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Following in the Footsteps of a Big Woods Buck Tracking Legend

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Following in the Footsteps of a Big Woods Buck Tracking Legend

Snow softly popped beneath my boot like wet popcorn as I eased my heel, then toe, down to the ground. I leaned forward, squinted eyes searching ahead, and thumbed the safety on my rifle. It was there, I was ready. I had to be ready. “He could be right up hee-ya,” Hal whispered back to me in his...
Mark Kenyon Apr 20, 2022
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The Truth About Urban Deer Hunting

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The Truth About Urban Deer Hunting

“Let’s get some pho!” “What the hell is pho?” I asked. Pho, which I later discovered is a Vietnamese noodle dish, had never been recommended to me before as a pre-hunt menu item. But, as I’d soon learn, spicy noodles in broth would be just one of many new experiences on my first urban deer hunt...
Mark Kenyon Apr 7, 2022
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How to Mooch Deer Like Doug Duren

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How to Mooch Deer Like Doug Duren

Overnight winds had swept the oaks below, blowing fresh snow into drifts higher than a whitetail’s brisket. I knew the snow’s depth because a doe crossing the woods below me was plowing a furrow in the fluffy blanket as she approached. The doe paused occasionally in her midmorning stroll to browse...
Patrick Durkin Jan 3, 2022
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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck From the Ground

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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck From the Ground

Having a good ground game is as important to a whitetail hunter as being able to kill deer from a tree. Versatility is your friend, and there are times of the year—like the late season—where one style can offer up an advantage over the other. If you’re looking to arrow a buzzer-beater buck, your...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 27, 2021
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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Cattails

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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Cattails

Here's an interesting, fun fact that really isn’t relevant to deer hunting at all: Researchers have found cattail starch on Paleolithic grinding stones dating back as far as 30,000 years. This is good to know if the zombie apocalypse ever comes and you need some starch in your diet, provided you’ve...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 23, 2021
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How Neil Dougherty Kills Big Late-Season Bucks

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How Neil Dougherty Kills Big Late-Season Bucks

Most hunters live for the rut and invest the bulk of their vacation days in this unpredictable yet exciting time of year in the whitetail woods. But Neil Dougherty isn’t most hunters. A wildlife habitat consultant with decades of land management and whitetail success under his belt, Dougherty would...
Emily Kantner Dec 17, 2021
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4 Ways to Save Money on Hunting Trips

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4 Ways to Save Money on Hunting Trips

If you’re into math, read on. We’ll be doing a whole lot of it. Me? I’m not a math guy. I rely on numbers only when absolutely necessary. But this discussion is one of those instances. In Michigan, we have pretty fair turkey hunting. But a late-April opener and a one-bird limit leaves too much...
Tony Hansen Apr 28, 2022
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Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Whitetail Hunter

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Turkey Hunting Can Make You a Better Whitetail Hunter

Turkey hunting is a lot of fun, but at the end of the day, I’m obsessed with whitetail hunting. Every year when I’m chasing gobblers around the big woods of Pennsylvania, I scout new areas for whitetails. The two can go hand in hand if you like the run-and-gun style of turkey hunting that I’m...
Beau Martonik Apr 14, 2022
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How to Scout Terrain Features for Whitetails

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How to Scout Terrain Features for Whitetails

Pinch points, bottlenecks, and funnels are all the rage for rut hunters. Simply locate a terrain feature that forces deer movement, put in plenty of stand time in November, and get ready for your grip-and-grin photos. Of course, if it were that easy, bowhunters in most states would have a much...
Tony J. Peterson Mar 31, 2022
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Where to Place Trail Cameras in Big Woods

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Where to Place Trail Cameras in Big Woods

Trail cameras are a critical tool for hunting big woods bucks. I use them most of the year, minus springtime and early summer. They'll give you the confidence and confirmation in your scouting to know whether you are in the right place or need to pivot. I like to adjust my cameras based on the time...
Beau Martonik Mar 30, 2022
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3 Places to Find Whitetail Sheds That Aren't Food Sources

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3 Places to Find Whitetail Sheds That Aren't Food Sources

Many of us don’t have the luxury of large nearby fields with standing grain to draw shedding bucks. We’ll never be able to go on a simple stroll through perfect shed hunting land and scoop antlers up left and right. It’s no secret that quality destination food sources are an ace in the hole for...
Alex Gyllstrom Mar 24, 2022
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Scouting These Public Land Spots Will Help You Kill More Deer

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Scouting These Public Land Spots Will Help You Kill More Deer

When it comes to hunting public lands, finding consistency from tract to tract is rare. Each area presents its own challenges and often has very few similarities to the next one. Over the years, one trend I continue to see is that mature bucks use public lands as a portion of their home range...
Alex Gyllstrom Mar 17, 2022
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How to Find a Whitetail's Match Set

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How to Find a Whitetail's Match Set

You found a shed! Pick it up. Spin it in your hand. Marvel at the pearly bases, the cedar-stained beams, the slick curving tines. It’s a work of art, isn’t it? OK, that’s enough. You’ve found a shed, but guess what that means? There’s a match out there, and now it’s your job to find it. Here’s how...
Mark Kenyon Mar 14, 2022
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How to Create Ideal Fawning Cover for Whitetails

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How to Create Ideal Fawning Cover for Whitetails

