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October
1997
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Features - The Rush (Hunting successes shouldn't hinge on how many deer you shoot or how big a buck might be. Hunting is about the thrills and adreneline rush that come with a close encounter, successful or not. That rush is what keeps us coming back); Lunar Or Loony: - Can Moon Charts Predict The South's Rut? (In the final article of a three-part series, our Northern field editor discusses whether moon charts can reliably track our activity below the Mason-Dixon Line); Staging Areas: - Hotspots For Intercepting Mature Bucks (Mature-buck staging areas can be easy to identify but difficult to hunt. The author reveals his secrets to success in these areas); Deer Research - 'Priming' Pheromones: What's Their Role In The Rut? (Bucks and does apparently use 'priming' pheromones to ensure reproduction is synchronized. Our research editor explains what pheromones do to bring bucks and does into peak breeding condition at about the same time); What Triggers The Rut's Many Switches? (The whitetails rut is a complex natural phenomenon. This pictorial shows how each rut phase works in concert with the others); A 3-Year Oddyssey: Chasing The Rut From North To South (Over three seasong, our Southern field editor followed the rut southward each fall from Canada to Mexico. Although it would appear such a trek would bring steady action, it didn't. The author shares his insights into the rut's regional timing, and how to anticipate its peaks and valleys); Where's The Rub? - A Guide To Locating Bucks (You'll need to do more than locate a few rubs and scrapes to predict buck movement. Learn how terrain and habitat edges work together to concentrate deer movements); Survey Results, Part 2 - Stand-Hunters Arrive Early And Don't Easily Quit Their Posts (Learn how your fellow hunters approach their stands, what times of the day they hunt, and how long they stay on stand); 1997 Readers' Survey (Fill out and return our survey!); Emergency Deer Feeding: - A Case Of More Questions Than Solutions? (Some people view winter deer-feeding efforts as wasteful spending, while others say it's a noble effort to save deer. What role should hunters and wildlife agencies play in deer feeding?); The Shame Of Fame (They're respected for their knowledge but sometimes hated for their accomplishments. Learn how six famous deer hunters deal with life in the harsh public eye); Hunting Southern Mountain Deer (The author reveals three secrets to locating and hunting highland whitetails); A Proper Deer Gun (Nostalgia has a way of bending time and compressing human longevity. It also helps make a grown man remember why an old companion shouldn't be taken for granted) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Tactical Tips & Tricks; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Issues & Answers; Deer Browse; Hunter's Library; New Gear For '97; Hunter's Coset & Where To Go
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November
1998
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Features - You Can't Teach An Old Dad New Tricks (For Dad, hunting was nothing more than a way to put more meat on the table. However, as the doe approached our blind, I couldn't help but wonder if he was changing his ways); From 6 Days To 140 Days: - Why Gun Seasons Vary In Length (Turn-of-the-century biologists did a commendable job formulating the first gun-deer seasons. The author examines how deer seasons were established, and why they still vary so greatly today across North America); Today's Muzzleloaders: - Is It Time To Hit The Brakes? - (A skirmish stews between traditional and modern muzzleloading hunters. Do today's muzzleloaders exceed the "primitive weapons" classification that helped create special seasons? Our comprehensive survey of North America examines the state of black-powder seasons); Root Causes: - How Deer Hunting Accidents Really Happen (The reasons behind hunting accidents involve many human behavior factors. By determining which behaviors lead to accidents, you can discover why they occur); Back-Breaker: - One Hunter's Struggle With Agony (If you have a bad back, you will relate to the author's struggle with endless pain. His insights take you inside the troubles associated with deer hunting and back pain, and he reveals tactics that will help you spend more time hunting and less time suffering); Camp Comfort (In 1899, fewer than 13,000 Michigan deer hunters bagged about 12,000 deer. Most of these deer were killed at a camp where men shed their worries of modern life to pursue the elusive whitetail. This eight-page pictorial depicts life in that "luxurious" deer camp); Deer Behavior - Nature Takes A Toll On Old Bucks (Are you interested in managing your land for mature bucks? The author reveals intriguing statistics to help you decide which bucks to kill and which ones to pass up); Deer Research - Bovine Tuberculosis In Michigan: A Lesson In Deer Mismanagement (Northeastern Michigan's whitetails are plagued by the spread of turberculosis - the only known case in wild animals in North America. Although TB can be eradicated quickly in controlled settings, it's far more difficult in the state's Club Country region.); Temptation vs. Skill: - What Shots Would You Take? (In Part 2 of the analysis from our 1997 Readers' Survey, we classify hunters based on shooting decisions they make at deer at various ranges under different field conditions)' How Should Hunters View Other Predators? (We as hunters might become a minority without a voice if we're not accepted in a democratic society. Learn how we can secure our acceptance by emulating predators); Deer Browse: Gun-Hunters Unravel Doe's Incredible Death Run (It takes a determined, skillful woodsman to find a gut-shot deer. Whet, then, does it take to find a gutless deer?); Memories Remain (A man does not hunt in order to kill. Rather, a man kills in order to have hunted. And it's the memories that count) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Tactical Tips; Issues & Answers; Hunter's Library; Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For '98; Hunter's Closet
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January
1999
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Features - Dad's Stand (The death of his father hit Cal hard. In fact, it wasn't until opening day of deer season - three years after his father died - that he again felt the excitement of being a hunter. He also learned what really mattered in the deer woods); Handle With Care: Venison Is Only As Good As Its Keeper (Transforming a deer from a carcass to mouth-watering venison requires several important tasks. When done with care, these tasks form an intriguing aspect of hunting's deep traditions); Deer Behavior - Photographing Deer Where You Hunt: Seeing Is Believing (Infrared-triggered camera systems are the new wave of deer surveys. Learn how you can use this technology to manage your land and unravel the secrets of big bucks); Deer Research - Fawn Harvesting: A Logical Alternative For Northern Range (When given anterless deer tags, most hunters choose to kill mature does because they provide more meat. Learn why this thinking is flawed, and how hunters can benefit the deer herd by harvesting a large portion of the annual fawn population); Sure-Fire Muzzleloading: Avoiding Foul-Weather Misfires (Muzzleloading in foul weather doesn't have to be an "iffy" proposition. By following a few simple precautions and good loading practices, you can turn most of today's muzzleloading rifles into reliable performers in the woods); The Fur Factor: Deer Hair Biology And Your Hunt (Our Northern field editor says hunters, biologists and researchers can theorize all they want about what causes deer movement. He believes whitetails move when they feel most comfortable, and if they can move without overheating, they will. Learn why hair plays the biggest role in this equation); Shooting Tests: Would They Help Or Hurt Deer Hunting? (Some respondents to the Deer & Deer Hunting 1997 Readers' Survey believe mandatory shooting tests would ensure more one-shot kills. Others believe tests do little to promote ethical behavior. In this, the third article in a three-part series, learn what your fellow readers believe); Deer And The Land: The Hunter's Role In Ecosystem Management (If deer hunting is to survive the next century, we must face several problems. Discover what those problems are and what hunters must do to ensure that public policy doesn't make them an endangered species); Issues & Answers - Who Are Our Deer Hunting Heroes? (Many deer hunting heroes are known for their prowess with a bow or gun, record-book bucks they've killed, or their business success as celebrities. Here's a true story of 16 bow-hunters who did far more to earn our respect); Deer Browse - Shed-Hunter Finds Match...6 Years Later (In 1992, a New York deer hunter found an ordinary antler shed. That find turned out to be extraordinary when he returned to the site in 1998); One Last Hunt (Winter arrived on the shoulders of a Canadian high. Unlike the previous cold fronts, this one felt permanent. The weather, not the calendar, told the author it was the end of the season and time for one last hunt) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Spirit Of The Wild; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Rue's Views; Tactical Tips/Tricks; New Gear For '99; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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October
1999
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Features - An Empty Seat (This mountainside deer stand was never really mine. Now, as I sit here listening to the wind, I can feel its emptiness); Why Do They Call It The Rut? (Does the word rut cause your heart to pound? Find out who coined the word that describes every hunter's favorite time of year); Rut Strategy: - How To Take Advantage Of The Rutting Moon (Our Northern field editor explains how hunters can use lunar information and hunting strategies to waylay bucks when rutting activity peaks); Field Edges & Cross-Trailing Bucks: - A New Plan For Rut-Time Success (Hunters can get closer to rutting bucks by studying the habits of antlerless deer. Learn the author's time-proven tactics); Rattling Bucks: - The Harder You Work, The Luckier You'll Be! (No matter where you hunt, deceiving mature bucks with rattling isn't easy. Our Southern field editor explains tactics to dupe big bucks); On The Trail Of Rutting Bucks - An Urban Deer Story (Urban bucks grow to maturity by holding tight in small woodlots, right? Wrong. The author's research shatters this myth on rut-time behavior); Deer Research - Lessons From Big Bucks I've Known (Do deer have personalities? After 22 years of studying deer in a Michigan enclosure, our research editor explains and analyzes the personality traits of some memorable bucks); The Homemade Stand: - If You Build It, They Will Fall (The results are in from our lastest tree-stand safety survey. These insights into the dangers of homemade stands might save your life! Part 1 of a three-part series); Meat & Bones: - How Much Meat Is On One Deer? (Our managing editor explains how to calculate venison yields and provides intriguing insights from meat processors); Megabytes And Mega Bucks: - Find out how to quench your thirst for deer hunting with a few of today's hottest computer games and journals); Meshach Browning And His Famous Buck Fight (Meshach Browning, a pioneer hunter, fought wounded bucks with his bare hands while roaming the Maryland wilderness in the late 1700s and early 1800s); The Beech Nut: - An Unsung Hero Of The Deer Woods (As its nuts drop by the handful, the beech tree attracts and feeds every hungry animal in the woods); Contrary Opinion: - Deer Molt Once Annually In Spring (The author's research on European deer might change the way Americans view white-tailed deer molting patterns) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Issues & Answers; Deer Browse; Tactical Tips/Tricks; Rue's Views; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For '99; One Hunter's Heart
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January
2000
