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.

How I Fooled 4 Mature Deer

Deer hunting is fun. I have been thrilled by the chase since before I was old enough to legally hunt. Four decades ago, mature bucks were nonexistent on our Pennsylvania farm. Mature does were abundant, but we did not know the value of pulling jawbones or learning to estimate age of harvested deer. The situation …

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Everything You Need to Give Saddle Hunting a Try

While saddle hunting has been around for decades, it wasn’t until the last three or four years that it has exploded in popularity, particularly among public land hunters who are trying to be as lightweight and as mobile as possible. This is going to be my first year saddle hunting, and one of the things …

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Passing Public Land Bucks

Like many deer hunters, I grew up hunting small 10- to 20-acre private parcels. However, this all changed in fall 2018 when I moved from my home in North Carolina to attend college in central Mississippi and suddenly had access to over 100,000 acres of public land within an hour of my new house. This …

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3 Great Spots for Public Land Trail-Cameras

One of my favorite summertime activities leading into deer season is running trail-cameras. And while I keep a few out on my small property where I live, the bulk of my trail-camera efforts take place on public land. Unlike private land where I can put out corn or other forms of attraction to get deer …

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Tactics for Public Land Bucks Near or Far

The author and his brother have spent 15 years targeting public-land deer both close to home and out of state. Follow them for DIY public-land success. I couldn’t believe my sleep-deprived eyes. A mature Missouri 10-point was on a steady trot in our direction! My heart jumped to my throat, and my knees started that …

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