Well, I may be a little bit biased, but I’m a big fan of the recent online revolution in the deer hunting community! Outsiders might guess that deer hunters would be behind the times, but we all know that’s not the case. Over the last couple years incredible deer hunting websites, blogs, forums and online shows have been popping up like well fertilized clover all over the web and it has had a tremendous impact on the hunting industry and community as a whole. A big part of this online hunting community is fueled by the many online deer hunting forums and message boards. Being a home for good ole fashioned tall tales, fierce debates and strategy swaps, deer hunting forums have become a favorite for hunters online when it comes to fun and information. So that being said, with the hundreds of deer hunting forums available online, I thought it might be helpful to share with you all the four best deer hunting forums online, in my humble opinion. I’ve spent a lot of time both reading and contributing to message boards over the years and after sampling many, I have filtered my favorites down to four. Read on for the low down.
Archery Talk: Archery Talk, although focused mostly on archery and bowhunting, has got to be the most popular deer hunting related forum in the world. There is no other forum that I know of that attracts such a large and engaged community of hunters, and this makes for some great content. I spend most of my time on the Bowhunting sub-forum and this attracts thousands of whitetail hunters a day to share their stories, frustrations and opinions. If you’re a bowhunter, this is one of the very best places to go for information, but even firearm hunters will find content they can appreciate! If I could only pick two words to describe Archery Talk it would be “big”and “active”. Two descriptions that bode very well for the success of an online forum!
Deer & Deer Hunting Forums: Deer & Deer Hunting magazine is one of the top publications for straight up deer hunting knowledge and just deer in general, and their online forum follows suit. There are few better sources of collective deer hunting knowledge than here on the D&DH forum. One of my favorite aspects of the D&DH forums is that given the singular whitetail focus, the forum has many sub-forums devoted to specific topics such as QDM, hunter fitness, guides/outfitters and equipment. On top of that they also have separate forums for each state, which I’ve found really great. It’s been nice to have the larger forum to talk about widespread issues and the Michigan only forum to take about topics related specifically to my home turf. Contributions from many members of the Deer & Deer Hunting staff also lend to the high quality of conversation and information available. Once again, a highly recommended choice for the hardcore whitetail hunter.
Bowhunting.com Forum: Another bowhunting specific forum with mass appeal. Bowhunting.com is in my opinion one of the very best bowhunting websites online and their forums fall right in line with that praise. Although bowhunting is the main focus, there is plenty for the average whitetail hunter. A whitetail specific forum and shed hunting, trail camera and videography forums are a few of my favorites. Great content is shared by the BH.com staff, including blog posts from contributors like yours truly (me)! In addition you’ll find a tight knit and hardcore community of hunters who absolutely love chasing whitetails and sharing their experiences with the world. Without a doubt a great online community to be a part of and a tremendous source of knowledge to take advantage of.
QDMA Forums: The Quality Deer Management Association, continuing with their trend of great success, has created a terrific online home for whitetail hunters and managers with their QDMA forum. Whether you’re a proponent for quality deer management or not, there is great conversation to be had and incredible resources to learn from. Without a doubt, this is one of the very best sources for group knowledge on food plots and other habitat improvement projects. If you have a foo plot question, this should be one of your first stops. Additionally, although it should be obvious, if you’re interested in quality deer management, this is a terrific source for connecting with like minded hunter/managers and asking questions. Specific forums are devoted to food plots, Native habitat, QDM co-ops, bowhunting, land leases and much more.
Without a doubt, these top four deer hunting forums are incredible communities for deer hunters to connect and learn from each-other. Do yourself a favor and check these forums out, get connected and join in the conversation. I can guarantee you’ll learn a lot, meet a lot of like-minded hunters and have some fun.
I know there are plenty more forums around, so if you know of a good one, let us know in the comments!