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Features - Getting Out (He made a truce with the drab city, its gray sidewalks and bustling crowds. But as he trudged past a store window, the bright red of a wool jacket snagged his attention, bringing back memories of deer season, long-johns and an old .30-30 rifle); The New Millennuim: - Do Deer Hunting's Largest Challenges Lie Ahead? (Does deer hunting have a future? Read what white-tailed deer experts like Jay McAninch, John Ozoga and Charles J. Alsheimer forsee for the next millennium. They'll also shed light on some of the 20th century's greatest accomplishments); Deer Hunting's Inspirational Leaders Of The Century Ballot; Our Whitetail Heritage: - Deer & Deer Hunting, 1873: Lessons For The Future (Take a historical trip back to the roots of deer hunting in the United States. The year 1873 marked a turning point for hunting as wildlife conservation, outdoor magazines and sportsmen's groups took a serious look at managing deer); Hunter Behavior: - From Excess To Nothing And Back: Four Centuries Of Deer And Deer Hunting (Imagine an era when market hunters killed 25 deer in one day, or when deer hunting was banned in almost every area. Our Northern field guide documents the history of deer hunting, showing the upward climb whitetails have made); William Faulkner: - A Nobel Prize Winner In Deer Camp (William Faulkner brushed aside the news that he had won the Nobel Prize for literature. Instead, the novelist joined his hunting buddies at deer camp in the Mississippi Delta); Moving The Hunt Online (Ever think of buying your camouflage online? If you're like most, this holiday shopping season might find you with a computer mouse in hand. Take a look at this how-to guide for making online purchases, and try our favorite outdoors links); Obstructed View: - When To Hunt Open Areas (Most hunters assume big bucks run for cover when pressured. However, you might be surprised how deer relate to open areas. Read about big-buck behavior in open areas and the tactics you can use to defeat them); The Silent Season: Why It's Tough To Hunt The Post-Rut (If you enjoy a challenge, you already have an advantage for hunting the post-rut. Our Northern field editor explains buck behavior in the late season, when 10 percent to 15 percent of does still need to be bred. Find out how to locate bucks in this tough season and how to hunt them); Deer Browse: Buck Faces Prolonged Death Sentence After Rubbing Green Saplings (The slender branches of a young tree prove deadly for a mature buck, showing how unforgiving nature truly is. Take a look at the prolonged struggle of a healthy buck that ended in disaster); Nothing But A Nose-Licker (The buck was responding exactly as the library of "how-to" videos said it would. Then, the woman entered his thoughts for the third time. She wasn't supposed to be there, messing up his planned "to-the-nth-degree" hunt. Doris was from the past and didn't belong there. Or did she?) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Issues & Answers; Tactical Tips; Hunter's Library; Rue's Views; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Closet
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June
2000
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Features - Temptation (Opening day was just minutes old when the hunter pulled the trigger on a spike, his first deer in several years. But while making a one-man drive to his partner, he spied an 8-pointer. It would be easy to leave the spike behind and switch the tag to the bigger buck. Or so he thought); Odor-Free Tactics: Beating The Whitetail's Nose (Although it's impossible to beat a whitetail's nose 100 percent of the time, much can be done to improve your chances for success. Our Northern field editor explains how deer use their noses to detect danger, and he offers tips and tactics on how to dupe wary bucks); Missouri River Breaks Sweepstakes; Trophy Hunting: The Defendent Will Now Rise (Is it ethically wrong to hunt only big-racked whitetails? That's a difficult cult question to answer, especially when most hunters can't agree on what constitutes a "trophy hunter". The author examines the topic and explains why he proudly proclaims he's a trophy hunter); Whitetail Gold: Missouri Hunters Strike It Rich On '99 Sweepstakes Hunt (The 1999 Deer & Deer Hunting sweepstakes hunts were exciting and action-packed. Our managing editor takes you on both hunts in this eight-page pictorial of big bucks and wide-eyed sweepstakes winners); New Gear For 2000 & Contest SHOT Show/AMO Show Review (Hundreds of products for deer hunters were unveiled at this year's top outdoors trade shows. This 13-page section reviews the hottest items for 2000. Don't miss your chance to win one of them!); Deer Research Whitetail Fawns: From Suckling Infants To Robust Ruminants In Two Months (White-tailed fawns grow rapidly and assume adult habits at a young age. But even under optimal conditions, the newborn fawn's survival prospects hinge heavily on myriad factors. Our research editor details what puts fawns on the fast track for survival and what can doom them from the start); Deer Behavior 1,500-Acre Shootout: Down To The Last Deer (Eliminating the deer herd from a 1,500-acre enclosure in eastern Michigan became necessary when biologists determined the captive herd was infected with bovine turerculosis. The project not only provided insights on deer management, but it proved how elusive whitetails can be); Deer Browse The Great Hair Debate: Do Deer Shed Once Or Twice Annually? (Since printing an article on molting in the October 1999 issue, we've heard from whitetail fanactics across North America who disagree with Ian Alcock's opinion that whitetails molt only once a year. Who's right? Both sides check in with their latest arguements); Candid Whitetails It's Not Just Bucks That Fight (Remote-sensing cameras have become popular with deer hunters over the past several years, thanks to their ability to help hunters locate and scout whitetails. In this new D&DH department, we share stunning photos of doe fights taken with hunter's hidden cameras); Old Friends & Hoppe's No. 9 (Deer hunting's value is linked to hundreds, if not thousands, of stimuli. It's the sweet camaraderie of hunting camp, or the even sweeter silence of the land. It's the colors of autumn and the scents of earth, evergreens and gun solvent. It's all those things and so much more) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Hunting Catalogs; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Rue's View; Issues & Answers; Hunter's Library; Hunter's Closet; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild
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August
2000
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Features - From Boston To A Bow Stand (To learn the truth about mankind's oldest instinct, Tracy had to ignore the bigotry many city-dwellers have toward hunters. Armed with an open mind, she found a new world); A Classic Pre-Rut Rub-Line Hunt (The author has had hundreds of memorable rub-line experiences over the years. While he cherishes them all, some are more special than others. Here, he relives a textbook example of a rub-line hunt, and how it led him to a massive white-tailed buck); By First Bow-Kill (Our Northern field editor recalls a buck he killed 23 years ago - his first with a bow and arrow. In the years since, he's killed bigger bucks, but this hunt still ranks as one of his most memorable); Broadhead Wars: How Are Expandables Holding Up? (Are expandable broadheads tough enough for deer hunting? Our managing editor examines the facts and fallacies of mechanical broadhead performance); Can Bow-Hunting Manage Today's Deer Herds? (Bow-hunting has never been more popular and whitetail herds have never been larger. Bow-hunting owes much of its growth to large deer herds, but can archers do enough to keep herds in check? Our editor probes for answers); The Amazing Deer Antler (The growth and death of deer antlers have amazed hunters for centuries. Learn more about these mysterious structures in a colorful seven-page pictorial, the first article in a two-part series on the whitetail's antlers); Deer Research: The Old, Dry Doe: Fact Or Fantasy? (Some hunters claim they kill old "dry" does that are too aged to product fawns. How common is the dry doe phenomenon in the wild? Join our research editor as he discusses the reproductive life of aging deer); Deer Behavior: Can We Learn From Penned Deer? (Studying captive whitetails can reveal insights to make you a better bow- and gun-hunter. Learn how hunters, researchers and industry leaders have used penned-deer observations to improve their understanding of whitetails); Southeast Deer Study Group Report - Are Deer Neglected By Today's Forest Management? (Various intensity levels of forest management are affecting whitetails - and not always for the good. Can whitetails coexist with today's evolving land-use plans? Learn how some current forest-management methods affect whitetails); Deer Browse - Road-Killed Doe Carried Five Well-Developed Fetuses (Learn how one car-deer accident killed six whitetails near Battle Creek, Michigan...in March 2000); Savoring The Poison Glands (Have you ever tossed tenderloins into the hamburger grinder? If so, you're missing out on nature's finest and tastiest cut of meat) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Issues & Answers; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Library; Hunter's Closet
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September
2000
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Features - Conclusion Or Confusion? (The more the author analyzed his field notes, the more he realized how much he didn't know about whitetails); Divided We Fall? Baiting Wars Pit Brother Against Brother (Baiting opponents say hunters should shun the practice to remain strong against anti-hunters. Others believe an assault on baiting is about hunters' rights. The battle has already divided many more-strong allies); They Showed Us The Way: Deer Hunting's Top 5 Inspirational Leaders (In January, we asked you to vote for deer hunting's most inspirational leaders of the 1900s. Here's who you said made the greatest impact on deer and deer hunting); Deer Research Sandhill Shootout: Proof That Determined Hunters Succeed (In 1972, Wisconsin deer researchers planned to eliminate whitetails in a 9,150-acre area with the help of hunters. The hunters succeeded in record time, and their efforts helped shape many of today's deer-management models); The Amazing Deer Antler, Part 2: The Evolution And Function Of Antlers (The author discusses five commonly cited theories on the evolution of antlers. Learn more about these mysterious structures in an eight-page pictorial, the second in a two-part series on white-tailed deer antlers); Should We Use Crossbows? (Point: No! It's not a True Bow and Arrow. Vaznis argues that crossbows are hybrid weapons with no place in current archery seasons. Counterpoint: Yes! They help recruit more young and old hunters. Smith claims that crossbows promote additional hunting opportunities and help achieve deer-management goals); Battling An Allergy In Whitetails (Many deer hunters suffer from allergies to deer hair, dander and blood. With today's breakthroughs in medicine, there's no need to suffer any longer); How Healthy Is Venison? (Venison is no longer only a meat for hunters. The nonhunting, health-conscious segment of society is turning to venison as a chemical-free, low-fat, source of protein, minerals and vitamins); Two-Timing Stands: Why I Go Back For Seconds (The time to change stands is when fresh sign disappears and you're not seeing deer. The author reveals rut-time tips and tactics for killer tree-stand setups); Lunar Insights: Hunter Expectations Didn't Match Actual Buck Activity (Learn what D&DH readers had to say about our Northern field editor's lunar predictions, and discover how some used the information to waylay deer in 1999); Deer Behavior: How Well Do Orphaned Fawns Survive? (Timing is everthing, especially in deer management. By harvesting does too early in the season, hunters can sometimes lower the survival rate of orphaned fawns); Myth & Howard (When I enter the farmhouse driveway, I know two people will be waiting to hear every word of my hunting stories) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Rue's Views; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Issues & Answers; Deer Browse; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Closet
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October
2000
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Features - Boxscores & Beanfield Bucks (As bland as it seems, my best memories of my youth are of the daily sports page and a 20-acre soybean field); Shots At Whitetails Returns (Larry Koller's classic 1948 book Shots At Whitetails is back! Even today, Koller's teachings remain relevant and timeless); Fall Forecast: This Year's Rut Should Be Wild (Using the lunar formula he devised with Vermont biologist Wayne Laroche, our Northern field editor predicts a fast and furious rut that will provide spectacular hunting); Lunar Forces Difficult To Identify In Deer Activity (Rut intensity is determined by many factors, not just the moon's phases. In the second article of a two-part series, learn why D&DH readers rank lunar influences so low); Deer Research - Contrary Opinion: Lunar Forces Don't Control Whitetail Breeding (Our research editor reviews 19 years of data from Michigan's square-mile Cusino enclosure to explain why he believes the moon doesn't influence the whitetail's rut); Deer Behavior - New Research Suggests Scrapes Offer Low-Odds Hunting (A University of Georgia study used motion-activated video cameras to monitor deer activity at six scrapes. What they learned challenges traditional thinking about scrape usage); Remote-Sensing Cameras: Throwing Dirt On Scrape Myths (The author's research shows many bucks often use the same scrape ant that most visits occur at night); 5 Secret Strategies For Bow Hunters (The author reveals his top five scent tactics that consistantly bring bucks to his bootlaces); Rubs In The River Bottoms (A High Plains buck has terrorized trees, fence posts and telephone poles in recent years. And it might still be alive); When To Ignore Grandpa's Rules (The author's defining moment as a big-buck hunter came when he turned his back on many traditional deer hunting beliefs and tactics he had learned from his elders); With A Little Bit Of Luck (If Friday the 13th frightens you, these hunting superstitions might be of interest. A little luck never hurts, right?); Cradle Robbers? The Impact Of Black Bear Predation On Fawns (The author reveals how black bears prey on fawns and why predation data should be used in setting harvest strategies); 1999: An Insightful Year Of Research (Researchers across America are forever learning about the whitetail. Read what revelations wree unearthed in 1999); Save The Heart, OK? (When Gordy learned I didn't always keep everything from the deer I killed, he approached me with a humble request) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Hunter's Library; Deer Browse; Rue's Views; Issues & Answers; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Closet
