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Sanctuary 2.0 Insulated Jacket
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First Lite
$375.00
Windproof membrane + silent softshell + 37.5 insulation.
Alpha Pro Grunt Call
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Phelps
$49.99
The Alpha Pro uses components constructed in the good old USA. Again, we go back to a machined acrylic barrel, but this time we use a different type of internal reed system that’s tuned to produce aggressive grunts that will challenge any buck’s dominance. Speaking of the reed, we install a specialized rivet into the reed to create momentum, preventing the reed from locking up from condensation.The custom tube bellows, smooths out the call’s...
Transfer Pack
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First Lite
$325.00
The Transfer Pack is the Whitetail hunter’s workhorse. Purposefully engineered to efficiently pack and unpack every piece of gear you’ll need in the woods, including a tree stand, climbing sticks, and your bow. The Transfer Pack's versatility is perfect for anyone hunting out of a saddle or a tree stand, as its bucket-style design and multiple hanging configurations allow the hunter complete access to extra stowed gear and accessories throughout...
DOA Doe Bleat
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Phelps
$39.99
Every savvy whitetail deer hunter packs a doe bleat for when the time is right, so we have to round out our deer call lineup with a bleat that won't disappoint. Countless hours researching doe vocalizations, we hand tune the internal reed assembly that’s housed in an acrylic barrel and injection molded exhaust, to produce bleats that will appeal to any buck that’s on “doe patrol”.

Contributors

Hunt

A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt

Hunt

A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt

Consistent whitetail success and enjoyment hinges on two very different aspects of every hunt. The first involves all of the stuff we can’t control, like weather, the actions of other hunters, and the cosmic, known-only-to-them whims upon which all deer operate. The second is what we can control...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 27, 2022
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3 Ways to Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

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3 Ways to Get Your Deer Out of the Woods

It’s early in November, way back in a piece of public land, and you shoot a big, mature buck. Now the work begins. Many hunters don’t think about what to do after an animal is on the ground. Depending on where you’re hunting, it’s a good idea to have a few options to get your deer back to the truck...
Beau Martonik Dec 21, 2022
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3 Mistakes Muzzleloader Hunters Make

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3 Mistakes Muzzleloader Hunters Make

Somewhere between a traditional rifle hunt and an archery hunt lives a muzzleloader hunt. It’s a medium-range weapon for most folks, despite the outlier tinkerers who push serious high-caliber rifle range with their front stuffers. Muzzleloader seasons also tend to fall, at least in quite a few...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 19, 2022
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Do the Big Woods Have a Secondary Rut?

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Do the Big Woods Have a Secondary Rut?

The secondary rut gets talked about occasionally, and many hunters think it’s just a hoax. I wasn’t a non-believer, but I hadn’t seen it for myself enough to truly believe in it for a while. In Pennsylvania, the secondary rut happens during our firearms season, making it difficult to know if deer...
Beau Martonik Dec 15, 2022
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How to Kill a Post-Rut Buck Hunting Water

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How to Kill a Post-Rut Buck Hunting Water

The rut is a marathon for both bucks and hunters. We find ourselves run down, tired, hungry, and thirsty when it's all over. We retreat to our fridges and pantries while the bucks do their best to find a soft spot to lay down with the wind at their back close to food and water. Good bedding and food...
Alex Gyllstrom Dec 9, 2022
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The Key to Killing Whitetail Bucks in December

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The Key to Killing Whitetail Bucks in December

Traditional late-season advice on finding and killing December bucks tends to center on food sources. You’ve heard it many times—from many people who have good places to hunt with quality late-season food sources. What if you don’t have a cut cornfield or plot full of brassicas that deer gravitate...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 7, 2022
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Scout

How to Scout Deer from The Road

Scout

How to Scout Deer from The Road

I heard a loud “SNAP” reverberate from my knee like a gunshot long before I felt any pain. It was during a rugby game in my sophomore year of college, and I had just twisted awkwardly while bouncing out of a tackle when my left knee decided to explode like a firecracker, dropping me to the ground. I...
Kubie Brown Jan 25, 2023
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You’re Using Trail Camera Photos Wrong

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You’re Using Trail Camera Photos Wrong

It’s hard to find a deer hunter today who isn’t using trail cameras. They litter whitetail properties across the country, consume our waking minds, and use a heap of LTE bandwidth and cloud storage too. In short, they’re everywhere. But what is rare is the hunter using his or her photos to their...
Mark Kenyon Jan 12, 2023
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3 Most Underrated States for Public Land Whitetail Hunting

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3 Most Underrated States for Public Land Whitetail Hunting

I remember when I decided to focus my efforts primarily toward hunting whitetails on public land. I’d grown enamored with the idea of hunting deer that faced lower pressure and had higher chances of reaching maturity, and I wanted to tackle different types of terrain and learn how deer travel...
Tony Hansen Jan 4, 2023
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How to Use Trail Cameras After the Rut

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How to Use Trail Cameras After the Rut

Opening day is long gone. The wild ride of the rut is in our rearview mirror. Gun season might even be old news. But one thing for sure is not past. Trail cam season. Yes. This most beloved deer hunting tool is just as useful now in the late season as it was during all of those previous high points...
Mark Kenyon Dec 20, 2022
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How to Pick the Right Hunting Spot

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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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Can Whitetails Stake a Claim in Alaska?

