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  • December 28, 2012

    Deer Hunting Tip: Bestul's Ingenious Rattling-Antler Rig

    By Dave Hurteau

    As I say in this video, Bestul, being the model Midwesterner, would never be so immodest as to tell you how damn slick his rattling-antler rig is. So I’m left to do it. In a nutshell, he tethers the two antlers together using eyehooks and a bungee cord, like this:

  • December 21, 2012

    Shoot Me Down: I Like Antler-Point Restrictions

    By Scott Bestul

    I live in southeastern Minnesota and do most of my deer hunting here. For the last three seasons, hunters in this corner of the state have been under an Antler-Point Restriction (APR) that requires us to identify four points on one side of a buck’s rack before shooting that buck. I was initially skeptical of APRs, but after living with them for three years I’ve come to like them and hope they continue. Here’s why:

  • December 19, 2012

    Legendary Tracker, Larry Benoit, Tags Midwestern Trophy Buck

    By Scott Bestul

    Scott Smolen is a whitetail addict who, like many of us, grew up reading about the Benoits, the legendary tracking family from Vermont. Smolen, a treestand bowhunter from Wisconsin, struck up a friendship with Larry Benoit—the family patriarch—several years back. The two kept in touch and bonded over whitetails and deer hunting even though their methods differ vastly.

  • December 17, 2012

    Hunting Tip: Get a Ride To and From Your Stands to Avoid Spooking Deer

    By Dave Hurteau

    Many of you savvy farmland hunters already know this tip, but for anyone who doesn’t, it’s an oldie and a goodie: Because farmland whitetails are accustomed to seeing pickup trucks in fields, they don’t freak out at the sight of one.

  • December 12, 2012

    Big Buck Alert: Massachusetts Record Should Fall, Twice; Ohio Giant Gets Bigger

    By Steven Hill

    Two big bucks taken less than 14 days apart are rewriting the Massachusetts record book this fall. On November 14, Dan Daigle put a 20-yard shot on the biggest buck ever to fall to an archery hunter in the Bay State, a 198-inch nontypical 16-pointer taken—appropriately enough—near the town of Rutland (photo below). Twelve days later, on the first day of the firearms season, muzzleloader hunter Craig Luscier downed this 22-point Massachusetts monster, green scored at 211 1/8 inches, near the New York-Massachusetts state line. The buck reportedly has 45 inches of abnormal points (photo above).

  • December 11, 2012

    Big Buck Alert: 6 Giant Mystery Whitetails

    By Scott Bestul

    In looking through my email inbox and realize there are some truly monstrous bucks taken this fall that I’ve not yet posted. In most cases, I was simply waiting for more information that never came; others are hot off the electronic press, with—as usual—few details. At any rate, it’s time to put them up for your viewing pleasure. And hey, if you know anything about some of these jaw-droppers, feel free to chime in and say so.

    1. Drop-Tine Wisconsin 8
    This monster is said to have been taken in southern Wisconsin during that state’s recently completed firearms season. The left-side drop tine is reportedly 13 inches long, and the G-2 on that side 17 inches. The rumored net green scored 180, gross in the 200-inch neighborhood. This is certainly of the biggest 8’s I’ve ever seen.

  • December 10, 2012

    Deer Hunting Tips: Don’t Ignore Rubs During the Rut—or Secondary Rut

    By Dave Hurteau

    If you’ve been following along you know that Bestul and I filmed these hunting video tips  during the rut when he hosted me on a bowhunt in mid-November. And so, the point Scott is making here—that although bucks do largely abandoned rubs and scrapes during peak breeding, fresh sign remains important because it tells you that a buck is still visiting your area and not off chasing does a mile away—will be most useful to you next November. That said, it can still apply right now, as mature bucks especially are still covering ground looking for unbred does that are coming into a second estrous cycle, as well as fawn and yearling does that often come into estrous late.

  • December 8, 2012

    Best Days of the Whitetail Rut: Be Sure to Hunt Tomorrow!

    By Scott Bestul

    Tomorrow's not only the ninth of December—it’s also the bottom of the rut’s ninth inning. It's also a day you could hit hunting’s equivalent of a walk-off home run by tagging a giant in the last phase of breeding. One month ago, we were approaching the breeding peak, and any does that were not bred during that first cycle will come into heat again.

    In addition, a percentage of fawns (up to 40 percent in some areas) will enter their first estrous cycle now. More than once I’ve seen a huge December buck getting towed around by a doe that was half his size.

    Many hunters dismiss this secondary rut, which is as big a mistake as forgetting your long johns now. You won’t witness widespread chasing like you did in November, but you don’t need to if your stand is close to a major food source.

    We’re in the early stages of winter, and whitetails are seeking the most protein- and fat-rich foods they can find: fields of waste or standing grain, food plots, clear-cuts, or hard-mast crops. They’re all good, but I’d take an oak ridge full of acorns over everything else now.

  • December 7, 2012

    Shoot Me Down: Hug a Hipster (and a Soccer Mom)

    By Dave Hurteau

    The online magazine Slate recently posted the rare positive article about hunting, for which I commend them. Its bottom line is that the “expansion of hunting into liberal, urban circles is the latest development in an evolving and increasingly snug coexistence between humans and beasts in North America” as the “bearded, bicycle-riding, locavore set” concludes that it is “more responsible and ecologically sound to eat an animal that was raised wild and natural in [the] local habitat….”

  • December 4, 2012

    Deer Hunting Tips: Add Cover to Your Stand with Branches and Zip Ties

    By Dave Hurteau

    Seasoned bowhunters know that picking the right tree in which to hang a stand can mean the difference between putting an arrow through a buck and just standing there with your thumb up your nose, watching him lollygag, broadside and without a care, just out of range. The problem is that the perfect tree in terms of location is not always perfect in terms of cover.

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