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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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3 Best Late-Season Whitetail Hunting Spots in the Big Woods

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3 Best Late-Season Whitetail Hunting Spots in the Big Woods

I used to think the late season was a very difficult time to kill a nice mountain buck. In Pennsylvania, rifle season kicks off during the first few weeks of December, and although some great bucks get killed every season, few hunters are consistent from year to year. In most states, hunting...
Beau Martonik Dec 13, 2021
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Rut Fresh Report: 12/9/21

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Rut Fresh Report: 12/9/21

Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observations as a traveling deer hunter. For more info like this, subscribe to the Rut Fresh Radio Podcast and Whitetail...
Spencer Neuharth Dec 9, 2021
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3 Offseason Chores Every Deer Hunter Should Do

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3 Offseason Chores Every Deer Hunter Should Do

I readily admit the bulk of my deer season work is done during the season. I’m a big believer in the “most recent information” approach and take it to extremes. This is why I don’t spend a ton of time on postseason scouting efforts. But naturally, there's still some work to be done between now and...
Tony Hansen Jan 20, 2022
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How to Scout Public Land Whitetails in Winter

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How to Scout Public Land Whitetails in Winter

Many articles have been written on how to scout whitetails in the spring and winter, and for good reason. Post-season scouting is one of the best tactics we have as whitetail hunters to learn more about the deer we're hunting. For the most part the strategy remains consistent: locate somewhat fresh...
Dylan Tramp Jan 19, 2022
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How to Winter Scout for Big Woods Whitetails

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How to Winter Scout for Big Woods Whitetails

My hunting nemesis over the last decade has been the big woods, primarily the miles upon miles of unbroken timber in northern Wisconsin. It’s a region with a low deer density due to a myriad factors. Predators ranging from wolves to bears to coyotes roam the landscape, and one bad winter can set the...
Tony J. Peterson Jan 12, 2022
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The Art of Backtracking a Whitetail Buck

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The Art of Backtracking a Whitetail Buck

Late winter and early spring is, without question, my favorite time to be in the woods. A thin layer of snow, diverse habitat, and a season's worth of sign offer the makings for a whitetail hunter's best education. All the previous season’s sign stands out, and with the season having recently closed...
Alex Gyllstrom Jan 5, 2022
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The Ideal Conditions for Late-Season Deer Hunts

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The Ideal Conditions for Late-Season Deer Hunts

It was the last day of muzzleloader season in Michigan and it was time. A cold front pushed through, the rain faded, and temperatures were nearly 30 degrees lower than they were just 24 hours prior. Best of all, my target buck was caught on trail cam during daylight the night before. Conditions were...
Mark Kenyon Dec 31, 2021
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3 Natural Food Sources To Hunt Late Season

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3 Natural Food Sources To Hunt Late Season

Ask anyone what is the key to late-season whitetail success, and I can almost guarantee you the first word out of their mouth will be “food.” Food is the name of the game when we get late into the year, and the reasons for that are clear. Deer are now almost entirely focused on recovering from the...
Mark Kenyon Dec 10, 2021
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How The Hunting Public Finds Quality Public Land Deer Hunting

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How The Hunting Public Finds Quality Public Land Deer Hunting

Tagging a buck in country that's crawling with competition is no small feat, but Aaron Warbritton, Greg Clements, and the rest of The Hunting Public crew consistently put monsters on the ground on public ground. They don’t get hung up on old-school hunting methods, and instead credit bold tactics...
Emily Kantner Nov 22, 2021
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3 Easy Ways You Can Help Whitetail Conservation

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3 Easy Ways You Can Help Whitetail Conservation

If we want to keep enjoying incredible hunting seasons like the one we just had, it’s on us to keep doing the work that allows deer populations and their local landscapes to flourish. Our predecessors have done this work for decades and it’s gotten us to where we are now—what many consider the...
Mark Kenyon Jan 17, 2022
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What You Need to Know About Whitetail Buck Glands

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What You Need to Know About Whitetail Buck Glands

Most whitetail hunters have at some point inhaled the strong stench wafting from a rutting buck’s tarsal glands. While they may recognize it as the calling card of a mature deer, that’s about the extent of most folks' olfactory understanding. However, for the sake of pursuing an animal that...
Emily Kantner Jan 10, 2022
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Why Deer Hunters Should Always Perform a Necropsy

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Why Deer Hunters Should Always Perform a Necropsy

Necropsy is a fancy term for digging into a corpse in order to, in most cases, figure out the cause of death. For deer hunters who are elbow-deep in a dead buck, it might seem like the cause of death is pretty easy to pin down. You shot it with an arrow or a bullet, and that’s that. It’s not always...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 29, 2021
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Video: How to Score a Whitetail Buck

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Video: How to Score a Whitetail Buck

