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Do Deer Eat Hedge Apples?

Osage orange, horse apple, hedge, or hedge apple tree. Those are basically just different names for the same thing. But the question is, will deer eat hedge apples? The short answer is yes. Some deer do eat hedge apples. But there is more to it. So let’s get into some of the details. I personally …

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How Long Is Game Meat Good For In The Fridge?

As hunters, we have all been guilty of wondering whether or not the leftovers from our wild game dinner of several days past are still fit for consumption. This question is likely pondered far more frequently than one might assume yet is not easily answered by the bulk of hunters. “How long, exactly, is game …

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Christmas Wishlist for Bowhunters

With the Christmas holiday just around the corner, many find themselves in search of the perfect gift for the avid bowhunter in their family. This can be quite challenging for some, especially those that are not bowhunters themselves. It is for this exact reason that we have compiled the wishlist below.  The following guide has …

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How Big Is A Deer’s Kill Zone

In the world of bowhunting, the difference between success and agonizing defeat often comes down to a matter of mere inches. While a well-placed arrow often equates to a quick, efficient kill, a less than stellar shot can prove quite troublesome and has a tendency to leave behind a lengthy blood trail. Deer hunting is …

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Do Deer Eat Pumpkins?

I received this question from a reader. I wanted to share it with you because I thought it was a good question – Would deer eat pumpkins? They sure do! This article will tell you all about the nutritional value of pumpkins and if you should feed them to deer.  Let’s get started… Do All …

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How Archery Is Beneficial to Your Health

Have you ever wondered why archery is beneficial to your health? Archery is a sport that has been around for centuries. It was initially used for hunting, but today it is mainly practiced for recreational purposes. The bow and arrow were invented around 70,000 years ago and archers have been using them since then. Archery …

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How to Look up the Serial Number of your Compound Bow

Let’s say you bought a compound bow from Craigslist or eBay – or from a friend. But you have no idea what serial number it has and don’t know where to look? Read on – I’ve compiled a list of the leading manufacturers and where to find the serial numbers on their bows. Where is …

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Where to Shoot a Goose With a Bow

Pursuing geese with archery equipment is both fun and challenging, and if done correctly, it can be just as successful as turkey hunting with the bow. However, there are a few things you should keep in mind. First off, you need to make sure it’s legal in your jurisdiction to hunt geese with a bow …

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A Guide To Outdoor Hobbies

A list of outdoor hobbies to try and the benefits of them. The great outdoors is one of the most beautiful and underappreciated parts of our world. So many of us spend our lives indoors and forget how beautiful just being in nature can be. Fresh air is incredibly good for you and being outdoors …

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How To Load A Deer Into A Truck By Yourself

Most avid deer hunters spend a significant amount of time planning for hunting season, in the months leading up to opening day. Much of this effort revolves around hanging treestands or scouting a promising property. However, few hunters plan for the work that is necessitated, when one finally punches their tag. While every hunter dream …

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A Vision Realized: The Effects Of Preseason Habitat Management

Like any avid deer hunter, I spend the bulk of my free time anticipating the season ahead. This often involves daydreaming about various habitat improvement projects, and the potential effect that such improvements would have on the area that I hunt. After all, improving the habitat in a given area is a win, win, proposition …

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How To Nock An Arrow

Few items in archery are of as much importance, in proportion to their size, as an arrow nock. A nock is an arrow’s lifeline to the bowstring that propels it. The attachment between the two, by proxy, is just as important as the nock itself. Through this attachment, tremendous amounts of kinetic energy are transferred, …

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What Happens When You Dry Fire A Bow

If you have ever spent any significant amount of time around bows of various types and archery equipment in general, you have undoubtedly been warned about the dangers of dry firing a bow. Most new archers have been imparted with words of wisdom regarding this subject before ever sending their first arrow downrange. But for …

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5 Hunting Strategies For Whitetails Post-Rut

As the last days of November come to pass, rutting activity will slowly dwindle. As a result, many hunters will note a reduction in overall deer sightings, as bucks and does both begin settling into their post-rut patterns. While this can be somewhat discouraging to those still harboring an unfilled tag, there is still a …

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What to look after when buying a compound bow

When first becoming interested in hunting and using a compound bow instead of a longbow, there are several factors to consider. It is not all that complicated, but one does still need to understand specific aspects of hunting and compound bow features to appreciate their pros and cons, and which type of bow will be …

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What is the Hunter´s Role in Wildlife Conservation?