The future of any whitetail herd is in the success and survival of each year's fawn crop. Deer are exceptionally adaptive but certainly require adequate cover for safety. Trying to grow "giant bucks" is futile if you fail to maintain a positive fawn recruitment rate. What is fawn recruitment rate...
Mark Haslam May 13, 2022
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Why Fawn Rescues Fail

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Why Fawn Rescues Fail

Everyone knows to not disturb a bird’s nest. In fact, many folks enforce the myth that birds abandon every egg or fledgling touched by humans. Why, then, must wildlife agencies remind the masses each May and June to keep their mitts off “abandoned” fawns curled beneath shrubs, backyard decks, and...
Patrick Durkin May 9, 2022
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How to Improve Any Bedding Area

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How to Improve Any Bedding Area

In the grand scheme of things, bedding areas are small. Usually, you're working with one or two core locations, and often not more than a handful of acres in size and sometimes it's as small as your living room. So it's important to maximize the overall use and effectiveness of these areas. The more...
Alex Gyllstrom May 5, 2022
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The Most Underrated Type of Food Plot

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The Most Underrated Type of Food Plot

Safety, cover, and high-quality forage are key for whitetail management. Provide those features and you will immediately improve the huntability of your food plots and how frequently deer utilize the space. However, you must also consider crop height, cover screens, protein levels, and soil...
Mark Haslam Apr 29, 2022
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How to Improve Pine Stand Habitat for Whitetails

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How to Improve Pine Stand Habitat for Whitetails

Tree farms get a bad rap by hunters and are too often viewed as “wildlife wastelands.” But proper planning and management with timber stand improvement (TSI) can make pines a wildlife paradise. They offer safety, food, and hunting opportunities. From the sweltering velvet season to the shortened...
Mark Haslam Apr 19, 2022
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3 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Trees

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Unwanted Trees

Some of the most serious biologists agree that if they had to choose a single tool for managing and manipulating habitat, it would be a chainsaw. Thankfully we live in a world with more options. The possibilities are virtually endless when you arm a habitat manager with a chainsaw, the right...
Alex Gyllstrom Apr 11, 2022
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Is the Whisker Biscuit Dead?

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Is the Whisker Biscuit Dead?

Just as the bulk of bowhunters fall on opposite extremes in the fixed versus mechanical broadhead debate, most also hold strong opinions on arrow rests. Though drop-away style products reign supreme and continue to push the boundaries of new innovation, Whisker Biscuits still seem to have a place in...
Emily Kantner Apr 18, 2022
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How to Soundproof Your Deer Hunting Gear

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How to Soundproof Your Deer Hunting Gear

Consistent deer hunting success is found in the details. Sure, there are people who wander haphazardly into the woods with no preparation at all and manage to get lucky. But if you want to consistently put meat in the freezer and antlers on the wall, this pursuit requires an obsession with getting...
Mark Kenyon Apr 13, 2022
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How to Make Your Camping Setup More Efficient

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How to Make Your Camping Setup More Efficient

Days are long, nights are short, and the stakes are high. As you head out of town for a highly anticipated adventure hunt, creating efficiencies in your camp setup equates to less time at camp, more time in the field, and more sleep at night. As they say in the business world, time is money. If you...
Dylan Tramp Mar 28, 2022
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Boating for Whitetail Bucks

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Boating for Whitetail Bucks

I slid across the lake’s surface like a skater on ice, the bow of my canoe slicing smoothly through the waves while diamonds sparkled on the water and shimmered off the antlers at my feet. This was something new. I’d seen flip-flops, fish, and beers in this context, but never antlers. I could get...
Mark Kenyon Mar 21, 2022
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4 Ways to Cut Weight from Your Tree Stand

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4 Ways to Cut Weight from Your Tree Stand

To be consistently successful on pressured public land, hunters must go where the deer are and other hunters aren’t. This flexible style of mobile hunting might mean moving to a new spot every sit. But if you’re carrying in a climber or hang-on each time, it can become a real grind—especially when...
Emily Kantner Mar 4, 2022
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The Best Time to Upgrade Your Bow

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The Best Time to Upgrade Your Bow

Let’s forget the arguments for and against buying a new bow. Instead, let’s pretend as if you’ve decided that this year is the year you’re going to trade in the old rig for something new. Since bow manufacturers have been engaged in a who-can-release-it-first war for about a decade ago, the newest...
Tony J. Peterson Mar 2, 2022
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How to Improve Your Hunting Gear Storage

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How to Improve Your Hunting Gear Storage

Over the years, I’ve collected a ton of stuff for hunting and hunting-related activities. The problem was that I could never find anything that I was looking for when I needed it. So a couple of years ago, I decided that I would figure out a way to store all of my gear in a neat, organized, and easy...
Beau Martonik Jan 14, 2022
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Latest Wired To Hunt Podcasts

Ep. 514: How to Train a Shed Antler Dog

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Ep. 514: 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 a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater...
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 MeatEater Mark Kenyon  on Instagram , Twitter , and Facebook MeatEater 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 a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube Shop MeatEater...
Tony J. Peterson Feb 15, 2022
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Ep. 511: First Deer Stories on the Back 40 with Evan Barrett, Forrest Waggoner, and Hank Forester

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Ep. 511: First Deer Stories on the Back 40 with Evan Barrett, Forrest Waggoner, 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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