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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Practice Your Treestand Safety Technique Before the Hunt

Superlative! Such was the exclamation I shouted as I came down from yet another climb and sit with my hang-on treestand. Taking advantage of a slightly rainy Sunday that drove people from the local park, I was able to embark on what was probably my 30th climb in the last six months. The irony of …

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How to Prep for Deer Season in a Small Suburban Home

Many of us, myself included, do not own hunting land or even live outside of city limits. In fact, 52% of American households are classified as suburban, while only 21% of households are considered rural! I am currently a suburbanite, but this has not stopped me from pursuing North America’s favorite game animal – with …

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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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5 Ways Our Camp Keeps the Fun in Deer Hunting

“Keep the Fun in Hunting!” – that’s how Ed Spinazzola of Michigan, a former National Board member of this organization and a good friend of mine, ends every letter and e-mail he sends. I’ve always taken that advice to heart, and I wrote an article a few years ago on how to Make Deer Hunting …

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What I Learned From Talking to Non-Hunters

How the global pandemic led to more productive conversations with non-hunters – through online dating. If the year 2020 had one overarching theme, it was that no one is immune to change. Although some of the pandemic restrictions put in place had silver linings, such as getting people outdoors and teaching them the commitment it …

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