Concealment is key when selecting and brushing a ground blind in the deer woods.
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Ground zero – Ground blind basics for deer

Deer hunting seems to be synonymous with tree stands, and for good reason. Perched high in a tree, a hunter can evade the watchful eye of a whitetail just long enough to draw back his bow, or see far enough in the woods to squeeze off a shot with a rifle. But many hunters are finding that due to the method’s popularity, deer are wising up. […]

Deer Hunting

Best plants for the food plot

Iron clay peas: These are packed with as much as 30 percent protein, and they’re also drought tolerant. You can plant this variety from now throughout the summer, which will provide food until the beginning of bow season, depending on the size of your herd and plot.  […]

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Tools of the Trade

• Box calls

Box calls are the loudest of the bunch. On a windy day, it’s best to use one so the sound carries farther. According to Saale, box calls are the most realistic sounding. “To me, a box call sounds like a turkey more than anything,” he said. “It does all of the vocalizations. It’s got a good high front end with a raspy sound to it.” […]

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Sounds of the season

• Gobble

A tom produces this sound as a way to let the hens know where it is during the breeding season. While a gobble can draw in a mature tom looking for a fight, it can also drive away birds that are less dominant. […]

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Shot placement

“The target area you’re aiming for is about the size of a grape fruit,” Lafleur said. For that reason, shot placement is everything. A heart and lung shot is ideal, but one that disables the bird due with an arrow in the body so that it can’t fly away is also lethal. […]