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Hunter’s Handbook is the official student “how-to” information pipeline of the International Hunter Education Association. As the experts in teaching safe, ethical and successful hunting, we are here to provide tips, tools, and great video content as well as offer you a place that you can learn more about your love and favorite past-time—hunting.  Spend some time with us.  New content is added monthly, and we are excited to share our expertise with you.  We wish you a lifetime of safe and memorable experiences in the outdoors.

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Deer

Deer are the definition of a hunter-driven conservation success story. White-tail, mule deer, and Black-tail deer are the common species found throughout the united states. These incredibly smart game require a particular skill and knowledge level for a clean harvest. Here we will help guide you to a successful hunt so you can safely harvest on your next hunt. 

Deer are the definition of a hunter-driven conservation success story. White-tail, mule deer, and Black-tail deer are the common species found throughout the united states. These incredibly smart game require a particular skill and knowledge level for a clean harvest. Here we will help guide you to a successful hunt so you can safely harvest on your next hunt. 

LATE SEASON WHITE-TAILED DEER HUNTING TACTICS Near the end of the late season, deer have smelled many scents and heard other deer grunting as well as rattling from hunters, making them ultra-sensitive to noise and movement. This makes your last chance to try and fill your freezer even more challenging.

LATE SEASON WHITE-TAILED DEER HUNTING TACTICS

Near the end of the late season, deer have smelled many scents and heard other deer grunting as well as rattling from hunters, making them ultra-sensitive to noise and movement. This makes your last chance to try and fill your freezer even more challenging.

DEER-HUNTING CHECKLIST Preparation is a fun part of deer season. It helps you get in the hunting frame of mind as the excitement of approaching opening day ramps up. To help keep you organized through the preparation process, Cabela’s has compiled a checklist to keep you on track as you daydream about the big buck out there—somewhere.

DEER-HUNTING CHECKLIST

Preparation is a fun part of deer season. It helps you get in the hunting frame of mind as the excitement of approaching opening day ramps up. To help keep you organized through the preparation process, Cabela’s has compiled a checklist to keep you on track as you daydream about the big buck out there—somewhere.

TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST MORNING IN THE DEER STAND Are you having a hard time sleeping yet? When you sleep, are your dreams about the first opening day of deer season you’ll be in the stand? It’s almost here! Hopefully you have family members or friends who are helping you prepare for the hunt, but even if you do, they might forget to tell you a thing or two. Or you might encounter something no one anticipated on opening day! Who knows? The unknown is part of what makes hunting so exciting.

TIPS FOR YOUR FIRST MORNING IN THE DEER STAND

Are you having a hard time sleeping yet? When you sleep, are your dreams about the first opening day of deer season you’ll be in the stand? It’s almost here! Hopefully you have family members or friends who are helping you prepare for the hunt, but even if you do, they might forget to tell you a thing or two. Or you might encounter something no one anticipated on opening day! Who knows? The unknown is part of what makes hunting so exciting.

4 STEPS TO BEATING A BUCKS NOSE Much has been written about a whitetail’s olfactory advantage. Many hunters have heard statements similar to “a whitetail lives by its nose.” It’s a fact; their sense of smell is the only sense that they trust completely. It’s not a surprise given the unusual gifts that God gave them. The part of the brain that is devoted to measuring and computing smell, in a whitetail, is said to be ONE THOUSAND TIMES larger than the same area in a human’s brain.

4 STEPS TO BEATING A BUCKS NOSE

Much has been written about a whitetail’s olfactory advantage. Many hunters have heard statements similar to “a whitetail lives by its nose.” It’s a fact; their sense of smell is the only sense that they trust completely. It’s not a surprise given the unusual gifts that God gave them. The part of the brain that is devoted to measuring and computing smell, in a whitetail, is said to be ONE THOUSAND TIMES larger than the same area in a human’s brain.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE RUT? In the United States, whitetail deer, elk, moose and other mammals enter a phase commonly known as the “rut” during the fall of the year. This is the period when most of the breeding activity occurs, and most hunters know it is a great time to be in the woods. But what exactly is the rut, and what causes it to happen regularly each year?

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE RUT?

