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Scott Bestul

How to Learn From Bucks That Elude You


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Not long ago, this hard fact would have bugged me a bit. When I was young and full of enthusiasm (and a healthy dose of seemingly boundless energy), getting beat by a buck irritated me. These days, with more grey in my beard and less spring in my step, that same scenario bothers me very […]

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Effective Tips for Using a Deer Decoy


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With the rut in full swing, there’s never been a better point in the whitetail season to use a decoy. Follow this week’s tip to use and set your decoy right…even if you’re a gun hunter!

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How to Avoid Screwing Up the Rut


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*Know your does: One of the most important mistakes hunters make is thinking  the rut is all about knowing the favorite hangouts of bucks (which we do by finding their rubs and scrapes). Wrong. When the rut kicks in, knowing where does eat, sleep, and walk trumps anything you know about individual bucks. Think about […]

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Corn Harvest – Time to Change Tactics!


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But for much of the fall, there are usually lots of easier feeding opportunities. The harvest season simply tosses a bunch of corn on the ground (even the most efficient combines usually leaves enough waste corn to get whitetails excited) and whitetails quickly shift to the easy-meal scenario that the harvest season represents. *Goodbye Cover: […]

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A Lull Will Occur – Do Not Ignore It


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And that predictable buck, the one you could set your watch to? You got it…So totally gone you wonder if you’d dreamed him. I know plenty of guys who simply give up on deer right now. They chase birds, get after fall fishing, or (heaven forbid) try to sneak in a last golf game. All […]

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Scott Bestul

Uncle Sam’s Bucks, Part I


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And the rest of my whitetail hunting—about 50%, most years—is done on public land, owned by the county, state, or federal government. I collectively call these land holdings “Uncle Sam’s property”. I have also learned that whitetail hunting on public ground is not only not bad…It can be very, very good. Before you start questioning […]

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