Archive for deer

Bushnell/Primos "The Truth" Rangefinder

We're huge fans of Bushnell's line of laser rangefinders and, apparently, Primos is, too, as the companies have partnered to create "The Truth" laser rangefinder. Rainproof, compact and accurate up to 850 yards, the unit features Bushnell's Angle Range Compensation, which helps archers to use the correct pin regardless of their shot angle.

January 17, 2013

Moultrie P-150 Panoramic Trail Camera

Moultrie has unveiled the P-150 Panoramic trail camera, one of the most unique and innovative devices of its kinds to hit the market in the last few years. The design involves three infrared motion sensors and a moving lens that travels from one side to the other, covering a 150-degree area. According to Moultrie, the camera will photograph three times the area of the average trail camera.

January 16, 2013

Intracranial Abscessation in Deer

By Bob Robb

During this year’s whitetail rut, perhaps you observed a buck fight. While most “fights” are just pushing and shoving matches often involving young bucks that don’t even know they are bucks yet, others are very aggressive encounters. Older, mature bucks do get after it and sometimes those fights can be quite vicious. However, they seldom kill each other. True, there are the rare occasions when bucks get their antlers locked and deaths occur, but most of the time the bigger bucks just put their heads together and do some major pushing and shoving. Seldom will deaths occur, at least not at the time of the fight.

December 10, 2012

Whitetail Season: Late Season Patterning

Whitetail Season: Late Season Patterning

December 04, 2012

January Bowhunting in Arizona

By Bob Robb

It’s getting to be a lot like Christmas—or so the song goes. If you are an enterprising bowhunter who is still looking for an incredible western opportunity where you can buy a license and tag over-the-counter and hunt the entire month, look no further than southern Arizona.

December 04, 2012

Funnels

By Bob Robb

Pre-season scouting, trail cameras, and food plots. These three elements play a large role in many modern-day whitetail hunters’ bags of tricks. But when the rut is rolling and the bucks start cruising, a Ouija board might be of more benefit when it comes to getting in bow range of a mature buck.

November 30, 2012

Whitetail Season with Bill Winke: Creek Crossing

Whitetail Season with Bill Winke: Creek Crossing

November 20, 2012

Do You Drive Deer?

By Bob Robb

Growing up, driving deer was a common technique no matter where I hunted. This was just as true in the West, where mule deer and blacktail hunters tried to push bucks out of deep, brush-choked canyons as it was whitetail hunting. Drives often consisted of a lot of people, dozens even, and it was as much a social event as it was hardcore hunting. Today, the popularity of the deer drive is fading, for several reasons. It’s all about stealth now, sneaking into position and waiting for a deer to make the first move, the first mistake. Even when we hunt with our friends, more often than not we go our separate ways once we get to the woods, perhaps staying connected via the text message during the day.

November 15, 2012

Should You Shoot Spikes?

WIll culling spike bucks improved the quality of your deer herd? We investigate.

November 13, 2012

Bloodtrailing After Dark

By Bob Robb

Bowhunt whitetails long enough and you’ll find yourself in a situation where you have to try and follow a blood trail after dark. After all, many good bucks do not make an appearance until it is almost too dark to see your sight pins. When you shoot them and they run off, you have to go find them. And while bloodtrailing is more art than science and each situation is unique unto itself, here are some rules that will help you quickly recover your deer.

November 05, 2012

Estrous Scents

By Bob Robb

Trick or Treat? That’s the big question you face as a whitetail hunter every time you enter the woods. Do I slip in quietly, like a stealth bomber, striving to get in and out of the woods without being detected? Or do I become more aggressive and try to bring bucks to me, knowing that in doing so I risk spooking Mr. Big and blowing my opportunity for the entire season?

October 25, 2012

Field Judging Whitetails

By Bob Robb

Before you pull the trigger or release an arrow, do you know how to field judge a whitetail deer’s antlers? Those who hunt simply to fill the freezer, this is not really an issue. But for those who are hoping to shoot a buck with antlers that meet or exceed a certain numeric score, more often than not, overestimate the size of the antlers, leading to that common malady known as “ground shrinkage.”

October 22, 2012

Buck Fever

It's unlikely that anything stirs more hunters across America than the opening day of whitetail deer season—a day that leaves many with "buck fever."

October 16, 2012

All About Ungulates

By Bob Robb

The most popular big game animals hunted in North America—deer and elk—belong to a group of animals classified as “ungulates.” Ungulate comes from the Latin word for "hoof", and since all ungulates have hooves, it’s quite appropriate. For a long time this extremely large group was considered by scientists as one order, but today "ungulates" refers to two distinct orders, Artiodactyla and Perissodactyla. They are separated by the number of toes each member of the group has. Animals in the order Artiodactyla, which includes elk, deer, bison, pronghorn, and the peccaries) have an even number of toes. On the other hand, animals in the order Perissodactyls, which includes horses and elephants, have an odd number of toes.

October 03, 2012

Beating the October Lull

Many hunters struggle to find bucks in October. That doesn't have to be the case, as Frank Miniter makes plain in his four simple tips to beating the October lull.

October 01, 2012