Here are Mossy Oak's top 10 articles from 2019. Learn about deer movement and management, how to call coyotes, get the best new hunting gear and what is the best caliber is for deer hunting.
Deer rutting season (or “the rut”) is the highlight of the year for any seasoned deer hunter. With bucks on the chase for estrus does, unique behaviors emerge that make them much more vulnerable and easier to hunt. If you’re thinking about hunting a buck during deer rutting season, it helps to understand how deer behave during the rut, what tactics are effective for each phase of the rut and how to avoid some common rut hunting mistakes.
Remember that barometric pressure is only one contributing factor to deer movement. In my view, it is one of the most important elements and should not be overlooked. However, it’s really a combination of factors that all contribute to deer movement. Keep an eye on the barometer, but don’t use it as your only way to predict your herd’s activity.
Twenty years of research, including 35,000 hunter days and statistics from the National Weather Service about the weather conditions on both morning and afternoon hunts, brings us all startling new information about when deer move. Hunters often wonder if deer move when it's windy, if deer are more active when it's cold and if it's worth it to go deer hunting in the rain.
Even though many hunters have used coyote vocalizations in their calling sequence for years, it seems that over the last decade, the popularity of incorporating coyote vocals into every setup has intrigued many beginning hunters as well as the seasoned hunters that need a little spice added to their calling.
What's new in hunting gear for 2019? We hit up the ATA and SHOT Shows checking out new hunting gear and outdoor products releasing in 2019. We aim to bring you a comprehensive list of the best equipment, camo apparel, hunting supplies and accessories we can find.
Since we first learned to fashion stick and stone into tools, mankind has been on an insatiable quest to outwit the wary whitetail. We are forever searching for insight into what makes them tick and how different environmental factors might influence their daily routines, or if they even have routines. Among the more aggressive efforts has been the search for clues as to how the moon influences deer movement. But before we can begin such an epic quest, we need to be pointed in the right direction.
There are certain topics we revisit on a regular basis and this is one of them. Call them what you want, antler point restrictions (APRs) or mandatory antler restrictions (MARs), they have become increasingly more popular and widespread over the recent past. And though many programs are fairly recent, others have been around long enough that we’re starting to see some of the successes and failures and take a more objective look at the pros and cons of each.
There’s no question that whitetails rule the hunting world. They have many fascinating traits, but the thing that attracts us most is the set of antlers adorning their heads. Antlers are remarkable works of nature’s art. Each set is unique, though some are quite different from the norm, and just as interesting is what makes them that way.
White-tailed deer are fascinating creatures and hunters go to great lengths to learn as much as they can about them. Because the more knowledgeable you are about your quarry, the more successful you are at reducing them to possession.
What is the best caliber for deer hunting? This question has been discussed over campfires, in hunting camps, and during Monday morning quarterbacking sessions for ages!
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