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Find Hidden Public Hunting Lands Near You

Jul 10, 2024 Cheyne Matzenbacher

Hunters are always looking for a great place to hunt, but many hunters don’t have access to private land or don’t know where to start when it comes to public land hunting. Most hunters are…

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Are Sika Deer Outcompeting and Replacing Maryland’s Whitetails?

Jul 10, 2024 Matthew McBride and Dr. Jacob Bowman

I had no idea that nearly 20,000 short, stocky sika deer roam the marshes of Maryland’s Eastern Shore until I watched a MeatEater episode filmed in Dorchester County. A few years later, I jumped at…

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Why Are Deer on the Decline in Western Iowa?

Jul 8, 2024 Lindsay Thomas Jr.

Iowa DNR is holding a series of public meetings in Western Iowa this summer to discuss a decline in deer populations and how to restore numbers. In most of the whitetail’s range, state wildlife agencies…

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3 Factors in Smart Food Plot Seed Mixtures

Jul 3, 2024 Mark Turner

About this time each year, shelves at sporting goods stores begin filling with bags of food plot seeds, many with a picture of a large buck or two on the bag. Some hunters purchase these…

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We Use Straight-Wall Cartridges at NDA’s Back40 Deer Hunts. Here’s Our Experience.

Jun 26, 2024 Hank Forester

My first deer hunt with a straight-wall cartridge was December 28, 2020. It was a cold day in Michigan, at least to my standards, and the Back40 property was mostly dormant with a light dusting…

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3 Reasons Deer Attack People

Jun 26, 2024 Matt Ross

No matter your age, race or upbringing, the cast of beastly characters that headline our nightmares typically involves sharp teeth, claws or an overall slimy, creepy-crawly “ick factor.” Cute and cuddly are never traits conjured…

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Know These 7 Natural Deer Forage Species When You See Them

Jun 19, 2024 Kyle Hedges

It’s no secret deer consume a long list of plants. In fact, there have been hundreds of articles, research papers and even books written on the subject. Much of the analysis of a deer’s appetite…

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Meet the Mule Deer, Western Cousin of the Whitetail

Jun 18, 2024 Ben Westfall

The white-tailed deer is often referred to as “North America’s favorite game animal,” and while that may be true, there are multiple whitetail subspecies and other deer species in North America that we enjoy pursuing,…

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