In the United States, whitetail deer, elk, moose and other mammals enter a phase commonly known as the “rut” during the fall of the year. This is the period when most of the breeding activity occurs, and most hunters know it is a great time to be in the woods. But what exactly is the rut, and what causes it to happen regularly each year?

LEARNING TO TELL THE AGE OF A WHITETAIL DEER First, a bit of a disclaimer—aging mature deer to the year is very difficult. However, learning to recognize physical signs of age in deer will help you harvest mature animals. Just as with humans, deer may look older or younger than they really are, but there are several signs that indicate age category.

LEARNING TO TELL THE AGE OF A WHITETAIL DEER

First, a bit of a disclaimer—aging mature deer to the year is very difficult. However, learning to recognize physical signs of age in deer will help you harvest mature animals. Just as with humans, deer may look older or younger than they really are, but there are several signs that indicate age category.

WHITETAIL HUNTERS - TRY A LAYERED SCENT STRATEGY! When it comes to dressing ourselves for hunting, we’re always told to layer, layer, layer. It’s the best way to stay warm when we need to be warm and cool when we need to be cool. Layering makes it easy to adapt to whatever the day’s hunt throws at us. A smart scent control and attractant strategy also works best if thought of in layers, too.

WHITETAIL HUNTERS - TRY A LAYERED SCENT STRATEGY!

When it comes to dressing ourselves for hunting, we’re always told to layer, layer, layer. It’s the best way to stay warm when we need to be warm and cool when we need to be cool. Layering makes it easy to adapt to whatever the day’s hunt throws at us. A smart scent control and attractant strategy also works best if thought of in layers, too.

REALTREE OFFERES ONLINE ANTLER SCORING TOOL The tool offers an easy-to-use step-by-step process that even features video tutorials teaching you how to score your rack. It’s as simple as uploading the measurements online and just clicking “submit” for an accurate score.

REALTREE OFFERES ONLINE ANTLER SCORING TOOL

The tool offers an easy-to-use step-by-step process that even features video tutorials teaching you how to score your rack. It’s as simple as uploading the measurements online and just clicking “submit” for an accurate score.

 

 

BEATING THE WIND A big buck navigates his world using all of his senses, but scent is the most important. Deer not only detect danger through air currents, they communicate with other deer using a complex array of odors that mark territorial boundaries, display dominance and attract potential mates.

BEATING THE WIND

A big buck navigates his world using all of his senses, but scent is the most important. Deer not only detect danger through air currents, they communicate with other deer using a complex array of odors that mark territorial boundaries, display dominance and attract potential mates.

JUST FOR KIDS: SUMMER SCOUTING FOR WHITETAIL DEER Gunnar and Dakota have their own unique experiences and tips for scouting whitetail deer in the summer months. Both know what it takes to find and pattern whitetail deer bachelor groups. Whether you are using trail cameras, pop-blinds or searching for tracks, there are techniques to keep you on target. Watch Haley Heath, Gunnar and Dakota tell you the places to look and how to utilize the summer season to make your next hunt a successful one. Get out there and scout and have a good time with your kids! 

JUST FOR KIDS: SUMMER SCOUTING FOR WHITETAIL DEER

Gunnar and Dakota have their own unique experiences and tips for scouting whitetail deer in the summer months. Both know what it takes to find and pattern whitetail deer bachelor groups. Whether you are using trail cameras, pop-blinds or searching for tracks, there are techniques to keep you on target. Watch Haley Heath, Gunnar and Dakota tell you the places to look and how to utilize the summer season to make your next hunt a successful one. Get out there and scout and have a good time with your kids! 

FIVE COMMON MISTAKES IS CALLING DEER Obviously, the goal in calling deer is to bring them to you, not chase them away. Yet that’s exactly what you’ll do if you make these common mistakes. Start Too Loud — What if someone snuck into your room as you slept and snapped on the television as loud as it would go? What would your reaction be? You’d jump out of your skin and get out of the room as fast as possible. That’s how a buck feels if you sneak undetected into your stand carefully positioned near his bedding area and start grunting and smashing your rattling antler’s as hard as you can! 

