To Intercept Bucks in Daylight, Take Lessons From GPS-Collar Research

It’s fairly common knowledge that hunting near roads or hunting the same stand repeatedly is unlikely to lead to hunting success, especially when targeting mature bucks. But this begs the question, “Why?” The obvious answer is these areas receive more hunting pressure and are therefore riskier, so deer avoid them. Hunters also know that forage-rich …

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Recover Your Deer With a Deer-Tracking Dog

There’s no worse feeling in deer hunting than losing a deer you’ve shot despite your best efforts for a recovery. Unfortunately, if you hunt long enough, it’s a feeling you are likely to experience at some point. For most of my years as a deer hunter, those efforts included following a blood trail as closely …

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How I Fooled 4 Mature Deer

Deer hunting is fun. I have been thrilled by the chase since before I was old enough to legally hunt. Four decades ago, mature bucks were nonexistent on our Pennsylvania farm. Mature does were abundant, but we did not know the value of pulling jawbones or learning to estimate age of harvested deer. The situation …

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Everything You Need to Give Saddle Hunting a Try

While saddle hunting has been around for decades, it wasn’t until the last three or four years that it has exploded in popularity, particularly among public land hunters who are trying to be as lightweight and as mobile as possible. This is going to be my first year saddle hunting, and one of the things …

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