The older I get, the more I enjoy the entire deer hunting process. It’s become a year-round passion, from scouting and preparing gear, to the excitement of the actual hunt and processing the meat. And…
These Are the Good Old Days of Deer Hunting. Here Are 3 Ways to Ensure They Last.
Feb 21, 2024Kip Adams
I’m fortunate to hunt on the family farm in Pennsylvania where I grew up. When I started hunting in the 1980s, we had a lot of deer, very few bucks over 1½ years old, very…
Prescribed Fire Near Power Lines Could Zap Your Wallet
Feb 16, 2024Lindsay Thomas Jr.
When you’re writing a prescribed fire plan for your hunting land and considering all the sensitive nearby areas that should be protected from smoke and flame, don’t forget power lines. Mixing fire with electrical lines…
Prepare These 20 Pieces of Deer Gear Now for Success Next Fall
Feb 14, 2024Nick Pinizzotto
I’m a tinkerer, particularly when it comes to my hunting gear. Sometimes I think I like tinkering with my gear as much as the act of hunting itself. As a fly fisherman, I also enjoy…
Policy & Advocacy
How to Field-Dress a Deer
Nov 6, 2013Kip Adams
Sportsmanship includes the responsible care and use of meat obtained while hunting. An important step toward placing quality venison on your dinner table is proper care of the animal immediately following harvest. To help with…
Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?
Oct 30, 2013Lindsay Thomas Jr.
Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in…
What Triggers the Whitetail Rut?
Oct 18, 2013Kip Adams
Whitetails are rutting somewhere in their range from August through February. Amazingly, they breed over this seven-month period just in the state of Florida! Let’s look at the factors that lead to widely varying breeding…
Will He Be a Good One Next Year?
Sep 19, 2013Lindsay Thomas Jr.
Every buck’s path in life is unique, and so is every buck’s antler growth progression. Ups and downs come with external factors like drought (or, conversely, abundant rain), poor mast crops (or heavy ones), severe…
Food Plot Species Profile: Crimson Clover
Sep 6, 2013Bob Westerfield
Chances are if you’ve ever bought a commercial cool-season food plot blend, you have probably planted crimson clover. Crimson clover is a cool-season annual (in southern states) that is relatively easy to grow and is…
10 Things We Know About Mature Buck Movements
Aug 27, 2013Matt Ross
Technology is amazing, isn’t it? As I type this article on my laptop, on a plane 20,000-plus feet up, heading to yet another NDA event, I have access to the Internet! When we land and…
Aug 15, 2013Lindsay Thomas Jr.
To hone your skills at estimating the age of bucks in trail-camera photos, nothing you can do is more important than ground-truthing. That means killing bucks that you believe meet your age goal, pulling their…
Preventing Lyme Disease
Aug 12, 2013Bruce Ingram
Two kinds of venomous snakes dwell in the mountains and valleys of Southwest Virginia where I live and hunt: the Northern copperhead and the much more dangerous timber rattler. I used to say that I…