For the past 20 years, biologists and hunters have debated the merits of whitetail scraping behavior when it comes to formulating hunting strategies. Although few argue about why white-tailed bucks make scrapes, many biologists have concluded the whitetail's scrape-making process is predominantly a nighttime behavior and, therefore, not to be taken seriously when formulating hunting tactics. Truth be known, when many of the major scrape research projects are looked at closely, you'll find the daytime human activity was moderate to heavy in the research area. The bottom line? When the amount of daytime human activity is significant, whitetails become nocturnal and move only under the cover of darkness. The key for hunting any whitetail sign be it scrapes, rubs, or food sources is to make sure there is ample daytime movement in the deer population. If there is, great hunting opportunities will exist.
On his annual hunt to Eastern Wyoming, Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt, faces uncontrollable arrow deflections that put his experience as a bowhunter to the test.
In Texas, outdoor writer Brad Fenson assesses whether or not the moon phase has an impact on his whitetail hunt, where the big bucks seem to be sticking to nighttime movement.
Dan Schmidt struggles with freezing Nebraska temperatures on a whitetail rut hunt in the Sandhills.
Every once in a while bowhunters are faced with the moral dilemma of showing mercy to animals who will likely face a much more brutal death without our willingness to utilize a tag as an act of mercy.
Mark Kayser has a rough week trying to find the right whitetail in Southwest South Dakota, so he turns his sights to mule deer instead.
Seasoned bowhunter Bob Robb remains humble as he faces a reality that no amount of practicing can ever fully eliminate.
Mark Kayser enters the South Dakota frozen tundra after a handful of mature rutting whitetails.
Dan Schmidt heads to Nebraska to talk to the experts at Hornady ammunition and get their take and what the best calibers are for whitetail deer hunting.
Editor-n-Chief Dan Schmidt unravels the social structure of the whitetail doe community. Meanwhile, already tagged out on a big buck in Texas, outdoor writer Brad Fenson turns his sights onto mature does.
Mark Kayser is in Montana as the whitetail rut is dying down, thankfully for him, his tag is good for whitetail or mule deer.
Editor-in-Chief Dan Schmidt returns to his roots of shooting, what makes him happy, and explains why you should have no apologies for doing the exact same thing.
The DDH team shares best practices for identifying and hunting whitetail bedding areas.
Tension runs high as Dan Schmidt moderates a discussion of all things whitetail hunting between esteemed whitetail expert Dr. Stephen Ditchkoff of the Auburn University Deer Lab and famous rock star and hunting activist, Ted Nugent.