Tips & Tactics

Sweet Somethings

Sweet Somethings

By Ken Piper

There are subtleties that make stopping a deer work perfectly or fail miserably. It’s always better to shoot at a stationary target. Unfortunately, whitetails don’t often remain still for very long. Mouth-grunting is the standard tactic we use to stop a walking deer, but there are nuances to it that can make or break your shot opportuni... READ MORE

Go Low

Go Low

By Ken Piper

It feels good to aim at center mass, but lower is better. Bow or gun, a big majority of deer misses go high. Gun hunters often jerk on the trigger, pulling the barrel up, while bowhunters fall victim to deer reacting to the sound of the bow. While this reaction is called jumping the string or ducking the string, it’s really just the deer bend... READ MORE

Keep It Cool

Keep It Cool

By Ken Piper

Great-tasting venison starts with cooling and protecting the meat. One of the keys to ensuring your venison tastes as fantastic as it should is cooling the meat as quickly as possible. Even if outside temperatures aren’t in the 70s or 80s, it’s important to get the meat chilled quickly. Cooling the meat starts with field-dressing. Get i... READ MORE

The Livelong Day

The Livelong Day

By Ken Piper

Sitting all day is not a requirement, even during the rut. We’re quickly approaching the time of year when you might consider sitting all day. The reason we usually hunt only mornings and evenings is simple: Deer move most at dawn and dusk. The exception is the rut, when anything can happen. Even during the rut, however, the odds of seeing a ... READ MORE

10 Treestand Safety Tips

10 Treestand Safety Tips

By Bryan Zabitski | TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

The most important part of any hunt is returning to the ground safely. It is estimated that one out of every three deer hunters who hunt from elevated stands will likely experience a fall at some point. Following are some tips to help keep you safe while hunting from your elevated stand. 1) Always read and understand the manufacturer’s instru... READ MORE

Less Is More

Less Is More

By Ken Piper

Why spending less time in your best stand is a good thing. Most of us try to have multiple stand locations ready for deer season, but we all have our favorite – that one stand that looks the most promising and the one we’re sure will produce a monster buck. We take special care with that stand and have everything just right for opening ... READ MORE

Rattling Basics

Rattling Basics

By Ken Piper

Try to imitate buck behavior for that particular time of the season. If you read hunting magazines and watch hunting shows on TV, chances are you’ve seen conflicting advice about the right way to rattle for bucks. Some writers will tell you to make a major commotion, while others advise a light tickling of tines. So which is right? Answer: Wh... READ MORE

Give Me a Break!

Give Me a Break!

By Ken Piper

The experts don’t always agree on breaking in a new rifle barrel. With so many great choices available for new deer rifles, many of you will be heading afield with virgin guns this fall. Not all the experts agree, but it seems intuitive that a brand new rifle would require some kind of break-in period. The logic says there can be rough edges ... READ MORE

Have Scrape, Will Travel

Have Scrape, Will Travel

By Ken Piper

Mock scrapes are even better with a touch of the real thing. More hunters are experimenting with mock scrapes to fool bucks and get them riled up. Mock-scrape kits contain everything you need to create a scrape, but it never hurts to add another level of realism. The next time you make a mock scrape, use dirt from a real scrape to take it to anothe... READ MORE

Over a Barrel

Over a Barrel

By Ken Piper

A free-floating gun barrel is accurate, but also susceptible to contact. Most of today’s hunting rifles are manufactured with free-floating barrels. This means nothing touches the barrel much beyond its connection to the gun action. While it might look like the forearm of the stock touches the barrel, it doesn’t. There are many benefits... READ MORE

Are Long-Range Crossbow Hunting Shots Worth the Risk?

Are Long-Range Crossbow Hunting Shots Worth the Risk?

By Bryan Zabitski, TenPoint Crossbow Technologies

Modern hunting crossbows shoot harder and faster than ever before, with many shooting beyond 400 feet-per-second. As a result of this evolution of performance, many crossbow hunters now wish to extend the effective hunting ranges of their crossbows out to distances greater than 50-yards, which has been the distance accepted by most crossbow hunters... READ MORE

Corn Stalk

Corn Stalk

By Ken Piper

Standing corn is a blessing and curse for bowhunters. Agriculture fields draw whitetails, and lots of them. That's the good news. The bad news is deer also use those fields for cover and bedding areas. Standing corn is an excellent and oft-used whitetail sanctuary. And you'd be amazed how even a big buck and simply lie down and disappear in soybean... READ MORE

Expect Success

Expect Success

By Ken Piper

A positive mental attitude leads to better results in the woods. There are many factors that go into a successful hunt: scouting, practice and equipment are just a few. In addition to all these physical elements, there are important mental aspects of deer hunting that separate the average from the best. There’s nothing like experience to help... READ MORE

Fishing for Bucks

Fishing for Bucks

By Ken Piper

Think like an angler when looking for deer on a new tract of land. Because a majority of deer hunters spend at least some time fishing, we’d like to point out that fishing skills can come in handy in the deer woods, too. One of the first things bass fishermen learn is to look for underwater structure – changes in the lake bottom that di... READ MORE

Know Your Nuts

Know Your Nuts

By Ken Piper

Acorns are not like wine, and white is definitely better than red. Acorns are one of the white-tailed deer’s favorite foods, but getting a buck isn’t as simple as finding an oak tree and setting an egg timer until a bruiser walks in. There are several different types of oaks, and the subtle differences are important. Deer prefer white o... READ MORE

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