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Book Review: Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails

John and Chris Eberhart’s book, Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails, is an excellent book on hunting mature bucks in pressured areas. Though specifically aimed at hunting mature bucks in pressured areas, all hunters hunting all kinds of deer in pressured and non-pressured areas alike will find helpful information in this book. The Eberhart’s are very serious when […]

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How to Cut Shooting Lanes

Making shooting lanes is something like wearing the right camo in the woods. The right kind of shooting lanes will help give you game encounters, but the wrong kind will have you sticking out like a sore thumb. What’s a shooting lane? Maybe you’ve never made one before or have no idea what I’m talking […]

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Hunting from a Sling

Hunting from a tree sling, or saddle, is something I’ve mentioned on this blog before. This is my first year to use one, and I love it. I just don’t see myself going back to any kind of traditional tree stand. But if you haven’t seen or heard of a tree saddle before, you’re probably […]

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What Kind of Treestand Should I Buy?

There are several different treestand options out there, each suited to different situations and needs. Here’s a breakdown of the different kinds of stands and what they are good for. As you read about the different treestands, think about your own personal situation and what will work for you. Are you going to be walking […]

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How High to Put Your Treestand

Though I’ve hunted off and on in treestands over the years, I’ve never been a big fan of them. I just never got used to them and never cared for how limited I felt in them. However, I recently made a homemade version of the ambush saddle which I like a lot, so hunting from […]

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Keeping a hunting journal

Keeping a hunting journal is a vital tool to becoming a long-term successful hunter. As you hunt more often (hopefully!) and more places, keeping accurate and organized records of all the pertinent information will allow you to track and pattern deer much better. By keeping a hunting journal you will increase your success rate over […]

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How to Field Judge the Age of Bucks and Why It’s Important

Harvesting mature deer is an important part of deer management and having healthy herds. Just because a buck has eight or more points, doesn’t mean it’s mature. Depending on a variety of factors, one or two-year-old bucks can have a nice rack, but letting them go for a couple more years could mean that nice […]

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Why Most Hunters Fail

Many of us would like to always come home with game for the dinner table, but the fact is, many hunters don’t. If you want to be one of those hunters that does, you need to know what makes them successful. Here’s an example of how many hunters actually bag game. In 2013, about 88,000 […]

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What’s QDM and Why Everyone is Talking About It

QDM stands for quality deer management. This is a very important part of our hunting pastime. There is one main thing that QDM is for, and that’s to maintain healthy deer herds, which in turn helps ensure good hunting in the future. I feel like I’m seeing and hearing more and more people talking about […]

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What Time of Day You Should Hunt Deer

What time of day you should hunt deer is an important consideration when hunting. I’ve seen a lot of hunters ruin chances of bagging deer by moving around during prime shooting time. A lot of time and effort goes into getting into the field and you don’t want it to be wasted. I was talking with a […]

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