The Fork-Tined Buck

A little over a week ago I was blessed to attached my first Illinois buck tag to an old warrior that I knew very well, a 6 1/2 year old buck I call “The Fork-Tined Buck”. He was a buck that I had a lot of history with. Lets take a look back at the […]

Targeting Individual Bucks

Last year I posted this photo on social media of a 5 ½ year old buck that I predicted I would kill this season. That wont happen even though the buck is still alive. The story behind this buck is interesting and worth sharing as there are some lessons for those deer hunters tracking individual […]

2019’s Ultimate Goal

Typically when hunting season opens I like to have a large-antlered mature buck picked out to target. Some years everything falls into place and I have a giant on one of the multiple properties that I have access to hunt. Other years I am left doing management work by culling out older bucks with antlers […]

Updated 2019 Buck Forecast

In Mid-August I put out my “buck forecast” for the 2019 season. I did the same thing last year when I predicted a banner year for giant bucks. Little did I know that in early November Luke Brewster would shoot a new world-record non-typical roughly 10 miles from one of my hunting spots. Back in […]

To Rope a Buck

Recently I made a social media post about moving my game cameras from summer feeding areas to fall rutting locations. This is a process that I do every year in September as bucks shed velvet and many start shifting their range. I mentioned in my post that some of these cameras get moved to “rope […]

2019 Buck Forecast

Last year about this time I went out on a limb and predicted that the 2018 hunting season would see some fantastic bucks shot around the Midwest. I said that a lot of hunters would kill the best buck of their life in 2018 .. and it happened. I based this prediction on two things; […]

Consistent Mature Buck Success Is In the Details

If you have spent much time on social media you already know that there are millions of “experts” on every topic known to man. Deer hunting is no exception. For the record, I don’t consider myself an expert at anything and when it comes to hunting mature whitetails I am simply a student looking to […]

Deer Hunting’s “Big D”

I think we all know a deer hunter who is more successful at tagging mature bucks than 99.9% of all the other hunters who are also passionately chasing these elusive critters. Just what is it that sets these hunters apart from others who are trying desperately to match their success? For many years I thought […]

Hold Off on Those Trail Cameras!

It seems like social media has been abuzz in the last week or so with deer hunters putting out their game cameras. I understand the strong desire to get out and have a look at the racks this year’s bucks are growing. Making your move too soon however might come at a cost. I probably […]

Do Deer Minerals Really Work?

I have to laugh at a lot of the posts I see on social media regarding deer minerals. It’s either someone claiming they see a noticeable increase in antler size once they started using a product that doesn’t even have the minerals needed for antler growth or it is someone promoting a “home brew” that […]