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November
2000
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Features - The Legend Of Glen's Buck (Glen grinned as the buck flagged its way across a mile of open field. He vowed not to let that happen again); Jake's Buck (The author shares one of his son's most memorable moments - one that put a lump in his throat and tears in his eyes); Deer Research Signposts Lead To Big Bucks (Mature bucks intensively scent-mark their range, and with practice, you can decipher their intriguing calling cards and unravel their secrets); The Hunter's Choice For Quality: The 3 1/2 Year-Old Buck (Our Southeastern field editor explains how bucks go from budding adults to trophy-class animals in one crucial year); Big Antler Genes: Are We Headed The Wrong Way? (When hunter's selectively shoot bucks based on antler size, they might be removing the best sires from an age-class of bucks. Could this practice affect the herd's gene pool?); How To Make Hot Mock Scrapes (This seven-page pictorial shows and explains how mock scrapes can take hunting enjoyment to a new level); Why I'm Proud To Be A Trophy Hunter (The author explains why big-buck memories and herd-management goals are more important than antler scores); QDM On The Farm: The Role Of Good Forestry Practices (Our Northern field editor explains how to transform an ordinary woodlot into a nutritious, forage-producing smorgasbord for whitetails); Aging White-Tailed Deer On The Hoof (Aging live deer is not an exact science, but through careful observation, you can find clues. Here's what to look for); Bucks On The 5-Year Plan (Our editor explains why you must be flexible and not expect overnight success when hunting new areas); What Makes The Experts So Successful? (Learn strategies from eight working-class deer hunters); Motion-Triggered Cameras: What Can They Teach Us About Buck Activity? (Researchers used remote-sensing cameras to reveal the natural autumn movement patterns of a deer herd); Are Deer Hunters Too Trophy Conscious? (The author explains why hunters should leave their measuring tapes at home and enjoy the thrill of the hunt); Why High Expectations Might Net Low Results (Learn why high bag limits can set you up for disappointment); Can I Carry Your Pack? (The old man didn't need his grandson's help. After all, he had hunted these woods for years without assistance) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Deer Browse; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Closet/Where To Go
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December
2000
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Features - The High Road (His first deer hunt occured nearly 30 years ago, but the author still recalls the day as if it were yesterday. Why? Because it marked a turning point in his life); Making Long Range A Reality (Killing whitetails with long-range shots is not magic, and it shouldn't involve luck. Hunters can learn how to shoot more accurately and responsibly at long range by knowing and practicing with their equipment); North Woods Radio Stations Reach Out To Deer Camps (Radio stations in northern Michigan and Wisconsin deliver news, entertainment and urgent messages to remote deer camps); Tales From Buck Mountain (The author shares his experiences from a special place he's visited with his family, and one he hopes will host deer hunts for future generations); Time Check: Buck Marks End Of 1900s (Our editor recounts a memorable blackpowder hunt to western Iowa that ended with success on the last day of 1999); The Bucks Camp (This early 1900s Wisconsin deer camp will live forever in the minds of hunters, not only as a glimpse into the past, but as a reminder of North America's deer camp traditions); Sweet Results Often Come At The Bitter End (After several days or weeks of unproductive hunting, most hunters lose their confidence. It's a common trap that is hard to avoid. Learn how patience and perseverance can pay off for you this fall); QDM On The Farm - Part 2: It's In The Stones (Wise soil management is a cog to a successful quality deer management program. The author explains how to achieve your QDM goals in this second article of a four-part series); Deer Research Why Older Does Make Better Mothers (When maternally experienced does comprise the bulk of the breeding herd, more fawns survive their first year of life. Learn how does use their experience to raise healthy fawns); Hunter Behavior Can There Be Too Many Hunters? (The author believes it's time for hunters to stop worrying about how many people actually hunt and be more concerned with uniting as one cohesive, intelligent group); The Visitor (I was surprised to see the hunter roaming around on opening day. From the sheepish wave he gave, I expected him to slink away, embarrassed at the intrusion. He didn't); Deer Browse Saskatchewan Buck Soars To Top Of P&Y Book (Learn how David Tvait outsmarted a massive velvet-clad 10-pointer he had hunted for two years); The Rock (When the author found a fossil in the deer woods, it stirred his curiosity. He couldn't help but pick it up and marvel) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Candid Whitetails; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Rue's Views; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2000; Hunter's Closet
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January
2001
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Features - The Christmas Eve Buck (The prevailing wind direction at this prime stand usually spoiled most hunting opportunities. As a result, I avoided the deer-infested funnel for nearly 10 years. That decision was about to pay off on a Christmas Eve hunt I've always dreamed about. This time, however, the dream came true); Masters Of The Late-Season Bow-Hunt (Late-season whitetail hunting is not for the faint of heart. Bow-hunting during this period is the ultimate test of a hunter's spirit. It takes all the stealth one can muster, but the spoils go to the toughest and smartest. Here are the secrets of four hunters who have learned how to consistently outsmart mature deer when temperatures plunge); Breaking Out: Tweak Your Tactics For Greater Success (Hunters are humans, and humans are creatures of habit. We're comfortable with the familiar and tend not to stray far from it. Consistently successful deer hunters are different. They think "outside the box" and modify their approach. The author reveals how some of today's top hunters refine their tactics to achieve consistent success); Lichens & Leaf Litter Invisible Deer Foods (Many Northern Forest whitetails rely heavily on fallen leaves, or "leaf litter" to carry them through long winters. Unfortunately, their preferences and reliance on leaves are often hard to decipher because they eat the evidence. Recent research offers clues to understanding the whitetail's dependence on leaves for nourishment and survival); QDM On The Farm, Part 3: What Do You Know About The Deer On Your Land? (It's fun and fascinating to learn more about the whitetails roaming your property, and there's no greater feeling for a hunter or landowner than being an enlightened steward of the land. The view is great, the perks many, and the joys of the journey last 365 days a year); Deer Research What's Really Known About Orpaned Fawns? (Some studies show orphaning hurts fawns. Others show it helps their survival. Still others shwo no effects at all. Such mixed findings are to be expected from a highly adaptable species like the white-tailed deer); Deer Behavior: New Insights Into Deer Movement (A trucking company's study of truck-deer collisions provides landmark insights into deer activity. Although the conclusions might be surprising, they prove there is always something new to learn about deer and deer hunting); The Leopold Deer Camp (When not planting seeds, inspecting trees or marking them for cutting, Aldo Leopold hunted deer with his bow or rifle. Historian Rob Wegner presents an in-depth look at Leopold, arguably America's most famous deer hunter); Deer Browse Southern Whitetails Also Fall Victims To Black Bears (The author shares his insights into fawn predation, which he learned from photographing in the Smoky Mountains); Season Of Anticipation, Part 1: Winter (While walking the January woods, I find myself looking forward to next season more than reliving last year. Deer season is months away, but I'm already making plans) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Candid Whitetails; Issues & Answers; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Rue's Views; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2001; Hunter's Closet
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Features - Up In Flames (I'm amazed how many times I see bucks in the woods without immediately picking out their racks. I often blame it on the fact that most bucks I see are small. However, this time I had no excuse. This buck was big. Really big); Up On The Trail Of The Big 8 (Bucks seem to go underground when the pressure is on. Learn how an Iowa husband-and-wife hunting team used patience and hard work to bag an amazing 8-point buck); Felled By Fire Bolts (If the odds of seeing a record-class buck in the wild are low, what are the odds of discovering two of them killed by lightning? Read what a Wisconsin farming community found two weeks before the 2000 archery season opener); QDM On The Farm, Part 4: Are You Shooting Enough Does? (Controlling deer numbers is not rocket science. But it takes knowledge, common sense and a desire to be results-oriented. The author reveals ow landowners can develop strategies to keep deer herds at healthy, acceptable levels); Finding Wounded Deer With Man's Best Friend (Nothing is more disturbing than wounding a deer and not finding it. Unfortunately, if you hunt long enough, it will happen. Although some hunters have the skills to unravel the most diffucult blood trails, some do not. In these tough instances, nothing is more effective as man's best friend); Deer Research Are Whitetails More Abundant Than Ever? (Many experts place white-tailed deer numbers in the United States at just under 20 million. Whitetails are now so common that the media often report whitetail densities are at all-time highs. Is this true? Maybe. But maybe not. Learn what two respected deer researchers believe about the continent's pre-Colonial whitetail population); Deer Behavior Deer + Traffic = Hunting Opportunities (Deer-vehicle accidents are the product of biological, economic and driver-education issues. Until traffic is better regulated, it's important to reduce deer herds in areas with heavy traffic. Hunters must learn how to use these common situations to promote the benefits of well-regulated hunting); Fredrich "Miller" Gerstaecker: A Legendary Ozark Deerslayer (Learn how a 21-year-old deer hunter embarked on a six-year deer hunting adventure through seven states and one Canadian province. Although he was well prepared for his adventure, he didn't have the luxuries of modern-day hunters. After all, his hunts took place more than 160 years ago); Deer Browse Honeymoon Ends With Buck Fever (As the author returned with his new bride from a relaxing honeymoon, a large buck crossed the road in front of their car. Learn how this chance late-summer encounter helped him pattern and then kill this buck with spectacular double-drop times); Season Of Anticipation, Part 2: Spring (It will be many months before I set foot in these woods again. Everyday life will absorb the days between now and then, but a quiet corner of my mind will be reserved for old stone fences and towering hemlocks, bubbling brooks and fern-lined meadows) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Candid Whitetails. Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Rue's Views; New Gear For 2001; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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June
