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How to Cook Venison

 Venison is a lean, flavorful meat that can be prepared in a variety of ways. Here are some general tips on how to cook venison: Marinate the meat: Because venison is a lean meat, it can easily become tough and dry when cooked. Marinating the meat can help tenderize it and add flavor. A simple marinade of olive oil, vinegar, and herbs can work...

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27% of Whitetail Hunters Use Modern Sporting Rifles

There are about 11.4 million whitetail deer hunters in the United States. More specifically, there are about 9.4 million people who hunt deer with both gun and bow, and an additional 2 million who hunt deer only with bow (that includes all archery). If you are a casual reader, do not misread these numbers. I’m […]

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6 Super Foods You’ll Find in a Gut Pile

From the look on his face, Pedro isn’t too hungry. He’s only eaten half his corn dog and a couple of forkfuls of his green beans. His juice box remains opened, and his daily portion of tater tots are stacked in a neat pyramid on his school-lunch tray. Meanwhile, Napoleon is famished. His gaze darts […]

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7 Shrubs You Do Not Want on Your Property

It doesn’t matter if you have 2 acres or 200, if you find these shrubs/trees on your property, do everything in your power to wipe them out. The native habitat — and your local deer herd — will metaphorically thank you. Although I’ve experienced tremendous success as a deer hunter in my lifetime, I’ve never […]

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What Kills the Most Deer in a Year?

STOP! Don’t answer that question without reading this post, because you are probably going to be wrong! First, the question needs some qualifiers. The main question is centered on predation of whitetails across the continental U.S., and it includes all deer from newborn fawns all the way up to grown adults. And, it also centers […]

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Types of Deer Found in North America

There are several types of deer found in North America, including: White-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus): This is the most common and widespread deer species in North America. They can be found throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico.Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus): These deer are found in the western half of North America, from the G...

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15 Counties in America That Might Lose Lots of Deer

This winter has been relatively mild across the United States, but if things don’t improve quickly, at least 10 counties in the Upper Great Lakes Region will begin losing white-tailed deer to winter kill. Few states experience the harsh affects of winter like Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan when it comes to deer loses via starvation. […]

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The Greatest 7 Years a Deer Hunter Has Ever Had?

If you look at mere numbers, the 7-year-run would rank up there with Babe Ruth in the 1920s, Wilt Chamberlain in the 1960s and Tom Brady in the 2000s. And like all those individuals, it started with one breakthrough season. Yes, I’m talking about THAT infamous Michigan whitetail, as this year marks the 25th anniversary […]

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Deer Hunting’s 100 Most Annoying Phrases

Did your comment make the Top 100? Deer & Deer Hunting fans have come up with quite the list! Remember, this is all in good fun! Although some of the omitted comments were spiteful, the vast majority are ones you’ve probably heard before … and maybe even use regularly! It all started when I decided […]

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5 Ways Hunting Media Helps America

Television, print, social media and digital online media outlets have been around for decades, and in the hunting community they are more popular than ever. However, a common complaint among everyday hunters is that “media has ruined hunting for the average guy.” True or false? I may be too close to the situation, having worked […]

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Antler Point Growing Out of Deer Eye Socket

This is a very freaky — and very real — photograph of an antler sprouting from the most unusual of places. This is a photo of a mount of the Dave Stuckey Buck from Ohio. I snapped this photo while attending the Archery Trade Show in Indianapolis last week. In case you missed it, this […]

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The Top 10 Bow Companies of All Time

The gloves are coming off, and we are not playing favorites! Here are the best bow companies EVER! Having just attended my 29th archery trade show (now ATA, used to be AMMO), I’ve become quite nostalgic about our community’s history and roots. Long gone are the days of flinging cedar or aluminum arrows into single hay […]

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The Top 10 Bow Companies of All Time

The gloves are coming off, and we are not playing favorites! Here are the best bow companies EVER! Having just attended my 29th archery trade show (now ATA, used to be AMMO), I’ve become quite nostalgic about our community’s history and roots. Long gone are the days of flinging cedar or aluminum arrows into single […]

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Whitetail Winter: Massive Losses on the Horizon?

Deep snow and bitter cold temperatures can wreak havoc on a whitetail herd. And, sadly, it doesn’t take long for Old Man Winter to knock these critters to their knees. What’s in store for this winter? Will we see pockets of deer die-offs across snow country? If I was a betting man, I’d answer with […]

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Safe Way to Make Whole Muscle Venison Jerky

The USDA’s current recommendation for making jerky safely is to heat meat to 160 °F. You probably already know that if you’ve ever attempted making any type of jerky (including ground-meat jerky in your oven), but what you probably didn’t know is that a preponderance of store-bought dehydrators do not heat up to those specifications. I’ve tried […]

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Who Eats the Most Meat Per Capita?

Beef, pork, chicken, lamb and, yes, venison. Who eats the most? Let’s get into the real numbers on this question. I know I can’t be the only one who is always “running the numbers.” I did some digging last week, and here’s what I found: First off, the numbers you’re about to consume, pardon the […]

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Field Test: TenPoint Viper 430 for 2023

The mature doe was beyond alert. She stood inside the woods — about 20 yards from my food plot — swirling his nose, pivoting her ears and standing still for what seems like, well, forever.  She finally relaxed and browsed heavily on what few turnip tops remained in my plot. The moment of truth was […]

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Deer Hunters Spend HOW MUCH on Licenses and Tags?

How much money does your state take in during deer season? The short answer is “lots,” but the long answer is one that I’ve yet to see anyone really break down with much validity. Yes, we know deer hunting is a multi-billion-a-year business in America. And, yes, we know the economic impact is critical for […]

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A Deer with 8 Legs!

What you’re seeing is not a hoax. It is the weirdest whitetail malady I’ve seen in my 28 years of working here at Deer & Deer Hunting. I first reported on this bizarre fawn in the late 1990s. Even back then, some of the weirdest things I had seen were a doe that had five […]

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God Be with You, Lennie Rue

If there’s one person who has changed the way modern American hunters understand whitetails, it’s Dr. Leonard Lee Rue III. He can not only be credited for his landmark insights on deer behavior, he pioneered such research when he became a private land wildlife manager more than 65 years ago. This legendary naturalist, author-photography and […]

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