Deer & Deer Hunting


As an avid upland-bird hunter in one part of my soul and a committed whitetail fanatic in another, it’s sometimes difficult to balance my passions in autumn. It’s a good “problem” to have, and I always figure out a way.

The pursuits don’t have to be mutually exclusive. While pheasant hunting but also legally licensed for whitetails during deer season, I’ve carried a handful of old-fashioned rifled slugs in my pocket to jam in my smoothbore bird-gun in case a whitetail happens past.

Bird hunting is also a good time to look for new deer hunting spots, even when it’s not deer season.

A few autumns ago during mid-September, in the middle of Kansas, my little French Brittany, Lark, and I were hunting prairie chickens during

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