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Wired To Hunt is a deer hunting blog focused on sharing tips, stories and news to a new generation of hunters.
2023-03-21 06:00
I came to the realization in the fall of 2021 that I managed to make deer hunting not fun. “I’d lost sight of what makes hunting fun," I wrote last summer about this epiphany. "I… Read More
2023-03-06 07:00
I'm hitting the road this month to kick off the Working for Wildlife Tour, and I'm hoping to see you there. Unbeknownst to many, there are hundreds of events put on across the country every… Read More
2023-03-03 07:00
In the winter, deer require about 1.5 quarts of water per day for every 100 pounds of body weight. During warmer, summer months, their hydration needs double. This is worth knowing, no matte… Read More
2023-02-27 07:00
If you’re on the outside looking in, shed hunting appears to be a simple endeavor. Just walk some cut cornfields, grid-search a few bedding areas, and then figure out where in your man… Read More
2023-02-21 07:00
Consistently successful shed collectors are a lot like good treasure hunters. Yes, I’m talking about those folks who miraculously strike gold on the seafloor or find centuries-old wood… Read More
2023-02-14 07:00
The last time I took a deer into a processor was in 1998. I was a senior in high school and had arrowed a clueless two-year-old in September. Normally, my dad and I would have packed that bu… Read More
2023-02-02 07:00
I know what you’re probably thinking; why would anyone bother backpack hunting for whitetails? You don’t need to hunt the backcountry to find a whitetail, I can find one within e… Read More
2023-01-27 07:00
Other than humans, few mammals besides white-tailed deer have the flexibility and fortitude to live wherever they choose. As Rollin H. Baker details in the 1984 book “White-tailed Deer… Read More
2023-01-25 07:00
I heard a loud “SNAP” reverberate from my knee like a gunshot long before I felt any pain. It was during a rugby game in my sophomore year of college, and I had just twisted awkw… Read More
2023-01-12 07:00
It’s hard to find a deer hunter today who isn’t using trail cameras. They litter whitetail properties across the country, consume our waking minds, and use a heap of LTE bandwidt… Read More
2023-01-05 06:00
We all know that once a deer hits the ground the real work begins. Typically, our options for a getting our venison back to the truck are pretty simple—drag  it out or quarter it… Read More
2022-12-21 07:00
It’s early in November, way back in a piece of public land, and you shoot a big, mature buck. Now the work begins. Many hunters don’t think about what to do after an animal is on… Read More
2022-12-20 07:00
Opening day is long gone. The wild ride of the rut is in our rearview mirror. Gun season might even be old news. But one thing for sure is not past. Trail cam season. Yes. This most beloved… Read More
2022-12-19 07:00
Somewhere between a traditional rifle hunt and an archery hunt lives a muzzleloader hunt. It’s a medium-range weapon for most folks, despite the outlier tinkerers who push serious high… Read More
2022-12-15 07:00
The secondary rut gets talked about occasionally, and many hunters think it’s just a hoax. I wasn’t a non-believer, but I hadn’t seen it for myself enough to truly believe… Read More
2022-12-09 07:00
The rut is a marathon for both bucks and hunters. We find ourselves run down, tired, hungry, and thirsty when it's all over. We retreat to our fridges and pantries while the bucks do their b… Read More
2022-12-08 07:00
We are thrilled to announce that The Element crew is officially joining the MeatEater crew! Tyler Jones and K.C. Smith will be combining forces with Mark Kenyon, Tony Peterson, Spencer Neuha… Read More
2022-11-30 07:00
There’s a scene in just about every murder-mystery show where the detective is locked in his office with pictures, note cards, and maps tacked to a wall with strings connecting one thi… Read More
2022-11-24 07:00
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, but not because of the turkey, football, or Black Friday deals (speaking of which, you can get up to 40% off on a ton of MeatEater, First Lite, Phelps, a… Read More
2022-11-23 07:00
Growing up, my father and I always considered the opener of Minnesota’s gun season as the end of our bow season. The properties we hunted all had plenty of shotgun groups with permissi… Read More
2022-11-22 07:00
Hunting whitetails in the big woods is complex. With very few designated food sources, thick cover seemingly everywhere for deer to bed, and low deer densities, the rut is the one time of ye… Read More
2022-11-21 12:00
When it comes to getting away from hunting pressure during the rut, the key is timing and putting distance between yourself and other hunters. Deer, especially mature bucks, will typically o… Read More
2022-11-17 07:00
Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observat… Read More
2022-11-15 07:00
While filming our second season of One Week in November earlier this month, I faced a dilemma. Where I thought the Wisconsin bucks would be cruising was a dead zone. By November 6th, that mu… Read More
2022-11-10 12:00
Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observat… Read More
2022-11-08 07:00
We look forward to the rut with endless optimism, hoping that this is the year that it brings us the buck of a lifetime. The beauty of the rut is that this kind of luck is never out of the q… Read More
2022-11-04 06:00
We’ve all read articles stressing the importance of sitting all day during the rut. For those of you who’ve experienced the phenomenon of a midday buck parade, you’ve likel… Read More
2022-11-03 06:00
Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observat… Read More
2022-11-02 06:00
