Midwest Whitetail Weekly

Midwest Whitetail Weekly

5 Seasons

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.

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  • 10-8-18: Patterning Early Season Bucks, Doe Fest | Midwest Whitetail

    We first join the guys from the office as they try to harvest does. A major cold front rolled through Iowa bringing with it cold temperatures and northerly winds. With recent daylight photos, Bill decides to target his top buck, “The Big 7”, directly behind his house. Caleb and Taylor Byers head ...

  • 10-15-18: October Cold Fronts, Big Buck Action | Midwest Whitetail

    Bill starts out by giving us a wild twist in the story of the “Lone Oak” buck. Then we check in with multiple members of the staff who provide updates and show just how productive an early October cold front can be. Cold temperatures and high pressure resulted in the best buck movement of the ent...

  • 10-22-18: Hunting’s Toughest Question, Redemption Buck | Midwest Whitetail

    When do you hunt a buck aggressively and when do you back off? Owen Reigler explains why he has chosen to hunt aggressively for a buck he calls “Uno,” opposed to his typical early October strategy of playing it safe. Taylor and Caleb Byers go all in, and elect to hunt the “Switcharoo” tree. The m...

  • 10-29-18: Calling Bucks: 190” Giant and Public Team Effort | Midwest Whitetail

    Bill weighs in on his strategies for getting bucks into range. Skip Sligh also has success calling at this time, and it works to perfection when a giant deer comes running to the tree, one that he has been hunting all season. Finally, Max Wierda, one of our interns, calls to a buck on public lan...

  • 11-5-18: Calling in a Public Land Brute | Midwest Whitetail

    On this week’s episode, Josh Sparks tackles a piece of public land he scouted using an aerial map. With a cold front moving through, he decides to push deep, finding a secluded bean field. Near the end of the night, Josh is able to grunt a mature buck right in front of the stand. Lee Abraham enco...

  • 11-12-18: Hang & Hunt Success, The Story of Pop | Midwest Whitetail

    Mike Reed is on a hang and hunt mission on a small new property. With minimal scouting this past summer, he explains why this tactic has been so successful for him. Then we join Lee Abraham who finally puts all of the pieces together on the giant buck he calls “Pop.”

  • 11-19-18: Rattling In Two Giants | Midwest Whitetail

    Taylor Byers decides to change stand locations mid hunt and it pays off in a big way. After spotting a giant out cruising, she chooses to rattle, bringing the buck right into bow range. Then, only a few days later, Jared Mills finds himself in a similar situation. After a season full of challenge...

  • 11-26-18: The Legend of Crabs, Rutting Buck At 10 Yards | Midwest Whitetail

    Owen Reigler closes the story on a world class whitetail nicknamed “Crabs.” Using an aerial map by Hunterra, he discusses his strategy and the setup used to target the buck. Then, we join Drake Lamb on a classic rut hunt, as he has a great buck come in behind a doe offering a shot at 10 yards. Th...

  • 12-3-18: Public Bruiser From The Ground | Midwest Whitetail

    Two hunts that illustrate just how powerful hunting a stand or location for the first time can be. Justin Fabian ends his quest for his first whitetail in Iowa, harvesting a great buck from the ground on a piece of public land. Then, Mike Reed hunts the urban zone for the first time this season, ...

  • 12-10-18: How Much Is Too Much? Late Rut Calling | Midwest Whitetail

    We join Brad Bever on his quest for his first Iowa buck. It is the last day of the early archery season, and Brad and Jared are hunting the “Project Farm.” With barely an hour left, they spot a mature buck. Having nothing to lose, they aggressively call during a 30 minute encounter, finally bring...

  • 12-17-18: Two Shooter Bucks Behind the House | Midwest Whitetail

    Caleb Byers sneaks into his Redneck Blind located 50 yards from his back door. Following 14 inches of snow, he targets his standing beans, the best food source in the area. It’s an action packed evening from start to finish, resulting in Caleb tagging his first buck of the season. Bill dives into...

  • 12-24-18: Late Season Surprise Buck | Midwest Whitetail

    Bill starts us off by discussing his plans for the late season. Then, we join Josh Sparks as he targets a buck called “Brisket.” Shortly into the hunt, he spots a different mature buck and gets permission to shoot if an opportunity presents itself. By the end of the evening, the buck is the only ...

  • 12-31-18: Best Late Season Triggers | Midwest Whitetail

    We join Drake Lamb on a successful late season hunt following a major weather change. Weather and food are the two keys this time of year. Then, we join Jared Mills as he gives us a quick update on his late season plans. Finally, Bill recaps his past few evenings of hunting and talks about what w...

  • 1-7-19: Season Long Quest | Midwest Whitetail

    On this week’s episode we catch up with Mike Reed who has had nothing short of an amazing late season! First, we join Mike and his Grandfather on Papa Tate’s first Iowa deer hunt. Mike’s been waiting a long time for the opportunity to go on this hunt. The first deer to step out, is a great buck M...

  • 1-14-19: Last Second Bow Buck, Drop Tine Bruiser | Midwest Whitetail

    We have two successful hunts from Iowa following the biggest cold front of the late season. First, we join Caleb Byers and his father John. With the cold temps and high pressure, the guys have an awesome buck with a drop tine walk out into the field. Then we join Matt Thede, who’s able to take ad...

  • 1-21-19: Best Hunts of the Year, New 2019 Products | Midwest Whitetail

    The 2018 season has come to an end for us here at Midwest Whitetail. It was an action packed year and one of our best ever! This week, we take a look back at some of the best action and encounters from the season. Then we’ll also give you a look at some of the new products from our sponsors at t...

  • 1-15-18: Last Chance Buck | Midwest Whitetail

    Episode 22

    Mike Reed has had one of his most successful seasons yet and the late season wasn’t any different. Frigid temperatures, a variety of food, and multiple days to hunt made for the perfect late season recipe. But with minutes of daylight left, the “Crab Claw 10” makes his way into the field.

  • 4-15-19: Perfect Whitetail Bow Setup, Small Tract TSI

    Episode 30

    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.