Hunting Tips

Men Working to Unload and Hang Up Tree Stands

Tips for hanging tree stands pre-season

Timing and placement are key factors when it comes to hanging tree stands. These pre-season tree stand-hanging tips will help ensure you and your tree stands are set up for success when the season arrives. 

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Big Buck Under Tree

Grand View Outdoors: How to Bag Bucks on Power Lines

What’s your strategy for locating the biggest bucks? For Grand View Outdoors writer Gerald Almy, it’s placing his tree stand above power line clearings. Here, abundant shelter and food such as tender forbs, berries, shrubs, and saplings provide an oasis for whitetail deer. His tips for finding the right spot...

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Deer Eating Grass

QDMA Article: Deer Can See You Even When They’re Eating

Here’s an interesting experiment: the next time you eat, place your food on the table and lower your nose to touch your food. Now, try looking around. What you see doesn’t compare to a deer’s line of vision, which encompasses a much wider scope than our own. Thanks to the deer’s horizontally elongated pupils, they have a 300-degree panoramic view of their surroundings (compared to our limited 120-degree visual field). Plus, their eyes are able to rotate in different directions—a function called “cyclovergence.” For this reason, taking aim while deer graze isn’t advised.

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Buck Scraping Tree

Grand View Outdoors: 14 Things You Didn’t Know About Buck Rubs

Every deer season, hunters anticipate their first sighting of a fresh buck rub. It marks the beginning of mating rituals that render bucks less cautious than normal—and thus the signal that hunting season is in full force. Most hunters know that deer deposit scent (i.e., primer pheromones) when they scrape their antlers against trees, but did you know that different types of rubs indicate buck maturity, size, and behavior patterns? 

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Whitetail Deer

Wired to Hunt: 5 Most Fascinating Insights from the 2015 Whitetail Report

“The average hunter, like you or me, doesn’t typically have all the high level data at our finger tips to make educated observations. That said, we’re fortunate that this kind of data is actually made available for us,” says Wired to Hunt, which condenses the best of the 2015 Whitetail Report for its readers. “If you’re an avid whitetail hunter and/or concerned about the current state of deer and deer hunting in North America, this is a must read.” 

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Hunter Preparing to Climb Treestand

Focus On Funnels

If you want to consistently tag mature bucks throughout October and November, then you need to follow this high-impact treestand setup guide take advantage full advantage of whitetail funnels.

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Hunter Dragging Harvested Buck

Deer & Deer Hunting: 5 Health Tips to Maximize Your Hunting Prowess

“Just like with good hunting boots, good walking/jogging/workout shoes are important. Make that investment, start putting one foot forward and get going,” says hunter and writer for Deer & Deer Hunting, Alan Clemons, who suggests that hunters make some practical lifestyle changes to become better hunters. Hunting demands a lot of the sportsman. An easy way to feel better when performing the heavy manual labor required of most big game hunters is to improve your overall health. “Dragging out a deer…can be taxing even for healthy hunters. Being in shape can help you in the woods when you’re hauling out a buck or doe.”

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Hunter Harvests Big Buck

Outdoor Life: Three Keys for Finding Game to Hunt

“I’m constantly amazed at how difficult it is for some folks to find game…on the flip side there are hunters who seem to be able to wander into the woods and effortlessly bring home the bacon. What makes the difference?” asks accomplished big game hunter, Aram Benedikt, in a recent Outdoor Life article. Benedikt’s first tip: “No matter how hard you work, you won’t find game that isn’t there.” Secondly, hunt wisely and safely to optimize your chances for a big kill. And lastly, you won’t kill what you don’t see: “A savvy hunter can find a lot of game by locating a good vantage point and parking your binocular against your eyebrows for a while."

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Two Hunters Walking Through the Woods to Hang Tree Stands

When Hanging Tree Stands, Timing is Key

Hopefully, you utilized a good portion of the springtime to do your scouting and to pinpoint the best places to take deer on your property.  But don’t prop up your feet and wait until hunting season just yet; your homework isn’t over.  If you want an even better opportunity to take that monster buck, get out now and hang your rut stands early.  

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