Through Quality Deer Management, you can increase the number of adult bucks where you hunt. But older bucks may be more difficult to see and kill unless you use smart hunting strategies.

A Secret Weapon for Post-Rut Bucks: Red Oaks

It was mid-December 2020 in southern Indiana, and my deer season was slipping through my fingers. After two hard months of hunting and over a hundred miles put on my boots, my buck tag was still just as empty as day one. I had hunted hard through early November, the midst of the fabled Midwestern …

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The Importance of In-Season Scouting

Not having the deer season you had hoped for? Carve out some time for in-season scouting. By locating the most recent sign, you’ll be back in the game and on your way to a successful season. Last season I wrapped up a three-day Georgia public-land deer hunt in mid-October only seeing a few does and …

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To Intercept Bucks in Daylight, Take Lessons From GPS-Collar Research

It’s fairly common knowledge that hunting near roads or hunting the same stand repeatedly is unlikely to lead to hunting success, especially when targeting mature bucks. But this begs the question, “Why?” The obvious answer is these areas receive more hunting pressure and are therefore riskier, so deer avoid them. Hunters also know that forage-rich …

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Recover Your Deer With a Deer-Tracking Dog

There’s no worse feeling in deer hunting than losing a deer you’ve shot despite your best efforts for a recovery. Unfortunately, if you hunt long enough, it’s a feeling you are likely to experience at some point. For most of my years as a deer hunter, those efforts included following a blood trail as closely …

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