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Blessing in Disguise
By Wes Frevert -- On a cold November morning in Cass County, Mo., a red pick up truck rolled quietly through a gate and into the field. As it moved through, the cows watched quietly, accustomed to this early morning traffic. The truck came to a stop...

Avoid the Death Grip
By Russell Thornberry -- Practice to Achieve the Ultimate Bow Hand Control. Lateral torque is largely the product of improper bow hand contact with your bow's grip. If you have problems with erratic arrow flight, hitting right or left of center, ...

University Teams with Buckmasters to Encourage Hunters to Get Into Shape
By Jennifer Bowen, Auburn Montgomery -- David Hart is on a mission to become a new man. Fifteen pounds lighter than he was just a month ago, he's been a bulldog when it comes to hitting the gym and eating better.  Photo: Dr. Michele Olson de...

The Whitetail's Lip Curl
Text & Photos by Tommy Kirkland -- Whitetails possess an amazing sense of smell and execute diverse forms of scent communication during the pre-rut and rut. These behaviors allow them to pronounce their presence and instinctively prepare them fo...

Double Whammy
By James Hotelling -- One of the proudest moments of my life was Nov. 5, 2005, when I sat in a treestand with my 13-year-old son Alex in South Georgia. The weather was still pretty warm outside, and the mosquitoes were out. It got pretty uncomfortab...

Decisions, Decisions
By William Edwards -- I got up at 4:00, made coffee, ate an oatmeal square and headed to where I had left my climber the night before. The forecast was for fog in the morning with clouds breaking up in the afternoon. The fog was thick, and I could o...

Watcha Gonna Do When He Comes for You?
By Brandon Fleck -- On Nov. 6, at 8:30 a.m. on a beautiful Ohio morning, I was on my way to take a police test. The whole way there I kept seeing big bucks out cruising around. I just wanted to turn around and get in the woods. But, I grudgingly wen...

Mapping Your Way to Success
By Bob Humphrey  -- How to use topo maps to increase bowhunting opportunities. I watched intently as a slender doe casually fed on acorns a mere 15 feet from the base of my tree. She was grabbing the last bites of her afternoon meal bef...

Big Buck Philosophy
By Eddie McFarland -- I paid my dues by putting in as much time as any one man could or any wife would allow but failed to punch a tag on a buck.  My freezer stayed full of delicious venison, I made certain of that, but like many hunters out ...

In the Luck of the Draw
By Michael Eatherton -- Opening day of turkey archery season started out with the same anticipation that every opening day holds. I was excited to get to the hunting grounds at dark-30 to get to THE SPOT that would surely get me that big tom that I ...

Riding the Fence
By Craig Conway -- In November last year, I was hunting in Canada. This hunt had to be the hardest one I've ever been through. On the first day, I saw some deer, but not anything worth shooting. In the distance I could see a giant deer chasing does,...

Mamma Hits It Big
By Russell Thornberry -- It was about a year ago when my wife of 39 years asked me a most unusual question: "When am I going to get to shoot something really big?" She caught me off guard. Sharleen is, by her own admission, a fair-weather ...

How Much Is Enough?
-- With so many great scent, grunt and rattle products out there, it's tough to figure out the right mix. How much scent is too much, and how much rattling or grunting, or rattling AND grunting is enough? The problem is that the answer could be dif...

Too Much Bang for the Buck!
By Pete Porter -- It was the last Wednesday of the Vermont regular deer season in 2003, and I was hunting with my nephew Everett and my friend Pete Desorda. We had been doing drives all day and were quite beat. Everett had enough by 2:30 p.m. and we...

Lost and Found
By Galvey Vincent -- I was hunting back in the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana. I had harvested a spike and another buck during rifle season. As I was dragging the second deer out of the woods, I came across a 12-inch wide tree that a buck was rubbin...

Part 1: The Art & Science of Rattling White-tailed Deer


Never Too Old to Learn
By Mark Wilson -- A lot of my friends at work are deer hunters, and I would often here their stories of seeing deer, being in the woods, the solitude, and the reflection that happens when you're out there sitting in a treestand. It seemed to me that...

Eliminating Bow Noise
By Tracy Breen -- I'm sure you have been in this situation: you come to full draw and shoot an arrow at a deer. You watch in disbelief as the buck or doe jumps the string and disappears into the woods. There was probably a time when you didn't even ...

Test Your Setup
-- Experience hunters know how important it is to make a setup well before hunting season and then to let it alone until opening day. If you know the deer frequent that area and will continue to do so from scouting time through the start of the seaso...

Hunting on Borrowed Time
By Michael Bennett -- The 2005 Missouri deer season turned out to be the most memorable time for me and my family, so I find it only right to take the time to share it with you. Before I start the story, I need to give some background information on...
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