Deer hunting in America is awesome. But there’s some stuff we need to talk about if we’re going to keep it that way
It’s time to cut the B.S. this season and start talking about what matters most to whitetail hunters.
Our deer-hunting culture is changing. A whole generation that has grown up with trail cameras, food plots, and hunting television shows is after much more than a giant buck this fall (though we’ll shoot one if we get the chance). If you listen to the real experts and leaders in the whitetail world, they’re talking not just about how to kill a Booner in a plot of brassicas, they’re talking about having more fun during deer season, the importance of getting new folks into hunting, and promoting wild, free-range whitetail deer as a public resource. We welcome these advances with open arms, but if our new w hit etai lb hyutnt hi en ge cduil tour se is going to flourish, there first needs to be a reckoning. We’ve got to talk honestly about what’s working and what needs to be fixed. Then we’ve got to turn that discussion into real action in the field. But here’s the best part: We get to accomplish this mission by doing the thing we love—hunting deer.
A wild north-country buck emerges from the timber in Wisconsin.