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Savage Axis rifle topped with a Riton Optics scope

Firearms

.243 Rifles — Sorry Honey, I Have a New Love

You would think, being an avid hunter and given the number kids as I’ve introduced to hunting and shooting, I would have discovered the .243 Winchester a lot sooner than I did. My path was rather long and circuitous. I was close a couple of times, but never realized what I was missing until a change in the hunting regulations forced me to shoot the .243.

Narrow food plot with ladder stand

General

The Hunting Plot That Keeps on Giving: Evolved Harvest Shot Plot

Hunters who have planted or hunted over brassicas know how effective these sweet, late-season forage cultivars are at attracting deer. A fast-growing, high-yield blend of turnips and rapes will attract deer for hunting while providing the critical nutrition they need during late fall and winter. It will also provide you with plenty of action by concentrating deer near your stand.

8 point whitetail buck dead on the forest floor

Hunting

Deer Hunting 101: Scouting and Selecting a Stand Site

Most deer hunters know the benefits of hunting agricultural land. Food sources are easy to find, utilize, and therefore, pattern. There are also usually a lot of deer in and around agriculture—in some areas, there are as many as 30–50 deer per square mile!

Female hunter scaling a mountain side carrying a rifle

Ammunition

Choosing the Right Caliber for Deer

If there is one way to get folks talking off the cuff, it is to broach the subject of deer rifles and calibers. Everyone has a favorite that their dad, granddad, or aunt used to tame the Wild West and deplete the Elk herds in downtown Burbank. The problem is what works for one doesn’t work for the other, at least it doesn’t work as well. How will you pick the right caliber?

Whitetail Buck standing broadside in a field

How To

Whitetails: Scrapes vs. Rubs

There has never been a hotter topic about deer hunting than whether it is better to hunt scrapes or hunt rub lines. Anyone who has killed a respectable buck near a fresh rub or rub line is likely to prefer and choose hunting rubs. Likewise, anyone who has killed a big buck near or on a scrape is likely to choose hunting scrapes.

Hunter applying scent killer to his boots

Gear

ScentLok: Seven Steps to Scent Control

Since the dawn of time, hunters have battled the noses of the game they pursued. Several products have come to the hunter’s aid, but few with the results enjoyed by ScentLok. ScentLok brought the first activated carbon hunting apparel to market 25 years ago. In the years since, helping big game hunters get closer to their quarry by dramatically reducing their odor signature—the ScentLok Advantage—has become the driving force behind the ScentLok brand.

Hunters hanging a safety line

How To

Video: How to Safely Hang a Ladder Stand — Hunter Safety Systems

Hanging a ladder stand sounds pretty simple. But doing it properly by keeping safety first and foremost isn’t always the way it is done. That’s why Hunter Safety System, the company dedicated to saving hunters’ lives, has launched a new instructional video specifically on this topic.

Bowhunter dragging whitetail deer through cornfield

Hunting

Do Urine Scents Spread Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)?

Urine-based scents are a safe, effective, and important tool for deer management. According to experts that authored the most commonly referenced studies on this subject, the risk of urine-based scents spreading chronic wasting disease is virtually zero.

Mature whitetail buck

Hunting

3 Tips for Low-Impact Deer Scouting

Many successful deer hunters spend more time scouting than hunting. And for the whitetail elite, scouting is a year-‘round proposition. But late summer seems to be the time when most everyday deer hunters get serious. Bow season is right around the corner, and they’re anxious to pattern deer for fast success once the opener arrives. Consequently, they ramp up their scouting activities in the field. However, human encroachment in the whitetail’s world is a complex thing.

Tiffany Lakosky with her 181 inch trophy whitetail buck.

Gear

Whitetail Wisdom: Scouting Camera Strategies

Today’s scouting cameras have changed the landscape of hunting. These affordable, high-tech marvels have helped turn hunters into game managers by giving us continual information about the specific wildlife on the properties we hunt. Even a modest network of just a few, well placed scouting cameras can provide far more information on animal behavior than a single hunter could otherwise garner from hours of traditional scouting.