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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

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Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Ryan Rothstein

Ryan Rothstein: Take advantage of the many things a typical winter wouldn’t allow in the deer woods

If you’re the type that happens to enjoy winter, you’ll have to forgive me.
Whether your sled has been parked in the shed all winter or if your ice-fishing season has been a complete bust, I’m sorry, but I can’t give you my sympathies. The main reason is that a mild winter like this is just what the doctor ordered – both for the deer herd and for me.

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Ryan Rothstein: Start shopping this winter if you are in the market for a new bow

When the blanket of winter truly settles over the frozen landscape, when even the most diehard whitetail hunter has hung up his bow and carefully organized and stored his hunting gear for another long offseason, opening day can seem a lifetime away.
However, if a new bow is on your shopping list for 2024, now is the perfect time to pick your weapon of choice. All the new models for 2024 have been out for a couple of months, so most archery shops should be able to hook you up.

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Shopping for new trail cams? Be wary of megapixel ratings

If there’s one thing that’s had the largest impact on deer hunting the past two decades, trail cameras take the top spot. I could make a case for digital mapping platforms now available at our fingertips (for better or for worse), particularly if you’re a public-land hunter, but it’s tough to top the trail cam. After all, even folks who wouldn’t know how to open their mapping app usually run at least one trail cam.
So, in looking at new cameras, what feature am I wary of?

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Ryan Rothstein: Set goals to make next deer season your best

I’m not much for New Year’s resolutions, mainly because if making them were something I cared about, I’d have done it by now.
Even when it comes to deer hunting, I generally don’t have much that comes to mind in terms of a “resolution.” But this year, after a real gut-check of a deer season in 2023, I felt compelled to make a list of things I’d like to accomplish in 2024. If you feel like you’re in a deer-hunting rut, I’d encourage you to aim for some of these yourself, or make your own list of goals.

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Ryan Rothstein: Finding positives from a tough 2023 deer season, with an eye toward ’24

The end of the year always inspires folks to look back on the last 12 months and to count their blessings. I’m no exception, but my introspection is probably different from most people. My yearly reflections revolve around my deer season, and reflecting on 2023 proved difficult to find as many positives as past years.

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Looking at an out-of-state big-game hunt in 2024? The time to plan is now

For most folks, deer hunting is about the last thing on their minds right now. Aside from having just finished up their deer seasons, the looming holidays suck up a lot of mental oxygen as we make sure all of the to-dos are taken care of.

As for crazy people like me, I’m already checking out next year’s fall calendar to see when I might pull my annual disappearing act. Once you’ve gone beyond state borders to chase deer, it’s easy to get hooked.

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Mild temperatures make for a great chance to tackle winter whitetail habitat projects

I’ve been trying lately to chip away at a deer hunt here and there, aiming for another doe to fill the freezer while holding onto dwindling hope for an ever-more-elusive mature buck.
Not helping my cause has been mild, dry December weather. But for this deer hunter, a warm, dry winter is exactly what the habitat doctor ordered.

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December deer hunting: Unconventional warm weather calls for unconventional tactics

I distinctly remember the weather that day. It was a lackluster December day – slightly overcast, with temps at least five degrees above normal. Sure, there was snow on the ground, but nothing about the conditions gave me butterflies regarding my odds of killing a buck. If anything, I was hoping to see a few does, because I hadn’t seen any large bucks on camera.

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Still seeking a buck? December deer hunting means putting in your time

If you’re still holding onto a buck tag, early December deer hunting can be a strange time.
The orange army has passed through, there are fewer deer in the woods resulting from firearms season harvest, and most of the deer herd can’t seem to decide if they’re still rutting or if they’re packing on the pounds for winter. But there’s one segment of the herd that’s decidedly more interested in breeding than feeding: mature bucks.

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