• Happy Trails

    The author used this late-season rub to identify where a mature buck was still cruising around.

    Late-season scrapes and rubs

    It’s not over till it’s over
    January 21, 2016 at 9:00am
    Focusing on travel routes during the rut is a great strategy to ambushing mature bucks.

    Tracking the deer rut

    December 21, 2015 at 9:00am
    An iPad provides a quick view of images to determine if a camera should be repositioned or moved.

    My approach to camera surveillance

    October 19, 2015 at 9:00am
    Set up your cameras pointing north so sunlight doesn’t trigger photos of nothing.

    Plan ahead so you don’t have to play catch up

    September 21, 2015 at 9:00am
    This dead buck that resulted from a poacher’s roadside shot was found in early 2014 on the author’s property.

    Unauthorized trespass

    Are poachers ruining your hunting experience?
    August 20, 2015 at 9:00am
    Many Mississippi outdoorsmen tell tales of panther encounters.

    Panthers: Are they for real?

    July 20, 2015 at 9:00am
    Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes are one of the dangers outdoorsmen face during warm weather.

    Legless reptiles

    Snake boots are cheap insurance
    June 18, 2015 at 9:00am
    Trey and Kinsman (left) shared a great hunt, shooting these longbeards from the same blind.

    We’ve come a long way

    Turkey hunting then and now
    May 18, 2015 at 9:00am
    This buck, which was wounded at the bottom of the chest a week before, bled as if it had been shot in the liver. But survived until it was killed chasing a doe.

    Unravelling a blood trail

    Sometimes we can be fooled
    April 20, 2015 at 9:00am

    The details make all the difference

    Consistently successful hunters take time to prepare
    March 24, 2015 at 9:00am
    These racks from two deer that lived on the same tract of land seem to point to a genetic link between the two deer.

    ‘Drop Tine’ and its brother

    February 18, 2015 at 9:00am
    Scrape activity includes more than just deer pawing at the ground. They also use overhanging limbs to leave scents and serve as signposts of their social ranking.

    The skinny on scrapes

    Understand what they are and how to use them
    January 19, 2015 at 9:00am
    When do deer go into rut? Recent studies show breeding dates remain consistent from year to year — no matter the moon phase.

    Debunking the moon myth

    Scientists put the debate to rest
    December 18, 2014 at 9:00am
    Plan your time in the woods wisely, and then reap the rewards.

    Tracking the rut phases

    Be in the woods when bucks are moving
    November 20, 2014 at 9:00am
    Photos like this one are proof that the extra effort in preparing mineral licks, licking branches and mock scrapes is time well spent.

    Early-season camera sites

    Setting up mock scrapes and mineral licks
    October 20, 2014 at 9:00am