Scouting Large Blocks of Land Fast and Effectively

For me, one of the primary draws to public-land hunting is the freedom it provides to roam large tracts of land at a minimal cost. If one area doesn’t produce, I have seemingly unlimited opportunities to change locations and hunt a fresh spot. As great as it is to have that freedom to roam, approaching …

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Kill Deer More Effectively By Looking Inside This Feral Hog

As a young hunter, I often puzzled over the depictions of the chest cavity in diagrams for hunters and on targets that displayed organs, because they were often at odds with my understanding of deer anatomy. The discrepancies I noted most often were the size and position of the lungs and location of the backbone. …

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Turn Oak Ecology Into Backstraps

Identifying a white oak raining acorns in early bow season is a straightforward approach to putting backstraps on the grill, but this only works a couple short weeks of the year. Learn to play the acorn pattern all season long. The mid-January afternoon was hot, and mosquitos buzzed by my head as I leaned against …

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Keep Deer Hunting Fun by Keeping It Real

Setting realistic expectations based on your personal experience and circumstances is key to keeping hunting fun and enjoyable. Here are some tips to ensure you are keeping it real this deer season. As communications manager for the Quality Deer Management Association, I spend my fair share of time on social media. More than I care …

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How We Can End Buck-Shaming

Last year was a good hunting season at Grace Acres, my family’s farm in Southeast Georgia where we have practiced Quality Deer Management (QDM) for many years. My brother-in-law Zack Clemons killed his first buck ever on opening weekend of gun season – a 2½-year-old 8-pointer. He said he felt like he’d never seen so …

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