Cue Europe's famous hit and get ready, because it's officially the final countdown. Deer season is ticking to a close in most states and provinces across North America. In fact, many seasons are closed until the insanely distant but upcoming fall of 2019. Let us have a moment of silence for those who will be waiting until September or October to climb back up a tree again. For those of us who still have a small window of opportunity, it's now or never. You can continue prepar
Photo by Realtree.com The month of January has arrived. That represents the final month of the deer hunting season in many states and provinces across North America. Some of you may even be in the off-season as we speak. If you have yet to fill your coveted deer tag, you're probably pulling out that old recipe card for tag soup. If you're in that situation, we feel for you. January 1 represents a new beginning in many aspects of life, but it seldom brings hope in the world of
The late-season struggle is upon us. Nasty weather, slow hunting, and depleted deer herds are synonymous with late-season whitetail hunting. If you were to poll 10 deer hunters on their favorite time of the season to hunt, you can almost bet that a vast majority would list another phase of the season as their favorite. Late-season hunting is definitely not easy, but it's also far from a lost cause. You just have to be invested in late-season success to taste it. There's a rea
If you live for deer hunting season like we do, it feels like we're in a constant transition. Just when you settle into the early-season, the rut comes along. The rut blazes through in the month of November and suddenly we're eyeing down the late-season. Whitetail hunting is a game of constant adjustment. We have been harping on the importance of scouting information as we make the transition to the late-season. You would probably be hard-pressed to find one of our December d
Photo by Larry Ditto/Larry Ditto Photography It feels like it was just yesterday that we flipped the calendar to September with high anticipation. Drilling down on all of the last-minute keys to get ready for the early-season. Somehow we are now several days into December, and we can confirm that time does fly. For those that have been fortunate enough to fill a tag or multiple tags this season, it feels like we're about ready to flip the calendar to the off-season. Yet we're
Those prime November deer hunting dates may have seemingly come and gone, but we are still very much in the 4th quarter of the whitetail rut cycle across a large portion of the country. While a large region of the U.S. sees primary rutting activity between the last few days of October and inside the first two weeks of November, the last two weeks of November can be pure magic. You have to see the reality of the situation. Very few deer herds in America are perfectly balanced.
You have thawing snow and warming temperatures at the end of January. The traditional deer hunter's handbook would tell you to avoid the warm front and hold out for colder temps, but you can just see that tag in your pocket morphing into a tag sandwich. After all, the cold front is king in deer hunting. Some of the best deer hunters to ever do it have structured their entire hunting philosophies on the mighty cold front. Hunting weather fronts is a tried and true tactic for k