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Midwest Whitetail is a weekly series that we produce all year long, as close to live as possible. Follow these incredible stories as we find the bucks we will hunt, attempt to pattern them and then ultimately pursue them. Learn lots of updates on strategy and buck behavior.
1-6-20: Huge CRP Buck, Five Encounters with Marino | Midwest Whitetail
This week, we reveal the untold story of a buck Drake Lamb hunted all season. In November, a giant stepped in front of his camera on the CRP farm. A last-minute hunt brought Lamb face-to-face with his best buck ever. Then, Jared Mills and Mike Reed continue their pursuit for “Marino.” Both of the...
12-30-19: First Buck in 5 Years, Hunting over Sorghum | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, we're back in Iowa. This season, Kaleb Greiner has spent plenty of time behind the camera filming friends harvest bucks. This time, it's his turn. After spotting a good buck from a distance several days before, Greiner makes a move and has an opportunity at his first buck ...
12-23-19: Two Big Late-Season Bucks | Midwest Whitetail
Owen Reigler tagged a great buck last week. Afterward, he and his girlfriend, Rachel, went back to the same blind. They hoped to encounter The Big Split G2 Buck. By the end of the hunt, Rachel was sitting behind her best buck to date. Follow along as we recap that pursuit. Then, we head to Kentuc...
12-16-19: Perfect Late Season Formula, Three Classic Hunts | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, Bill Winke starts off by discussing the perfect late-season formula. He uses three classic hunts from his farm to illustrate these tips. Then, we join Owen Reigler on his best hunt in a long time. It results in a great buck hitting the ground. Finally, we receive multiple ...
12-9-19: Intern Finally Tags Trophy, Early December Action | Midwest Whitetail
We're back with Max Mongrello on his quest to fill his first Iowa bow tag. On the last day before the shotgun seasons open, Max gets the opportunity he's dreamed of for years. Then, we join the rest of the team who had an action-packed week filled with mature buck encounters.
12-2-19: Rut’s Last Days, End of Lockdown | Midwest Whitetail
We first join Bill Winke who takes advantage of the rut's final days by hunting over his best food source. Then Owen Reigler shows us another way to have success this time of year by rattling in a mature buck he's previously encountered this season. Following this success, Owen experiences a diff...
We first join Collins Marine in Iowa as he tags a super wide buck using a snort-wheeze. Then we catch up with Josh Honeycutt who, after a very tough season, finally gets the chance to wrap his tag on a great buck. Not only is it a great buck, he gets to do this while sharing hunt camp with great ...
11-18-19: 200" Deer Almost Lost In River, Public Land Stud | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode we join Mike Reed on the hunt for the biggest whitetail he's ever harvested. Not only is the buck giant, but the recovery for the deer leads Mike into the river. Then we join Jake Sproule, Mike's camera man who is able to tag a great buck on public land in Iowa. Jared Mills...
11-11-19: River Bottom Bucks, Hunting in the Snow | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode we join multiple members of the team who had successful hunts this past week. First we join Jared Mills back on a snowy November morning. After two years, Jared uses his first landowner tag ever after harvesting a great buck. Then we join Warren Dykstra who experiences grea...
We wrap up our best October ever with Mike Reed who closes the chapter on a river bottom monarch. Then Bill recaps his trip back home to Northeast Iowa where he hunted a farm he hasn't been to in 30 years. On the last morning, Bill looks up and has a shooter walking right at to his tree. Next, we...
10-28-19: Long Lost Buck Returns, Rut Ramp Up | Midwest Whitetail
With a marginal wind Bill decides to hold off hunting any of his target bucks, instead he goes to his favorite stand. With no targets showing up in this area, he can only hope for luck. By the end of the night, Bill tags a giant buck he's been searching for since last year. Then we catch up with ...
10-21-19: Action Heats Up, Best Rut Dates | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, we have two action packed hunts from Northern Missouri that illustrate how good mid October can be. First we join Drake Lamb as he finally catches up to a mature buck on the farm he's been hunting all season. Then, we get updates on multiple team members stories and Bill d...
10.14.19: October Whitetails, Story of Two Cold Fronts | Midwest Whitetail
We first join Justin Luebrecht in Missouri as he's able to take advantage of the month's first big cold front and put a legendary buck on the ground. Then, we join multiple members of the team who update us on how they took advantage of the first two October cold fronts. Season 12, Episode 9.
10-7-19: Cold Front Buck Action | Midwest Whitetail
Season is finally open here in Iowa, and multiple members of the team made it out this past week. A big cold front rolled through and with it came some great hunting! We first join Owen Reigler who discusses how he uses these fronts to take early shots at his top target bucks. Then Josh Sparks re...
9-30-19: How to Pick the Right Stand, Opening Week Buck | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, we're back in Kentucky with Mike Reed. Using the most recent information provided by trail cameras, he decided to switch it up on the last day and hunt the morning. Despite extremely hot conditions, and a few mishaps throughout the trip, Mike was able to punch his tag on a...
9-23-19: Early Season Trophy, More EHD Bucks | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, we join new team member John Kirby in Kentucky who closes the chapter on his top target buck after only three hunts. Next, we join Jared Mills in Iowa as he checks cameras and introduces his newest permission farm, "Project Farm 2.0." Finally, Bill shows us the latest EHD...
9-16-19: Early Season Encounter, Patterning Bucks | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode we head back to Kentucky where Josh Honeycutt has his first mature buck encounter of the season. Then we catch up with Drake Lamb who updates us on the new farms he recently got permission on. Owen Reigler fills us in on how his season is shaping up and introduces his top t...
9-9-19: EHD Returns, Public Land & Kentucky Update | Midwest Whitetail
On this week's episode, we first catch up with Mike Reed and Josh Honeycutt in Kentucky. Then we join Josh Sparks as he lays out his upcoming plans to hunt on public lands in Iowa this season. Finally Bill walks his farm after smelling something dead in the creek, suspecting an EHD kill.
9-2-19: Creating Close Bow Shots, Buck Intros | Midwest Whitetail
On this weeks episode, we catch up with Mike Reed after a very busy offseason. He updates us on what farms he will be hunting and what his early season looks like. Drake Lamb received permission on multiple new properties and shows us the bucks he's found this summer. Finally, Bill installs a scr...
8-26-19: Final Summer Prep, Kentucky Hitlist | Midwest Whitetail
With season just over a month away, Jared Mills updates on his hunting areas and the bucks he is finding. Josh Honeycutt, a new team member with Midwest Whitetail, introduces himself and shows a solid hitlist for the early season in Kentucky. Finally, Bill breaks down what he plans on doing betwe...
5-27-19: Deer Hunting’s Cardinal Rule, Keep them in the Dark | Midwest Whitetail
As bowhunters, we have to do everything possible to keep the deer from knowing that we are hunting them. Everything we do from the time we leave the vehicle until the time we return has an impact on our hunting success. Bill discusses the ways that deer know they're being hunted and also update...
5-20-19: Do Deer Have a Sixth Sense? | Midwest Whitetail
Do deer have a sixth sense? It's a question that has been asked around the hunting community for a long time. There are times that as hunters, we just can't seem to nail down a reason as to why a deer sneaks away. Bill and Owen weigh in on whether or not they believe there is a sixth sense and...