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Features - A Season For Stumps (Wandering around the woods and shooting arrows into stumps probably doesn't sound like a good day to some folks. However, experiencing the sounds and smells of the spring winds while bridging the generation gap between a grandfather and his grandson makes this more than a worthwhile annual event); Deer Hunting, German Style: A Picture Of America's Future? (Think deer hunting is strictly a North American phenomenon? It's not. Germany has a rich deer-hunting heritage. However, the country's history has molded a drastically different hunting culture than the one we embrace. The author explains how Germany's elite class call all the shots when it comes to deer and deer hunting); Hunter Behavior How Game Wardens Track Down Poachers (A warden's job is to catch violators, but wardens fail when they repeatedly catch the same people. The problem is nearly epic in Wisconsin, where wardens work tirelessly to nab habitual whitetail poachers. The author explains how hard work and technology is helping wardens win the war); Deer Research How Nutrition Affects Whitetail Reproduction (Whitetail populations aren't equally prolific or healthy. Depending on nutrition, doe health and productivity might vary greatly by area or year, even within the same region. Our research editor explains why most deer populations never achieve maximum reproductive potential, and he offers tactics managers can use to reverse downward trends caused by malnutrition); Deer Biology Where Do All The Fawns Go? (After tallying fawn kills for two years, Pennsylvania researchers learned how bears, coyotes and bobcats prey on deer populations. The landmark study provides biologists with an invaluable profile of how the state's diverse habitats affect fawn control); New Gear For 2002 (Hundreds of cutting-edge products were unveiled at this year's ourdoors trade shows. This expanded section looks at the most exciting products for 2002. Also included is an invaluable section where you can order free catalogs); Sweepstakes Winners' Whitetail Dreams Come True (The 2001 Deer & Deer Hunting sweepstakes hunts were filled with whitetail action. Find out how Colorado's Walter Payne did on his November gun-hunt in Manitoba and how Missouri's Tim Roberts fared on his rut-time bow-hunt in western Illinois); Candid Whitetails Broken-Antlered Bucks Abound (The author knows several hunters who killed bucks with broken antlers in 2001. Thanks to remote-sensing cameras, several hunters protographed such bucks befora and during hunting season. Here's a glimpse at some of the battle-scarred bruisers); Deer Browse Bow-Hunter Ends Two-Year Quest For Record-Class Nontypical (David Glithero had the opening-day hunt of a lifetime in 2001, bagging a 16-point buck that he missed the previous year. Learn more about his incredible hunt for this potential Ontario record buck); The Things You Don't Know (When the buck faded from view, I realized how hard my heart had been pounding. Although i remained frozen, the buck did not return. No matter. It was a good sign. It was going to be a good season, right?) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Hunter's Library; Rue's Views; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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Features - Fair Game (The morning sun was just beginning to warm the young bow-hunter when he spotted an adult doe approaching his stand. His heart rate accelerated, and every breath resounded in his ears as the moment of truth drew closer); Ground Attack: When Tree Stands Aren't An Option (Unlike hunting from high places, ground-based bow-hunting offers little room for error. However, the painstaking efforts are well worth the results. Our editor offers tips on how to bushwack whitetails throughout the season); How Bow-Hunting Makes You A Better Hunter (Mastering the art of bow-hunting is the ultimate challenge. If you can kill a whitetail while using a bow and arrow, you can proficiently hunt almost any game animal. Our Northern field editor explains how archery helps hunters become better woodsmen); Top Tactics For Pressured Bucks (Whether it's on public land or small private parcels, hunting pressure seemingly sends big bucks underground. Learn proven tactics that help hunters stay a step ahead of reclusive whitetails); The Six-Pack Plan For Early-Season Success (Although warm weather, biting insects and secretive deer make the early season less attractive than the rut, a little added care might make your early-autumn efforts the most productive of the year); Season Of Expectations (For whitetails, the three months before bow-hunting season are filled with changes. From newborns to mature bucks, summer is defined by growth. This eight-page pictorial illustrates the whitetails amazing summer progression); Deer Research When A Wink Is As Good As A Nudge (The whitetail's subtle body postures and gestures aren't easy to read. Our research editor explains how to decipher this complex body language); Special Report: Fatal Deer Disease Makes Giant Leap Eastward (The appearance of chronic wasting disease in wild Wisconsin whitetails marks the first time the disease has been found east of the Mississippi River. Here are the shocking details); Modern Deer Management:Balancing Biology, Politics & Tradition (Innovative approaches to deer management highlighted this year's Southeast Deer Study Group meetings. Learn the latest strategies being considered for managing booming deer herds); The Deer-Vehicle Dilemma: Who's To Blame, And What's The Solution (With the deer-vehicle problem epidemic in some states, hunters, managers, developers and corporations are being asked to stop pointing fingers and help search for solutions); Bizarre Nontypical Might Shatter Missouri Record (Learn the story behind the hunt for a 33-point buck); An Appointment In The Cedar Swamp (You don't always need antlers to rattle up a buck) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views, Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Deer Browse; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2002
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Features - September 11, 2001 (The author hopes that one day people will realilze how hard their ancestors struggled for freedom. He also hopes future hunters will cherish sunrises as much as he does); Chronic Wasting Disease: It's Not Wasting Away (Chronic wasting disease threatens to forever change American deer hunting. The author chronicles the disease's inauspicious appearance); The Ultimate Dream Job Studying Whitetails Year-Round As A Professional Biologist (Ever wish you could earn a living in a field related to deer hunting? If so, a job as a biologist might be for you); What Makes A 'Good' Deer? (The author believes a buck's antlers and body size should play minor roles in rating a whitetail's potential. He explains why in this thought-provoking essay); Grow Your Own (Quality deer management is more popular than ever. After practicing it on his farm for 10 years, the author has one regret. He reveals the answer in this stunning pictorial); Tactics For Hunting The Rut's Most Difficlut Transistion Period (Hunting the transistion period between the feeding and breeding phases can be the toughest and most challenging weeks of bow-hunting season. Learn tactics that can keep you one step ahead of elusive whitetails); Deer Research: How Whitetails Climb The Dominance Ladder (The whitetail's dominance order is an effective means of improving survival prospects. However, individual rank is in a constant state of flux. Our research editor explains why); Deerskin: An American Tradition (Deerskin is the aristocrat of leathers - durable, buttery soft and perpetually hip. Learn deerskin's history in North America, and how some find its allure almost spiritial); On The Trail Of Desert-Mountain Whitetails (The Southern Rockies harbor a whitetail herd so unique relatively few hunters receive tags each year. Therefore, hunters who draw tags can expect a once-in-a-lifetime hunt); Public-Land Sanctuaries Where The Big Boys Roam (Whether you hunt public land in Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi or West Virginia, It's imperative to find areas where deer feel safe. The author explains how hunters find - and hunt - often overlooked whitetail sanctuaries); Quality Deer It's Not Too Late For Food Plots (The newest regular column for D&DH explains how to make your land more attractive to whitetails); Buck Shots My First Bow-Kill: A 31-Pointer! (An elbow injury and a pounding headache couldn't keep this hunter from bagging one of Alberta's biggest bucks); Sneaking Towards Autumn (The cool air carries the faint peeps of tree frogs, a sign summer is still hanging on. The hunter smiles, knowing at least in his mind - it's already gone) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Deer Browse; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2002; Hunter's Closet
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Features - Ten Seconds To Success (Deer hunting success is the product of more than just scouting and strategy. A positive attitude is also critical); Flexible Or Inflexible: What's The Best Approach For Hunting The Rut? (There's nothing wrong with planning rut-hunting strategies. However, etching tactics in stone often leads to failure); 2002 Lunar Forecast: The Worst Rut Ever? (This year's rutting moon will occur later than any we've seen in years. Although this might not bode well for hunters, learn which dates hold the most promise); Serious Hunters Looking For The Signposts (D&DH readers are not only paying more attention to rubs, they're using what they know to outsmart more bucks. Here are the results from our 2001 rub-hunting survey); Deer Research Bucks Rubs: Calling Cards With Timeless Appeal (Our research editor takes an in-depth look at what science has taught biologists about the rut's most visible signpost); Scrape Surveillance (Remote-sensing cameras offer a unique way to unlock scrape secrets. Our Southern field editor explains how to put a camera to work when rutting activity nears its peak); What To Do When Rut Expectations Fall Flat (Hunters can improve their chances for rut-hunting success - even when the rut doesn't live up to pre-season hoopla); Fatal Attraction: Timing Is Everything When Using Deer Decoys (Deer decoys can be your best friend or worst enemy. Should you own a decoy? Absolutely. When should you use it? The author explains); The Rites Of Autumn (See how the whitetail adapts to autumn's shorter days and cooler weather in this stunning seven-page pictorial); Buck Fawns In The Harvest: Tragic Loss Or Necessary Evil? (Do huge antlerless deer harvests take a disproportionate toll on buck fawns? Our associate editor crunches the numbers and examines the facts); Silver Creek Deer Camp (The author chronicles a group of turn-of-the-century hunters who created one on Michigan's most famour deer camps); Do You Hear What I Hear? (A deer's ears are amazingly similar to those of humans. Sound travels through the middle ear and vibrates the eardrum, touching auditory nerves. However, the similarities end there); Rite Of Passage (With his father's advice echoing in his head, the boy leveled the shotgun's barrel toward the walking deer) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Quality Deer, Rue's Views; Buck Shots; Deer Browse; Candid Whitetails; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of he Wild; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2002; Hunter's Closet
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Features - Static (The hunter stood up, only to trip over a pine root that sent him sprawling onto his rifle. The fall reinforced the fact the woods couldn't care less whether he was alive or dead); Tactics To Capitalize On Lunar Insights (Lunar research suggests this fall's rut will be less intense than the previous two. Despite this, the rut will occur. Hunters who do their homework might have great hunts); 10 Steps To Healthy Venison (With diseases threatening deer herds in several states, many hunters worry about the safety of their venison. Here's a step-by-step guide to processing your deer safely and effectively); Chronic Wasting Disease Debate Fueled By Panic And Politics (Here's the inside scoop on the three biggest news stories focusing on chronic wasting disease in whitetails); Deer Biology: Do Whitetails Compensate For Hunting? (In areas with high buck harvests, does might compensate for bearing more buck fawns. Learn what researchers have learned about this fascinating aspect of deer productivity); Deer Research Mineral Supplements: Do They Make A Difference? (Our research editor examines what science has taught us about minerals, mineral supplements and how they affect the body and antler growth of white-tailed deer); Buck Culling: Management Tool Or Massive Mistake? (Although bucks-only harvest structures were biologically sound when deer herds were at all-time lows, they're detrimental for today's overpopulated herds); Nasty Bucks On The Nastiest Days (By tweaking your strategies and not caving to unbearable weather conditions, you can outsmart mature bucks); The Silver Ridge Buck (His most legendary hunt occurred more than 50 years ago, but Fred Goodwin's story is as fresh now as it was then); Grand Slam! A Season To Remember (Despite having to work for a living, the author found the time to kill four monster bucks in 2001); Love Thy Neighbor (Here's what to do when your neighbor's deer management goals don't mirror yours); Michigan's Great 8-Pointer (After one glimpse at this buck, Victor Bulliner turned to the power of prayer to overcome buck fever); Deer Tracks: Unlocking The Secrets (Deer tracks are valuable learning tools. The author explains how tracks and other sign can lead you to wary whitetails); Rubs Beat Scrapes For Rub-Time Success (D&DH readers share their rub-hunting secrets); Three Generations (One morning, a father, son and grandson experienced success that's not easily understood by nonhunters) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Deer Browse; Candid Whitetails; Can You Outsmart This Deer?; Ted Nugent; Quality Deer; Hunter's Library; New Gear For 2002; Hunter's Closet
