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How High Is High Enough?
These days, whitetails look up. Back in the old days, the treestand was a magic bullet, and it didn’t have to be very high to work. It’s uncomfortable to the deer to look up. Its neck is more rigid than ours, and its eyes are situated to detect grou...

Early-Season Hunting
In most archery seasons and some early gun seasons, whitetails’ preferred food sources are changing as many plants start to dry out. If there’s one sure bet about deer, it is that they prefer the most succulent foods available. It doesn’t matter how ...

Rubbing It In
Many hunters believe rubs to be the most reliable form of buck sign. Some believe that the bigger the rub the bigger the buck. To an extent, both are true. The big advantage of rubs is that they’re less likely to be made randomly than scrapes. Rubs ...

The Secondary Rut
 If you don’t tag out during the primary rut, you have a second chance. The secondary rut occurs about 28 days after the primary rut is over. Any adult doe not successfully bred during the primary rut will come into heat again on the 28th day of...

Why the Sheboygan Falls buck will NOT topple the B&C record
By Mike Handley -- If a buck’s typical-looking rack has been taped (unofficially) at 217 5/8 inches, and the current B&C world record typical is 213 5/8, then it’s easy to see how someone could deduce that the former is bigger than the latter. ...

Hunting The Pre-Rut
Keep your eyes open for the first signs of the rut, because the pre-rut is one of the best times to bag a buck. The first rubs signal that bucks are getting interested but are not yet quite all the way "there." At that period, buck grunts work well,...

Sorting Out the Sign
So what’s hot — rubs, scrapes, trails, bedding areas or feeding areas? Actually, they all are. An area containing all these things indicates a high amount of deer activity. However, don’t bet the farm on any one of them. Split the difference. Hunti...

Population-Control Hunts
With the whitetail deer population exploding nationwide and with the whitetail’s particular ability to live close to human habitation, the public perception of "Bambi" is changing. Ask any non-hunting suburbanite who has had a few thousand dollars of...

Venison Care
Clean, cool and quick are the watchwords of good venison care. A clean shot, clean field-dressing and quick cooling of the carcass are the key steps to good-tasting venison. Immediate field dressing is best, as this starts the all-important cooling p...

Cutting To The Core
Sometimes even the best plans don’t work out. Usually this is when the season is winding down time is running out. Under those circumstances, you might have to break the rules and hunt a buck’s core area. It’s a risky maneuver, and just one tiny mist...

Risky Business Rut
Don’t think a mature buck is dumb, even during the heat of the rut. He might move more than usual; he may move more in daylight than usual; and he will certainly venture into unfamiliar territory while chasing does. This goes against his native cauti...

Venison Steak in Ritz Crackers
Venison Steak in Ritz Crackers will melt in your mouth. All I ever tasted was venison steak cooked the same ol’ way in flour and onions and well done. The taste was a cross between liver and shoe leather. Then, Mike McDonald from Sheldon, Iowa, fixe...

Steve Hall’s Cornbread Cake
When it comes out of the oven it looks like Cornbread but has no cornmeal in it! I got this recipe from down in Alabama at a family get-together. I walked by the table and grabbed a piece, took a bite, walked about 3 feet and turned around and said, ...

Steve Hall’s Venison Sloppy Joes
If you have 1 pound of venison burger and 10 minutes, you can make the best homemade Sloppy Joes the kids ever tasted. The big kids will love them, too! Grab some buns and chips and feed the gang! Here's what you need to get started.

Old Fashioned Two Crust Apple Pie
Crust Ingredients & Directions: 3/4 cup unsalted butter, chilled, 1/2 cup lard or shortening, 2 1/2 cups AP flour, 1/2 cup cake flour, 1 Tsp salt, 1 Tsp sugar and 1/2 cup chilled water. Stir flours, sugar and salt together in a large bowl. Use ...

DNR: World-class 8-pointer Poached
By Mike Handley -- The massive rack of what could be the largest 8-pointer ever has been seized by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and the Cannon Falls, Minn., man who shot it has been charged with poaching. Spurred by calls from nei...

The Grey Ghost
By Clint Anderson -- It was the second night at deer camp. We gathered around the fireplace, allowing its warmth to embrace us as we shared stories of the previous day. My uncle had harvested a nice 10-point whitetail, which was still in the back of...

Rubs for Results
While there’s much debate on the subject, rubs can be a reliable form of buck sign. Bucks use (some) rubs to define their territory. Glands in the buck’s forehead produce an oily substance that contains a scent peculiar to that buck — a signature sce...

Bucks and the Acorn Connection
Oak trees of some species are found throughout the range of white-tailed deer. That’s good, because deer love acorns. However, they love some acorns more than others. White oak acorns are preferred because they have less tannic acid than red oak aco...

It’s Good to Have Choices
Smart deer hunters set up several stand sites for an individual buck or hunt different areas. A buck will soon figure out that someone is out to get him. If you hunt from the same stand all the time, he will simply avoid that one area. Have several ...
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