How to Age a Whitetail Buck

This advice will make it easier to judge the age of whitetail bucks.

So much is said about shooting old, mature bucks. Some outfitters even have a minimum age that they’ll permit their charges to shoot. But is there a guaranteed way to age a deer?

While you can’t guarantee determining the exact age, there’s a good way to make a very educated guess. Field & Stream‘s Dave Hurteau explains how to do it.

Hardly any hunter would criticize you for shooting a 3 1⁄2-year-old buck. But if you’re setting a higher bar for yourself and want to down a fully mature whitetail—one that’s 4 1⁄2 years old or older—you have to learn the subtle differences between big and bigger.

Next time a potential shooter approaches, look for the key features listed below to decide if you should take the shot or wait for a more mature buck…[Continued]

 

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A Must Have First Aid Kit

As hunters, trappers, campers, fishermen, and other outdoor enthusiasts, we don’t always think about our safety.

Many of these activities take place away from civilization.  So, what do you do when an accident happens?

Hopefully, an accident will not require medical aid, but when it does, you have to be prepared.

That is where the first aid kit from 12 Survivors comes into play.  It has everything you need for minor injuries, and might save your life on serious injuries until you are able to reach medical help.

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How to Field Dress a Deer Upside Down [VIDEO]

Field dressing a deer upside down might be easier than you think. The deer is upside down, not the hunter.

Are you looking for an effective way to skin the next whitetail you kill? There’s a better way to field dress your deer than doing it in the field among the dirt and grime that can contaminate the meat.

Marty Davison of Total Outdoor Programming shows you how to skin and field dress a deer upside down. It might seem a little weird, but it really is a quick, clean, and easy solution. Check it out.

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Skin a Skunk Without the Odor [VIDEO]

Skunks can be skinned odor-free. Learn how.

If you’re a trapper, chances are you’ll catch a skunk from time to time. Instead of being upset that you caught a skunk, why not cash in on the catch?

Of course, skunks are known for their odor, but it doesn’t have to be an unpleasant experience. Follow the instructions in this video for an easy way to remove the odor from a skunk. You might be surprised how well it works.
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How to Be a Better Butcher

Visiting a butcher shop will make you better at butchering your next deer.

Do you process your own deer and other big-game animals? If so, there’s always room for improvement. And with deer season right around the corner, there’s no better time than right now to take a little refresher course.

Outdoor Life‘s PJ Delhomme visited Yellowstone Processing in Montana to find out what it takes to be good at butchering deer.
As the sun starts to set on another weekend of Montana’s hunting season, there is a lull in the action at the shop. The successful morning hunters are long gone. The successful evening hunters are still afield, packing out their elk and deer, and calling all their buddies. For the workers, it’s a time to grab a quick dinner, a smoke, or a cup of coffee….[Continued]
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How to Tan Your Own Furbearers [VIDEO]

Tanned fur is easier than you think.

 

With the recent decline in furbearer prices, a lot of trappers are looking for alternate uses for the fur they catch. If you’ve ever wanted to tan some fur for wall hangings, now would be a good time.

Another source of income would be from selling tanned furs. A tanned fur can sell for much more than a finished fur at an auction house.

Instead of sending your furs off to a tannery, you can do it yourself. This video explains how to tan your own fur.

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Rage Hypodermic Leaves This Buck Confused [VIDEO]

After being hit by a Rage Broadheads, this buck didn’t know what to do.

I had the opportunity to be at Central Kentucky Outdoors for the deer season opener in 2016. It was my intentions to harvest a buck in velvet, but that didn’t happen. However, I did get a buck any hunter would be proud of.

I was using a Rage Hypodermic expandable head.

After being shot, the buck was a little confused as to where he should go. He first ran up a hill, then decided to make things easier for me, and came back towards me before crashing into a fence. Check out the video.