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The whitetail rut is still on in full force. More and more does are being bred every day as whitetails across the country are busy ensuring the survival of the species. But the breeding phase of the rut is transitioning from crazed bucks running about chasing does to hunter-savvy bucks getting it done on the quiet. [ Read Full Post ]
Anyone who has ever tried to draw a tag in a trophy unit in the West, and especially Wyoming (just ask our editor), will get the joke in this video immediately.
There are plenty of general seasons and over-the-counter units for hunters to chase elk, mule deer, and whitetails all throughout the Rocky Mountain states. But in those units you'll typically experience high hunting pressure and a low number of mature bucks or bulls.
If you want to hunt in places that offer the best chances of seeing a B&C animal, you're either going to have to pay big dollars for an outfitter or throw your name in the tag lottery. Obviously, the makers of this video have been trying, unsuccessfully, to draw a good tag for years.
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Virginia is one of the east coast’s hottest states for hunting whitetails, and hunter Ricky Grubbs is taking advantage of it. Last month Virginia Whitetails posted photos of Grubbs’ success in the stand, which includes a 9-pointer from this season and a massive 182-inch bruiser taken in 2008 (below). Both bucks were harvested in Surry County, Va. [ Read Full Post ]
Kansas hunter Caleb Gillespie, 24, used a year’s worth of vacation days to track down this monster buck. With some unexpected help from a pair of coyotes, Gillespie’s efforts finally paid off on Sept. 28. The whitetail should shatter the current record for the largest nontypical ever harvested in in Rice County, Kan. Here’s how Gillespie’s incredible hunt played out. [ Read Full Post ]
Marty (right) and Nathaniel Cormier wait for standers to get into position in preparation for a late-season New England deer drive.
Photos by Rob Howard
"C'mon, Beagle. Get your act together and come up with a damn game plan… Time's a - wasting… Tommy would never have put up with this sitting-around-camp crap when there are deer out there to hunt."
George Wise’s good-natured cajoling instantly hits its mark, somewhere deep down in Marty Cormier’s gut. Although the scolding was lighthearted, the resulting angst is palpable.
As he pores over topo maps and aerial photos, Marty, aka Beagle, calculates the next move. The job of Hunt Master is tough duty any day of deer season, but it’s Herculean when you’re tasked with casting 15 to 20 hunters across hundreds of acres of generally featureless public land. It’s all the more confounding when it’s mid-December, the deer have been pushed for weeks, your crew is toting muzzleloaders, and you’re trying to live up to the reputation of the Super Beagle. [ Read Full Post ]
Texas hunter Cody Beaver, 26, arrowed this massive nontypical last month in Rains County, according to the Athens Review. The buck’s gross score reportedly measured 187 7/8 inches. Beaver confirmed the rack sported 20 points on his Facebook page.
Beaver first discovered the buck when scouting for a place to hang his treestand in August. He left a small pile of corn and a game camera in the woods, picking a location with creek beds, ditches, and dense cover. This limited potential shots to just 30 yards. When he first discovered the 20-pointer on camera, he set up a stand and checked the photos periodically. Pictures revealed the buck would show up every four to five days, and almost always in the early morning. [ Read Full Post ]