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Midwest Whitetail is a weekly series that we produce all year long, as close to live as possible, starting with the pre-season right through the season. You can follow the stories as we find the bucks we will hunt, attempt to pattern them and then ultimately pursue them. Lots of updates on strategy and buck behavior.
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...
5-13-19: Micro-Plot Update, Camera Tips | Midwest Whitetail
Bill re-visits the Poor Man's Plot that he started last week and explains the process for applying fertilizer and pelletized lime. Jared Mills uses trail cameras to dissect his strategy in targeting "Marino" in the coming season on the farm that flooded in 2018. Bill closes out the show by taking...
5-6-19: Targeting Bucks With Staging Plots | Midwest Whitetail
Bill creates a Poor Man's Plot where he hopes to target a buck he has named "Upturn" in the early season. With close proximity to a larger ag field, the plan is to give the buck a place to stage in daylight before feeding out into the larger food source. Bill discusses aging deer and profiles a c...
4-29-19: Stands to Avoid, Public Land Scouting | Midwest Whitetail
The episode opens with fast turkey hunting action, then Bill discusses one of the spots on his farm he never hunts despite great deer sign. Finally, Josh Sparks takes us on a public land scouting trip.
4-22-19: Giant Deadheads, Best Shooting Tip | Midwest Whitetail
Jared Mills is on the project farm for one last hunt before it gets sold, and to his surprise, he ends up with more than one trophy. Bill discusses the grim reality that comes with finding dead bucks and he passes on the best shooting tip he ever received.
4-15-19: Perfect Whitetail Bow Setup, Small Tract TSI
Bill discusses the perfect whitetail bow setup and the tradeoffs that go with it. Jared Mills talks about the advantages of TSI on small properties and begins the task on a 70 acre farm in Eastern Iowa.
4-8-19: High Risk Stands, Pruning Apple Trees | Midwest Whitetail
Based on two years of history, there are 3 potential spots on the Winke farm where Bill could have a shot at "Upturn". This week, he discusses the one that comes with the greatest risk due to the exit route. Bill also revisits some of the apple trees on his farm to do some pruning and discuss w...