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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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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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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Heavy vs. Light Arrows: Which Are Better for Deer Hunting?

For decades now, bowhunters have seemingly been on a quest to own the fastest shooting bow possible. During that time, manufacturers often touted their bows’ IBO or ATA speeds above all other features, and hunters gladly handed over their hard-earned dollars for whichever models posted the highest numbers for that year. The quest for speed …

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