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Whitetail Buck standing broadside in a field

How To

Whitetails: Scrapes vs. Rubs

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 and choose hunting rubs. Likewise, anyone who has killed a big buck near or on a scrape is likely to choose hunting scrapes.

Hunter applying scent killer to his boots

Gear

ScentLok: Seven Steps to Scent Control

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.

Hunters hanging a safety line

How To

Video: How to Safely Hang a Ladder Stand — Hunter Safety Systems

Hanging a ladder stand sounds pretty simple. But doing it properly by keeping safety first and foremost isn’t always the way it is done. That’s why Hunter Safety System, the company dedicated to saving hunters’ lives, has launched a new instructional video specifically on this topic.

Bowhunter dragging whitetail deer through cornfield

Hunting

Do Urine Scents Spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)?

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.

grizzly bear growling

Hunting

Politics Trump Science in British Columbia Grizzly Bear Hunting Ban

Sadly, we have seen it before. Politicians who would prefer to appease a special interest group than do what is best for the people and the wildlife. That is not an opinion of mine; it is based on science and the finding of British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Here is the full story from Safari Club International (SCI).

Mature whitetail buck

Hunting

3 Tips for Low-Impact Deer Scouting

Many successful deer hunters spend more time scouting than hunting. And for the whitetail elite, scouting is a year-‘round proposition. But late summer seems to be the time when most everyday deer hunters get serious. Bow season is right around the corner, and they’re anxious to pattern deer for fast success once the opener arrives. Consequently, they ramp up their scouting activities in the field. However, human encroachment in the whitetail’s world is a complex thing.

Tiffany Lakosky with her 181 inch trophy whitetail buck.

Gear

Whitetail Wisdom: Scouting Camera Strategies

Today’s scouting cameras have changed the landscape of hunting. These affordable, high-tech marvels have helped turn hunters into game managers by giving us continual information about the specific wildlife on the properties we hunt. Even a modest network of just a few, well placed scouting cameras can provide far more information on animal behavior than a single hunter could otherwise garner from hours of traditional scouting.

Whitetail buck eating mineral supplement

How To

10 Questions With a Whitetail Nutrition Specialist

Enhancing the general health of whitetails while attracting and holding them on or near a hunting property has never been easier, nor has it been more economically feasible. A range of affordable products is available, specifically designed for any project scenario or scope. Read this question and answer article to attract more deer with better antler mass.

CZ 455 rifle, Right profile

Firearms

Range Report: CZ 455 American Rifle

The CZ 455 American is easily one of my favorite rifles of all time. However, when I opened the box, my first thought was, “I am so lucky.” The stock on the new CZ 455 rifle showed excellent fit and figure. CZ rifles are never bad, but this was an exceptional piece. Looks are important, but performance is the essence of a Range Report—the CZ 455 American did not disappoint.

Wild Boar peeking from behind a tree

Hunting

Helicopters, Hunting, Hot-Air Balloons, & Hogs

“Texas hog hunting is wide open with few restrictions. It’s more or less hunt when you want, with whatever legal weapon you want, in whatever style you want,” attorney Cooper said. “But that’s not to say you can’t run afoul of the law and Texas game wardens—arguably the most powerful law enforcement officers in the state. To stay on the good side of the game wardens and wildlife laws, you still need to be in the know and within the rules.”