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He Invented the Antler Scoring System

The buck of your dreams is in your sights. His symmetrical 12-point rack is tall and wide. Later that night back at camp, when trying to quantify just how big that buck was, you stutter, “He was a Booner!” Here’s a fun fact for you: If the man who invented that scoring system was given […]

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25 Ways to Handle a Gut-Shot Deer

Do you agree or disagree with the following rules for gut-shot deer? What would you add? Allow me to preface this conversation by saying this blog post is written mostly for bowhunters — compound, recurve and crossbow — but the general tenants apply to all deer hunters. Who am I to provide these rules? Nobody, […]

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50 Years of the Original Stump Sitters!

It takes guts to give up everything you know to start over. But it takes something else — vision, imaginaion,creativity, inventiveness, among other things — to kickstart an industry. That’s exactly what the founders of this magazine had … in spades. The first issue of Deer & Deer Hunting appeared 49 years ago, but history […]

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Hunt Camp: Venison Backstraps

 Preparing venison at hunt camp is not just about cooking a meal; it's a celebration of the hunt and the rewards it brings. There's something primal and satisfying about enjoying the fruits of your labor right there in the great outdoors. So, let's dive into how to make the most of your fresh venison backstrap harvest at your hunt camp. The Ca...

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3 Myths of Crossbow Inclusion

So, it appears Minnesota will join the modern deer hunting world by allowing crossbow usage in its general archery season. First blush is “good for them” for realizing we are all in this together and that crossbow hunting is just another way to keep people interested in enjoying outdoors recreation while at the same time […]

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This is Why We Shoot Deer

“Why did you shoot that deer?” “What did it ever do to you?” “How could you go and kill an innocent deer?” “You don’t need to hunt and kill animals — you can buy meat from the store!” And so on, and so forth. Such are the comments from parts of our culture who are […]

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The 5 Earliest Deer Seasons in America

We bet you will be surprised at the states where guys and gals are already drawing down on deer and releasing arrows! Here’s our Top 5 list.

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What State is the Hardest to Hunt Deer?

Let’s preface this: We should really call this the 7 toughest states to harvest a whitetail. This has nothing to do with tough terrain, strict regulations, trophy-size bucks or any other arbitrary quantification. For this exercise, we are simply going by how many hunters are trying each year … and how many are actually successful. […]

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Which State Has the Most Deer?

We bet you will be surprised by some of these numbers! Deer & Deer Hunting has meticulously documented each state’s deer population and annual deer harvest every year since 1992. This wasn’t an easy job. It required weeks of phone calls and email phone tag with biologists from each of the 42 states with reportable […]

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When to Plant Cereal Rye and Oats for Deer Plots?

As the July calendar points closer to August, here’s a question that’s asked commonly among food-plotters: Can I plant oats and cereal rye now (or a mixture of the two), or should I wait until the end of August? We turned to two resident experts for answers: “You can certainly wait, but no issues at […]

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CWD Not Affecting Human Health: Study

U.S. health researchers have reviewed 30 years of data from over 2 million hunters in Colorado and Wyoming, including thousands who hunted in CWD outbreak areas. According to a recent, excellent article by Lindsay Thomas Jr., the researchers saw no patterns of prion diseases (namely Creutzfeld-Jakob) above the normal background level in all Americans — […]

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Deer Browse: Black Medic

If you’re a public land deer hunter or simply want to better understand the native ground you hunt, it’s wise to learn about plants deer prefer. So much attention is given to food plots these days, but it’s the native and non-native plant families that can put you on deer faster in situations where good, […]

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Breaking Deer Hunting News Across the Country

The CWD wheel goes round and round. Where it stops, nobody knows. But in today’s headlines, we learn the wheel stops from panic mode to eh-deal-with-it mode depending on which state you happen to live in., For example, in Michigan, lawmakers are calling for easing up on CWD-induced laws because the disease is spreading regardless […]

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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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