Deer Hunting Magazines

Georgia Outdoor News Hunting Magazines

Georgia Outdoor News hunting magazines are very informative.

Where do you get your deer hunting information? Whether it be on television, or magazines or the internet, there are some great resources out there, packed with lots of great deer hunting information.

I wanted to talk about some of my favorite hunting magazines. There are some really good ones out there.

Hunting Magazines

My local favorite hunting magazine is Georgia Outdoor news. It is a great publication on hunting and fishing and any other outdoor stuff you can think of. They have fishing and hunting reports, classified ads, a scrapbook, my favorite is the Spy Cam, they have an outdoor kids scrapbook, articles on local hunting and fishing hotspots, and many other great interesting things. They also have a website that you can check out a If you are a hunter or fisherman from Georgia this magazine is for you. Of course you probably already know about it if you are.

One of my other local favorites is Georgia Sportsman. I have been reading it for as long as I can remember. I remember when I first started getting into the great outdoors and hunting, I would read every article that Georgia Sportsman put out. That is how I learned to hunt. That and my dad.

They too have great local stories and articles on deer hunting information.

My favorite deer hunting magazine is North American Whitetail. It is for the serious Whitetail trophy hunter. It has a lot of great information and tips on hunting big mature bucks. It also has a lot of great ads that pertain to deer hunting big bucks. They feature some of the biggest bucks taken every year. And they have a great television show also. They are my favorite big buck resource. If you are into big Whitetails North American Whitetail is for you.

I recently joined the National Rifle Association. When I did I received a subscription to American Hunter. It is a great publication as well. It has a lot of hunting information as well as firearms for hunting information, and equipment for hunting too.

Also they keep you up to date on any thing that pertains our Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. It is a all around wonderful magazine that I would recommend to any one that hunts or cares about our Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Any thing that helps preserve out hunting heritage and our Second Amendment is all right with me.

There are a lot more great hunting magazines out there, these are just a few of my favorites. Some of my other favorites are, Deer & Deer Hunting, OutdoorLife, Field and Stream, Buckmasters, Peterson’s Bowhunting, and many more.

There are a lot of different resources to get your deer hunting information, hunting magazines have always been one of my favorite resources.

What about you? What are some of your favorites? Maybe there are some good one’s I don’t know about, that I need to check out.

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Pike County Illinois Deer Hunting

Pike County Illinois Deer Hunting Heaven

Pike county Illinois is deer hunting heaven.

There are a lot of great places that I would love to deer hunt. I have seen them in the Team Realtree videos or some of the great hunting shows on television. Whether it be the Milk River in Montana, or the brush country of south Texas, or Ohio, or Iowa. There are so many great places to go deer hunting, but there’s one place that I would like to go more than any other in the United states, and it’s Pike County, Illinois. It seems like heaven right here on earth to me. With the big bucks that you consistently see taken from there, it just seems like the place I would love to be able to hunt the most. Year after year, you hear about trophy bucks being harvested there.

Pike County Illinois

Pike County, Illinois is located in West Central Illinois, and is the largest county in the state. It consist of over a half a million acres, and is 849 square miles. It is bordered by the Illinois River on the east, and the Mississippi River on the west.

Over half of the county is pasture and cropland which are planted in wheat, corn, soybeans , and alfalfa. Which are not very big compared to some of the other mid-west states crop fields. And a lot of them are separated by creek bottoms, and brushy timber lots and overgrown fields, it’s prime big buck habitat. Plenty of food and water, and plenty of cover. A lot of the land is Conservation Reserve Program (CRP).

Pike County Illinois, corn field

Deer hunting Pike county Illinois cornfields sure sounds good to me.

With a buck to doe ratio of about 4 to 1 it is a great place to see a lot of mature bucks rutting and chasing does during the rut. It is not uncommon to see three or four bucks chasing one doe. It makes for some great trophy hunting. Rattling, grunting, and using scents, and decoys are very effective ways of taking big mature trophy whitetails in Pike County, Illinois. There is a lot of heavy rutting that takes place during the rut there. So you can use these different tools to your advantage to score on a big boy, if you use them at the right time.

Some people say that the increased hunting pressure has taken a toll on the number of big bucks being taken there, but it is not true, the number of big bucks being harvested there has increased, and is very impressive. Every year there are a number of very large bucks harvested there.

Although I have never been deer hunting in Illinois you can bet that it  is on my wish list of places that I hope to visit and hunt someday. Hopefully, in the very near future. I am looking at going on a bow hunt there soon.

You can go to the Illinois state wildlife resources website  to find out more information on hunting in Illinois.

Big Buck Rubs Deer Sign

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I found these big buck rubs along a travel corridor.

Big Buck Rubs

I love to find a big buck rubs when I’m deer hunting. Seeing a big one really gets me fired up. When you first see one, usually you make a b-line straight to it, to check it out, then you start scanning the immediate area for more rubs or scrapes.

Locating And Interpreting Deer Sign

A lot of times when you find rubs you will find scrapes also. If you find an area that has a high concentration of big buck rubs, and or scrapes, or a rub line, you should hang a stand downwind of this area and hunt it.

Late in the summer to early fall the bucks begin to rub to remove velvet from their antlers. At this time they are usually in bachelor groups. Then as fall approaches their testosterone levels increase, they separate and get more aggressive. They strengthen their neck muscles by rubbing and sparring with other bucks. They leave their scent when they make rubs. They have forehead scent glands, and when a dominant whitetailleaves his scent on a rub, it let’s the other deer know that he is way up the social ladder. A buck that is out looking for love during the rut can scent check a rub and usually tell if there is a more dominant buck in the area.

Rubs can help you determine which direction a buck was traveling. If the scarred side of the tree is facing the feeding area, usually that would be when he exited his bedroom in the evening to go feed. If the scarred side is facing the bedding area, that would be when he is returning to his bedroom early in the morning.

When I was sixteen, I went deer hunting at my uncles house in Madison county in Georgia. It was the day before Thanksgiving and I had discovered my first rub line on a hardwood ridge, that was beautiful. I was so excited to hunt the spot I drove over an hour by myself early that morning. When I got there it was starting to break daylight. I had just enough time to get my portable Baker tree stand on the tree, and get up the tree.

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Rub lines can be a great place to hunt.

I was now overlooking the first rub line I had ever hunted over. It was a cold frosty morning and I could hear the buck making his way towards me down the ridge. I shot him at about forty yards. I didn’t realize it at the time but the rub line was leading from the feeding area to the bucks bedding area. I was an inexperienced deer hunter back then, but I knew this spot was special when I saw those rubs leading the way down that ridge. It was the first racked buck I had ever taken. And man I was proud. I had to drag that big boy out all by my self. When I called my dad to tell him I got it, I think I made it seem a lot bigger than it actually was. I was excited. I’ll never forget that day. It all probably wouldn’t have happened if I hadn’t found those big buck rubs.