People are shooting some huge whitetail bucks in small tracts in cities and suburbs where bowhunting is permitted. In Connecticut, northern Virginia, outside New York city, even out in Missoula, Montana. Kevin Robinson is one of those hunters, and he’s killed all these bucks in the suburbs of Missoula. Try his tactics wherever you hunt deer around houses, roads and towns. When archery season opens in September, Kevin hunts high draws that overlook the city in the evenings. In his favorite setup, his tree stand is tight to one of 2 deer trails that run up and down a mountain. Having scouted and glassed the area for a month, he knows the pattern of these suburban bucks. If a big [...]
It’s #nationalcheeseburgerday and perfect grilling weather, let’s celebrate! My addiction to these burgers comes straight from deer camp. Some years ago I was bowhunting on the Milk River. After an especially long and frustrating day (big whitetails will do that to you) my buddy said, “It’s late, we’re tired and we’ve gotta shoot a buck tomorrow. I’m gonna throw some burgers on the grill tonight. We’ll eat fancier later on in the week.” After my third burger (no rolls, low carb, just the protein) I hollered out to my friend on the deck as he grilled some more, “To heck with fancy, we’re gonna eat deer burgers the rest of the week!” The simple, delicious and incredibly addictive “Montana Deer [...]
When he retired 40 years ago, Clyde Roberts of Bedford, VA started hunting at the urging of his son. “I bought him a rifle when retired to keep him busy,” said Mike Roberts. In 2016, at age 103, Mr. Clyde shot his biggest buck ever. The next season, he bagged 2 does and an 8-point buck. Only 6% of Virginia’s hunters killed 3 deer that year. Only one of them was 104 years young. Mr. Clyde killed 10 deer since he turned 100. “When people ask me about the secret to my longevity, I tell them it was all about hard work and living for the Lord,” he said. More about Mr. Clyde from an interview he did with WDBJ7: [...]
It’s been dry and hot for weeks in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, prime conditions for Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) to rear its ugly head and kill whitetails. The first state to confirm EHD in August 2019 was Indiana, where deer deaths have been reported in at least 10 counties in the southern part of the state. The Iowa DNR initially reported an outbreak of the disease concentrated near Warren County. In a more recent update, authorities report hundreds of deer have died after contracting EHD in the south-central section of the state. As many as 900 deer have died, and there could be more dead deer hidden among farmers’ crops. The West Virginia DNR confirms EHD has killed deer in [...]
If you hunt in Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina or any state where the archery season opens in September, click here and for tips and advice on how to punch your tag super early. I teamed with Outdoor Life digital for a 5-point plan that involves understanding late-summer buck behavior, trail-camera strategies, best tree stand spots and more. Good luck and send me pictures if you shoot a good buck this month or anytime this season!