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  • December 17, 2013

    Deer Gear: A Better Cure for Cold Feet

    By Lawrence Pyne

    ThermaCELL's electronically heated insoles ($130; aren't perfect, but they are the best cure I've found for my biggest late-season deer hunting problem: cold feet. When temperatures drop into the teens, my toes burn with the cold unless I'm wearing heavy felt-lined boots. If I have to hike to my stand or want to do some still-hunting, however, pac boots make my feet sweat, which guarantees my toes will be cold when I stop.

  • December 16, 2013

    Potential World-Record Buck, But Is It Worthy?

    By Scott Bestul

    Frankly, I was getting worried. The 2013 deer season is winding down, and to date we have not entertained one rumor—nary a hint—of a world-record whitetail. But that’s all changed. Last week, my friend, veteran B&C scorer, and Heartland Outdoors blogger Tim Walmsley sent several photos (including this blurry one) of this colossal buck. Rumor has it that the buck was arrowed in northeastern Iowa and scores in the neighborhood of 206 inches, which mean this buck could (assuming the measurement is accurate and holds up) threaten one of the most iconic trophies of all time.

  • December 13, 2013

    How Weather Impacts Deer Movement

    By Will Brantley

    Kentucky outfitter Carl Doran gets reports from dozens of hunters in the field every day of the Kentucky gun season. Over the years of analyzing that compiled data, Doran believes certain weather conditions are virtually guaranteed to make deer move – or not. Watch the video interview and learn why not all cold, frosty mornings in mid-November are created equal when it comes to seeing deer.

  • December 13, 2013

    Announcing the Winner of the Prime Allow Buck-Scoring Contest!

    By Dave Hurteau

    Did you hear that? Was that the sound of your doorbell ringing only days from now—the sound of the deliveryman on the stoop, waiting to hand you a brand new G5 Prime Alloy compound bow? Well, lets find out.

  • December 11, 2013

    Bow Tip: Shoot from Your Knees or Maybe Miss Your Buck

    By Dave Hurteau

    I have a confession: I don't shoot my bow as much as I should. When we are testing new bows in the spring, I shoot a ton and get pretty dialed in, even at long range. But during the rest of the year, like many of you I assume, work and family (and work and work and work) make it pretty much impossible to regularly hit the range. And so while Will Brantley's recent video advice to practice shooting your bow from your knees is totally valid, I admit I don't do it that much.

  • December 10, 2013

    Pick Your Favorite Buffalo Rifle—for Deer

    By Will Brantley

    I must've watched Matthew Quigley exact hell from afar on Aussie bad guys 50 times as a kid. Sure, some of his exploits with that big Sharps rifle in .45-110 were exaggerated, but how could you see that movie and not want a gun like Quigley's for your own?

  • December 9, 2013

    How Western Kentucky Became a Big Buck Hot Spot

    By Will Brantley

    Carl Doran is owner of Snipe Creek Lodge, one of the largest whitetail outfitters in Kentucky – a state with deer hunting ranked No. 1 in the nation by both Field and Stream and Outdoor Life in the past. Doran is a frequent resource for Field and Stream’s Mid-South Rut Reports, and he certainly has a unique insight into the factors that are turning the Bluegrass State into a booming place for big bucks.

  • December 6, 2013

    Win this Bow: Buck-Scoring Contest, Final Round!

    By Dave Hurteau

    Okay people, this is it. This is the fourth and final buck in our scoring contest, and your big chance to win a brand new Prime Alloy bow, G5's 2014 flagship model, a prize worth over $900.

  • December 5, 2013

    Lessons From the Radio Book Tour

    By Scott Bestul

    I'm sure that by now most of you have already purchased a copy of The Total Deer Hunter Manual, the new definitive guide to our sport penned by me and Dave. However, our publisher informs us that there are great swaths of the buying public who may not realize that this book would make a stupendous Christmas present. So as public service, I've been talking to radio show hosts across the country, shamelessly plugging our work.

    So far it's been a fun, fascinating, and educational experience—largely because nary a show host who's interviewed me has been a deer hunter.

  • December 3, 2013

    Late-Season Deer Gear: Sitka Fanatic Jacket and Bibs

    By Scott Bestul

    I had no intention of sitting the same stand all day, especially on the coldest day of the year so far here in my corner of Minnesota, with a daytime high of 10 degrees and a 15- to 20-mph northwest wind. When I hiked up to my stand on a ridgetop bedding area, I hoped I could last until noon. Then I was going to crawl out, warm up, and figure out what to do for the evening hunt.

    But the deer had other ideas.