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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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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How to Bore-Sight a Rifle: No Tools Required

Save time and expensive ammo by using this simple method to bore-sight a rifle. No special tools required! I recently talked with a hunter who purchased a new rifle with a scope and two boxes of expensive hunting ammo. At the range, he used up the expensive ammo but did not ever once hit his …

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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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