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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.
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...
4-1-19: Big 7 Found, Mystery Hits | Midwest Whitetail
135 days after the shot, Bill finally gets to put his hands on "The Big 7". Ironically, the buck was lying dead within feet of where the guys picked up his 2017 sheds on March 1, 2018 and only 200 yards from Bill's back door.
3-25-19: How to Hunt Big Fields, More Sheds | Midwest Whitetail
One of the biggest challenges of bowhunting large fields is finding ways to get the deer into close range. Bill discusses some things he has tried in the past and what he plans to try this year. He also discusses which clover varieties are best for frost seeding this time of year and why he cho...
3-18-19: 3 Best Spots to Hunt, Shed Hunting Update | Midwest Whitetail
The snow has finally melted and it's time to get out and do some scouting. Bill chooses a spot on his farm that he knows held a lot of deer throughout the late winter. He shares three terrain features to look for when out scouting that will lead to great stand locations: ditches, ridgetops, and...
3-11-19: How to Make Your Farm Hunt Bigger | Midwest Whitetail
Jared and Mike make a visit to their farm to check cameras and find out which bucks survived the late season. There are a couple pleasant surprises, including a young buck with unreal potential. Next, Bill discusses three aspects of timber stand improvement and how creating ground level cover c...
3-4-19: Hunting Pastures, Total Scent Control | Midwest Whitetail
We are at the Iowa Deer Classic. Bill talks about how to completely eliminate human scent and Jared discusses what he learned about hunting in a cattle pasture. Then, we highlight the sights and sounds of the greatest show in the country for trophy whitetails.
2-25-19: How the Harsh Winter Will Affect Deer | Midwest Whitetail
Welcome to the 2019 Midwest Whitetail Off-Season series. So far in this new year, the harsh winter weather has taken its toll in many areas. Deep snow and extreme cold have created tough conditions for the deer. Bill, along with input from Grant Woods, discusses what this could mean for the fu...