Three Double-Lung Treestand Setups

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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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7 Steps to Stronger Acorn Production

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The key to improving acorn production in oaks begins with identifying the best acorn-producing trees where you hunt, and I shared an acorn survey technique for doing so in the first part of this two-part series. Once you have identified the best acorn producers in the stand, it’s time to conduct a timber harvest to …

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Get Outside and Measure the Deer Food Supply

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Looking for something to do outdoors this spring? Gotta shed some unwanted pounds put on overwinter? Or better yet, want to satisfy both and get a better handle on what’s happening with your deer population? Consider a browse impact survey. A browse impact survey involves walking along evenly spaced lines or “transects” through your hunting land …

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Against the Odds in Ontario

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On November 10, 2005, a 300-lb., 150-inch whitetail stepped into my life, and it changed me forever. From that point forward I wanted to learn everything I could about how and why that deer was that big. I killed that deer on an 88-acre farm in Ontario, Canada, that was owned by an elderly gentleman …

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15 Tips for Planting Deer-Hunting Orchards

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I’ve been planting trees for deer habitat management since I started helping my dad when I was about 10 years old. I’m in my 40s now and still planting them. I’ve learned a lot about tree planting and made plenty of mistakes in that time. Whenever the subject comes up, friends who hunt always have …

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