A Formula for Success: The Wildlife Research Center Story

A Formula for Success: The Wildlife Research Center Story

From one deer lure formulated in the garage to a major player in the business of deer hunting, this company encapsulates the American Dream.   By Bernie Barringer John and Brian Burgeson grew up on the outskirts of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Their dad would pay...

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Understanding Tag Application and Drawing Terms

Understanding Tag Application and Drawing Terms

Acquiring a deer tag to hunt in a state far from home can be a confusing process, but this explanation of terms and definitions will help you navigate to the deer license you have always been wanting. By Bernie Barringer Applying for a nonresident tag in a state far...

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Fat Tire Bikes and Deer Hunting: Is this a thing?

Fat Tire Bikes and Deer Hunting: Is this a thing?

You’ve seen the rise and heard the buzz about this, but is this for real? You bet it is; and it is changing the face of public land deer hunting. By Bernie Barringer I was enjoying the warming sun on my face when a grunt jolted me to attention. I sat alert and soon...

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Top 5 DIY Rut Hunts for 2018

Top 5 DIY Rut Hunts for 2018

As a travelling DIY hunter, I am always in search of the next mature buck, no matter where he lives. That has taken me to several states all through the hunting season, from opening day till the final days of the season in a state far from home. By Bernie Barringer...

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Should You Feed Deer in the Winter?

Should You Feed Deer in the Winter?

Providing supplemental feed to deer in the winter is controversial and often illegal in some states, but other states encourage and even help fund it. Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of winter feeding. By Bernie Barringer The Minnesota DNR has often been...

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How to Pattern Late Season Bucks

How to Pattern Late Season Bucks

Following the rigors of the rut, bucks need to replenish body condition and body fat. They instinctively know what food will bring them back into form. They revert to a very predictable daily pattern of feeding to bedding. Here’s a primer on how to take advantage of...

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The Science of Scents: How Well Can Deer Smell?

The Science of Scents: How Well Can Deer Smell?

The sense of smell among members of the deer family is legendary. In fact, it’s hard for humans to grasp. But recent research into the sense of smell of elk and whitetails finally puts some numbers to it. By Bernie Barringer I was aroused from my calm, patient state...

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Ground Blind Strategies for Late Hunts

Ground Blind Strategies for Late Hunts

Late season deer hunting is often characterized by harsh conditions. Ground blinds are the perfect solution in so many ways. By Bernie Barringer My son Dawson sat close beside me as we watched two does feed out into the hayfield 40 yards out of range. Dawson was 12...

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