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2019 Whitetail Report: The Current Status on Deer Processing

Deer processing. It’s a tradition and heritage unlike any other. But is it in jeopardy? Is it threatened by the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? It’s quite possible that’s true. The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) shed light on this in its 2019 Whitetail Report . “Considering that around...


2019 Whitetail Report: Where Most Non-Resident Deer Hunters Are Going Now

For those who aren’t aware, license sales foot (most of) the bill for conservation. A host of other things such as excise taxes and grants help fund it, too. But, by in large, it’s the direct sale of licenses, tags and other state-required documentation that keeps the lights on for...


2019 Whitetail Report: New Deer-Related Automobile Accident Trends

Busted bumpers. Bashed grills. Scratches. Dents. All-out totaled cars. Safe bet — deer and highways don’t mix. It’s become enough of a problem that the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) made note of it in their 2019 Whitetail Report . “We compared the number of accidents in the most recent...


2019 Whitetail Report: What Fawn Recruitment Rates Look Like Today

I remember when every doe I saw had two (sometimes three) fawns — even into fall and winter. Today, that’s a rare sight for most hunters. In fact, in some states, it’s more common to see a doe without a fawn than with one. That’s a scary truth that is...


2019 Whitetail Report: Laws on Deer Tracking Dogs by State

Deer hunting is filled with highs and lows. The highs are great. But the lows really aren’t. One such low is when you shoot a deer and can’t find it. Hours of searching. Acres of land combed and grid-searched. It can be all for not if you don’t (or can’t)...


2019 Whitetail Report: Where Deer Urine Is and Isn’t Banned

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) has affected many things — including the usage of natural deer urine and scents. Today, many states are outlawing the use of it, and are requiring hunters to use synthetic versions of the vastly popular hunting tool. The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) reported on these...


2019 Whitetail Report: Deer Disease Updates

The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) constantly fights for the conservation and preservation of deer and deer hunting. Part of that fight is the warfront on disease. This was shared in their 2019 Whitetail Report . CWD is caused by an abnormal protein referred to as a prion. Prions are...


Whitetail TV: The Heavy 10-Pointer

Ryan and Jordan Matzke coordinate their vacations and spend it on the home farm in Illinois during the peak of the rut. They hunt for 10 days straight. Jordan gets his opportunity before the archery season closes. Then, his brother Ryan takes it down to the last day of the...


Melissa Bachman Misses and Then Arrows a Giant Deer

Hunting in South Dakota, Melissa Bachman misses a giant deer. But, due to high winds and a wound-up buck, she gets a second chance. Check out what she does with it. Don't Miss: 12 Unethical Shots You Shouldn’t Take on Deer Are you a deer hunter wanting to learn how...


Decoy Tricks for the Toughest Ducks and Geese

When you’re on the X and times are good, decoys can become an afterthought. Throw a few over there. Toss a few upwind. Heck, make a J if you feel inspired. During tougher times and when chasing educated birds , however, your fakes become more important. That stiff, motionless J...


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Rules Every Turkey Hunter Should Know

Corky Pugh is the former director of Alabama’s Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division. He is also a certified turkey hunting nut. I have been fortunate enough to hunt with Corky on many occasions. As you can imagine, a large part of our friendship revolves around wild turkeys and hunting them...


Important Things You Learn from Missing Turkeys

Have you missed a turkey? Join the club. Here's how to improve your shooting skills. 1. Quick Shot The flock suddenly appeared, materializing on the high Pennsylvania ridgetop. Driven by target panic, I raised my gun, swiftly took aim at a legal turkey, and fired. While I fully expected the...


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