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Features - Keeping The Flame Alive (The author knows he could tag more deer if he hunted the farmlands or river bottoms. However, that's not what keeps his hunter's heart pounding. And that's why he packs up his tent and camping provisions and heads for the wilderness when the annual gun-hunting season draws near); The Gun Hunt: Deer Management's Big Hammer (Many die-hard bow-hunters lament firearms hunts for shortening their seasons and reducing adult buck numbers. Despite these valid concerns, bow-hunters invariably take a backseat, because gun seasons provide a service bow-hunting cannot); The Top 5 Bullets For Deer Hunting (Although most popular deer hunting bullets perform adequately, few stand above the crowd. The author reveals his five favorites and explains why they're the best picks for hunting whitetails across North America); Dixieland Delights: The Favorite Deer Guns Of Southern Hunters (When gun-hunting the hills of Virginia, swamps of Mississippi and pine plantations of Alabama, hunters need different firepower than what's required in the North, East and West. Our Southeast field editor explains why, and lists his favorite guns for various situations); Running Shots At Whitetails: Do You Have What It Takes? (Shooting at a bounding whitetail is an intense experience. However, running deer can be shot and killed cleanly if you have the necessary skill. The author explains how to obtain such experience); The Birth Of A Food Plot (This amazing pictorial shows how the author turned a wilderness opening into a lush, nutrituous food plot for whitetails. All it took was a little cash and a lot of sweat); Whitetails & Winchesters: Icons Of The 1940s, Part 1 (The 1940s was one of deer hunting's most eventful decades. Besides featuring big bucks, colorful hunters and superb deer hunting literature, the era saw Winchester rifles gain widespread acceptance in the deer woods); Deer Research Factors That Trigger Deer Migration (If you hunt migratory whitetails, study the fall behavior of deer in your area carefully. By staying open-minded, you might enjoy more deer sightings during weeks that don't adhere to the conclusions made from years of scientific research); Quality Deer You Need To Be A Bean Counter (Collecting data isn't the most exciting aspect of growing quailty whitetails, but it's an integral part of the program. Learn how detailed deer-harvest data can help you meet your hunting goals); Buck Shots Christmas Comes Early In Iowa (The author's first buck with a gun was one to remember: a 190-class 14-pointer with a double drop tines! Learn the details behind her once-in-a-lifetime hunt); The Worst Sound I Ever Heard (If you and your hunting partners read just one article before this year's gun-hunting season, make sure it's this one. It just might change the way you hunt) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Deer Browse; New Gear For 2002; Hunter's Closet
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Features - The Cabin Of Seven Shells (As long as he kept coming back, the author knew he and his dad would never be farther apart than the familiar drives to the little cabin in the North Woods); Is The Insurance Industry Controlling Our Deer Herds? (With deer-car accidents and harvest quotas at all-time highs, many hunters have accused insurance companies of conspiring with biologists to lower deer populations. The author examines the logic behind such claims); Deer Behavior How Fires Improve Deer Habitat And Hunting Prospects (Fire is often associated with evil, but in the case of whitetailed deer habitat, it's often a godsend. Learn about the history of wildfires and the science behind using fires as a tool for managing forests and deer populations); Deer Research How Parasites Plague Whitetails (Whitetails have always been plagued by parasites. As with any animal, parasites are more prevalent among the poorest and weakest whitetails - especially malnourished deer - living on cramped range. Here's a look at what happens when parasites enter the picture); Wanted: Game Wardens Skittish Scouts Need Not Apply (Law enforcement in the deep woods was much different in the 1930s and '40s than it is today. In this, Part 1 of a two part series, the author explains how old-time wardens placed their lives on the line to catch poachers and protect the nation's whitetails); 30 Tips For Hunting In The Snow (Hunting deer in the snow is one of the most exciting and invigorating ways to spend a late-season day. Whether you hunt in the snow country of the Midwest and Northeast, or merely receive a rare snowfall down South, give these tips a try the next time the white stuff flies); Chasing The Best Taxidermist For Your Buck (Taxidermy is a rare luxury for most deer hunters. Why then, do so many hunters only look at the price tag when selecting a taxidermist?); Whitetails & Winchesters, Part 2 Deer Hunting Nostalgia Of The '40s (Although the 1940s featured diverse hunters and literature, these elements held a common thread: Winchester fireearms); Coming Of Age At The Ten-Point Inn (A week at a backwoods deer camp lit the author's deer-hunting fire and cemented lifelong friendships); Buck Shots 4-Year Quest Ends When Hunter Dupes Record-Class 9-Pointer (Learn how the author used patience, persistence and a little luck to outsmart a world-class Ontario buck); Deer Browse Bizarre But True: Blood Trail Leads Hunter To 'Bonus Buck' (When Leo Hubik set off to track a 7-pointer he shot, he also found an 8-pointer - with its antlers locked to his buck); Memories Of A Georgia Deer Hunter (As Uncle Bill began pulling his trigger, he spied a flaw. Part of the buck's antler was missing - it was the buck he had shot two weeks earlier! Uncle Bill pulled the trigger) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Quality Deer; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Hunter's Library; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For 2003; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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Features - A Buck For Dad (It took the author three seasons of missteps and botched opportunities, but he finally delivered on a promise he made to his father in his waning days. It was a promise made during one of those rare moments in life when you expose your soul in all its purity and vulnerability); Deer Research Diary Of A Killer Winter (The severe winter of 1964 took a heavy toll on whitetails in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Our Research Editor chronicles what he experienced while studying Northern whitetails living - and often dying - in the Petrel Grade Deeryard); Hunting The Waning Rut (After chasing whitetails for more than three decades, the author has refined his approach for hunting the waning rut. His tips and tactics are valuable for any whitetail hunter); Game Wardens vs. Poachers: When The Game Turns Deadly (Conservation wardens put their lives on the line and work around the clock to protect our white-tailed deer resource. Tragically, they sometimes pay the ultimate price. The author examines some of the extreme cases in this, the second article of a two-part series); How Old Is Old Enough For Hunting On Your Own (Are minimum age requirements hindering our efforts to recruit new hunters? Our Southeast field editor examines the logic behind age requirements and explains why he believes some states should change their regulations); A New Breed Of Whitetail Artists (More than ever, wildlife artists are capturing real-life situations and immortalizing them with paint and canvas. Meet four of the top whitetail artists and learn how they use their passions for deer hunting to create incredible works of art); Hunter Behavior Seeking Sound Science (To best serve deer and deer habitat, hunters and nonhunters, deer biologists must consider politics when making management decisions); George Mattis & The Whitetail (When many hunters think of deer, they think of legendary outdoor writer George Mattis. Learn how Mattis used simple tactics to outwit bicks in the days when deer were scarce); Quality Deer Food Plot Maintenance 101 (The calendar might say it's late winter, but it's not too early to get your food plots ready for spring planting. The author provides step-by-step tips for planting food plots); Buck Shots Wide 9-Pointer Duped Tennessee Hunters For 7 Years (Learn how the author outsmarted a world-class buck that lived in a heavily hunted area); Deer Browse New Hampshire 'Buck' Bears Fawn (This road-killed deer had all the makings of a buck - except for the fact it was pregnant); Kurt Little (Believe or not, there was a time when deer hunting didn't revolve around competition, pressure and "no hunting" signs) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; New Gear For 2003; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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Features - She Belongs (Deer camp was supposed to be a place where fathers and sons could play cards, tell stories and just be guys. So why did my dad encourage my teen=age sister to attend?); Are Antler Restrictions Good Or Bad For Deer Hunting? (Some states are making it more difficult for hunters to fill buck tags. Our Northern field editor examines both sides of this controversial issue); Deer Research: How Nutrition Affects Fawn Mortality (Hard-hitting science! In this, part one of a two-part series, our research editor takes an in-depth look at how whitetail nutrition controls fetal development and survival); Bedding-Area Tactics For Hunting Mature Bucks (Hunting mature whitetails involves a lot more than merely finding rut-time sign. The author explains why success often hinges on intimate knowledge of bedding areas); Steady As He Grows (To better understand antler growth, the author studied and photographed an 8-point buck each week from early May to late September. Here's his amazing report); New Gear For 2003! (From sizzling bows to tack-driving rifles, our editors reveal the top new products for whitetail hunters. Also, see Page 54 for an exclusive chance to obtain free hunting catalogs); How Hunting Clubs Are Saving The South's Whitetail Tradition (With private property being gobbled up by developers and nonhunting interests, Southern states have turned to the club mentality. Can it work in your state?); Stung By The Songdog: Hunting Deer In Coyote Country (Coyotes are opportunists that don't pass on easy meals, especially in whitetail country. Our editor offers tips on how to keep scavengers away from your deer); My Phantom Buck (Before he died in 1982, one of deer hunting's all-time great hunters explained how one buck consumed his thoughts for nearly a half-decade. His adventures are detailed in this, Part 2 of a two-part series); There Weren't Many Deer Back Then (Fifty years ago, deer were scarce in South Carolina. However, that didn't stop wide-eyed boys from daydreaming) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views' Quality Deer; Deer Browse; Hunter's Closet; Spirit Of The Wind
