Author: Scott Bestul

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The Best States to Hunt Whitetail Deer

The Best States to Hunt Whitetail Deer

Antlers aren’t everything, and yeah, you can have an absolute blast deer hunting without ever incurring a taxidermy bill. But for many whi [...]
Iowa Bow Hunter Tags Nearly 300-Pound Whitetail Buck

Iowa Bow Hunter Tags Nearly 300-Pound Whitetail Buck

Iowan Orlando Vivone is a quick study. While the 2022 season marked only his fourth with a bow in his hands, Vivone had already tagged thr [...]
Iowa Hunter Arrows 215-Inch Drop-Tine Whitetail Deer

Iowa Hunter Arrows 215-Inch Drop-Tine Whitetail Deer

Sometimes, killing a giant whitetail is the result of looking at a property–even one you’ve hunted all your life–in a different way. That’ [...]
The Thrill of Hunting the Whitetail Deer Rut

The Thrill of Hunting the Whitetail Deer Rut

I HEARD THE DEER long before I saw them—their plodding footfalls through the leaves, their porcine grunts and chuffing, and then the sudde [...]
The Most Famous Whitetail Deer Ever

The Most Famous Whitetail Deer Ever

Defining “fame” when it comes to big whitetails can be difficult. Size is important, of course. So much so, in fact, that I’d be hard pres [...]
How to Score a Deer

How to Score a Deer

So, you’ve just shot a nice whitetail buck, and after a few minutes of admiring your trophy, you do the thoroughly modern thing and whip o [...]
The Best Rut Stand for Hunting Whitetail Deer

The Best Rut Stand for Hunting Whitetail Deer

We wait all year every year for the rut. So, naturally, when it comes, we don’t want to miss any of the action. That’s why the big, burnin [...]
The Best Day of the 2022 Rut: November 11

The Best Day of the 2022 Rut: November 11

Deer hunting is at its absolute most exciting when bucks are frantically looking for estrus does—and then suddenly far less exciting once [...]
Ohio Hunter Bags 228-Inch Whitetail Buck

Ohio Hunter Bags 228-Inch Whitetail Buck

We’ve profiled Davey Stuckey several times in this space; the Ohio expert whitetailer has taken several whopper bucks over the years, but [...]
Best Day of the Rut No. 3: November 5

Best Day of the Rut No. 3: November 5

It’s here—the month we have all been waiting for. While last week or so of October is generally underrated and provides a lot better deer [...]
Best Day of the Rut No. 2: October 30

Best Day of the Rut No. 2: October 30

This is probably my favorite part of the rut. If you ask me a week from now, I may give you a different answer, of course, but in the mean [...]
Tested: The New Moultrie Mobile Edge Cellular Trail Camera

Tested: The New Moultrie Mobile Edge Cellular Trail Camera

Moultrie Mobile has been upping its trail-cam game in recently, and perhaps the best sign of their commitment is the new Edge. This cam is [...]
Georgia Bowhunter’s First Whitetail Deer Scores Almost 200 Inches

Georgia Bowhunter’s First Whitetail Deer Scores Almost 200 Inches

No one ever forgets their first buck, but Bryce Spillers’ is extra memorable. First, the 21-year-old hunter took his ice-breaker buck earl [...]
Kansas Hunter Takes Buckmasters State Record Whitetail Deer

Kansas Hunter Takes Buckmasters State Record Whitetail Deer

Donnie Monroe knew he’d taken a special buck when he dropped a 23-point whitetail that grossed 230-4/8 inches three days into Kansas’ earl [...]
Bowhunter Tags Monster Minnesota Buck

Bowhunter Tags Monster Minnesota Buck

If you need to manage a huge property to consistently grow mature whitetails, just try telling that to Chad Garteski, who arrowed a 184-in [...]
The 12 Best Early Season Deer Foods

The 12 Best Early Season Deer Foods

One of the best times to kill a whopper whitetail is the early season. Minus the distraction of chasing does and battling other bucks, a m [...]
Kentucky Father-Son Duo Tag Twin Velvet Whitetail Deer

Kentucky Father-Son Duo Tag Twin Velvet Whitetail Deer

Tagging a nice velvet whitetail during the opening week of archery season is no small feat, and taking a gross Booner is a whole other lev [...]
U.K. Considers Nighttime Deer Culls

U.K. Considers Nighttime Deer Culls

Game managers in the U.K. may be taking the gloves off in an attempt to knock back an out-of-control deer herd. According to a story in th [...]
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