tips & tactics

October 8, 2018

With leaves rustling down the trail, a bit of anxiety crept in. It was late October, and any movement this time of year could be a buck worthy of an arrow. Just as I readied my bow, a sharp noise cut through the sound of encroaching footsteps. It was a racket I’d only ever heard come from my own mouth: a snort-wheeze.

Shortly thereafter, a young buck came running down the trail with a bigger buck in tow. The buck...

September 18, 2018

Deer hunters draw on a lot of wisdom that's been passed down from generations of fellow whitetail killers. Much of it becomes so widely accepted that it's almost considered fact, like that deer move better during cold fronts or that rutting bucks taste worse. Another one of those whitetail "facts" that everyone believes is that deer won't eat yellow soybeans.

This is something I've often wondered to be true. Whil...

August 29, 2018

Most hunters use mock scrapes as a tactic for finding bucks in October and November. It’s for good reason, since their signpost making goes up as their testosterone rises. However, I changed my mind a few years ago when I started a mock scrape in early September and suddenly had an influx of new bucks on camera. Although the scrape had shown up ahead of schedule, the deer were curious enough to alter their pattern...

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