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Features - Deer Hunting's Darkest Hour (What happened on Rice Lake, Wis., on Nov. 21, 2004 should forever change how we all look at this pastime we hold so dearly); Deer Research Boom & Bust Whitetail Herds (Our research editor examines the variables that allowed pre- and post- settlement deer herds to swell - and sometimes crash - in the Upper Great Lakes region); Deer Behavior How Newborn Fawns Race Time (Amazing photos! Learn how a white-tailed fawn can go from the womb to a wobbly ruminant in mere hours); How They're Carrying On Old Traditions In The New South (This year marks the 112th anniversary of Alabama's Dollarhide Deer Camp. Here is a fascinating look back at the rich history of this extraordinary Soutnern destination); Activated-Carbon Clothing: Can It Really Fool A Deer's Nose? (Despite being hot sellers for nearly a decade, activated carbon garmets still attract criticism. Before making up your mind, learn the facts behind the technology); Great New Gear For 2005! (Here's an in-depth look at the hottest new bow- and gun-hunting products revealed at this year's two major hunting trade shows); The Science Of Modern Archery (Improve your archery skills - and become a better bow-hunter - by understanding the technical aspects of arrow flight); Hunter Behavior The 5 Stages Of Deer Hunting (The heart and soul of the American white-tailed deer hunter is clearly defined in five stages. Where do you rank?); Deer Hunting Heritage The Romance Of Jacklighting (Jacklighters were rough-and-tumble characters who personified the New Frontier. And, although it might be called "poaching" by today's standards, that shouldn't diminish jacklighting's important place in deer and deer hunting history); Buck Shots First-Time Archer Thought Huge Buck Wasn't Enough (Here's the amazing story behind a California man's quest to become a bow-hunter - and the 178-inch result of his first hunt); Deer Browse Tuberculosis Plan Shows Promise (With the help of hunters, Michigan researchers are devising more effective test for finding TB in free-ranging deer); 21st Century Hero (To avid D&DH readers, Charles Alsheimer is more than just a byline they've been seeing for 25 years. He's an inspirational leader) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Buck Shots; Quality Deer; Deer Browse; Candid Whitetails; Spirit Of The Wild; Hunter's Library; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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Features - Of Trout And Deer (An old series of large rubs swings a spring trout angler's thoughts from fishing to bow-hunting); Deer Research The Magnetic Power Of Acorns (Acorns are one of the most important natural autumn foods for white-tailed deer. Learn how oak forests produce these fat-builders and why deer prefer some more than others); Deer Hunting Tactics How To Win The Structure Game (The author shares his proven tactics for creating a sound hunting plan...and reveals three tools that can speed up your learning curve to becoming a great whitetail hunter); The Science Of Modern Archery: 6 Steps To Tighter Arrow Groups (Whatever bow-and-arrow combination you choose, remember, even slight changes can affect your overall accuracy. Here are six steps to improve your overall skills); Why Fred Bear Loathed The Compound Bow (Learn why America's most memorable bowyer never tool a liking to the invention that propelled archery into the modern era); Bows, Bucks & The Big Woods (Our Northeast field editor provides tips for tackling bow-hunting's biggest challenge: outsmarting mature whitetails in big timber); How To Prevent Shoulder Pain (If shoulder problems are putting the pinch on your bow-hunting, these tips and exercises can put you back at full draw...comfortably); Deer Hunter Behavior Crossbow Capabilities (Hunters often argue about the merits of using crossbows during archery seasons. Now scientists address the same questions); Deer Hunting Heritage Hubert Of Aquitaine: Deer Hunting's Patron Saint (Many consider hunting to be a sacred activity, bordering on a religious experience. Learn how one man's encounter with a large stag forever changed the lives of deer hunters everywhere); Skin A Deer In A Jiffy (By using this fast, effective method, skinning your deer doesn't have to be a chore); How Staging Areas Flip The Switch (If you're not seeing bucks while hunting along field edges, hunt staging areas just inside the woods. Our editor shows youhow); Tragedy In The Deer Woods (The officer who arrested the suspect in Wisconsin's Rice Lake shootings relates his amazing tale of a day that will live in infamy); The Fifth Participant (The human hunter is merely one of nature's many predators with certain biological needs that require another life to end) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Buck Shots; Rue's Views; Quality Deer; Candid Whitetails; New Gear For 2005; Ted Nugent's Spirit Of The Wild; Deer Browse; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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September
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Features - Couples Games (Are you one of those guys who doesn't want to "go down that road" of introducing your wife or girlfriend to deer hunting? Here's why you might want to reconsider); Pressure-Cooked Whitetails (A veteran public-land deer hunting guide reveals his four-prong approach to consistent success when he's forced to share the woods with every other Tom, Dick and Harry); The Metaphysics Of Deer Blood (Learn why the secret to the whitetail's power, stamina and self-treatment capabilities lies in its unique blood chemistry); Deer Management How To Enhance Native Forage (Nutrition is one of three critical principles to a healthy deer herd. The author explains what they are and what other variables can affect well-intentioned land managers); Convert Your Deer To Groceries (From dragging deer out of the woods ungutted to cooling meat with ice water, the author reveals some highly unorthodox - yet highly effective - venison processing tips); There's Room For All Of Us! (Must deer hunters really pit themselves against each other if their herd-management ideologies are not the same?); Is This The Biggest Doe Ever? (The doe Larry Ridley bagged on Thanksgiving morning in 2002 might rank as the best in deer and deer hunting history) Cover Stories - How Wind Affects Deer Behavior (Improve your odds of outsmarting more deer by learning the science behind wind, thermals and air currents); Early Season Rub-Line Secrets (If you think rub lines are only productive during the rut's three stages, you might be missing out on some of the best action yet!); Deer Research - How Behavior Affects Sex Ratios (Did you know that stress from the rut can affect whether a doe gives birth to males or females? Our research editor reveals what scientists have learned about this phenomenon); Deer Behavior Farmland Study Debunks Myths (A D&DH exclusive! Years worth of telemetry data indicate that farmland deer move much differently than their big-woods cousins. The author reveals why); Get Wild About Remote Hunts (The author has used nothing more than a canoe and a never-say-die attitude to routinely pull huge bucks out of some of the most remote whitetail haunts. Here's how you can do it, too); Jerky: The Ultimate Health Food (These simple instructions will provide prime snack food...that you can re-freeze); Ohio's Sling Blade Buck (The author ended an amazing four-year quest for a drop-time buck when he arrowed the monster 24-pointer last November) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Buck SHots; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; Deer Browse; New Gear; Spirit Of The Wild; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; How To Trap A Trespasser
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October
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Features - Rekindling Old Fires (Thoughts of a Bear recurve, a familiar apple orchard and the Vietnam era bring back bittersweet feelings for this veteran bow-hunter); Why Trophies Take Time (The author explains why one week isn't usually enough time to pull off a successful hunt for a once-in-a-lifetime buck); Are Deer Patterning You? (If your favorite deer hunting spot isn't producing quite like it used to, you might want to adapt some of these time-proven strategies); Bedroom Secrets (Whitetails seek bedding areas for many reasons. Understanding them is the first step toward unraveling deer behavior); Is It Possible To Combat Dispersal? (Our Southern field editor reveals management tactics that large landowners can use to keep more bucks on their property); Deer Management How Many Deer Are On The Land You Hunt? (Here's a look at the techniques deer managers use to obtain accurate herd estimates); Become An Adaptive Hunter (Want to become one of those guys who bags a big deer every year? Change your approach); The Truth About Deer Hunting (Here are the real-world hunting factors and obstacles that lead to success or failure) Cover Stories - Urgent Warnings For Hunters (The author explains how new research reveals crucial messages for anyone who's interested in the future of deer and deer hunting); Deer Behavior What's The Best Hour To Hunt? (The author's years of rut-time research have revealed a daily three-hour window that every hunter should know); Stay Put Or Move? (One of North America's top bow-hunters provides answers to the age-old question surrounding stand-hunting during the rut); Deer Hunting's Golden Rule (There is nothing more frustrating than working years to find a deer hunting honeyhole, only to lose it after a season or two. The author offers tips on how to avoid the inevitable); 2005 Lunar Rut Predictions (A D&DH exclusive! If you want to hunt the peak of this year's whitetail rut, get out your calendar and circle these dates); Deer Research How Forest Cover Influences Dispersal Patterns Of Young Bucks (Learn why it's unrealistic for many farmland hunters to expect individual buck fawns to reach maturity on their land); Venison Sausage The Easy Way (You'll be the hit of deer camp when you show up with this tasty treat. Learn how to make great-tasting sausage without using a smoker, casings or fancy seasonings) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; Buck Shots; Deer Browse; New Gear; Spirit Of The Wild; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; Anniversary
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November
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Features - Uncle George's Last Buck (We're only blessed with so many deer seasons. How you remember them - and those of your loved ones - is what count's most); Climb The Ladder One Rung At A Time (The author explains the detailed approach he and his family use to help make the rookies in their deer camps hunters for life); Diehard Tactics For Big-Time Whitetails (Want to bag the biggest buck of your life? Adopt these time-proven tactics); Stump Sitters' Deer Of The Year (These eight tremendous whitetails were taken by none other than your fellow D&DH readers); What A Drag! (It's the question all big-woods hunters face: "How am I going to get the deer out of here?"); Deer Hunting History Venison: An American Tradition (Was venison - not turkey - the main course at the first Thanksgiving Day feast?); Buck Fever: Myth Of Mystery (Here's a look at what scientists have learned about hunting's most dreadful affliction) Cover Story - Deer Research Is Localized Deer Management A Panacea Or Wishful Thinking? (Some deer researchers believe locally abundant whitetails can be effectively managed by removing the family groups. Our research editor examines the data behind this theory); Which Buck Should You Shoot? (Our Southern field editor reveals his tactics for field-judging mature whitetails); Deer Behavior 10 Hours Of Madness (Spectacular photos! Here's an inside look at the froth and fury that takes place during a whitetail breeding party); The Diaphragm Shot: Tricky But Awfully Deadly (Learn why some fatal wounds can create especially puzzling blood trails); Doe Strategies For Hunting The Rut (Here's why you sometimes have to think like a doe to get the drop on a rut-crazed buck); Take Your Hunt To The Deer (When waiting on stand stops being fun, it's time to get up and make things happen. Follow these tips for a more enjoyable hunt); A Bona Fide Alabama Slammer (Learn how Darrell Daigre and Lanny Wallace used an aggressive rattling sequence to dupe what very well might be Alabama's first Booner of 2005) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Quality Deer; Candid Whitetails; Buck Shots; Deer Browse; New Gear; Ted Nugent's Call Of The Wild; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; The Drive
