What I Learned From My First Season Saddle Hunting

Unless you’ve been unplugged from the online hunting community for the last few years, you’ve probably heard the buzz about saddle hunting. You may have even given it a try. While using a tree saddle to hunt deer is certainly not a new idea, it’s one that has exploded in popularity recently, particularly among public …

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Shut Your Venison Hole, You’re Spooking Deer

As hunters, we think and talk and worry a lot about deer predators, but new evidence suggests the predators deer fear most are – us.  They should. In the 2020 season, human hunters killed 6.3 million whitetails in the United States. No four-legged predator, certainly not coyotes, comes close to being as big an actual …

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You’re Managing Deer Sanctuaries All Wrong

This summer I was visiting a client, and we approached the northeast corner of his property. It was a gently sloping hillside comprised of mostly red cedar trees with invasive plants like bush honeysuckle and autumn olive intermixed, leveling out into one of his many food plots.  “The land agent suggested I make this a …

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3 Keys to Late Season Deer-Hunting Success

My heart sank as the snow crushed loudly under my boots when I was approaching my stand. The temperature was supposed to rise into the low 40s overnight, and I expected melting snow to soften my entry to the edge of a bedding area I planned to hunt. Instead, I might as well have been …

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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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