Brow Tines and Backstrap

Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.

Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.


First Buck Friday: Tom Pearl, Rome, Maine

Once again, Hansen and I had a swarm of great first buck stories land in our e-mail inboxes this week. Chances are good we’ll be sharing quite a few of them here on the Browtines and Backstrap blog. Today, we picked a story from another Maine hunter , Tom Pearl...

QDMA Whitetail Report: Required Reading For Serious Deer Hunters

There are a lot of things that I enjoy. But I probably enjoy two things more than others: Big deer and being right.

Shooting Form: The Anchor

In archery the anchor is really one part noun (as in anchor point), and one part verb (pulling the string to the anchor point). Without a consistent anchor point, no degree of accuracy is possible.

Finally Friday? Time for Another First Buck Story

My calendar tells me that, miracle of miracles, it's Friday again. That means it's time for another reader-submitted first-buck story. This one was sent to us by Celia Broomhall of Gilead, Maine. We enjoyed reading it. Hope you do, too. Send us your first-buck stories and photos by e-mailing them...

Shed Hunting: Hard Core or Casual?

Much as I like to deer hunt, I’ve never been a dedicated shed hunter. Sure, I’ll pick them up as I see them when I’m out and about in the spring, but I don’t know that I’ve ever left the house and said, “Going shed hunting .

Shooting Form: The Stance

During the last four installments, I discussed purchasing the basic equipment needed to begin your bowhunting passion. Before you’ll achieve the best results possible, you’ll need to instill basic shooting-form fundamentals.

Kansas Record Buck Poached

There are few things I can think of that disgust me more than a poacher. A repeat poaching offender, however, is the lowest of low.

It's Friday: Time for a First Buck Story

In a Browtines and Backstrap post earlier this week, we asked for first buck stories and photos—and man, did you guys and gals ever respond. Every Friday, beginning today, we’re going to pick a first buck story and post it, right here. Thing is, you’ve got to keep sending them...

Wanted: First Buck Stories and Photos

See that strapping, bare-chested lad in this photo? That’s me, some years ago, with my first buck, a 7-pointer that I shot during a youth hunt in Ballard County, Kentucky. That’s my older cousin, Casey, on the right.

Bowhunting Basics IV: Rangefinders

Previously we discussed the basic gear you’ll need to start shooting and enjoying all archery has to offer. But before you get really serious about bowhunting live game you’ll need a quality laser rangefinder.

Defining Trophy Deer

How do you define the words “ trophy deer ”? Inches of antler? Age of the buck? Or is it something deeper? Perhaps the experience of a successful hunt, taken as a whole, regardless of what the animal looks like?

Bowhunting Basics III: Modern Bowhunting Accessories

While modern compound bows , with their silky-smooth draw cycles, high let-off, and efficient energy transfer, and straighter, more durable carbon arrows and broadheads , are huge factors in making archery success easier, modern bowhunting accessories also contribute largely to shooting ease.