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A Deer Biologist's Dissection of The Rut

Jason Snavely

The general timing of the rut is controlled by photoperiod (the number of daylight hours) but the exact timing of breeding can be influenced by a variety of factors.

Best Treestand Spots for Big Bucks

Jason Snavely - September 06, 2018

Ohio bowhunter Adam Hays has killed 36 Pope and Young bucks and 10 Boone and Crockett-caliber

Tips For Taking Hill Country Bucks in the Rut

Alex Gyllstrom - November 10, 2017

Growing up in Southwest Michigan I didn't have much experience hunting hill country until I started

How to Hunt Open Country Bucks in the Rut

Alex Gyllstrom - November 07, 2017

It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since I met my buddy Cody. We were hired separately

How to Hunt Public Land Successfully

Bill Winke - July 03, 2017

I always thought public-land hunting was a second-rate experience for the whitetail enthusiast —

The Keys to Late-Season Hunting

Nick Pinizzotto - December 13, 2016

I first became acquainted with an Ohio buck I named Curfew following the 2014 season, when he

Have You Tried These Proven Rut Tactics?

Bill Winke - November 29, 2016

Bill Winke gives bowhunters several proven tactics for use in the rut.

How to Conquer the Rut's Toughest Shots

Bill Winke - November 16, 2016

Many of the shots we get while hunting from a treestand during the rut are different from any we

6 Scent Setups You Need to Know

Darron McDougal - November 16, 2016

Using lures and scents to attract whitetail bucks into archery range is nothing new; hunters have

How to Shoot Your Biggest Buck Ever

Bill Winke - November 02, 2016

Hunting deer is far from predictable. It is not like baking a pie or programming a computer,

The Best Days to Tag Trophy Bucks in 2016

John Dudley - October 19, 2016

Last year marked the first time I shared my rut predictions with the readers of Petersen's

Bill Winke's Thoughts on Nocturnal Bucks

Bill Winke - October 05, 2016

Bowhunters often talk about how smart a certain buck is. That deer seems to know what they are

Why Summer Scouting Is Essential to Fall Success

Dr. Grant Woods - June 09, 2016

I really enjoy shed hunting and use the size and locations of sheds found to locate the late-winter

Now's the Time for Big Antlers

Dr. Grant Woods - May 11, 2016

When most folks talk about big antlers during March, they are referring to sheds. Most bucks

Winke: Anatomy of a Killer Stand Site

Bill Winke - May 11, 2016

Though the season is a few months away, I am still going to walk through two of my favorite

These Shed Hunting Tips will Make You a Better Hunter

Bill Winke - March 21, 2016

When there is a certain buck I want to get the antlers from, I show real enthusiasm and some

Center Shots: Best Deer Hunting Lessons

Bill Winke - March 09, 2016

When it comes to bowhunting deer, there's very little Petersen's Bowhunting field expert Bill

How Far Can Deer See In The Dark?

Bill Winke - February 24, 2016

Q: During the early season, I hunt agricultural fields and food plots. There seems to be no good

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