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Features - Trigger Man (When lady luck shines upon a deer hunter, he had better be ready...and have some good-hearted campmates who are willing to help with the dragging); Deer Biology The End Of Every Deer (Every deer dies of the same thing, whether it's shot by a hunter, falls victim to winter starvation or gets hit by a car. Here's how it happens); Seal The Deal (All that pre-season scheming usually comes down to a few pivotol moments during gun season. Here's how to make sure you perform when your big moment arrives); Shotgun Wedding (The nation's foremost slug-gun expert explains why state-of-the-art slugs are the perfect match for today's whitetail shotguns); Centerfire Caliber Considerations (Our Southern field editor explains why he believes smaller-caliber rifles are often the best choices for many deer hunters); Deer Browse Buck Surprises Bird Watchers (When the snow started flying in Ontario last winter, an incredible 19-point buck made a surprise visit at this D&DH subscriber's back yard) Cover Stories - Deer Hunter Behavior Scientists Stalk The Deer Hunter (Hunting has been the primary management tool used by states to control deer herds. However, to manage deer properly, biologists know they must learn what makes hunters tick); Deer Research Why The Rut's Timing Is So Critically Important (Our research editor examines the hard facts behind what really cues when, why and how whitetails reproduce); What Is Top-End Antler Growth? (Reaching top-end antler growth is no easy feat and requires a host of factors all working together. Here's a look at what to expect when it all comes together); Smokepole Report Card (Many states prohibit modern equipment during special muzzleloading seasons. Take the author's test to see how your state measures up to the rest of the country); The Handgun Challenge! (Learn how handgunning can add a new wrinkle - and added difficulty - to your next gun deer season); Guess Who's Back At Deer Camp? (A large predator is pushing steadily eastward, and that has some researchers wondering if low-density deer herds can handle it) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Deer Browse; Rue's Views; Quality Deer; Candid Whitetails; New Gear; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; Now He Slinks
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January
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Features - How May I Direct Your Call? (When your're a sucker for a good deer tale, it seems as though everyone wants to call you up and share their success story); Tips For Hunting Surplus Does (Hunting does can be an exciting, rewarding and biologically sound part of modern deer hunting. The author offers tips that will help you put more meat in your freezer this fall); Deer Research Do Deer Hunters Have A Future? (Scientific studies have shown that most hunters do not consider themselves as "management tools". To most hunters, deer hunting is not an obligation to hold deer numbers in check); Deer Management How Deer Exclosures Open Eyes (Whether natural or man-made, small off-limits areas can reveal changes in the quantity and quality of natural forage in your area); First Snow (For those graced to live and hunt in snow country, this single event stirs up as much excitement as opening day of deer season); Deer Browse Deer Baiting Helps Bear Populations (A new study shows a direct link between deer baiting activity and black bear densities); Leonard Lee Rue: We Salute You! (It's time to tip our camouflaged caps to the living legend whose been D&DH's "answer man" for nearly three decades) Cover Stories - Shoulder The Load (Take your gun-hunting prowess to a new level by locating a deer's "killing bone". With this knowledge, and a little practice, you'll never have to follow another long blood trail); Reality Bucks (Antler scores get tossed around so freely nowadays that many hunters might find themselves holding out for a buck they'll never see. What's a realistic buck for your area?); 6 Muzzleloading Mistakes To Avoid (Despite technology, whitetail hunting with a front-stuffer remains worlds apart from going afield with a centerfire rifle); How To Prevent Tree-Stand Mishaps (From suspension trauma to the inherent hazard of permanent tree stands, the author provides advanced insights that will help you hunt safely from high places this fall); Are You Raising Bucks You Can't Hunt? (If the formula to growing mature whitetails is as simple as providing them food, cover and time, why aren't we all taking more and bigger bucks year after year?); How Feral Hogs Affect Whitetails (Our Southern field editor explains how and why deer and deer hunters sometimes have to learn to live with the reality of out-of-control feral hog populations) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Buck Shots; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; Deer Browse; New Gear; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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March
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Features - Snow Blind (When the snow starts falling and the wind starts howling, it's sometimes best to have someone hunting nearby...just to keep you motivated to stick it out and hunt hard); Deer Research Cedar Swamps: Critical Condition (Northern white cedar swamps have been crucial to Great Lakes deer herds for as long as whitetails have lived there. These swamps, however, are in serious jeopardy. Can we help save them for deer hunting's future generations?); Deer Hunting History A Heavenly Deer Camp (To Frank Boykin, his Alabama hunting land was a deer hunter's dream. However, not everyone believed his claims...until they experienced it for themselves); Deer Hunter Behavior Is Deer Hunting Too Rulified? (The author examines the consequences of what happens when whitetail hunters adopt too many self-imposed regulations at their camps, leases and hunting clubs); Why Iowa Remains Buck Central (In this age of "antler mania", how can one state keep turning out eye-popping bucks? The author answers this question and more in this, the first of a two-part series); The Real Buckless Yooper (It might have taken Dave Menominee 19 seasons to fill his first buck tag, but it had little to do with how he hunted) Cover Stories - Who Takes The Biggest Bucks? (Bow-hunters get first crack at the herd each year, but do they really kill a lion's share of the biggest bucks?); A Shed-Hunter's Best Friend (Almost any dog that stays close to you in the woods can be trained to find shed antlers. Here's how you can teach your dog to become your shed-hunting partner); When & Why To Hunt All Day (The author explains why all-day and midday hunts are often the best bets for outsmarting mature bucks on public lands and other heavily pressured areas); The Demon Called Antlers (Whether you look at athletics, business or deer hunting, the story is the same. Ego, greed or just the thought of "maybe I can do it" sometimes leads individuals down the wrong path and causes them to do the wrong thing); Deer Management What Exactly Is A Healthy Herd? (A deer population's condition is driven by where that herd is relative to the land's carrying capacity. Learn the factors that affect both); Don't Curse The Lumberjacks! (Looking to bag the biggest buck of your life? Look no further than abandoned logging areas: The most fertile areas of deer country) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Quality Deer; Rue's Views; Deer Browse; Buck Shots; Candid Whitetails; Holiday Gift Guide; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go
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June
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Features - Special Places (Over the past 30 years, the author has hunted whitetails from coast to coast. In this D&DH exclusive, he reveals his Top 5 favorite destinations of all time); Whitetail University (Learn how an advanced college curriculum - designed by D&DH's own Southern field editor - is paving the way for future white-tailed deer biologists); Deer Hunting Destinations Ruttin' With A Rifle (Learn how fellow Stump Sitter Dan Pastuska, winner of our 2005 Monarchs of Missouri Sweepstakes, fared on his early November gunhunt); Whitetail Sisterhood (The Nomadic Hunting Buddies might appear to be Southern Belles at first glance, but deep down they're just a band of hard-core whitetail bowhunters); 201-Inch Buck Is Crossbow Record (See the typical-framed 10-pointer that has put Ohio in the record books...again); How Heights Affect Bow Shots (This new archery column provides answers to your bow-hunting questions); Three-Legged Deer Defies Odds (Despite having only on functional back leg, this New York buck survived at least one hunting season and a winter of deep snow) Cover Stories - Deer Research The Truth About Orphan Fawns (Most fawns that end up in rehab centers are literally "stole from the wild." New scientific research reveals the truth about orphans' survival prospects after they're returned to the wild); How To Deter Trespassers (Conservation wardens offer new insights on an old problem in whitetail country); Re-Examining The Heart Shot (Many bow-hunters prefer a deer's heart region as the focal point for proper arrow placement. The author's insights might change the way you view this so-called "money" shot); 50 Hot Deer Hunting Products! (Here's an in-depth look at the hottest new bow and gun-hunting products for 2006!); Cover Story 'He Wanted To Kill Me' While blood-trailing his buck, this archer went from hunter to hunted...and barely lived to tell about it. Here's his first-person account); 1 State's Secrets To Growing Bucks (Learn how Iowa maintains its status as a top producer of trophy whitetails); Why Regular Guys Rise Above (Whether you're a North Woods stump sitter, Southeast tree climber or New England tracker, you needn't be rich nor famous to become an outstanding deer hunter) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Buck Shots; Whitetail Archery; Rue's Views; Deer Browse; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; Spirit Of The Wild; Just Two
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August
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Features - Bow-Hunting Apologies (There are many reasons why we hunt deer. The author explains why we should never be sorry for any of them); Big-Buck Secrets And Strategies Of An Apple Orchard Junkie (Did you know there's a science behind why deers prefer some apples over others at verious times during autumn?); How To Hunt Pressured Bucks (The author reveals his tactics for hunting mature whitetails on small properties that get pounded by other hunters); Timeless Whitetails (For the first time ever, our Northern field editor reveals his all-time favorite deer and deer hunting photographs); Crossbow Hunting's Top 10 Myths (From arrow velocity to downrange accuracy, the author debunks the falsehoods concerning one of hunting's oldest tools); Deer Hunting Destinations Mining For Whitetails (To some, the term "reclaimed strip mine" conjures images of a marred landscape. To our editor, the thought evokes images of prime deer habitat); Deer Browse The Mushroom Connection (Learn how forest fungi provide a bounty for hungry whitetails) Cover Stories - Bow-Hunting's 10 Deadliest Sins (From poor scouting strategies to improper stand placement, here are the main reasons why many bow-hunters mess up); Coax A Buck To Take 1 More Step (In the world of bow-hunting, mere inches can make all the difference. That's why the author says you should leave nothing to chance); Deer Research 5 Ways To Improve Age Structure Without Antler-Point Restrictions (Here's an in-depth look at the science behind buck management strategies); Deer Biology The Incredible Deer Lung (Learn exactly how deer lungs work, and discover the science behind what has to happen for a deer to survive a lung wound); How To Manage The Deer You Hunt (Discover how a mere pan and some paper can help you improve your local deer herd...and deer hunting prospects); Deer Behavior Fawn Rehabilitation: Fact & Fiction (These first-hand accounts underscore how nature points out the follies of men); Whitetail Archery Shoot Tighter Arrow Groups (This simple bow-string alteration can take your bow-hunting accuracy to new heights) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Whitetail Archery; Deer Browse; Buck Shots; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; New Gear For 2006; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; Glory Days
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September
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Features - Act Like You've Been There (The author uses a legendary coach's words to explain why he thinks deer hunting celebraties have lost touch with the real world); The Tiger Ridge Experiment (After much planning and legwork, D&DH-TV unveils its version of Extreme Makeover...in a hunting land edition); Deer Biology - Hypovolemic Shock In Whitetails (The more we understand how deer respond to arrows and bullets, the more effective and humane hunters we can become. Here's an inside look at the physiology of fatal wounds); Deer Management - Get Your Bucks In A Row! (Our Southern field editor reveals which ingredients are needed to produce and maintain quality deer...and deer hunting opportunities); Deer Hunter Behavior - Are We Inching Toward Europe? (Gloom-and-doom prognosticators say American deer hunting is headed toward elitism. The author examines this theory); Tips For Tackling The Big Woods (If you have ever hunted an unfamiliar chunk of big woods and thought, "It all looks the same, where do I start?" this article is for you); The Monarch Of Deer Valley (Learn how a former D&DH editor finally caught uup to the 21-point buck he'd been chasing for years) Cover Stories - Early On Alfalfa (Learn why early season bow-hunts in farm country might be better than any other time of the season, including the rut); Get Down For The Peak Of The Rut (Tagging a buck from ground zero takes some planning, especially when whitetails hunker down for the rut's climax); Cutovers: Why Nasty Is Nice (Whether it's a pine or oak forest, fresh cutovers provide ample food, wicked cover and secure travel routes for wary whitetails); Deer Research - How Baiting Affects Deer Behavior (Here's a look at what scientists know about how baiting affects daytime deer activity and deer behavior in relation to bait sites); Deer Hunting Strategies - Getting There Is Half The Work (To outsmart more whitetails, it's crucial to make sound exit and entry strategies for all your tree stand and blind locations); When Success Is Secondary (Want to have some real fun in the deer woods? Try taking a deer with an Ishi-era stickbow...or a gun from Daniel Boone's day); 10 Odd Jobs For Your ATV (If you're using your all-terrain vehicle merely as a means to get from Point A to Point B, you're not tapping its full potential. Here's how you can really put that rig to work) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Quality Deer; Deer Browse; New Gear For '06; Buck Shots; Spirit Of The Wild; Hunter's Closet & Where To Go; Deer Hunting With The Cows