A good layering system is key to staying out in the whitetail woods long enough to find the big buck of your dreams. Hours of glassing require warmth, but when hoofing it to that vantage poi… Read More
2022-10-31 06:00
The term “trolling” carries with it one very specific tactic. You drop a line in the water let it flow out behind the boat and drive around in circles hoping to stumble across a… Read More
2022-10-28 11:00
Deer decoys aren’t just for the Midwest. You don’t have to be immersed in agriculture fields or extensive, well-manicured food plots (but they can certainly help). From my experi… Read More
2022-10-27 11:00
Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observat… Read More
2022-10-26 11:00
The rut is the promised land. It’s the great equalizer between hunter and hunter, and hunter and whitetail. It’s a couple-week period that is destined to deliver dumb deer to us… Read More
2022-10-25 06:00
In late September, one of my daughters hit a young buck with her crossbow. The Wisconsin 5-pointer, which led us on a long and fruitless blood trail, looked pretty healthy when I jumped him… Read More
2022-10-25 06:00
Every hunter knows that deer are attracted to acorns but knowing when and how to target an acorn browse pattern is a refined skill. The acorn crop varies from year to year, depending on envi… Read More
2022-10-24 11:00
Outdoor writers have been opining about still hunting being a lost art since I was a little kid reading issues of my dad’s hunting magazines. I don’t know if it was then, but it… Read More
2022-10-20 06:00
Every week this fall, I’ll be providing updates on whitetail buck movement for the entire country. These reports are based on intel from whitetailers in each region and my own observat… Read More
2022-10-12 05:00
Amidst many a marital squabble, my wife has reminded me that “perception is reality.” I still don’t know what the hell that means in the context of my marriage, but when it… Read More
2022-10-07 06:00
Archery seasons are well underway, and rifle hunting opportunities are right around the corner in most of the country. Unfortunately, that means hunters in more than 30 states have to conten… Read More
2022-10-05 11:00
His name was Ernie. The sun has just gone down on the last day of the Vermont deer season when the flannel-clad old man with a white beard backed his rusty Chevy into the parking lot with th… Read More
2022-09-28 06:00
Growing up at family deer camp, I would always hear my dad and uncles talking about these dynamite hunting spots they would find in creek bottoms. And how difficult it was to hunt due to the… Read More
2022-09-27 06:00
Pressure may be the most difficult challenge a whitetail hunter faces each fall. Stand selection, access, adjacent landowners, shifty wind, it all adds up. Hunters blame "being skunked" on a… Read More
2022-09-26 06:00
You’d be hard-pressed to have a conversation with someone about deer hunting and not touch on scrapes. Scrapes are arguably the most powerful communication tool that bucks and does ali… Read More
3 Best Trail Camera Locations For Pre-Rut
2022-09-20 11:00
As deer hunters, we tend to focus on the rut a lot. We think of it as our big chance, the time when those dream bucks emerge from the shadows and walk around in daylight. But if the rut is y… Read More
2022-09-19 11:00
I remember my low point well. I was heading west on I-80, hot cup of coffee in hand, with seven days of chasing Iowa whitetails in my rearview mirror and another week of the rut ahead in Neb… Read More
2022-09-16 11:00
I have neither been accused of nor confessed to be a stylish sort. In fact, I suppose, I swing in the other direction. If it’s trendy, popular, or vogue, I admit to being of a differen… Read More
2022-09-13 11:00
Good games are the source of a lot of fun and laughs at camp. Pick any games you'd like, but keep in mind this is about unplugging from the electronics and everyday life and connecting with… Read More
How Whitetail Bedding Changes In September
2022-09-12 11:00
You have your target buck figured out after capturing photos of him all summer long, but his velvet sheds, and he vanishes. Does that sound familiar? I think we’ve all been there at on… Read More
2022-09-02 11:00
I was confused when I first saw the roads carved into the bean fields, perturbed when I heard the extra-long flatbeds hauling down the road, and downright bummed when I witnessed the previou… Read More
2022-09-01 11:00
Velvet hunts are all the rage these days. With states like North Dakota, Nebraska, Kentucky, and a handful of western states offering early September openers, the options are plentiful. They… Read More
2022-08-24 11:00
Like so many things in hunting (and life for that matter), the process of creating a killer food plot has been made far too complicated and much more expensive than it needs to be. The truth… Read More
My Son's First Deer Camp
2022-08-09 11:00
I knew I’d done my job as a father right when my 3-year-old fearlessly stepped out the door into the inky black night, stomped to the designated tree, and attempted to piss the letter… Read More
Video: Clay Newcomb's Saddle Hunting Tips
2022-08-05 11:00
Here are a few tricks that help me make the most of my Tethrd system in the whitetail woods. By double tethering yourself in with Phantom Tree Saddle Kit and properly positioning your Predat… Read More
You Should Lower Your Bow Poundage
2022-08-04 11:00
Back in 2015, I left the gym with a fresh, sharp pain in my right shoulder. In typical guy fashion, I mostly ignored it, until I couldn’t. With fall archery seasons only weeks away, I… Read More
3 Reasons You're Not Killing Big Bucks
2022-07-29 11:00
If you’re stuck in whitetail purgatory, take solace in the fact that you have a lot of company. Most hunters in any given season (or hell, any given decade) won’t kill a big buck… Read More

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