Scott Bestul

Scott Bestul

Whitetail Deer Editor

Scott Bestul is the whitetails editor for Field & Stream. Trained as a high school English teacher and coach, Bestul left that lucrative field to pursue another—as a full-time freelance writer in 1990. He sold his first story to Field & Stream a few years later and has been contributing to the brand ever since. 


  • Covers deer and turkey hunting, conservation, and fishing


Bestul has been the F&S whitetails columnist for more than a decade and has written dozens of articles and contributed to many feature packages since joining the brand. Additionally, he’s contributed to many national and regional outdoor magazines and newspapers. Bestul paired with F&S Executive Editor, Dave Hurteau, to write the The Total Deer Hunter Manual and The Total Bowhunting Manual. Bestul also co-authored The Last River Rat with Wisconsin resident Kenny Salwey in 2001. He was awarded the Quality Deer Management Association’s “Signpost Communicator of the Year” in 2013, and has given seminars at deer expos and sportsman’s shows across the country.

Bestul will enjoy his 50th deer season this fall, and has been turkey hunting since the 1980s. He’s been an avid upland hunter and fisherman since boyhood.


Bestul graduated from Winona State University in 1985, with a B.S. in English (writing emphasis) and a coaching certificate.

F&S Lightning Round

Favorite Place to Fish: Driftless region trout streams in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa,
Favorite Critter to Hunt: Whitetail deer in the woods behind his home,
Bucket List Adventure: Float trip for archery moose in Alaska or the Yukon,
Most Prized Piece of Gear: Recurve bow I helped build,
All-Time Favorite F&S Story: “The Quicksand” by Bill Heavey

Notable Work

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