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The Most Common Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

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The Most Common Reasons Bowhunters Miss Deer

A couple of years ago I was waiting to go on stage at the Minnesota Deer Classic, when over the loudspeakers I heard an announcement for my upcoming seminar. In it, they referred to me as a deer hunting expert. I cringed, and no, I’m not being falsely modest. I don’t think there is such a thing as a...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 3, 2021
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Rut Fresh Report: 12/2/21

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Rut Fresh Report: 12/2/21

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 2, 2021
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Buck Fever Can Kill You

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Buck Fever Can Kill You

If your knees don’t knock and your pulse doesn’t pound as a buck slips into range, maybe it’s time you quit deer hunting. As Aldo Leopold wrote: “The love of hunting is almost a physiological characteristic. I should not like to own the boy whose hair does not lift his hat when he sees his first...
Patrick Durkin Nov 26, 2021
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Rut Fresh Report: 11/25/21

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Rut Fresh Report: 11/25/21

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 Nov 25, 2021
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Rut Fresh Report: 11/18/21

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Rut Fresh Report: 11/18/21

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 Nov 18, 2021
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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Late November

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How to Kill a Whitetail Buck in Late November

Once November hits my internal countdown clock begins driving me into a mild panic as each day passes without killing a buck. I know I’m not the only one. A lot of us have been programmed to believe that the first two weeks of November are our absolute best chance to kill a buck all year, and if it...
Mark Kenyon Nov 16, 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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Why Transitions Are the Perfect Rut Setups

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Why Transitions Are the Perfect Rut Setups

Sweet November comes by its reputation honestly. Those precious few weeks each year are the best time to notch your tag on a mature buck. Daylight activity is at an all-time high, and if you're in the right spot, it can be one of the most wonderfully chaotic experiences imaginable in the deer woods...
Alex Gyllstrom Nov 8, 2021
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What You Need to Know About the 2021 Rutting Moon

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What You Need to Know About the 2021 Rutting Moon

Here’s the very most important thing you need to know about the 2021 rutting moon: It might not matter at all. It might be a load of hogwash. It might be a steaming pile of good ol' deer camp mythology. Or it might not. As my pal Spencer Neuharth likes to say, the rutting moon is kind of like...
Mark Kenyon Oct 22, 2021
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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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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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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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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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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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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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