Why you should have an ambidextrous style stock on your rifle

Outdoor writer John E. PhillipsI had done my homework. I knew that the buck I wanted to take was living in a cane thicket on the side of the Tombigbee River. I had identified the trail he would take from his bedding area to his feeding spot. I had set-up my tree stand about 50-yards from the trail to have a left-handed shot to take the buck, as he came back from feeding at night to go to his bedding area.… Read more

What Triggers the Beginning of the Rut?

Buck chasing doe during rutAccording to Dr. Harry Jacobson, a retired professor in the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries at Mississippi State University, who still manages numerous game lands, “The doe actually triggers the breeding season for the buck. She defines the rut when she is in estrus.”

Dr. Larry Marchinton, a retired deer researcher at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, has broken the rut down into three periods: pre-rut, rut and post-rut.… Read more

How to Hunt Nocturnal Public Land Deer

Nocturnal Buck DeerHunters across the U.S. often wonder how to hunt when their public-land deer become nocturnal. Here’s a look at what two nationally-known deer hunters have found.

Brad Harris, a well-known deer hunter and videographer, from Neosho, Missouri, is convinced there are trophy bucks on many public-hunting areas throughout the nation. However, he also believes these bucks have learned to use the cover of darkness to hide their movements.… Read more

Whitetail Hunting Checklist: Trailcams

Deer on Trail CamTrail cams are one of the most crucial pieces of equipment I use for deer hunting. Some may have written them off years ago as too expensive, or not worth the hassle. But the days of 35 mm cameras are behind us, and there have been many advances in the technology of trail cams in recent years. Many of the cameras out there now have a sub-1 second trigger speed, Infrared flash, battery life for months, and adjustable between picture delay times down to mere seconds.… Read more

Deer Season Checklist: Scent Control

Big Buck Deer ScentingThe next few weeks we are going to go through a checklist of important things to know before this upcoming deer season. This week will feature the importance of controlling your scent in the field. Some may argue if you play the wind correctly, it doesn’t matter what you smell like. Although this is true on days with a consistent wind, nature isn’t always that generous.… Read more

Step 4 of improving your land: Softmass

By: Dakota Russell

Persimmons make great deer attractant
Persimmons make great deer attractant

Early season deer hunting is typically a very fun time of the year to hunt. Deer are usually honed in on soft mass. I have found over the years that there is a way to improve just about any and every feature of your particular piece of land. With a truck full of fertilizer I set out in the spring to go fertilize some of my choice soft masses, which are often within shooting distance of my favorite early September stands.… Read more

The Key to Big Bucks: Hassles

Muzzleloader Shooter HuntingHunting with a muzzleloader can be a hassle. You have to carry your powder, extra bullets and percussion caps and load the rifle and fire the rifle. Then to get better accuracy, you have to clean the rifle after every shot. To get the most accuracy, you must test different powders – pelletized powder, black powder, pellets and loose powder made by various companies.… Read more

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