In this video, I'll teach you how to score a whitetail deer using four categories of measurements and some simple math. I'm an official scorer for the Boone & Crockett Club and have done this hundreds of times. You'll first measure both main beams, all the tines, four circumferences on each side...
Clay Newcomb Oct 27, 2021
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How to Make a Horizontal Rub

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How to Make a Horizontal Rub

The saying “there’s nothing new under the sun” sometimes seems doubly true in the whitetail hunting world. We see the same types of products, ideas, and hunting storylines trotted out year after year. But about a decade ago something truly original did arrive on the scene: horizontal rubs. These...
Mark Kenyon Oct 4, 2021
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Best Food Sources for Big Woods Whitetails

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Best Food Sources for Big Woods Whitetails

For years, I watched outdoor television with whitetail hunters hunting big food plots and crop fields, telling myself how lucky they are to have those designated food sources. As I grew older, I became obsessed with figuring out how to hunt whitetails in the big woods. I realized there are many good...
Beau Martonik Sep 17, 2021
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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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What to Look For When Purchasing a Youth Bow

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What to Look For When Purchasing a Youth Bow

When I set out to buy my twin daughters their first real bow in December, I was surprised at the quality and quantity of youth options. It also made me realize that someone could easily be overwhelmed with the task of outfitting their future deer slayer with a decent rig. Countless variables go into...
Tony J. Peterson Jan 7, 2022
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5 Gear Hacks for Cold Weather Deer Hunting

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5 Gear Hacks for Cold Weather Deer Hunting

Late season hunts pose a unique set of challenges, the most apparent of which is staying warm. This is especially true for whitetail hunts when you’ll be sitting nearly motionless for hours on end, generating little to no excess body heat. To combat the cold and make the hunt an enjoyable experience...
Dylan Tramp Dec 1, 2021
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The Pros and Cons of Rubber Boots for Deer Hunting

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The Pros and Cons of Rubber Boots for Deer Hunting

Rubber boots might be the most popular footwear for whitetail hunters, especially over the last decade. There are many reasons they’re beloved among whitetailers, but they’re not perfect for every hunter in every scenario. I hunt the big woods, Appalachian mountain region of Pennsylvania and much of...
Beau Martonik Oct 25, 2021
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How to Sight in a Bow in 25 Minutes

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How to Sight in a Bow in 25 Minutes

We’ve all been there. Bow season is just a few days away and we decide it’s time for a new sight. Or maybe a new bow. Or, let’s be honest here, we haven’t spent as much offseason time as we should sending arrows downrange. Regardless of the reason, the reality is that sometimes you need to get your...
Tony Hansen Oct 14, 2021
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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 Oct 7, 2021
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Clay Newcomb’s Whitetail Hunting Kit

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Clay Newcomb’s Whitetail Hunting Kit

Whitetail hunting can be gear intensive, but I like to keep things as simple as possible. When hunting Texas in Episode 3 of Season 10 of MeatEater, we were constantly changing setups. This called for different gear than what I traditionally use for my whitetail treestand hunts. Here are five things...
Clay Newcomb Oct 4, 2021
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Latest Wired To Hunt Podcasts

Ep. 464: Finding Whitetails Fast with Levi Morgan

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Ep. 464: Finding Whitetails Fast with Levi Morgan

Today on the show, we're joined by world champion archery and bowhunter Levi Morgan to break down his techniques and practices for finding, scouting and hunting whitetails when time is short. Connect with Mark Kenyon and MeatEater Mark Kenyon  on Instagram , Twitter , and Facebook MeatEater on...
Mark Kenyon Oct 7, 2021
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Ep. 463: Rut Fresh Radio 10/6/2021 - Beating the October Lull

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Ep. 463: Rut Fresh Radio 10/6/2021 - Beating the October Lull

This is 2021's sixth episode of Rut Fresh Radio! In each show, Spencer interviews hunters across the country to get the latest intel on whitetail buck movement. This week he talks to whitetailers from Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Oklahoma. They discuss trends like weather patterns, moon...
Spencer Neuharth Oct 6, 2021
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Ep. 462: Staging Areas and Overlooked Whitetail Hotspots

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Ep. 462: Staging Areas and Overlooked Whitetail Hotspots

On today’s episode, Tony discusses his strategy for figuring out where the bucks relocate to after a couple of weeks of hunting pressure ushers them into survival mode.
Tony J. Peterson Oct 5, 2021
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Ep. 461: The Art of the "Whitetail Pivot" with Jared Shaffer

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Ep. 461: The Art of the "Whitetail Pivot" with Jared Shaffer

Today on the show, we're joined by DIY West Virginia bowhunter Jared Shaffer to explore the art and science of making quick adjustments and hard pivots in strategy when chasing whitetails. Connect with Mark Kenyon and MeatEater Mark Kenyon  on Instagram , Twitter , and Facebook MeatEater on...
Mark Kenyon Sep 30, 2021
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