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.

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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To Kill Mature Bucks, Reveal the Wind

Wind is the most overlooked detail in hunting mature bucks. I’m not just talking about wind direction, although that’s very important. Wind gets way more complicated than that. The more you know and understand about the wind, and more importantly a whitetail’s nose, the more successful you will be. When I was young I read …

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Hunt and Gather: Venison Pastitsio and Crabapple Nut Bread

For a fortnight last October, the most exciting pattern I experienced involved a steady stream of deer coming to scarf up fruit under a pear tree. Setting up nearby, I ended up killing two fine does with my crossbow, plus gained the pleasure of several times watching two 1½-year-old bucks sparring in the tree’s vicinity. If …

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Avoid the Deer-Hunting Toilet

It’s going to happen in every hunting club, QDM Cooperative, or any other group that hunts deer together: Someone is going to shoot a deer the other hunters didn’t want shot. It might be a button buck. It might be that yearling with 8 or more points that is going to be great one day …

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Hunting Technology: How Far is Too Far?

Remember when phones had cords and if you wanted to learn about something, you had to drive to the library and look it up? Technology has changed so fast over the last 20 years that we often forget the way things used to be. While the hands of time move a little slower when it …

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