Button Buck Disguise Almost Worked for This Doe

A Missouri doe nearly made a getaway with a very unusual disguise. Tufts of long black hair on its head, in the same location antlers would grow if it were male, made the deer look a lot like a button buck. Allen Morris, a QDMA Life Member and Level III QDMA Deer Steward from Missouri, was completely convinced …

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10 Tips on Asking For Permission to Hunt

Hunter access was identified as one of the largest issues impacting the future of hunting at the 2013 North American Whitetail Summit. East of the Rocky Mountains, most hunting occurs on private land, and this is especially true in states like Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas where 97 to 98 percent of the land …

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Mystery of Three-Legged Wisconsin Buck Solved

An interesting mystery has been solved, but the end of the story of an incredible Wisconsin buck is not entirely a happy one. The mysterious buck first appeared in QDMA member Todd Reabe’s trail-camera in November 2012. It appeared healthy except for one obvious problem: Its right hind leg had been crippled in some mishap …

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Three Double-Lung Treestand Setups

Most bragging-sized bucks are harvested by hunters who fall into one of two categories: the very well prepared or the very lucky. Sometimes those paths intersect. The better you prepare, the luckier you get. That’s how I explain the hunting success I’ve had. I’ve spent a lot of time improving deer habitat on my 176 …

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To Beat a Buck’s Nose, Remember Thermals

Understanding the fine movements of wind at your stand location can give you an advantage over mature bucks, as I explained in my article on revealing the wind. A big part of this strategy involves awareness of thermals. A thermal is a column or stream of rising air created by temperature differences between air at …

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