Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile! Much of the public land in the U.S., however, is Non-agricultural. Woods, swamp, hills, and mountains are certainly good deer habitat, but finding and patterning the deer is notably more difficult. Several factors can be attributed to this fact a lot less deer per square mile—sometimes as few as 5–8.
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If there is one way to get folks talking off the cuff, it is to broach the subject of deer rifles and calibers. Everyone has a favorite their dad, granddad, or aunt used to tame the Wild West and deplete the Elk herds in downtown Burbank. The problem is what works for one doesn’t work for the other, at least it doesn’t work as well.
There has never been a hotter topic about deer hunting than whether it is better to hunt scrapes or hunt rub lines. Anyone who has killed a respectable buck near a fresh rub or rub line is likely to prefer hunting rubs. Likewise, anyone who has killed a big buck near, or on, a scrape is likely to choose hunting scrapes.
Since the dawn of time, hunters have battled the noses of the game they pursued. Several products have come to the hunter’s aid, but few with the results enjoyed by ScentLok. ScentLok brought the first activated carbon hunting apparel to market 25 years ago. In the years since, helping big game hunters get closer to their quarry by dramatically reducing their odor signature—the ScentLok Advantage—has become the driving force behind the ScentLok brand.
Urine-based scents are a safe, effective, and important tool for deer management. According to experts that authored the most commonly referenced studies on this subject, the risk of urine-based scents spreading chronic wasting disease is virtually zero.
Late-summer whitetail scouting should be all about hunters patterning deer—not the other way around.
No one is denying that a bit part of whitetail hunting (as well as other species) involves the trophy—the bigger the better. However, that is a very misunderstood statement. Bigger deer equates to an overall healthy herd with good genetics and nutrition. Far from simply leaving it up to nature, hunter are the ultimate conservationists and game managers. A critical part of that strategy for many is scouting cameras. Scouting cameras do not do the work for you. They are not an early warning system or offer some critical advantage. For the most part, they are a preview to the caliber of animals that roamed a particular area in the past and little more.
The ubiquitous whitetailed deer is the most popular big game animal in North America. And given the time, energy, and resources expended annually on deer hunting, it’s somewhat surprising how many hunters consider whitetail nutrition a no-go zone.
Most folks using slugs in the shotgun do so because centerfire rifles are not allowed in a certain region or hunting area. Others do so because they understand how hard a shotgun hits at close range and find the slug a great deer and boar stopper.
Hunting season is around the corner, so now is the time to get out, start proofing your loads, and sighting in your rifle. At the moment of truth, your entire season will likely boil down to a single, perfectly-placed shot or you’ll be sipping tag soup for the next 9 months. If you are looking for the latest in ammunition offerings, look no further than for big game this fall. Granted, it is not out today, but it will be soon.
Whether it is due to age and not wanting to climb trees, or you are simply looking for a tactical advantage against ol’ Tommy Three Toes, a ground is a critical weapon in every hunter’s bag of tricks. To that end, today’s hub-style ground blinds are lightweight, highly portable, and capable of putting hunters in position to ambush game. Maximize your ground blind hunting experience with these five key accessories.
Food plots will not only increase your odds of success by localizing the deer population, they can increase the health of the herd and provide forage during critical times. The problem for most hunters and whitetail managers is
For the prime whitetail states, the rut is right around the corner. You have probably been hunting the early season, but
Who does not own or wish they owned a Winchester Model 1894? Most gun collectors consider Winchester Repeating Arms as the firearms manufacturer that “Won the West.”
All summer long you watch deer; they seem to be everywhere. Then the season starts and there you are, alone and not a buck to be found. For years, I wondered
I grew up in western Pennsylvania where fences and property lines didn’t mean much during deer season.