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November
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Features - Whitetail Brotherhood (Life is filled with change and challenges, but some things stand the test of time); Top 10 Tree Stand Setups (Here are some tips to help you scout less and hunt more this fall); A Closer Look At Scrapes (Are whitetail scrapes really worth your time and hunting effort?); Deer Research Gut Piles: Toxic Waste Sites? (Our research editor pours over new scientific studies and sheds light on the potential dangers lurking in deer gut piles and carcasses); Deer Biology The Amazing Deer Liver (This biology lesson will teach you to become a more efficient hunter and blood trailer); Tips For Scoring Bucks On The Hoof (Here are some quick tips on how to score a buck's rack before you pull the trigger); Saskatchewan: The Land Of Giants (Want to hunt the Great White North? Here's a few things you might want to know!); Texas: Supermodel Buck Realities (Bringing home a Lone Star monster requires more than just determination); Kansas: A Bow-Hunter's Dream (Getting a Kansas archery tag wasn't easy, but the author sure made the most of it) Special Big Buck Hunting Section - Find Next Year's Buck Now! (The meat pole might be sagging, but it's not time to head home...it's time to get back in the woods and scout for next season); Keep Up With Hot Food Sources (Learn how to increase your deer sightings by following the whitetail's food vendors throughout autumn); How Big Is He? (Our Northeast field editor explains how you can estimate a buck's size based solely on the size of the tracks he leaves behind); Does With Fawns: Shoot Or Pass? (An original Stump Sitter contributor debunks a deer hunting myth that's as old as his grandfather's red-plaid hunting jacket); Muzzleloading Blast Off! (An early season black-powder hunt can bring all the excitement of the regular season - minus the crowds and unpredictable weather); Deer Browse Waterbug Whitetails (Here's proof that deer are not averse to paddling their way to food or safety); Closing Day (The disappointment of not tagging a deer is often overshadowed by the sadness that yet another deer season is almost over) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Buck Shots: Iowa Brute!; Quality Deer; New Gear For 2006
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December
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Features - What It Takes To Become A Really Good Deer Hunter (Our Northern field editor shares the whitetail wisdom he's garnered in more than 40 years of hunting and studying deer); Deer Research Breeder Bucks: Myths & Mysteries (A D&DH exclusive! New DNA research debunks what many biologists and expert deer hunters thought they knew in regard to so-called dominant bucks); The Ones That Got Away (Sometimes there's no easy explanation for abject failure when that buck of a lifetime steps into shooting range); Harnessing Pressure (Learn why traditional methods are counterproductive when hunting heavily pressured lands, and discover the keys to ambushing mature bucks); Become A Bloodhound! (A veteran big-woods deer hunter, who happens to be a former master hunting guide, provides his tactics for unraveling tricky blood trails); A Closer Look At Calibers And Loads (Here are the factors you should consider when deciding whether or not to switch to high-performance deer cartridges); What's Wrong With This Deer Gun? (Almost all shooting problems are fixable...if you are patient enough to diagnose their root causes. Here's how to turn your ordinary deer gun into a tack-driving champ) Special Gun-Hunt Section - The Truth About Shotgun Hunting (For years, deer hunters have been told that shotgun-only zones are necessary because of safety issues. Are shotguns really safer than centerfire rifles? The author investigated, and uncovered, smoe surprising nationwide statistics); Whitetails 365! (This special 10-page section explains how you can grow better deer and experience better deer hunting); Deer Behavior Whitetils And The Atlantic Effect (Learn how deer react - and often battle for their lives - when Gulf Stream low-pressure systems collide with Artic high-pressure fronts); Deer Management Road Games In Deer Country (Nearly 1 million deer are killed each year by automobiles. Here's a closer look at the problem and what's being done about it); Deer Browse Healthy Herds Require Veteran Moms (New research suggests that hormone-induced alterations of a white-tailed doe's brain over time may be the deciding factor in how good - or bad - a mother she will be to her fawns); Celebrate The Hunt (Autumn is the perfect time to celebrate deer and deer hunting - and everything they mean to our families and communities) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Buck Shots; Whitetail Archery; Quality Deer
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January
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Features - I Like My Eggs Turned Over (Nothing will break a pampered boy quite like the baptismal effects experienced during his first year at deer camp); Deer Management Sharpshooters vs. Deer Hunters (When it comes to thinning urban deer herds, nonhunters can more easily justify so-called professional sharpshooters because they work at night and use silencers. How does this bode for deer hunting as we know it?); Deer Hunting's Greatest Generation (Thanks to those who shaped deer hunting from 1945 to 1985, the desire and drive to pursue America's greatest game animal has never been greater); Deer Research Is It Possible To Kill To Many Does? (A D&DH exclusive! Using antlerless deer tags on prime-age does is generally desirable no matter where you hunt. However, researchers have found that excessive doe harvests can cause adverse biological consequences in some areas. Here's the science behind a complicated issue); How To Make A Deer Club Work (Everything's better when we share - especially when it comes to creating a successful deer club, camp or lease consortium. The author reveals the To 7 ingredients to make it work for you and your deer hunting situation); Muzzleloading's 6 Biggest Mysteries (Here are the answers to the questions you've always wanted to ask a muzzleloading expert); Clash Of The Titans (A stunning photo essay! See the fury displayed by two rutting Wyoming bucks one frosty November morning); Bow-Hunting's Last-Minute Bucks (One of North America's top whitetail bow-hunters reveals his tactics for outsmarting wary bucks during late-season archery hunts); Lessons In Bone: Confessions Of A Shed Hunter (Our managing editor explains how late-winter and spring shed-hunting excursions can reveal invaluable insights into deer behavior); Deer Behavior Big Bucks Die Hard (Even when mortally wounded, mature bucks seemingly run greater distances than younger deer before succumbing. The author explains why big bucks are hard-wired to survive, and he provides expert tips on trailing monster bucks); Peeling The Velvet (This sequence of scouting-camera photos might be the best we've seen - considering what happened over the course of just a few hours); Bizarre Tumor Doesn't Phase Doe (Learn how an Illinois white-tailed doe is carrying on "business as usual" despite suffering from a weird malady); Daughter Camp (If he was your dad, you would know how to cast a fishing lure, drive a snowmobile and root for the Missesota Vikings. You would also know how to sit quietly in a frozen deer stand) Departments - Editor's Stump; Reader's Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Rue's Views; Quality Deer; Buck Shots; Whitetail Archery
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Features - Balance ("As the bow-hunter sat on the stand that afternoon, one thought caused him to lower his brow, unclip his harness and climb down"); Deer Research - The Social Aspect Of CWD ("Our research editor examines the new scientific reports that reveal how CWD is spread among whitetails of various age classes"); Tree Stand Tips For Shotgunners (Racked bucks like the thick stuff once the shotgun season gets underway, and the best way to waylay one is to get above the brush); How To Hunt Skinny Trees (All serious hunters encounter the problem: a perfect spot with no perfect trees to hand a stand. Here's how to do it - and tag deer!); The Pros & Cons Of Propellants (Muzzleloading hunters benefit from an ever-growing selection of cleaner-burning, better-performing propellants. Here's a comprehensive look at what's our there); Deer Hunting For A Living (Wouldn't it be cool if you could get paid to eat, sleep and breath deer and deer hunting? The author reveals the harsh realities that come with the dream); Deer Behavior - Bedding Areas In The Big Woods (Big-woods bucks are never lax about their sanctuaries. Here's how to unravel the bedding secrets of deep-forest whitetails); How To Get Your Hands On A Booner For As Little As $250 (Guided shed-hunting trips are surging in popularity across North America, with the big-buck haunts of Canada ranking as the best places to go. Here's how you can get yourself some record-class antlers at a surprisingly low price); 25 Ways To Never Punch A Deer Tag (If you want to bag a deer this season, can the negative attitude and adopt a flexible hunting plan. If you don't want to bag a buck, follow these tips!); Better Bucks On Public Land (The author explains why he believes hunters everywhere can successfully band together to improve deer and deer hunting on any state, federal or county forest - no matter how big or small the property); Deer Browse - Three Deer With 1 Shot! (In October, 2006, a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources specialist found three dead deer in the middle of a hay field. There was no blood, no drag marks and no vehicle tracks leading to the deer. What killed them?); 10 Steps To Better Hunting Arrows (It isn't for everyone, but building your own arrows can drastically improve your bow-hunting success - and enjoyment); The Phantom Buck (That was the name the old-timers gave this sage, old buck. They had all seen him. Everyone, that is, except him) Departments - Editor's Stump; Reader's Recoil; Rue's Views; Candid Whitetails; Buck Shots; Whitetail Archery; Quality Deer
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Features - Including Absent Heroes (Here are some tips on how you can prevent a deployed soldier from missing another deer season); Why Antlers Don't Grow (A stunning pictorial! Learn the real reasons behind when, where and why a mature white-tailed buck will experience gains and losses in the overall size of his headgear); Deer Research Fawn Studies Reveal Key Trends (New scientific studies on Farm Belt whitetails not only reveal interesting trends on fawn survival rates, they underscore the importance of aggressive deer management strategies); Hang 'Em Right (Attention tree-stand hunters: Use this proven four-point plan to ensure your next deer hunt isn't your last); The Top 50 New Products For 2007 (Here's an in-depth look at the hottest new bow- and gun-hunting products introduced at this year's Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade Show in Orlando and the Archery Trade Association Show in Atlanta); Deer Biology Why Deer Eat What They Eat (Want to become a more efficient hunter? Learn the science behind deer forage preferences, and you'll be better prepared to predict when and where deer will dine); The First-Strike Advantage (Learn the preseason scouting tips and tricks of one of North America's most successful public-land whitetail hunters); 15 Postseason Scouting Tips (Once you realize how much you can learn from a few postseason scouting tips, you will look forward to those excursions as not the end of a deer season, but the beginning of the next); A Campfire Shared (No textbook, classroom or Web site can provide the life lessons afforded by a simple fire ring shared between an old man and his grandson) Departments - Editor's Stump; Readers Recoil; Candid Whitetails; Whitetail Archery; Deer Browse; Rue's Views; Buck Shots; Quality Deer
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