Layering System for your Mid- to Late-Season Deer Hunts

When it comes to the heart of the whitetail season, there is one thing that must always be true. If the timing and conditions are right, you need to be in the woods. Whether it’s rain, wind, snow, or bitter temperatures, if you want to consistently fill those whitetail tags you’ve got to be able to...
Mark Kenyon Oct 10, 2022
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Get All that Crap Off Your Bow

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Get All that Crap Off Your Bow

I have neither been accused of nor confessed to be a stylish sort. In fact, I suppose, I swing in the other direction. If it’s trendy, popular, or vogue, I admit to being of a different mind. While that may sound like a statement of desire for originality, it’s more a function of practicality and a...
Tony Hansen Sep 16, 2022
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Why Hasn’t Technology Greatly Impacted Deer Hunting Success?

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Why Hasn’t Technology Greatly Impacted Deer Hunting Success?

Cell cams. Mapping apps like onX. A supercomputer in everyone’s pocket capable of dialing up unprecedented levels of information within nanoseconds. All of these technological advancements provide a clear advantage to hunters, so wouldn’t it stand to reason that success rates should be skyrocketing...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 15, 2022
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Video: Clay Newcomb's Saddle Hunting Tips

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Video: Clay Newcomb's Saddle Hunting Tips

Here are a few tricks that help me make the most of my Tethrd system in the whitetail woods. By double tethering yourself in with Phantom Tree Saddle Kit and properly positioning your Predator Platform Kit, you'll be set to hang for a while and wait for the big buck to stroll on by.
Clay Newcomb Aug 5, 2022
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You Should Lower Your Bow Poundage

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You Should Lower Your Bow Poundage

Back in 2015, I left the gym with a fresh, sharp pain in my right shoulder. In typical guy fashion, I mostly ignored it, until I couldn’t. With fall archery seasons only weeks away, I had to get some clarity on the pain, because I was reminded of it every time I drew my bow. The diagnosis was a...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 4, 2022
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Latest Wired To Hunt Podcasts

Ep. 514: Foundations - How to Train a Shed Antler Dog

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Ep. 514: Foundations - How to Train a Shed Antler Dog

On this week’s episode, Tony breaks down the strategy for training a dog to find shed antlers through nose-work and visuals.Connect with Wired To Hunt and MeatEaterTony Peterson on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad-choices...
Tony J. Peterson Feb 22, 2022
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Ep. 513: Whitetail Therapy Session with Tony Peterson

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Ep. 513: Whitetail Therapy Session with Tony Peterson

Today on the show, Mark talks with his new therapist, Tony Peterson, about what he learned about whitetails -- and himself -- over his most demanding season ever.Connect with Mark Kenyon and MeatEaterMark Kenyon on Instagram , Twitter , and FacebookMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and...
Mark Kenyon Feb 17, 2022
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Ep. 512: Foundations - Shed Hunting with a Purpose

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Ep. 512: Foundations - Shed Hunting with a Purpose

On today’s show, Tony discusses how to plan shed hunting routes, and figure out the best timing for your antler finding missions.Connect with Wired To Hunt and MeatEaterTony Peterson on InstagramMeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YoutubeShop MeatEater Merch Learn more about your ad...
Tony J. Peterson Feb 15, 2022
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Ep. 511: First Deer Stories on the Back 40 with Evan Barrett, Forest Wagoner, and Hank Forester

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Ep. 511: First Deer Stories on the Back 40 with Evan Barrett, Forest Wagoner, and Hank Forester

Today on the show, we're talking new hunter mentorship, getting you updated on what’s happened with the Back 40 in 2021, and then diving into a couple great stories about two new hunters that I had the privilege of helping mentor on their first successful deer hunts.Connect with Mark Kenyon and...
Mark Kenyon Feb 10, 2022
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