Manage

Can Whitetails Stake a Claim in Alaska?

Other than humans, few mammals besides white-tailed deer have the flexibility and fortitude to live wherever they choose. As Rollin H. Baker details in the 1984 book “White-tailed Deer: Ecology and Management,” South America’s whitetails thrive from Peru’s humid, sea-level tropics to just above tree...
Patrick Durkin Jan 27, 2023
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Why Every Whitetailer Should Hunt Public Land

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Why Every Whitetailer Should Hunt Public Land

At one point or another, we’ve all dreamed about having a property of our own or access to ground no one else can hunt. Heck, maybe you own ground or have this kind of access right now. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been on both ends of the spectrum. I’ve spent most of my hunting seasons...
Alex Gyllstrom Jan 17, 2023
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The Injuries and Illnesses that Trigger Amazing Antlers

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The Injuries and Illnesses that Trigger Amazing Antlers

Just as premier wines come from the grapes of stressed vines, cool antlers with great character often come from bucks who suffered broken bones, harsh diseases, or crippling injuries. As Demi Lovato sings, “Nothing is more beautiful than the smile that struggled through tears.” Admirable antler...
Patrick Durkin Jan 6, 2023
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Call this Senator to Pass the CWD Bill Now!

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Call this Senator to Pass the CWD Bill Now!

The Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Research and Management Act (H.R. 5608) has been years in the making, but it’s only one vote away from heading to the president’s desk. Unfortunately, the bill doesn’t have that last vote yet. My understanding is that Mr. Rand Paul, the Junior Senator from Kentucky...
Ryan Callaghan Dec 12, 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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Gear

How to Stay Warm During the Coldest Deer Hunts

Gear

How to Stay Warm During the Coldest Deer Hunts

One of my favorite ways to spend time during late December or throughout January is to pheasant hunt with my Labs. Busting through cattail sloughs in search of public land roosters is as enjoyable to me as deer hunting is, and I often invite people to hunt with me. I always warn them that they’ll be...
Tony J. Peterson Jan 11, 2023
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What Compound Bowhunters Can Learn from Trad Bowhunters

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What Compound Bowhunters Can Learn from Trad Bowhunters

I can vividly remember the first hunting video I ever watched. It was “Bowhunting October Whitetails,” and it featured the Wensel Brothers, Gene and Barry. The impact of that production on my life as a hunter was profound. I had killed very few bucks with my bow at that time, but I immediately...
Tony Hansen Jan 10, 2023
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Video: How to Carry a Deer On Your Back

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Video: How to Carry a Deer On Your Back

We all know that once a deer hits the ground the real work begins. Typically, our options for a getting our venison back to the truck are pretty simple—drag  it out or quarter it up and haul it out piece by piece. However, there is a third option. You can carry the deer on your back. I learned this...
Clay Newcomb Jan 5, 2023
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5 Best Whitetail Cartridges

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5 Best Whitetail Cartridges

Here’s the truth about these “Best Cartridge” articles: the only honest answer is, “It depends.” Are these five cartridges really the five best whitetail cartridges in existence? It depends. It depends on where you’re hunting, your experience with firearms, what rifles you already own, how much...
Jordan Sillars Jan 3, 2023
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This Cartridge Doesn't Get Enough Love from Deer Hunters

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This Cartridge Doesn't Get Enough Love from Deer Hunters

The .223 Remington was designed for the battle, not the field. Militaries want a cartridge that can inflict enough damage to take an enemy off the table, while remaining light and small enough to pack conveniently. Of course, hunters have adopted a wide array of cartridges originally designed for...
Jordan Sillars Dec 30, 2022
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Are Single- or Double-Bevel Broadheads Better?

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Are Single- or Double-Bevel Broadheads Better?

Products go through popularity cycles. In the hunting realm, the best example of something that was hot, then not, and is now hot again, would be the tree saddle. The runner-up might be beefy, sharp-as-a-razor, single- and double-bevel broadheads. Single-bevel heads, with their one angled edge, are...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 28, 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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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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