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How to Rattle in a Buck on Public Land

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How to Rattle in a Buck on Public Land

On managed properties, hunter interactions with bucks are considered non-life-threatening until the bucks reach the trophy antler or age kill criteria. After they reach such benchmarks, they have a high tolerance for human intrusions and are very responsive to hunter tactics—they’ve responded...
John Eberhart Oct 18, 2021
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How to Kill a Buck at Midday in October

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How to Kill a Buck at Midday in October

In deer hunting (and life), it’s the false things we think are true that hold us back the most. While I could list a pile of these beliefs as they relate to deer hunting, a glaring example is the myth that there’s no reason to be on the stand during the midday hours before Halloween. We all know...
Tony J. Peterson Oct 6, 2021
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3 Places to Kill a Buck During the October Lull

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3 Places to Kill a Buck During the October Lull

The first few weeks of October are almost a season on their own. Everything changes, leaves are turning, farmers are harvesting crops, weather fronts are fluctuating, and bucks are easing into their fall patterns and ranges. It’s also the period known as the infamous October lull. Spending most of...
Alex Gyllstrom Oct 1, 2021
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How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area

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How to Deer Hunt a Staging Area

If there is a month to consider hunting staging areas, it’s October. That is, at least, if you’re the kind of hunter who spends time on public land, or just generally around pressured deer. In either case, the field-edge pattern has probably died a quick death, and the dreaded reality of educated...
Tony J. Peterson Sep 30, 2021
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The Truth About Frontal Shots on Deer

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The Truth About Frontal Shots on Deer

It’s November 11. Temps are in the mid-20s. You took a week’s vacation, have hunted seven straight days, and have yet to lay eyes on a shooter buck. After eating the sandwich you packed for lunch, you climb down to relocate for the evening’s hunt. Shortly after taking your bow off the tether, you...
Dylan Tramp Sep 24, 2021
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A Guaranteed Way to Ruin Any Deer Hunt

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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 Sep 23, 2021
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Scout

The Land Feature Too Many Deer Hunters Ignore

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The Land Feature Too Many Deer Hunters Ignore

Aerial scouting has become a large part of a whitetail hunter’s game plan for finding new land and expanding their current areas. Still, it can be overwhelming to figure out how to shrink a giant tract of public land to a manageable size for actual hunting. You can learn effective ways to e-scout...
Beau Martonik Oct 15, 2021
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Active Scrapes Worthy of Hunting

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Active Scrapes Worthy of Hunting

Scrape signposts are often mentioned in hunting literature and on entertainment television. While some hunters consider them paramount, others dismiss them as secondary locations. Over half of the bucks I’ve arrowed were taken from active scrape areas, so I consider them major focal points of buck...
John Eberhart Oct 13, 2021
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How Adam Hays Finds the Biggest Buck on a Property

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How Adam Hays Finds the Biggest Buck on a Property

With dozens of Pope and Young bucks under his belt, four of which broke the 200-inch barrier, Adam Hays makes it look easy. But his consistent success hinges on a methodical, year-round strategy for zeroing in on a specific buck and waiting for the exact right moment to strike. He’s fine-tuned the...
Emily Kantner Oct 11, 2021
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Best Food Sources to Deer Hunt in October

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Best Food Sources to Deer Hunt in October

A focus on food is front-of-mind during September bowhunts. But what about October? Well, here’s your whitetail hot tip of the week: Deer eat in October too. I’m not sure why deer hunters seem to put food on the back burner when the calendar flips to October. It’s a mistake. While it’s true that the...
Tony Hansen Oct 8, 2021
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How to Find the Dumbest Buck in the Woods

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How to Find the Dumbest Buck in the Woods

Describing deer as “smart” or “dumb” is kind of silly. It’s mostly just a contextual framing exercise that masks what we are really saying, which is that some deer are good at surviving and some aren’t. And that’s not entirely true either. When we call a deer "dumb" it’s usually because it acts...
Tony J. Peterson Sep 28, 2021
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How to Deer Hunt Big Tracts of Public Land

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How to Deer Hunt Big Tracts of Public Land

One of the best reasons to hunt public land for whitetails is for the available acreage. When it comes to public dirt, the rule is always “the more the merrier.” But having thousands of acres to hunt comes with its own challenges, the main one being the need to quickly eliminate the ground you...
Tony J. Peterson Sep 9, 2021
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How to E-Scout Big Woods for Whitetails

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How to E-Scout Big Woods for Whitetails

A majority of the public lands available to hunt whitetails in the North, South, and East are made up of tracts of forests—rather than the farmlands of the Midwest. In my opinion, the Appalachian region gives you the best opportunity to get away from the crowds and find adventure for that reason...
Beau Martonik Aug 27, 2021
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Manage

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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You Won’t Believe How Far this Buck Traveled

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You Won’t Believe How Far this Buck Traveled

It’s that time of year again. From Texas to Maine, whitetail hunters are feverishly pulling trail cam photos to take a first look at the bucks in their area. For those disappointed with their results, a new paper published in “Ecology and Evolution” might offer some hope. Researchers in Missouri...
Jordan Sillars Sep 13, 2021
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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 Aug 13, 2021
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4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Manage Food Plot Weeds

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4 Eco-Friendly Ways to Manage Food Plot Weeds

At their essence, food plots for wildlife involve the planting and promoting of a desirable group of plant species at the exclusion of others. This requires removal or management of those undesirable species, commonly referred to as “weeds.” The problem is that weed management in food plots has...
Mark Kenyon Aug 4, 2021
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The 3 Most Important Factors for Antler Growth

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The 3 Most Important Factors for Antler Growth

Karl Miller doesn’t hesitate when asked to list the five key factors of antler growth in white-tailed deer. “Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition, nutrition; and then age and genetics, but you can’t do anything about genetics,” said Miller, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia’s Warnell School...
Patrick Durkin Jul 30, 2021
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Gear

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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Everything I Use on DIY, Out-of-State Deer Hunts

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Everything I Use on DIY, Out-of-State Deer Hunts

I’ve traveled across the country to hunt whitetails everywhere from Ohio to Montana, Idaho to Indiana, and most points in between. Every time I embark on one of these trips, I receive dozens of messages asking about what clothing, gear, or camping equipment I’m taking with me. About five years ago...
Mark Kenyon Sep 22, 2021
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4 Tools Every Bowhunter Should Own

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4 Tools Every Bowhunter Should Own

You don’t have to be a contractor to know how to use a hammer. You don’t have to qualify for the NASCAR circuit to know how to change a tire. And you don’t have to be a full-time bow tech to know how to tune, maintain, and set up your own hunting bow. You do, however, need a few basic tools. So let...
Tony Hansen Sep 1, 2021
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The Mobile Treestand Setups of 5 Legendary Hunters

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The Mobile Treestand Setups of 5 Legendary Hunters

As do-it-yourself hunters, we often have to keep moving and changing stand locations in order to encounter quality deer and adapt throughout the stages of the season. The best hunters I know have their mobile setups dialed to perfection, even though each hunter’s choice in equipment varies greatly...
Andy May Aug 18, 2021
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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 Aug 6, 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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