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How to Deer Hunt Standing Corn

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How to Deer Hunt Standing Corn

While many hunters value agricultural fields as reliable food sources for deer, one negative aspect of standing cornfields is that mature bucks rarely leave them. Standing corn makes for secure bedding, feeding, and breeding. These reasons give bucks little reason to stray very far. Rather than...
John Eberhart Sep 20, 2021
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Why September is the Best Month to Hunt Scrapes

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Why September is the Best Month to Hunt Scrapes

Hunt with me just once, and you’ll know at least one thing about me: I focus a lot of my whitetail attention on scrapes. Even in September, which goes against conventional whitetail wisdom. I think I make a sound argument that September and early October is the best time to target a mature whitetail...
Tony Hansen Sep 16, 2021
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How to Kill a Buck in High Wind

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How to Kill a Buck in High Wind

When Spencer Neuharth asked me to write this article, I feared it might end up being the shortest piece in MeatEater history. It would read like this: If you want to kill a buck in high winds, you should just keep hunting like you would in calmer conditions. Unfortunately, the problem with that is...
Tony J. Peterson Sep 15, 2021
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How Mark Drury Predicts Buck Movement Based on Wind

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How Mark Drury Predicts Buck Movement Based on Wind

The name Drury has become synonymous with deer hunting. Dubbed “the mad scientist” by some hunters, Mark Drury has dissected deer behavior—specifically mature buck movement—for decades. And there’s certainly a method to his madness. Drury’s smartphone application, DeerCast, launched in 2018. He says...
Emily Kantner Sep 10, 2021
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How to Find Bucks After They Shed Velvet

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How to Find Bucks After They Shed Velvet

If you’re fortunate enough to hunt whitetails in early September, you know how effective it can be to pattern bucks on their summer feeding routine. Factors like hunting pressure vary a bit from state to state, but this summer feeding pattern will soon come to an end, which often happens in...
Dylan Tramp Sep 7, 2021
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How Volume Hunting Could Save Your Season

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How Volume Hunting Could Save Your Season

It’s no secret that your best chance to kill a mature buck is your first time hunting him. Mature bucks are masters of detecting and patterning human presence, so keeping the element of surprise in my favor has been one of the most important things I’ve learned when targeting older age-class deer...
Andy May Sep 3, 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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The First Thing You Should Do to Scout a New Property

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The First Thing You Should Do to Scout a New Property

There’s no worse feeling than losing a hunting spot, just as there’s no better feeling than gaining a new one. This is partly due to the fact that unlike familiar ground where you’ve got seasons of good and bad experiences filed away in the memory bank, new properties are all promise. You don’t know...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 20, 2021
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How Andrae D'Acquisto Unconventionally Scouts for Big Bucks

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How Andrae D'Acquisto Unconventionally Scouts for Big Bucks

“Hunt like a wolf. Period.” When I asked Lone Wolf Custom legend Andrae D’Acquisto his top-shelf tips for whitetail scouting, he boiled it all down to behaving like his company’s namesake predator. While many whitetail hunters will put in some legwork throughout the summer and maybe hang a couple...
Emily Kantner Aug 11, 2021
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How to Chum Whitetails

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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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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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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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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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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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Latest Wired To Hunt Podcasts

Ep. 441: Foundations - Treat Whitetail Glassing Sessions Like a Rifle Hunt

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Ep. 441: Foundations - Treat Whitetail Glassing Sessions Like a Rifle Hunt

On today’s show, Tony goes further into the topic of long-range glassing to describe his favorite strategy for laying eyes on bachelor groups that live on pressured ground. Connect with Wired To Hunt and MeatEater Connect with Wired To Hunt and a href="http://themeateater.com/">MeatEater Tony...
Tony J. Peterson Aug 10, 2021
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Ep. 440: What Would Michael Hunsucker Do? (And BONUS Conservation News!)

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Ep. 440: What Would Michael Hunsucker Do? (And BONUS Conservation News!)

This week on the show, we've got a two-parter. In part one, we're joined by John Gale of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers to discuss one of the most substantial and exciting new pieces of wildlife conservation legislation to be proposed in decades, the Recovering America's Wildlife Act. Then, we chat...
Mark Kenyon Aug 5, 2021
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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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