Hunt and Gather: Venison Roast and Wineberry Cobbler

“There are white oak acorns all over the woodlot up the hill,” the landowner said when I arrived for a scouting session a week before Virginia’s Urban Archery Antlerless Season began. “That’s where I want you to hunt next Saturday morning because I have a father and son going squirrel hunting on my other woodlot.” The …

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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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