Deer Heart on the Menu

As someone who depends on venison for all my wife Elaine’s and my red meat needs for the year, and who tries to annually kill 10 whitetails to fulfill those needs, I regard the consumption of venison as part of a healthy, active lifestyle. My spouse and I also write a venison cooking column forWhitetail …

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Improve Your Bow Skills with this Practice Technique

Do you like to bow hunt? Me too. I enjoy everything about archery hunting; the challenge, early seasons, close-range encounters with deer, and the preparation. I believe every hunter should be extremely proficient with the weapon they go afield with, so I shoot my bow a lot. My Big Green Target is full of holes, …

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Is the “Lockdown Phase” a Myth?

Some hunters believe they witness an “October Lull” or a peak-rut “Lockdown Phase,” when mature bucks suddenly stop moving or hole-up with an estrus doe. Researcher Andy Olson did not see evidence of either in the movements of three mature Pennsylvania bucks wearing GPS tracking collars. “We had fine-scale movement data for these three bucks …

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Hunt Does to Hone Your Bow Skills

If there’s one thing the hunting industry pushes, it’s trophy bucks, trophy bucks, TROPHY BUCKS. I was caught up in this mindset when I first started hunting. As soon as I had a successful first bowhunting season, I determined I didn’t want to shoot anything unless it was a “wallhanger,” and I was going to …

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Preserve an Unforgettable Hunt With a Great Photo

Through QDM, deer hunters all across the country can feel a tremendous amount of pride in assuming responsibility for the betterment of the whitetail. We invest a lot of time and energy into growing, holding, protecting and then hunting whitetails, which can lead to certain emotional aspects of QDM. Specifically, I’m referring to the humility, …

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