My 10-year-old son Gavin has set the bar high for all of us. During the Iowa early Muzzleloader season, he killed this buck which gross scored 173-4/8 inches. Even more amazingly he gross scored 165 inches as a main frame 8-point.

The Immediate and Long-Term Benefits of Food Plots

By Mark Kenyon
Photo by Charles J. Alsheimer

 Two hours and change. That’s how long I hunted two years ago before my new food plot began paying off. It was only a few weeks earlier that I’d sprayed, disked and broadcast several bags of Pure Attraction into the previously barren soil, and I was already seeing dividends.

Low-Tech Grazing Gauge Measures True Crop Growth

By Jon Cooner

“Why isn’t my food plot growing?”

Thankfully, this question is one Whitetail Institute consultants are rarely asked. Even so, most of us have occasionally experienced a plot that seems to grow too slowly.


We recently moved from Oklahoma to South Carolina after nine years of success with Whitetail Institute products on our 195-acre farm in Oklahoma priming it with 10 acres of Whitetail Institute products.


By Charles J. Alsheimer

 The heart and soul of the American deer hunter has been defined by researchers. Nearly a half-century ago, Robert Jackson and Robert Norton from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse set out to see if hunters progressed through stages in their pursuit of whitetail deer. After interviewing more than 1,000 hunters, they concluded that America’s deer hunters pass through five stages in their lifetime deer hunting journey.

SECRET SPOT Comes Through for Tennessee Hunter

By Chad Jones, with his brother, Ben

 The weather was perfect for an early-fall evening bow-hunt. I had been sitting in my treestand for a couple of hours, imagining a deer walking into one of my shooting lanes. “If he just steps behind this tree, I can draw on him,” I thought. You have a lot of time to think when you’re sitting in a tree overlooking your food plots.

With Land and People— Relationships Are Built With Time

By R.G. Bernier

“An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. From his own father, he said, he learned that fatherhood must be at the core of the universe. He was thus prepared in an unusual way to teach that religion in which the relation of father and son is of all relations the most central.” —C.S. Lewis