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Late Season Buck Strategy
If you have an unfilled tag as the season winds down, you’re going to have to hunt harder and smarter to find a trophy buck. The food and doe concentrations of early autumn are gone; the rut is over; and the bucks are educated to the ways of men in o...

The Rutting Moon
There are a lot of arguments about how moon phases affect deer movement. Many deer hunters believe a full moon leads to more nocturnal activity and suppresses deer movement the following day. They also believe the new moon’s lack of light forces deer...

Reading the Rut
Watch the progression of the rut to make the right moves when hunting. Conventional wisdom says that bucks are all chasing does and all bets are off. Well, a buck that has just successfully bred a doe or lost her to a more dominant buck will often re...

Small Cover, Big Bucks
Any time after the hunting pressure starts and particularly during the late season, it pays to check small pockets of cover. All deer instinctively avoid human contact, and mature bucks do so with honed skill. They quickly learn where hunters don’t g...

Scout for Success
To take a big buck, with a gun or bow, you have to know that buck. Good scouting is how you get acquainted. First look for the food. Deer have a lot to eat, and bowhunters often take big bucks by staking out hot food sources. During gun seasons, foo...

Reflections on Rattling
Rattling started in Texas and has spread across the country with mixed success. In well managed areas with a low doe-to-buck ratio, bucks must truly compete for available does, and rattling and other forms of deer calling are more effective. In area...

Monsters of the Midday
The first hour of dawn and the last hour of dusk are the magical and highly productive deer hunting times. The white-tailed deer prefers the low-light periods surrounding sunrise and sunset. However, under some conditions, hunting in the middle of th...

Driving Deer Well
Deer drives can be an effective tool for a coordinated group of hunters to take deer during midday and other low-movement periods. Driving also helps root out “islands” of heavy cover where bucks seem to vanish during daylight hours. Safety and coord...

Fools Rush In
The number one rule for taking a trophy buck is to not allow the buck to know he’s being hunted. That requires extreme caution, and it also requires not hunting in what others might consider to be the most promising spots. Start by studying the buck...

Post-Season Deer Scouting
Perhaps the most useful thing you can learn from post-season deer scouting is where the deer, and particularly the buck, end up. Get out right after the season is over and take a look. Once the hunting pressure slacks off, and certainly by the time s...

Grunt Any Time
Try to match the habits of the deer when calling. Grunting can be effective anywhere, any time. Many pros carry a grunt tube at all times, and for some it’s the only call they use. Try your call when you see a deer to see what kind of “music” your lo...

Next Year’s Deer
At the end of the season, you might stow your bow and/or gun, but you should get ready for the most productive and important scouting of the year. Winter and early spring offer incredible insight into deer, particularly into buck habitat and behavior...

Scrape Savvy
Scrapes are like email for sexually active deer. The buck paws out a clean area of soil, usually under an overhanging limb, and urinates in it. If a receptive doe comes by, she also urinates in the scrape. When the buck returns to “check his mail,” h...

Smooth as Velvet
By Rick Garrett     -- One of my longtime goals as a hunter has been to arrow a nice buck still in velvet. Here in Kentucky, it’s very unusual for one of our bucks to carry velvet past the 12th of September, giving us a week – maybe ...

Here's a TIP: Fight poaching by using Indiana’s DNR hotline
From the Indiana Department of Natural Resources -- While poachers don't wait for legal hunting times, hunting season increases the likelihood that licensed, ethical hunters will encounter poaching, which is the illegal taking of fish, game or non-...

Nebraska firearm deer hunting season opens Nov. 14
From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission -- Large numbers of permits remain available for Nebraska’s firearm season Nov. 14-22.  A new access program is available, opening thousands of acres to walk-in hunting, and a popular program that al...

Some permit deer hunts cancelled, others an option
From the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission -- Unusually high water has forced the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to close many scheduled permit deer hunts on wildlife management areas in eastern Arkansas. Other hunts have been given an optional s...

Ohio's youth deer gun hunting season Nov. 21-22
From the Ohio Department of Natural Resources    -- Ohio's 2009 youth deer-gun hunting season will Nov. 21-22, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Young hunters killed 9,852 deer during last...

Man’s Best Friend?
By Michael Stewart -- Bowhunting in my home state of Mississippi means swatting mosquitoes, keeping a keen eye out for snakes and hoping you don’t dehydrate before you make it back from your deer stand. Needless to say, my first bowhunt in Ohio foun...

Elk With An Elephant Gun
No one in his right mind would use a .458 Winchester Magnum to hunt elk.

 The thought came uninvited as I lugged the 10-pound Winchester Model 70 African .458 up the Colorado mountainside. I had found this ponderous chunk of wonderful walnut and bl...
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