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Why I Love to Shoot Young Bucks

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Why I Love to Shoot Young Bucks

Throwing haymakers at some idiot during a housewarming party is not something I’d recommend, especially if you already have six stitches in your punching knuckle. You’ll blow them out, get kicked out of the party, and accomplish nothing except proving why sobriety is probably the right path for you...
Tony J. Peterson Jul 21, 2021
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Why Deer Hunting Private Land Can Suck

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Why Deer Hunting Private Land Can Suck

When public land whitetail hunting is portrayed by the hook-and-bullet media, it often falls into one of two camps. While one side paints an uber-rosy picture of common ground deer hunting, the other wouldn’t be caught dead on public land. The reality? Public land whitetail hunting is just like...
Tony J. Peterson Jun 25, 2021
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How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

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How to Train Your Dog to Blood Trail Deer

Western hunters are lucky in a lot of ways, but whitetail hunters have an advantage in tools available for recovering game. If you draw a line along the western borders of Idaho, Utah, and New Mexico, you’re looking at the demarcation for legal use of dogs to aid in game recovery efforts. Anywhere...
Tony J. Peterson Jun 18, 2021
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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck Without Hunting Food

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How to Kill a Late-Season Buck Without Hunting Food

Several years ago I was sitting on a Minnesota buck tag as December rolled in. I figured filling that tag was a long shot, but I also had nothing to lose by trying. I made a plan to split my time between private and public ground with the realization that I didn’t have access to a single acre of a...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 23, 2020
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How Weather Impacts Late Season Deer Movement

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How Weather Impacts Late Season Deer Movement

Santa Claus, Christmas carols, and candy canes be damned—now is not the time to get distracted from deer hunting if you still have a tag. The late season can be one of your best chances to kill a buck, but only if you play your cards right. That means paying attention to the weather. Why? By the...
Mark Kenyon Dec 17, 2020
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3 Overlooked Deer Hunting Tactics for Late Season

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3 Overlooked Deer Hunting Tactics for Late Season

Many hunters claim that December is often the best time to kill a mature buck. After all, the rigors of the rut caused them to drop 25% of weight, and packing on pounds is of utmost importance. So, simply hop on your side-by-side and drive out to your favorite box blind to shoot a hitlister over...
Tony J. Peterson Dec 16, 2020
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Scout

How to Chum Whitetails

Scout

How to Chum Whitetails

It's hot, the mosquitos and deer flies are out for blood, and velvet racks are packing on inches by the day. If you're a whitetail fanatic itching for fall, it's an exciting time of year. Of course, nothing replaces real-time, in-season intel, but gathering inventory on big bucks that may be around...
Alex Gyllstrom Aug 2, 2021
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The Basics of Summer Scouting Whitetails

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The Basics of Summer Scouting Whitetails

In every state, hunters kill an average of 55% to 65% of the Pope & Young record bucks during the season’s abbreviated rut phase periods. That stat being what it is, it makes sense to scout during the post-season when the rut sign is still visible (scrapes, licking branches, runways in bedding areas...
John Eberhart Jul 23, 2021
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How to Find Whitetail Sanctuaries on Public Land

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How to Find Whitetail Sanctuaries on Public Land

Whitetail deer might be one of the most adaptable species in North America. From the suburbs to the backcountry, whitetail can scratch out a living seemingly anywhere. While many whitetail hunters seek out idealistic habitat littered with large ag fields, food plots, flowing creeks, and ample...
Dylan Tramp Jul 19, 2021
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The Simplest Way to Become a Better Whitetail Hunter

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The Simplest Way to Become a Better Whitetail Hunter

The path to becoming a better deer hunter is a long one filled with false-starts and dead ends. It’s a path full of credit-card charges for gear that won’t deliver on marketing promises and flavor-of-the-month hunting strategies and tactics. There's plenty of failure and frustration because much of...
Tony J. Peterson Jul 16, 2021
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Private Land You Didn’t Know You Could Hunt

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Private Land You Didn’t Know You Could Hunt

Public land deer hunting has grown in popularity over the last 10 years and for good reason. There is an incredible amount of opportunity for quality hunting on these public pieces, but the popularity goes hand in hand with hunting pressure. Growing up in Pennsylvania, I’ve been able to hunt a...
Beau Martonik Jul 12, 2021
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How to Read a Whitetail Buck Bed

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How to Read a Whitetail Buck Bed

Buck beds are trendy as hell and the hype very well might be deserved. These earthy ovals in the dirt are truly valuable pieces of sign. But finding a buck bed and actually using that intel to kill a buck are two very different things. The trick to taking action on a bed is to move beyond just...
Mark Kenyon Jul 9, 2021
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5 Best Exercises for Whitetail Hunters

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5 Best Exercises for Whitetail Hunters

Hunting and fitness should go hand in hand. We hunt for the best meat in the world, and being healthy just seems to fit with that lifestyle naturally. While we all know successful hunters who are gym rats or totally out of shape, I believe that a certain level of fitness is necessary to be the best...
Andy May Jul 8, 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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How to Plant a Late-Season Food Plot

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How to Plant a Late-Season Food Plot

It’s easy to overcomplicate the simple process of creating a late-season food plot. We are surrounded by information that provides us clues for how to grow a successful plot. Check out the corn and soybean fields booming across the nation and take your lead from the folks who grow crops for a living...
Tony Hansen Jul 28, 2021
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The Easiest Way to Add Water to Your Deer Property

