Daniel Schmidt’s Whitetail Wisdom

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D&DH Editor Dan Schmidt’s columns and blogs have become a must-read for deer hunters and anyone who loves whitetails. This blog is the melting pot for all the whitetail wisdom that he has gleaned over the years while working with North America’s top deer biologists, behaviorists, hunters and land managers. You can also follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

The Deer & Deer Hunting crew is ready for action. Will the deer cooperate? (photo by Dan Schmidt)

Getting Ready to Bowhunt Big Bucks in North Dakota

Hunting a super early archery season like North Dakota’s requires lots of patience, not only in the field but when you’re in camp. You see, most outfitters like Chris Jorde (www.heartjoutfitters.com) realize that you only get a very small window in which to get the drop on a big, mature buck. For that reason...

Visions of this giant 9-pointer made the Deer & Deer Hunting TV team forget all about the clouds of mosquitoes that greeted them during their stay at Heart J Outfitters in northern North Dakota. (photo courtesy of Christopher Jorde)

Early Bowhunting Opener Brings Hopes of Big Bucks

If that intro photo doesn’t get your pulse racing, you might need some help. What an incredible buck, huh? Well, imagine my anticipation when that popped into my email inbox last month, then learning how that buck was frequenting a spot I’d be bowhunting on the first evening in North Dakota at Heart J...

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Is Blaze Orange Really Necessary?

Dan, As a deer hunter who (by my guesstimate) has hunted many states for whitetails, would you consider the mandatory wearing of blaze orange for big game rifle hunters a hindrance towards hunters? My state of Louisiana does have such, but there are 9 states which do not. I do hunt one of those...

Wild venison is the missing link for many of today's locavores. There's nothing more satisfying than preparing a dinner that you completely grew and/or harvested yourself. (photo by Dan Schmidt)

3 Ways Shot Placement Affects Venison Quality

The quality of your venison is a direct result of the care you take (or don’t) after the animal is down and while you are processing the animal at home. However, did you know that the it’s equally important to take care before the shot and during the trailing process? Here’s a few tips...

Barbecue done right! It doesn't hurt to have some great sides, either.  (photo by Dan Schmidt)

How to Make the Best BBQ in a Smoker

This Fourth of July weekend featured perfect weather, which gave me the opportunity to try smoking for the first time — smoking meat for barbecue, of course! Seeing that we blew through all of our prime venison roasts this past winter and spring, I decided to break down and buy a Boston pork butt...

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Must Watch: Cool Bowhunting Film Unveiled

Want to get into the mood for this bowhunting season? Check out this cool, new short film. It captures everything about the outdoors lifestyle that any diehard bowhunter will appreciate. After viewing, be sure to go to the Mathews website and sign up for a chance to win a new bow! http://goo.gl/15ZniV    ...