Hunt and Gather: Fix-Ahead Venison Cube Steak and Grimes Golden Applesauce

It was the weekend before the first Saturday of October, the traditional opening of Virginia’s archery season, and a friend and I had been searching my Potts Mountain land in Craig County for a stand site. The entire side of the mountain seemed to be filled with bearing oaks, and acorns crunched underfoot everywhere we stepped. …

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Deer Tongue for Dinner

About a dozen years ago, I began to feel guilty about leaving gut piles behind in the woods after field dressing a whitetail. I was uncomfortable knowing my wife Elaine and I might be wasting edible items after butchering an animal. We first tried cooking the heart, which we found to be delicious. Then we …

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How Fast Can a Stand “Recover” From Hunting Pressure?

It’s simple: Deer respond negatively to hunting pressure. Their avoidance of heavily hunted areas is undeniable, as my graduate-level research at Auburn University documented. But exactly how long does it take for a specific stand site to “recover” from a hunter’s presence? We now have an idea. In my study using GPS collars, I tracked …

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QDMA’s Guide to the Whitetail Rut

The whitetail rut is the most exciting time of the season for deer hunters, and it’s also a time when QDMA receives a lot of questions about this important season in the whitetail’s year. Many of the answers are found here on QDMA.com, and we’ve compiled this guide to help you find them quickly. Simply …

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Practice Treestand Safety from Ground-to-Ground

Editor’s Note: Falls from a treestand can happen at any time after you leave the ground. No matter what type of treestand you are hunting from, every hunter should practice treestand safety by wearing a safety harness with a lifeline from the time they leave the ground until they return. This lesson is one that …

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