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The Easiest Way to Add Water to Your Deer Property

It’s routinely preached that deer need three things to flourish: food, cover, and water. If this trifecta of whitetail necessities were a rock band, food sources would sing lead vocals, cover would play the guitar, and water would pluck the bass—quiet, omnipresent in the background, and rarely...
Mark Kenyon Jul 14, 2021
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The Truth About Fertilizing Oak Trees

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The Truth About Fertilizing Oak Trees

If you want oaks on your land to grow more acorns, forget the fertilizer and fire up your chainsaw. Professor Craig Harper at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville routinely repeats this advice when hunters request fertilizing tips for oaks. Harper said hunters typically want a quick way to...
Patrick Durkin Jul 6, 2021
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How to Easily Create Deer Funnels

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How to Easily Create Deer Funnels

Since the beginning of time, hunters have searched for points of concentrated travel while tracking deer movement. Centuries ago, Native Americans patiently waited over creek crossings, and today hunters try to get the drop on deer coming through bottlenecks in food plots. Taking advantage of high...
Alex Gyllstrom Jun 30, 2021
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Gear

The Best Archery Advice I've Ever Gotten

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The Best Archery Advice I've Ever Gotten

The best archery advice I ever got came to me in a dream. No, that’s not right. Maybe it was from a friend? Or was it a guest on my podcast? Honestly I can’t remember where or when or how exactly this nugget of wisdom arrived in my consciousness. But that’s not important. What is important is the...
Mark Kenyon Jul 26, 2021
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Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

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Is Hydrostatic Shock Real?

In a 1942 edition of Popular Mechanics, an article titled “Super Speed Bullets Knock ‘Em Dead” describes a new wunderkind cartridge that launches a .22-caliber projectile an astounding 5,400 feet per second. The bullet maintains a flat trajectory out to 400 yards, but its real benefit—something the...
Jordan Sillars Jul 9, 2021
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Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

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Best Rifle Cartridges for New Deer Hunters

Caliber selection can be intimidating for new deer hunters. There are so many options, and every gun writer with a blog and an Internet connection has an opinion he’s more than happy to share. You can read our recommendations below, but first, know this: almost every rifle caliber can take down a...
Jordan Sillars Jul 2, 2021
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The Best Gear for Summertime Glassing

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The Best Gear for Summertime Glassing

The sinking sun, buzzing mosquitoes, clinging humidity, and wafting aroma of cornsilk. And yes, of course, the flicking white tails amidst a distant sea of green. I love this scene more than any other during the whitetailer’s off-season. Whether I’m driving the neighborhood or staking out the back...
Mark Kenyon Jun 28, 2021
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Are High Front-of-Center Arrows Overrated?

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Are High Front-of-Center Arrows Overrated?

Hop on your favorite internet hunting forum, podcast, or YouTube channel and you are likely to come across bowhunters debating arrow setups and advocating for high front-of-center arrows, often abbreviated to FOC. Trends come and go in the archery world, but this one has been a trendy subject for...
Dylan Tramp Jun 23, 2021
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5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

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5 Best Cartridges for Western Whitetails

Open country, high elevation, and long shots are staples of Western whitetail hunting. Your rifle cartridge better be able to handle it. In most scenarios, the .30-30 Winchester that shines in the thick foliage of the Appalachians won’t get the job done in the Great Plains or Rocky Mountains. You...
Jordan Sillars Jun 17, 2021
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3 Mods That Will Improve Your Mobile Hunting Setup

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3 Mods That Will Improve Your Mobile Hunting Setup

In the last few years, mobile hunting has boomed and manufactures have answered the cry of hunters for lighter and more compact equipment. It’s a great time to be a mobile hunter because of improved gear, but there are still some simple mods and additions to make your mobile hunting setup even more...
Andy May Jun 16, 2021
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Latest Wired To Hunt Podcasts

Ep. 439: Foundations - The Long Lost Art of Long-Range Glassing

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Ep. 439: Foundations - The Long Lost Art of Long-Range Glassing

On today’s show, Tony makes the case for dusting off your binos and spotting scope to glass summertime bucks like we used to before trail cameras became so popular. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram MeatEater on Instagram, Facebook...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 3, 2021
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Ep. 438: How to Get Your Head in the Whitetail Game, with Tim Kent

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Ep. 438: How to Get Your Head in the Whitetail Game, with Tim Kent

On today's show, guest host Tony Peterson talks with New York bowhunter Tim Kent. They discuss how Tim has changed his mental and physical strategies over time to not only fall deeper in love with whitetail hunting, but to stay focused throughout the entirety of the season. Connect with Mark Kenyon...
Mark Kenyon Jul 29, 2021
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Ep. 437: Foundations - Trail Camera Recon Realities

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Ep. 437: Foundations - Trail Camera Recon Realities

On today’s show, Tony explores the various scenarios we all deal with when it comes to summertime trail camera images and how to stay the course, or adapt to new information as it comes to you. Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony Peterson on Instagram...
Tony J. Peterson Jul 27, 2021
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Ep. 436: What Would Jeff Sturgis Do?

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Ep. 436: What Would Jeff Sturgis Do?

This week on the show, I'm joined by Jeff Sturgis of Whitetail Habitat Solutions to run him through a series of challenging hypothetical deer hunting scenarios and see how he'd handle them. Connect with Mark Kenyon and MeatEater Mark Kenyon  on Instagram , Twitter , and Facebook MeatEater on...
Mark Kenyon Jul 22, 2021
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