Use the following tips from deer hunting expert, Steve Stoltz, to help you rule the rut. Hunters who try Stoltz’s tactics to rule the rut can up their chances of bringing bucks within bow range. 1. Bait them in — with scent “The phases of the rut will change as October transitions into November,” Stoltz began. “But one thing that will remain consistent throughout the rut is scrapes. “The frequency a mature buck visits any given scrape, daylight hours, varies,” Stoltz said.  “Depending on the timing and phase of the rut, a big buck will periodically revert back to checking…
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Any hunter worth their camouflage knows that rattling whitetail bucks is an effective deer hunting tactic. When the rut is in full swing, it will often lure those dominant bucks to close range — eager to check out what all the fuss is about. Up until now, carrying a cumbersome set of antlers to the treestand was your only choice. The latest release from Primos, the Rack-N-Roll Rattling System Deer Call, promises to change that. Primos Rack-N-Roll Rattling System Deer Call creates loud, realistic rattling and allows for one-handed operation. Big Sound in a Small Package The Rack-N-Roll by Primos…
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Whether you’re choosing your first or your fifteenth deer hunting rifle, there are lots of decisions to be made. And with all the numbers describing the various deer rifle calibers and corresponding ammo, the search for the best deer gun can feel like a math problem. Make the decision-making process easier with the graphic below, which offers a range of effective calibers and bullet weights as well as what cartridges are most versatile and effective and what ammunition is easiest to find – all in one handy, dandy guide!
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Rabbit hunters have long known that wild bunnies can carry diseases such as tularemia. Deer hunters have been hearing about diseases such as chronic wasting disease (CWD) for many years, but more recently hemorrhagic diseases such as bluetongue virus and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) have been getting a lot of the spotlight. Even though there is no evidence humans can contract CWD or EHD, there are precautions that hunters should take.  While there’s no evidence that chronic wasting disease (CWD) and epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) can be transmitted to humans, it’s smart to take precautions when field dressing deer. Keep…
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You’ve invested hundreds of hours on dog training to perfect its performance. However, for your hunting dog to perform at its highest level, you need to feed it a high-caliber, high-nutrition diet. Look for the following. With over 80 brands of dry dog food on the market, it’s hard to know what to feed this hardworking gun dog. Read the label carefully and make an investment in a food choice that provides high levels of protein and fat. Fulfill the Formula Quality gun dogs are the sum of good genetics, training and nutrition. If any one of these elements is…
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Silence is sometimes golden, and when the woods are full of loud bugling and constantly mewing elk hunters, pressured elk simply go silent—and hunker deep into thick cover. Maybe you should also go silent and move less. The less you do, the greater your chances of filling an elk tag.   Staying silent and moving less while scouring the area for antler tips, moving ears and shiny eyes can help elk hunters fill their tag.  1) Know the Turf: Study all available topographical maps and carry a handheld GPS unit (with fresh batteries in your pocket), so you know what’s…
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At some point in your deer hunting career you will shoot a deer that runs out of sight before it dies.  The seriousness of the situation can range from the deer running into heavy cover 25 yards away and falling, to a marginally hit animal that’s in no danger of dying, but leads you on a long chase to make sure that’s what really happened.  The worst situation is a shot to non-vital organs from which the deer is sure to eventually die but leaves a minimal blood trail. Here are tips to give you the advantage in recovering every…
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With duck populations at the peak of long-term averages, expectations for every hunt are always high. The reality is, even when ducks are plentiful, hunts can fall short of expectations. And it may be due to the fact that hunters are making one of the four mistakes outlined below. However, the good news is, these blunders can be easily fixed. Blowing that duck call and watching ducks react is what makes hunting them so fun. Be honest with yourself, though. Is your calling wretched or reassuring? Too Much Movement in the Blind It sounds silly. Every duck hunter knows you…
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 “Dr. Babcock will be sick all next week,” the University of South Carolina bulletin board note read in the fall of 1926. The famous author and USC English professor predicted his onset of quail hunting disease. His passion for quail hunting equaled his passion for education and teaching, often causing conflicts in his career. Tales of Quails ‘n Such became one of Babcock’s most popular books, as he described the heyday of hunting the “King of the South, the bobwhite quail. Though quail hunting isn’t as easy to do as it once was, the rewards of spending a day afield with…
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It’s early in our bow season. I’ve got my stands placed and have watched a few deer show up under it. I haven’t arrowed an animal yet because I’m being selective in terms of size. When it comes to deer hunting, I’m all about collecting enough venison to supplement my family’s diet throughout the upcoming year. To collect venison, a hunter – especially a solo hunter like me – needs to be prepared. Otherwise, you’ll leave the bush with a product that’s less than palatable. The following equipment suggestions will make your job easier. Using a hoist and gambrel allows…
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