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  • April 8, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Dial in Your Deer-0

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    Trail camera and photos courtesy of Bushnell

    One of the best ways to learn individual bucks’ travel patterns and habits is to organize and study your trail-camera photos—but there are some tricks to keeping all the information straight. Start by giving photos of each buck that meets your harvest criteria a unique file name that includes the buck’s ID (e.g., “Wide Eight”), the date and time each photo was taken, and the camera location (e.g., “Creek Crossing”). This enables you to easily locate all the photos you have of an individual deer.

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  • April 7, 2014

    Tips for Buying a New ATV-0

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    An all-terrain vehicle (ATV) is one of the best ways for people to traverse tough terrain and haul hunting gear. If you’re planning on buying one, have an honest conversation with yourself about your riding skills and how you’ll be using your ATV before you visit an ATV dealer.

    Manufacturers pack plenty of power, convenience – like power steering – and thrills into machines that satisfy a user’s need for speed. They like to highlight the horsepower of an engine, but you should focus on buying a machine that meets your needs and won’t break your budget. For example, if you’re looking specifically for a hunting rig, an ATV that runs quietly and smoothly might be more useful than a super-fast machine.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Essential Outdoor Skill: Set a Deer Decoy -0

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    Photo courtesy of Primos Hunting

    Deer decoys work best during the pre-rut and rut, when bucks are more visible than they are later in the season. When possible, set the decoy on a rise that’s visible from many travel routes. Cater your setup to the whitetails in your area. If there aren’t any 160-inch bucks around, placing trophy antlers on your decoy isn’t a good idea.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Call Bull Elk-0

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    Photo by Luke Nilsson

    Gas funnels of yesteryear aren’t the same as those manufactured today. They were large galvanized metal contraptions farmers and ranchers used to pour fuel and oil into tractors and other equipment. But if you can get your hands on one—and combine it with a good diaphragm call—you’ll pique the interest of randy bulls from farther  away than you will with a plastic funnel.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Deter Treestand Thieves-0

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    First, the bad news: Hunters are most often the culprits in cases of treestand theft. The good news is that it's mostly a crime of opportunity.

    “Most people aren’t going into the woods looking for treestands to steal,” says Treestand Manufacturers’ Association president John Louk. “They’re just in the area, and if they see one, sometimes they take it.”

    The key to preventing theft is to make your stand difficult to steal. Here are three ways to do that.

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  • April 3, 2014

    Ultimate Outdoor Hack: Hang a Stand with a Dog Leash-0

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    How many times have you securely attached your climbing sticks or ladder to a tree and then had to climb down to retrieve your treestand? Or maybe you use a rope to pull your stand up, but the rope can be slippery or tangle easily. Or, worse, ignoring safety precautions, you haul your stand with one arm while climbing the tree with the other.

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  • February 3, 2014

    Best New Knives: Cutting-Edge Blades from SHOT Show 2014-7

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    The 2014 SHOT Show offered something for every outdoor enthusiast on the planet. Take for example the new knives and cutting instruments unveiled in Vegas. While many were tailored to anglers and hunters, others addressed the needs of survivalists, and still others whetted the appetites of law enforcement and military professionals. Regardless of the need, these cutting edge blades are sure to fit the bill.

    Buck 110 Folding Hunter

    This year Buck Knives celebrates the 50th anniversary of the 110 Folding Hunter, available in a plain or finger-grooved Macassar Ebony Dymondwood handle. First introduced by Al Buck in 1964, today it is one of the most imitated and recognizable knives on the market.

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  • January 21, 2014

    Collar Cameras Provide a New Way to Monitor Deer Behavior-2

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    Photo courtesy of Aaron Hildreth/University of Nebraska Lincoln

    If you’re a deer hunter, you’ve probably spent countless hours waiting for your dream buck to arrive, wondering where he is, what he’s doing, and even if he knows he’s being hunted.

    Wonder no more.

    Doctoral student Justin Dellinger is gaining what amounts to “first-ungulate” information about deer behavior and habitat preferences, and even how they react to predators, from video cameras strapped around the necks of mule deer and whitetails in northern Washington State.

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  • November 1, 2013

    Deer Anatomy Lesson: How Buck Scent Glands Really Work-0

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    The scent industry wants you to believe that a splash of tarsal secretion will bring bucks in on a run. But a look at a deer’s endocrine system reveals a number of different scent glands, each of which can trump the tarsal for musk production.

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    Scientists have identified seven different glands that bucks possess, and here’s what we know about them.

    Photo by Mark Raycroft

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  • October 25, 2013

    Michigan Deer Season 2013: Hunting Forecast-0

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    Last year was nearly identical to 2011 for deer hunters in the Great Lakes State. An estimated 414,004 deer were harvested, which was roughly the same number as the previous year. While the antlerless kill was down 6 percent from 2011 (191,364), the antlered buck harvest was up about five percent (222,640).

    With another mild winter, the whitetail population in the Lower Peninsula (LP) continued to increase in 2013. The winter started out mild in the Upper Peninsula (UP), but by mid-January the weather turned severe, with lingering snowfall well into spring.

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