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North American Whitetail

North American Whitetail June 2019

Each issue of North American Whitetail brings you effective techniques for outsmarting monster bucks. You'll learn the success secrets of North America's most accomplished, most knowledgeable whitetail hunters - riflemen and bowhunters alike.

United States
KSE Sportsman Media, Inc.
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8 Ausgaben

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2 Min.
unanswered questions

During the off-season, some whitetail topic often comes to the forefront. Here in 2019, much of the talk has centered around an old nemesis: chronic wasting disease. CWD has been on the minds of deer hunters, landowners and biologists for decades. But a series of loosely related events have brought it to the fore again. As all occurred within a short span last winter, they fed off each other to create a buzz even non-hunters found interesting. First came a wave of “zombie deer” reports, as the media found using that sensational term drew big traffic. Clicks are the gauge by which many Internet writers are compensated, so the “zombie” angle was beaten to death. (Or would that be undeath?) Mainstream CWD coverage quickly began to mimic the relentless zombie hordes created…

2 Min.
before we know it

It seems like just yesterday the deer woods were gray and cold. Not that many months ago the forest floor was covered with dry leaves that crunched under the hooves of meandering whitetails, and hunters sat still in tree stands, waiting patiently for their chance to let loose arrows or bullets. Now the fields once again are green and the weather fair. For those who don’t hunt deer, this might even be considered the best time of year. But for whitetail fans, the warmth and leisure that typically come with spring and summer can really be a drag. The longer it takes for deer season to open, the more the waiting period feels like being stuck at the starting line for a race that can’t begin soon enough. Worry not, though. As…

5 Min.
weird whitetails part 1

Each year, from all over the whitetail’s range I receive interesting photos. I love getting them, as they often provide photographic evidence of something I overlooked documenting when I first observed it. And occasionally they show things even a man who’s been a professional deer biologist for 46 years has never seen. Recently, I converted volumes of older materials to computer files that form an archive of such oddities. In general, they can be divided into two groups: (1) physical aberrations and maladies created either through accidents or disease and (2) those created by man-caused events, ranging from healed wounds of a hideous nature to strange encounters with manmade objects. Some of these photos find their way to me directly at the Institute for White-tailed Deer Management & Research in Texas. Others…

4 Min.
with great power...

Any load bearing piece of gear that’s under pressure can be dangerous. Hydraulic winches, tow ropes PTO shafts . . . the horror stories about bodily harm as a result of failure or improper use of such contraptions, unfortunately, are endless. Likewise, there’s no shortage of hunting gear that can also be dangerous. Thankfully, manufacturers employ skilled engineers to research and test ways to improve the safety of the equipment we rely on in the field. For whitetail hunters, perhaps the most visual example of “potential energy” is the bow and arrow. Unlike the hidden chemical reaction that occurs when gunpowder ignites and combusts inside a barrel, the purely mechanical action of a bow propelling an arrow occurs right in front of the archer’s eyes. In the simplest of terms, vertical bows and…

1 Min.
bill boosts public access

Providing sportsmen with greater access to federal public lands authorizing the use of volunteer hunters to help control wildlife populations and allowing bowhunters to transport their gear through national parks are among the highlights of the recently passed Senate Bill 47, the John D. Dingell Jr. Conservation, Management & Recreation Act. This bipartisan legislation, which consisted of a group of bills, was passed by the House and Senate and quickly signed into law by Pres. Trump. It went into effect across the U.S. March 12. Numerous sportsmen’s groups have lauded the bill’s passage and enactment. Among its other measures, the Natural Resources Management Act offers sportsmen relief from some onerous rules that before had made federal land access difficult, if not impossible. In fact, the act declares federal lands open to public…

10 Min.
sowing seeds

IN THE film Inception, Leonardo Di-Caprio’s character asks: “What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? No. It’s an idea. Resilient . . . highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain, it’s almost impossible to eradicate.” West Virginia deer hunter David Miller might not have been cast in this movie, but he’s a case study for growing an idea into a reality. Ultimately, he made his dreams of arrowing a Boone & Crockett buck on his own land come true, despite naysayers who said it would be impossible to manage the place for trophy bucks. THE ROOSEVELT CONCEPT Seven years ago, David and his wife, Kristina, purchased 180 acres of southern West Virginia real estate on which to build their home. Consumed with the outdoors…