Deer Hunting

Learn about hunting deer, including the best way to track and find deer in the wild, how to field dress and prepare deer meat for consumption, and the best calibers and shot locations to humanely shoot deer.

Articles & Guides About Hunting Deer

On this page you are invited to browse our articles about deer hunting. 

These articles answer common questions about hunting deer, including how to find deer bedding areas, how to keep deer from detecting your presence, shot placement tips for a humane and effective shot, and what to do with a deer after a successful hunt. 

Scroll down to learn more and read some of our helpful guides about deer hunting.

Best Deer Hunting Caliber

Best Deer Hunting Caliber

If you’re getting started as a deer hunter, you need to understand weapons and calibers. In fact, caliber is one of the most important considerations when it comes to effectively and humanely hunting deer. Let’s

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Best Food Plot for Deer

Best Food Plot for Deer

If you’re getting started with hunting, feeding deer probably hadn’t occurred to you as a strategy. But planting food for your prey can be a great way to hunt them. After all, when you plant

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Best Time to Hunt Deer

Best Time to Hunt Deer

There’s a lot to learn if you’re new to deer hunting. Since it’s technically possible to spot deer at any time of day, maybe you’re thinking you can head out deer hunting in the afternoon.

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Can a 22 Kill a Deer

Can a 22 Kill a Deer?

A .22 cartridge is one of the smallest on the market. Because of its size and strength, it’s a practical choice for farmers or ranchers who need a gun for practical use. But can a

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Can Deer See Orange

Can Deer See Orange?

Talk to a hundred hunters and you’ll probably get a hundred different answers about what colors deer can see. Some will tell you that deer cannot see orange but others will say they can. But

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Deer Hunting Checklist

Deer Hunting Checklist

In one way, deer hunting is like any other activity or sport: you’ve got to have the right gear. A good deer hunting checklist will keep you organized, and it’ll set you up for hunting

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Deer Shot Placement Chart

Deer Shot Placement Chart

Shooting a deer the wrong way can cause undue pain and suffering to the animal, and it may mean you spend a long time tracking the injured deer through the woods (and have a long

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Do Deer Move in the Rain

Do Deer Move in the Rain?

Deer move around for a variety of reasons. After all, they’ve got to find food and safe areas to rest and sleep. They also move during the rut (breeding season). While we can often expect

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Do Deer Move in the Wind

Do Deer Move in the Wind?

When preparing for hunting season, one topic that usually sparks debate amongst hunting enthusiasts is whether deer move in the wind. Most hunters would probably say deer don’t move on windy days. Strong winds cause

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Illustration showing a serene forest setting with a group of deer at various stages of rest. Some deer are dozing while standing, indicating how certain species may rest without fully lying down. Other deer are laying down curled up in a meadow, showing a more resting phase. The surrounding nature scene is tranquil with trees, foliage, and small atmospheric details like butterflies or fireflies. Make sure no humans, text, brand names or logos are present in the image.

How Long Do Deer Sleep Per Day?

Deer Sleep Patterns Explored When it comes to understanding the resting habits of wildlife, particularly deer, there is a fascinating world just waiting to be discovered. If you might be wondering about the sleep patterns

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How Much Meat From a Deer

How Much Meat Do You Get From a Deer?

The challenge and thrill of deer hunting appeal to many hunters because it offers the chance to observe wildlife, establish a connection with nature, and participate in an activity that requires different skills. For others,

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How to Gut Deer

How to Gut a Deer

When you hunt deer and take down one of these animals, you must gut it as a part of the field dressing process. That is because if you leave the guts in, bacteria will contaminate

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A serene scene in the forest with subtle hints of a deer hunt. A pair of inexpensive binoculars lie on a weathered wooden table next to a rudimentary map of the area. A simple bow with an arrow is ready, resting against an aged log. A deer track imprinted in the soft ground nearby. In the distance, a deer quietly grazing, oblivious to the impending hunt. No people or branding present.

How to Hunt a Deer With Under $100

Essential Gear for Budget Deer Hunting Embarking on a deer hunting adventure doesn’t have to empty your wallet. In fact, with a bit of strategic planning, you can be prepared for a fruitful hunting season

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How to Quarter a Deer

How to Quarter a Deer

Immediate field dressing is an essential part of deer hunting. It’s how to keep your venison safe and free of dangerous bacteria. But what about quartering a deer? If you don’t know how to quarter

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How to Track Deer

How to Track Deer

Tracking deer is essential for hunting, but you might be interested in tracking deer for other reasons. Enthusiasts, photographers, and ordinary nature lovers enjoy seeing deer in the wild. If you’re serious about seeing deer,

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Tarsal Glands Deer

Tarsal Glands on Deer

Whitetail deer have several different kinds of glands, with each having its own purpose. The tarsal glands mean that each individual deer has its own distinctive scent so that others in their herd are able

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Tracking Deer

Tracking Deer (in-depth guide)

Deer tracking is an indispensable skill for deer hunters and nature enthusiasts (including photographers) eager to catch a glimpse of one of these animals. But there’s a lot to learn about tracking a deer. Keep

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What Does CWD Look Like In Deer Meat

What Does CWD Look Like in Deer Meat?

If there’s one deer disease that concerns most hunters, it’s CWD (chronic wasting disease). Also known as “zombie deer disease,” this is an alarming condition and scientists have not yet ruled out the possibility of

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What Does Venison Taste Like

What Does Venison Taste Like?

While venison usually refers to deer meat, some people also use this term for meat from other kinds of animals, such as antelope (and antelope are actually different from deer). If you’re like many people

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What is a Button Buck

What is a Button Buck?

There are lots of terms to learn about when you start out as a deer hunter. One of these is “button buck.” So, what is a button buck, and what differentiates it from other male

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What is a Spike Buck

What Is A Spike Buck?

In the sport of hunting, one can often tell how old a male deer is based on the size and shape of his antlers. The older a deer is, the larger and more twisted his

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Biggest Deer Ever Killed

What is the Biggest Deer Ever Killed?

Just started your adventures as a deer hunter? You’re probably curious about the biggest deer ever killed. This question’s answer depends on the type of deer you’re asking about. Let’s learn about the biggest white-tailed

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What State Has The Biggest Deer

What State Has The Biggest Deer?

If you’re a deer hunter and you’ve had success, you’re probably ready to progress to larger bucks. But your region may not have trophy deer. In that case, you’ll be eager to know what state

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When Are Deer Most Active

When Are Deer Most Active?

Every hunter needs to know when deer move around, eat, and engage in the most activity. If you’re out hunting, you’re more likely to be successful if you are in the woods at these times.

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When to Rattle for Bucks

When to Rattle for Bucks

Deer hunters often rattle a pair of shed antlers together to mimic the sound of two bucks (male deer) fighting during the rut. This attracts other bucks to the area. If you’re a hunter and

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Where (and How) to Hunt Deer in Rhode Island

Understanding Rhode Island Deer Hunting Regulations Before you embark on a deer hunting trip in Rhode Island, it’s essential to understand the state-specific regulations. Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (RIDEM) oversees all hunting regulations

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Where to Shoot a Deer With an Arrow

Where to Shoot a Deer with an Arrow

Bowhunting is a sport for experienced hunters. It requires more skill than hunting with a shotgun. It also requires a lot more training. If you’re bowhunting, it’s important that you know what you’re doing. The

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