Hunting Deer Season’s Second Season

It should come as no surprise to you to hear that most deer hunters today use high-powered rifles with variable power scopes to hunt deer. However, many states have a “primitive weapons only” season that either precedes or postcedes their established rifle and handgun seasons. During these special seasons, the only legal weapon for harvesting [...]

Hunting Rubs and Scrapes

If you ask any experienced deer hunter what signs he looks for most when hunting during the fall season, he will inevitably answer “rubs and scrapes”. In fact, I too most often look for these signs because, not only are they obvious sign posts that there are deer in the area I am hunting, they [...]

Nocturnal Bucks: a hunter’s greatest challenge

Hunting deer with a guide in large enclosures where the deer population is specifically managed to produce large herds and especially large bucks is becoming increasingly popular amongst hunters who have a very limited amount of time to hunt deer each year. Consequently, because these hunters may have only a few days to a week [...]

Hunting Urban Deer

Due to human’s ever expanding population and our seemingly insatiable need to build new housing for our new family members, many outlying urban and suburban neighborhoods are encroaching on habitat that used to belong to the Whitetail Deer. Whitetail deer are so adaptable and are very comfortable living in close proximity to humans.  These deer have [...]

Salad Done Whitetail Style

In a previous article I mentioned the concept of locating Soft Mast such as wild, ripe, fruit to pinpoint the location of deer during the weeks when this food source is available. However, once this food source has passed, deer living in forested areas are forced to return to feeding on woody plants called Browse.  Browse [...]

Soft Mast Deer Foods

Last week, I discussed the idea of using deer droppings as sign posts to the presence of deer in the area whenever you are scouting. Also, I discussed the idea of using the consistency of the droppings to help determine what types of foods they have been feeding on so that you can find the [...]

Scout the Droppings; Not the Deer

In my last article, I mentioned contemplating the sometimes monumental task of locating resident deer herds on land that you are not familiar with. Also, I mentioned that when scouting unfamiliar land, you should focus your attention on finding the bedding areas first and the feeding areas second and then finding and scouting the trails [...]

Grunt, Rattle, and Call to See More Deer

I believe that it can safely be said that the jury is in and the decision is that deer grunt calls and rattling a pair of either real or imitation deer antlers either separately or in combination with grunt calls can definitely increase your chances of seeing a deer while in your stand! In fact, [...]

How to Scout Deer Habitat

I was pondering the sometimes monumental task of scouting new deer habitat today and it occurred to me that in order to find the deer on unfamiliar ground, I first needed to understand the deer’s world. So, with that in mind, I imagined myself as a deer and I quickly realized that the only three [...]

Harvest Does for Bigger Bucks?

 Many avid deer hunters, and especially those here in the southeastern U.S., are opposed to the idea of harvesting does. The reason for this attitude ranges from simply wanting to see a lot of deer when hunting to mistakenly believing that they by harvesting does, hunters may be killing next year’s trophy buck before it [...]