Back 40 Episode 4: The Farm’s First Deer Hunt

Back 40 Episode 4: The Farm’s First Deer Hunt

With the preseason commotion on the property now behind me, I can finally start deer hunting. After kicking off the season with little action, I welcome the first guest to hunt the farm. Luke Macauley is a professor and cooperative extension specialist at UC Berkeley, an unlikely spot to find a guy who is thinking about hunting and habitat fragmentation. Macauley’s recent research has taken steps toward proving what I’ve always believed: This small property and others like it can make a real difference.

It seems impossible to boil down all of Macauley’s work and perspective, so I invited him to the Back 40 to find out just how much of an impact hunting on private lands has on conservation.

Follow along all season and be sure to subscribe to our Whitetail Weekly newsletter for updates. Click here to watch episodes one, two, three, and four.


Phantom Saddle Kit
Save this product

If you are looking for a nimble and effective way to hunt deer this fall, the Phantom Saddle Kit is the ticket!

Mens Wick Short Sleeve Crew
Save this product
First Lite

Mark’s summer shirt of choice. It’s breathable, quick drying, and super comfortable.

Impact 1000 Rangefinder
Save this product
Vortex Optics

The Impact 1000 is all you need in a whitetail bowhunting rangefinder and nothing more.

Deadshot Boxed Combo Shooting Bag - Unfilled
Save this product

Make your groups more consistent when sighting in your rifle. Best $25 investment of the year.

Get the latest in your inbox
Subscribe to our newsletters to receive regular emails with hand-picked content, gear recommendations, and special deals.
Our picks for the week's best content and gear
For the whitetail obsessed, with Mark Kenyon
Redefining our connection to food, with Danielle Prewett
Your one-stop for everything waterfowl, with Sean Weaver
Get out on the water with the MeatEater Fishing crew
Technical hunting apparel
Purpose-built accessories for hunting and fishing
Quality elk, turkey, waterfowl, and deer calls
Save this article