Archive for Patrick Durkin

Six Generations of Deer Camp Traditions

Nothing says tradition like deer camp. Just ask this old-timer whose hunting party now spans six generations of family and friends ... and sometimes deer. 

October 20, 2013

On the Whitetail Clock

Whether we’re hunting the rut or keying on food sources, most deer hunters have a favorite day and magical hour for besting big bucks. What’s yours?

October 14, 2013

What Pressured Bucks Do

GPS tracking collars are revealing how bucks change their patterns when the hunting season starts.

November 29, 2010

How Coyotes Affect Deer Herds

Deer managers and hunters are still learning how to deal with coyotes for the good of deer herds and ecosystems.

November 16, 2010

Six Reasons Why Bucks Leave Their Sanctuaries

As late fall arrives and hunting pressure ends or declines, several factors combine to increase daytime deer activity.

November 16, 2010

How to Find Buck Sanctuaries

If you want to be successful in the field this season, follow these strategies to pinpointing, creating and hunting late-season whitetail hideouts.

November 16, 2010

Three Deer Biologists Divulge Their Rut Tips

With such unpredictable activity by both sexes, how can hunters increase their odds during the rut? We put that question to three respected whitetail researchers.

October 28, 2010

Most Scrapes Aren't Worth a Sit

Scrapes are basically “points of interest” along corridors that deer travel at night. Scrapes that draw daytime visits usually offer added attractions.

September 22, 2010

Where B&C Bucks Are Coming From

Hunters registered more Boone and Crockett Club whitetails during the past 10 years than in any decade before. Some of the hotspots will surprise you.

May 19, 2010

Can Coyotes Stifle Deer Herds?

The Coyote's impact on deer herds can vary, here are the factors to look for.

November 17, 2009

Defining Hunting Pressure

Deer respond differently to hunting pressure, but all seek refuge within their known home range, not the next county.

October 29, 2009

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is also coming off two tough winters, but deer numbers remain reasonably good.

August 20, 2009

Northwestern Wisconsin

Those who hunt whitetails on their terms in northwestern Wisconsin usually seek areas with "heavy" soils, meaning lowland wetlands and forests.

August 20, 2009

Northeastern Minnesota

Good hunting is expected this year in the Superior National Forest, including its famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

August 20, 2009

Whitetail Hotspots: The Great Lakes

Sprawling public forests in the North Woods let hunters chase mature bucks wherever they roam.

August 20, 2009