Through Quality Deer Management, you can increase the number of adult bucks where you hunt. But older bucks may be more difficult to see and kill unless you use smart hunting strategies.

Ticked Off: No More Venison

On Thanksgiving Eve 2013, as I sat in the emergency room waiting area for the third time in less than a year laboring over each breath, I watched my forearms turn from pink to purple to almost completely black. I began to face the reality that I may have a tickborne condition that would change …

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Venison Meltdown: The Disaster of Freezer Failure

“What’s that smell?” my wife April asked when we returned home from a week out-of-town. I answered that I thought it was the trash. Our garbage service picks up on Wednesday mornings, and we had left town on a Tuesday evening. Assuming my reasoning was correct, I wheeled the trash can out to the curb …

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10 Reasons You Don’t Want CWD in Your Woods

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) is a serious threat to the future of deer hunting. Yet, there are many hunters who don’t understand or appreciate the threat, who feel it is not something they have to worry about because it is far away from their woods, or who confuse it with other diseases. That’s why it’s …

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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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