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Why Do Deer Shed Their Antlers?

Bob Robb
Deer drop their antlers between January and April, depending on a lot of factors. But why does this happen at all?
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Multi-Species Predator Setups

Mark Kayser
When hunting areas with different types of predators use a call that works on them all.
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Breathing Tips For Proper Bow Shooting

Bob Robb
Bowhunters can improve their shooting by controlling their breathing before and at the moment of the shot.
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Every Little Bit Helps

New Data On Whitetails That Can Improve Your Hunting

Here are a few new studies that might shed light on one aspect of your hunting — and could lead to more questions, more answers and more good days in the field.
Dr. Dave Samuel
Researchers now have better data on where whitetail bucks disappear to during the rut, whether does really are more vigilant than bucks, and how to treat acorn trees to maximize the food they provide for deer.
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The Extra Mile

Gear You Need For A DIY Backwoods Whitetail Hunt

DIY hunters need the right stuff. Here's a list to help you get started.
Jace Bauserman
DIY hunters need the right stuff. Here's a list to help you get started.
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Xtreme Fear

Buck Fever: Will We Ever Get Used To It?

Bob Robb
Buck fever hits all hunters when a deer walks into view. But the shakes and adrenaline rush aren't necessarily a bad thing.
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Bowhunting Question: What Exactly Is "Arrow Spine?"

Bob Robb
The term arrow spine is thrown around a lot, but do you know what it actually means and how it affects your hunting bow and arrows?
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Time For A New Retriever: Puppy, Started Or Finished Dog?

Brian Lynn
When it’s time to add a new hunting dog to the household, how do you decide where to start?
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The Benefits Of Food Plot Blends

The Benefits Of Food Plot Blends

David Hart
Food plot blends can be an ideal choice for deer-hunting plots you plan to hunt over.
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Researcher Says Hunting, Male Sex Drive Connected

GVO Staff
A researcher proposes that the same neurophysiological process causing male orgasm produces the uncontrollable shaking of the leg during buck fever.
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2013's best crossbows

Interest in crossbow shooting and hunting continues to grow as increasing numbers of states pass legislation allowing crossbows during deer, bear, hog, turkey and other hunting seasons. For example, in 1980 only two states allowed crossbows during the regular archery deer seasons. Today, 20 states consider crossbows as “archery tackle,” and four more states approving crossbows for deer hunting under special regulations. Crossbows are also legal for use during firearms seasons in 13 states. Fifteen states now allow crossbows for all legal game in season.

As more states are expected to approve crossbows for hunting at some level, manufacturers continue to work to provide more efficient, dependable and accurate products designed with the hunter’s needs in mind. The continuing trend in lighter, slimmer, more accurate crossbows is fueling the enthusiasm of hunters who want to branch out beyond sitting in tree stands or blinds to stalking, still-hunting and hit-and-run tactics.

As crossbows hunters look forward to additional hunting opportunities this season, here’s a look at what’s new in crossbows, arrows and accessories in 2013.