Deer don't just roam the mountains aimlessly. Study maps intently, coming up with the best likely hunting spots based on terrain features, water and appropriate bedding cover.

Backcountry Mulie Advice-Part II
Posted on October 16, 2013

  Backcountry Mulie Advice Part II, the conclusion to Part I. To read Part I, click here! Searching the high country for early-season mulies provides an incredible rush and adventure, but don’t expect easy anything. These deer often require lots of physical work and finesse. By Jason Stafford Unusual Ambush … more

Spot and stalk is typically the best way to bowhunt wilderness deer, which means setting up on a high vantage point at first light and glassing heavily using top-quality optics.

Backcountry Mulie Advice-Part I
Posted on October 9, 2013

Backcountry Mulie Advice-Part I, check back in a week for Part II!  Searching the high country for early-season mulies provides an incredible rush and adventure, but don’t expect easy anything. These deer often require lots of physical work and finesse. By Jason Stafford   The clouds swept into the valley, … more

Ron Way’s buck had enormous antler height, with G2s and G3s measuring well beyond 12 inches each.

Miracle Buck Part II
Posted on October 2, 2013

Conclusion to Miracle Buck Part I, posted last week. Click here to read Part I.  A Second Chance The next morning found me back in the same stand, hoping for another opportunity, a miracle you could say. Matt was insistent that this buck was still in the woods and “we … more

The author and his massive whitetail, which he arrowed after 15 days on stand while hunting with the Harpole’s Lodge in Pike County, Illinois. The buck’s gross score was 192 points—truly a deer of a lifetime. Photos by Eric Suhm,

Miracle Buck Part I
Posted on September 26, 2013

Part I of a two-part series. Over the course of three seasons, and three weeks on stand, this bowhunter’s dream of scoring on a Boone and Crockett-caliber buck finally comes to life. By Ron Way “I can’t believe it,” I said to myself. “I just blew a chance of a … more


3 Tips for Better Speed Bow Performance
Posted on September 19, 2013

#1 Shoot the Perfect Arrow Every arrow and broadhead/fletching combination will perform differently out of a particular bow. This occurs due to several factors, including: the archer’s unique shooting torque, the bow’s nock travel, shot vibration, windy shooting conditions, use of certain bow accessories, and so on. In other words, … more


Committed to Elk-Part II
Posted on September 11, 2013

  This is Part II of “Committed to Elk,” a conclusion to last week’s post found here: Tom Johnson, of west Michigan, has spent the last 31 years chasing elk out West. Although he lives in Michigan, he sleeps and breathes elk hunting. He is a true “elk-oholic.” In those … more

There are primary and secondary bucks scrapes. The primary ones are of the most important to hunters, as bucks will regularly visit these, whereas secondary scrapes get visited much less regularly, making them poor hunting spots. When hunting a particular scrape, be sure you’re setup within 20 yards of the prevailing downwind side of the scrape. This will put you in the best position for a shot and to catch bucks scent checking further downwind of the area.

The Real Dirt on Hunting Scrapes
Posted on March 29, 2013

If you thought hunting a scrape was useless, then you’d better think again. Here’s the right strategy that will produce serious results.   Let’s say I was visiting my home town and wanted to find a certain guy, my unrequited crush from high school. I wondered what he’d look like … more

I harvested this Wisconsin buck on September 22, 2007. He came out to an alfalfa field with another nice buck. The two bucks had been fighting back in the woods, prior to coming out. After watching the deer for several minutes, I was able to close the deal with a perfect shot.

A Non-Typical Evening
Posted on January 8, 2013

This ordinary Saturday in September ended with a monster non-typical buck on the ground for this whitetail hunter!   My arms were beginning to weaken with each passing second as adrenaline surged through my body. I had been at full draw for at least a minute, and the huge Wisconsin … more