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5 Tips for Public Ground

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

Rut-ology

Rut-ology

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

Keep Stands Fresh

Keep Stands Fresh

By Steve Bartylla

Try to remain undetected, even when you don’t see the buck you’re after. I needed a break. During the off season, I’d invested several weeks in scouting and stand preparation. My intention had been to hunt the property hard. I knew it held mature bucks, and I staked my Wisconsin buck tag on taking one. I was confident that all I ... READ MORE

The Late Show

The Late Show

By Bob Humphrey

Check out these states that offer really late deer seasons. Woodpeckers. I’ve never seen so many blooming woodpeckers in all my life.” It’s funny the things you can find to occupy your mind during those long hours on stand. The abundance of woodpeckers seemed odd to me. In the late-season deer woods back home, I might see one or t... READ MORE

Plans B and C

Plans B and C

By Tracy Breen

Consistent hunters give themselves plenty of options. I remember watching my father stare out the living room window as he studied a feather dangling from a tree. It was a regular occurrence before he headed to the woods to hunt deer. The magical feather, along with the time of the season, determined the treestand he would use. Why was the feather ... READ MORE

Bowhunting Mini-Lessons

Bowhunting Mini-Lessons

By Tom Fegely

No matter how many years you hunt with a bow, there’s always something new to learn. Much of what I’ve learned about hunting over the years has come in small doses via lessons shared by friends or through personal experiences that have resulted in hits or misses. From rattling and grunting to deer jumping the string, check out these two... READ MORE

Warm Weather Whitetails

Warm Weather Whitetails

By Bob Humphrey

When the mercury soars, you can still find success in the whitetail woods. You didn’t need to feel it; you could see it was cold. A dense glazing of hoarfrost coated the tall canary grass and smartweed. As the big buck stepped into the clearing, steam spouted from his nostrils like a twin-stack semi. With eyes wide and ears perked forward, he... READ MORE

Who Needs a Rabbit’s Food?

Who Needs a Rabbit’s Food?

By Kathy Etling

It’s no accident this Wisconsin woman is so successful with a bow. At 3 p.m., Janice Maxfield and her son, Andy, age 11, walked toward a greenfield that had been planted not far from a brushy tangle of cottonwoods in north-central Kansas. It was the first afternoon of the Maxfield family bowhunt, and Janice planned to stay out until dark. And... READ MORE

A Plan Comes Together

A Plan Comes Together

By Curtis Shaw

Things don’t always go according to the book in the deer woods, but when they do, it can be a thing of beauty. The buzz of the alarm came too early. I had been hunting four days a week since Oct. 1, and my motivation for early morning hunts was wearing thin. I was invited to hunt with a couple of close friends that morning in the bustling sub... READ MORE

The Immortal Buck

The Immortal Buck

By Tom Fegely

Was it real, a dream, or a bad bologna sandwich? One hunting tale I’ve shared only a handful of times but have thought about on hundreds of occasions occurred in the fall of 1963 in southern New York. This is the way I remember it. The buck still walks through my dreams now and again. I’m no longer certain after 40-plus years that my re... READ MORE

Architectural Whitetails

Architectural Whitetails

By Joe Blake

Bucks often use man-made structures and cover to hide in plain sight. It was the day before Halloween, and it was cold, even for Minnesota. With an early morning temperature near zero and a stiff northwest wind, I shivered with more than anticipation as I made my way across the grassy meadow. Tall grass bordering the fence line I followed shimmered... READ MORE

Brown Velvet

Brown Velvet

By Bob Humphrey

An early season hunt on legendary Anticosti Island provides a rare trophy opportunity. There was no need for my guide, Richard, to speak. I knew it and so did he. Experience told me to follow close on his heels, walk when he walked, stop when he stopped. No need to look around or ahead. He would be the eyes, and when the time came, I would be the g... READ MORE

Lucky or Cursed?

Lucky or Cursed?

By Steve Bartylla

The story of a buck named Moses. As the buck came trotting down the woods edge toward Trevor Oleson, the hunter couldn’t believe it; he was looking at a local legend. Although Trevor had never laid eyes on the buck, he’d seen the pictures and heard the stories. There was no doubt that this was Moses. The only question that remained was ... READ MORE

Fools Rush In

Fools Rush In

By Jim Wardlow

If the weather’s too bad to go to work, go hunting instead! It was the second day of the second shotgun season in Rock Island County, Ill., and we were getting our first big snow of the year. I wasn’t happy about heading to work on such a perfect hunting day — any day in the woods is better than a day at work. Then my boss called ... READ MORE

The Language of Smells

The Language of Smells

By Bob Humphrey

Whitetails communicate as much with smell as they do with vocalizations. It was the fourth day of my Kansas bowhunt, and things hadn’t gone particularly well. A clean miss the first morning and unseasonably warm temperatures had haunted me for three days. Somehow I had to make amends, but with rain and more high temperatures in the forecast, ... READ MORE

Make Your Move

Make Your Move

By Jeff Murray

When it’s time to make a mid-season move, it’s all about surprise. In spite of our best whitetail preparations, events sometimes conspire against us. But the main problem isn’t that setbacks occur; it’s how we react to them. A prime example is the hot stand that suddenly goes cold. Some hunters hang in there because of fond ... READ MORE

The Not-So-Perfect Spot

The Not-So-Perfect Spot

By Joe Blake

Despite loads of sign and tons of deer sightings, there are places on this earth that God seemingly created just to frustrate hunters. From my perch on an open ridge high above the James River valley in central North Dakota, I could see nine BTR whitetails — the same nine bucks I had glassed the week before, and the same nine bucks I had glas... READ MORE

Second Chance Dream Buck

Second Chance Dream Buck

By Travis Faulkner

Most hunters never get to see a giant buck, let alone get two chances to take one. Anyone who has ever climbed into a treestand has envisioned the ultimate buck. You know the one I am talking about. It’s the buck responsible for all those sleepless nights before the opening day of season. This buck is also the driving force behind waking up e... READ MORE

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

By Mike Handley

For dad, it’s a break from students; for son, a break from teachers. Driving 1,200 miles through five states isn’t so bad when the destination is a long-anticipated hunt during the peak of the rut. The return trip, however, can be grueling. You can’t click the muddy heels of your camo boots together and wake up back home in Pennsy... READ MORE

Public Land Pursuits

Public Land Pursuits

By Travis J. Faulkner

These strategies will help you take big bucks from high-pressure areas. Most deer hunters believe it isn’t possible to regularly take trophy bucks on public land. Such results have to happen behind a high fence at some expensive hunting lodge, right? The truth is that some of the biggest bucks have been taken from areas that any of us could h... READ MORE

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