Great Hunting Starts Here!

Want to become a deer hunter? The National Deer Association is committed to helping you, or people you know, get started. You’ll find plenty of information here, and you can also grab a FREE copy of our e-book, QDMA’s Guide to Successful Deer Hunting. Also, be sure to check out our complete Deer Hunting 101 video series on YouTube, beginning with Episode 1 posted below, or our How to Hunt Deer podcast created in partnership with the Sportsmen’s Nation Podcast Network! If you’d like more in-depth instruction, consider taking our Deer Hunting 101 online course through Today’s Hunter.

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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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Suburban Bowhunting to Fill the Freezer, With Bruce Ingram

In this week’s episode of NDA’s Deer Season 365 Podcast we’re talking with NDA member and author Bruce Ingram about his experience deer hunting the suburbs. Bruce walks us through the entire process, including how to locate properties, how to get permission to hunt, the challenges of suburban deer hunting, as well as some suburban deer …

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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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5 Easy-to-Miss Details of Deer Hunting Success

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 30-plus year quest to become a better deer hunter, it’s that finding a mature buck on a large tract of public land isn’t the difficult part. It’s killing him that’s difficult. You would think knowing where a mature buck lives and having insight into his daily movements …

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Hunting When You Have Young Kids at Home

There are two things I take more seriously than deer hunting: my marriage and being a father. Well three – my job (my boss reads this!). Fortunately, working for an organization dedicated to the future of wild deer, wildlife habitat and hunting aligns perfectly with my passion, so it doesn’t feel like a job and …

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