Hiding In Plain Sight
By Tom Fegely
We’ve learned some of our best concealment tricks from the original masters.
My thoughts should have been on deer, but the occasional scratch in the dry leaves below my treestand commanded my attention. After several minutes, a glimpse of movement in the mottled leaves revealed the oval form of a woodcock going about its business of poking i... READ MORE
That’s No Squirrel
By Matt Saunders
Ohio youth hunter gets the job done with a single-shot .410.
My 8-year-old son Luke had been bugging me all summer about getting him a .410 shotgun so he could go hunting with me. I finally caved in and bought him a Rossi single-shot .410 and his apprentice license. I taught him how to be safe with the gun and respect its power, and also to respec... READ MORE
By Steve Bartylla
Sometimes a buck needs a little nudge to put him in the right spot for a shot.
The more I studied the area, the more convinced I became that I’d found the best stand site on the property. Other locations along the creek bottom looked good but were too wide to cover.
This spot was different. Here, the creek bank sliced diagonally from tight ... READ MORE
Fall of the Kessnich King
By John Albert
You know you have a big buck when you shoot the one the taxidermist is after. I have lived in Wisconsin for almost seven years now and have been fortunate to meet some unique and fine people. One of those people is the owner of 751 acres near Bear Valley, where we hunt and practice fine deer management. On Nov. 3, 2004, I was headed to a stand I us... READ MORE
An Early Christmas Gift
By Sandy and Donnie Wigginton
Daughter buys her dad a license for an out-of-state hunt of a lifetime.
I moved to Rogersville, Ala., five years ago from Mississippi. It was difficult to move, because my father and I have always shared a love for the outdoors. It has always been something that enabled us to have time together. For his 2006 Christmas present, my brother Casey, Mo... READ MORE
Better Than Basketball
By Gary Spangler
Chad might have given up sports over the years, but he’s not giving up hunting. Chad Richmond, a hunter from Leesburg, Ohio, is a passionate person. In his youth, Chad’s passion was sports, particularly basketball, and then deer hunting. His wife and children have replaced basketball on the list, but deer hunting is still right there at... READ MORE
By Paul Thein
Childhood memories and tradition kept this hunter returning home for deer season.
Since I was a teenager fresh out of hunter safety class, I’ve been hunting a family farm in Olmsted County, Minn. Our hunting party consists of cousins and close friends, and hunting together is a tradition. Over the years, I have watched many of our party bag ... READ MORE
Catch a Buck Napping
By Jeff Murray
Try these three tricks to beat a buck in his most secure lair. Bedded bucks? You might get a glimpse of a bedded buck’s whereabouts, but the cost is giving away your presence in his little moated castle. Bucks are as elusive as Osama bin Laden when they decide to hole out for the day. And if you believe in telemetry studies, not to mention th... READ MORE
By Bob Stein
It’s hard to say who was happier, the first-time hunter or his dad.
I am 45 years old and have been an avid deer hunter since I was 18. My dad didn’t hunt, so I picked it up on my own. For the first nine years of hunting, I didn’t shoot a deer, let alone a buck. But since then I’ve been on a roll. I’ve had my share of... READ MORE
Only In the Great North Woods
By Chris Lorson
Friends tag monster bucks during annual reunion hunt in Canada. I look forward to my annual hunting vacation to get away from the constant phone calls and headaches of my job in Williamsport, Pa. For a number of years, I made solo trips to Saskatchewan, but now I have friends who go with me. It’s a reunion every year, and it’s always ha... READ MORE
Yesterday Once More
By Denny Crisp
Even after 28 years, the details of taking a giant buck are crystal clear. It started out as a typical hunting day but turned into an event that, even 28 years later, seems like yesterday. On Nov. 11, 1978, deer season started off like any other. The alarm went off around 4 a.m., and I jumped out of bed and put on my blue jeans and red flannel shir... READ MORE
By Joe Blake
The name of the game in successful bowhunting is stealth.
The bitter northwest wind stung my face as I made my way across the pasture, as did the bits of sleet that fell from the slate-gray sky. But I knew that once I reached the trees, I would be offered some protection, so I adjusted my loaded pack and trudged onward across the cold Minnesota la... READ MORE
As Reliable as the Sun
By Bob Humphrey
Our biologist examines peak rut dates across the country. Peak rut represents an annual high point for deer hunters and the bucks they pursue. It's not surprising that predicting when it will occur is the hottest topic in whitetail hunting. Theories abound, based on a host of factors including temperature, barometric pressure, wind speed, type and ... READ MORE
5 Tips for Public Ground
By Bob Humphrey
Proven methods for taking deer in high-pressure locations. I was socializing with a group of outdoor writers one day when I bumped into a comrade from a neighboring state. I opened with the appropriate greeting. “How’d your deer season go?” Ordinarily that’s just an ice-breaker, a way to start a friendly conversation, but th... READ MORE
By Bob Humphrey
Because no other facet of whitetail behavior affects hunters more. Rut ... The mere mention of the word stirs the blood of every whitetail hunter. It is that precious time of the year when both hunter and prey go a little crazy. Mature bucks let down their guard as their attention shifts to procreating the species. Hunters, meanwhile, know this is ... READ MORE