Hunters have long since been regarded as the ultimate conservationists, and for good reason. As hunters, we continually strive to protect the well-being of the game species that we hunt and seek to revitalize the habitat in which such animals thrive. Quite simply, the hunting community has served as the gatekeeper of sorts, to the …

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How To Field Dress A Deer

You have efficiently scouted during the summer months, positioned your deer stands in superb locations, and put in your time on the stand in a relentless fashion. All of this diligent preparation and hard work has culminated in this singular climactic moment as you stand afield, viewing your successful harvest. However, as victorious as this …

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How To Carry A Bow and Avoid Injury

If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve either already started your bowhunting season or are about to start it soon. And whether you’re an experienced hunter or someone who’s just starting out, one thing that all hunters should know is how to carry their bows without injury. It seems like a simple thing at …

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How To Find The Perfect Hunting Land

Having a base from which to hunt begins with locating the right property to lease or purchase. While many states provide access to public lands for hunting, nothing beats having your own place to hunt. However, it is essential to understand what to look for when seeking land access for hunting. When seeking a hunting …

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Which Eye Do You Aim with in Archery

Maybe you’re interested in archery, or you just started, and you’re not sure which eye to use? And why does this matter? It’s pretty simple: you want to line up your dominant eye with the bowstring and arrow shaft for better aiming. So to answer your question, “Which eye do you aim with in archery” …

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What Size Freezer Should You Use For Elk?

You did it. You successfully harvested an elk! Now, after field dressing, skinning, quartering, and finally transporting your prized game to your home, it’s time to store all that elk. Let’s hope your freezer is big enough! Now, admittedly this is something you should consider before your next elk hunt. That’s what this article is …

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How to Whiten a Deer Skull

If you’re like most deer hunters, you want to make sure that your trophy looks as good as possible. For many hunters, this means that you will want to whiten your deer skull. You can pay someone to whiten the trophy skull for you, but it’s actually relatively easy to do yourself – and you …

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What are Arrows Shot from Untuned Bows likely to do?

Accuracy. You need consistent accuracy if you want to have any success bowhunting. You want your arrows to fly true. You have to make sure that your bow is tuned correctly and that your arrows perfectly match your setup. What you don’t want is an untuned bow messing up your arrow flight!  Most likely, arrows …

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Hunting Regulations For Every State Clickable Map

How to Use? Easy! Just click on your state and you will be redirected to the state hunting regulations. And here is a plain list too. Just click on any state – you will be redirected. Also, read our article about the draw weight requirements for elk hunting. Hunting and Wildlife Regulations for each State …

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Archery Safety Rules

Archery has been around for centuries and is one of the most popular sports in the United States. With all the fun and excitement of shooting arrows, it’s not impossible for someone to get injured. Here are some basic safety rules to follow. A short reminder: The same rules and regulations that apply to firearms also …

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What Compound Bow Draw Weight Is Right?

Many factors come into play when determining the speed at which an arrow leaves your bow, and how much kinetic energy it retains when it reaches its target downrange. One of the most crucial of these factors is a bow’s draw weight. This naturally inspires many archers to question what compound bow draw weight is …

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Where To Shoot A Deer With A Bow

Bowhunting for deer, whether from a treestand or a ground blind, is undeniably exciting. There is little in life as thrilling as attempting to remain undetected while drawing your bow when a woods wise buck stands only yards away. However, the flip side to this is than disheartening misses, and instances of less than desirable …

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Is It Illegal To Shoot A Bow And Arrow In Your Backyard

It is only natural for any archer to enjoy shooting their bow as much as possible. After all, archery is an endeavor that gets in your blood and becomes a way of life, warranting endless hours of practice and fine-tuning of equipment. This often leads to a desire to practice whenever and wherever possible, including …

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Our Guide: Bow Hunting Small Game

Although many archers hunt big game species such as deer, elk, and bear every year, far fewer individuals capitalize upon the numerous small game bowhunting opportunities that exist. Small game bowhunting features several benefits and can be extremely enjoyable for all involved. Small game bow hunting greatly extends your opportunity to go afield. This is …

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How To Identify Trees That Deer Love

When you’re crouched down as you hunt, it’s easy for all trees to look alike. But deers love a variety of different trees, and there are ways of telling them apart. Part of being a good bowhunter is learning to read your environment and know where deer are more likely to be found. 18 Trees …

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