Lessons Learned on a Blood Trail

As I hoisted my bow up into the tree, I began reviewing my strategy for the evening’s hunt. A slight north wind was favorable for hunting a small funnel with tons of buck activity. My trail-cameras had documented several different bucks traveling the edge of a swamp, through the funnel I was hunting, and out …

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Jerky or OCP? Our Favorite Deer Stand Snacks

To paraphrase Napoleon, “The Orange Army marches on its stomach.” After some major investigative reporting work, we can confirm most deer hunters enjoy treestand snacks. In fact, many hunters think success comes down to being comfortable in the stand, and what adds more comfort than food? In addition, eating in the stand can appease superstition, …

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Video: How to Debone Venison Shoulders and Hindquarters

Dr. Karl V. Miller and his wife Renee know their way around a whitetail about as well as any two people in North America, especially when it comes to preparing venison for the table. Karl, a professor of deer management at the University of Georgia and head of the UGA Deer Lab, has studied, hunted, …

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Treestand Accidents: Can We Stop the Insanity?

Can we stop the insanity? Can we just get through one deer season without a family having to bury a loved one who fell from their deer stand? Yes, deer hunting is our passion, but is it worth risking permanent injury or death? The vast majority of deer hunting injuries and deaths involve treestand falls, …

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Is Your Body Ready for Deer Season? Test It and See.

From falls while walking in the woods to shoulder injuries from dragging deer back to camp, physical therapists like myself tend to see a surge of hunting-related injuries in the weeks after deer season opens. As a hunter myself, I hate to see this, because in many cases an ounce of pre-season prevention can help …

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