Archive for deer

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

Nebraska Whitetails Rising

Nebraska uses the whitetail deer as a state symbol for good reason, as the author shares just how good trophy deer hunting has become in this Great Plains state.

September 25, 2012

Episode 1: Making Sense of Summer Patterns

Episode 1: Making Sense of Summer Patterns

September 20, 2012

Boone and Crockett Club Releases Record Book

"Records of North American Whitetail Deer" offers the most complete book of trophy records on the market.

September 12, 2012

Patterning a Buck? No Problem.

Trail cameras and other innovations have made patterning a buck easier than ever.

June 18, 2012

The T100 From Millennium Treestands

A mobile tripod, the T100 is durable, comfortable and one of the lightest models on the market.

May 03, 2012

Test Your Knowledge: Take Our Whitetail Deer Quiz!

Think you know everything about your backyard bucks? Check your knowledge against this whitetail quiz.

December 13, 2011

Primos Red Spot Mineral Powder

Enhanced with vitamins and beetroot, this deer attractant increases bone and antler formation, energy, metabolism and reproductive physiology.

August 15, 2011