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  • 'Doe Pockets' Bring in the Bucks
    Story : Posted 10-25-2011

    'Doe Pockets' Bring in the Bucks

    Acorns are the spice of life. They won't be found on many gourmet's menus, but to deer, ducks, squirrels and turkeys, acorns are the steak in an otherwise unexciting menu.

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  • This Ending Stinks
    Story : Posted 10-25-2011

    This Ending Stinks

    In one of the more profound ironies of three seasons of the Duck Trek, a stinker ended what was shaping up to be a classic North Dakota duck hunt.

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  • Alabama: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Alabama: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    With 1.5 million deer and about 500,000 killed each year, Alabama absolutely is a major deer state. It does have some big deer, but those stats tell the tale: It's about numbers.

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  • Arkansas: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Arkansas: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    Like many states in the South, Arkansas has a lot of deer. A mild climate, agriculture, fertile soil and fewer people than other states in some respects make Arkansas a deer haven.

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  • Georgia: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Georgia: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    Georgia is unique among the southern "numbers of deer" states in that it produces more Boone and Crockett and Pope and Young bucks than any state around it.

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  • Illinois: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Illinois: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    Illinois occupies that rarified air of being a well-known quality and trophy deer state. It's enjoyed that reputation for decades now, making it a longstanding dream hunt destination.

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  • Iowa: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Iowa: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    In an analysis of Boone and Crockett bucks entered from 1830 to 2001, Iowa came out on top with 615. No further evidence needed: Iowa consistently produces big deer.

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  • Kansas: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Kansas: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    Kansas is all about quality deer. Always has been. "We initially started that way back in the '60s and '70s, and what it did was create a tradition within the hunters," said Kansas big game coordinator Lloyd Fox.

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  • Louisiana: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Louisiana: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    Louisiana advertises that it's a "Sportsman's Paradise," and for sure it is. Even though it's best known for waterfowl hunting and fishing, the state has a lot more than that, including deer – about 750,000, with just 150,000 killed a year.

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  • Maine: 2011 Whitetail Forecast
    Story : Posted 10-23-2011

    Maine: 2011 Whitetail Forecast

    On the East Coast, Maine is well-known for its huge deer. That often means huge-bodied – bucks at 200-plus-pounds dressed, does in the high 100s dressed – but it can also mean big racks.

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