FIVE COMMON MISTAKES IS CALLING DEER

Obviously, the goal in calling deer is to bring them to you, not chase them away. Yet that’s exactly what you’ll do if you make these common mistakes. Start Too Loud — What if someone snuck into your room as you slept and snapped on the television as loud as it would go? What would your reaction be? You’d jump out of your skin and get out of the room as fast as possible. That’s how a buck feels if you sneak undetected into your stand carefully positioned near his bedding area and start grunting and smashing your rattling antler’s as hard as you can! 

THE BEST TACTICS FOR HUNTING DURING THE RUT For those of you that have been in the woods and seen the phenomenon of the rut-chasing phase, that experience will likely become the piece that you most look forward to when hunting whitetail. All those other hunting tactics you used during the early season and pre-rut become tossed out of the window—or are they? Let’s face it, deer are crazy during that brief period and don’t follow all the “normal” routines or paths; however, keep in mind they still have a sense of smell and need to eat and drink. Hunting the wind and certain areas will give you greater odds to be in the hot spot when rut is in full swing!

THE BEST TACTICS FOR HUNTING DURING THE RUT

For those of you that have been in the woods and seen the phenomenon of the rut-chasing phase, that experience will likely become the piece that you most look forward to when hunting whitetail. All those other hunting tactics you used during the early season and pre-rut become tossed out of the window—or are they?

Let’s face it, deer are crazy during that brief period and don’t follow all the “normal” routines or paths; however, keep in mind they still have a sense of smell and need to eat and drink. Hunting the wind and certain areas will give you greater odds to be in the hot spot when rut is in full swing!

BIOLOGISTS GO HIGH TECH TO TRACK DEER Modern biologists know more about wildlife behavior than ever before, thanks to technology. Like the evolution of mobile phones and video game consoles, the high-tech tools biologists use to study wildlife have expanded by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. In the old days, biologists relied on a good pair of boots and binoculars to follow and observe wild animals. The first big step towards a better understanding of wildlife home ranges, habitat requirements, survival, and travel patterns came in the mid 1960s, when biologists began using radio tracking or telemetry. 

BIOLOGISTS GO HIGH TECH TO TRACK DEER

Modern biologists know more about wildlife behavior than ever before, thanks to technology. Like the evolution of mobile phones and video game consoles, the high-tech tools biologists use to study wildlife have expanded by leaps and bounds in the last few decades. In the old days, biologists relied on a good pair of boots and binoculars to follow and observe wild animals. The first big step towards a better understanding of wildlife home ranges, habitat requirements, survival, and travel patterns came in the mid 1960s, when biologists began using radio tracking or telemetry. 

THE WHITETAILS' SECOND RUT - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING When it comes to breeding, white-tailed deer are like the light switches you use every day. Does equate to the plain old on/off switches, and bucks are like dimmer switches. When it comes to being receptive (and fertile) the doe is either on or off.

THE WHITETAILS' SECOND RUT - OPPORTUNITY KNOCKING

When it comes to breeding, white-tailed deer are like the light switches you use every day. Does equate to the plain old on/off switches, and bucks are like dimmer switches. When it comes to being receptive (and fertile) the doe is either on or off.

WHAT CONDITIONS INFLUENCE A WHITETAIL BUCKS GORWTH Whitetail bucks come in a variety of body and antler sizes throughout North America. To learn more about why some bucks have bigger bodies and antlers than others, I talked to Jim Stickles, assistant deer program coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Here’s what he had to say..

WHAT CONDITIONS INFLUENCE A WHITETAIL BUCKS GORWTH

Whitetail bucks come in a variety of body and antler sizes throughout North America. To learn more about why some bucks have bigger bodies and antlers than others, I talked to Jim Stickles, assistant deer program coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Here’s what he had to say..

DEER HUNTING? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT When it comes to hunting deer, like anything else, you often don’t know what you don’t know until it’s too late! Proper care of game meat, deer vocalizations, and even the weather forecast will all play important roles in your hunting success and enjoyment. 

DEER HUNTING? THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT

When it comes to hunting deer, like anything else, you often don’t know what you don’t know until it’s too late! Proper care of game meat, deer vocalizations, and even the weather forecast will all play important roles in your hunting success and enjoyment.