New & Improved, Scientifically Evolved,
Buck & Bear Hunting Instruction
by Dr. Ken Nordberg
(Doc's 2010, 12-point buck — opening morning 2010)
Welcome to my website. I look forward to the opportunity to provide you with everything you need to know to become a regularly successful deer hunter, or if you prefer, a regularly successful buck hunter! What I have to teach is the truth, based only on the responses of thousands of wild whitetails to experimental hunting methods over a period of more than four decades. Few, if any, outdoor writers today have done this kind of research. Since 1990, in an area where whitetail numbers are low and wolves are over-abundant, my hunting partners and I are enjoying the best buck hunting of our lives. If this is what you are looking for, you've come to the right web site.
Since 1988, I have written nine bestselling Whitetail Hunter's Almanacs based on our scientific research and three bear books, Do-It-Yourself Black Bear Baiting & Hunting. At his time, some deer books and the two older bear books are out of print. Please check the "Store" page for the availability of past products and for future products.
Please read my latest articles — and archives of old articles — on deer hunting and black bear hunting, our latest research results, hunting successes, and hunting gear.
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Good Luck Hunting,
8/22/2016 Doc has published his latest book, Dr. Ken Nordberg's 2016 Pocket Guidebook to Whitetail Tracks, Fall & Winter. The price is just $4.99. This first version is an Apple ebook (designed to be viewed on your computer, iPad or iPhone) and can be found here… Coming soon — a pdf version on Amazon (again designed to be viewed on computers and phones). Then — later this year — he will print aversion that you can carry in your pocket.
April 2016 Doc had open heart surgery. He is doing fine.
2/26/2016 Minnesota deer hunters — pay close attention to the DNR's plans to reduce whitetail deer numbers in an attempt to help the moose! Watch for MN DNR press releases here. Doc has some blog posts here, and here.
2/26/2016 Doc is in the editing phase of a new pocket size guidebook — Dr. Ken Nordberg's 2016 Pocket Guidebook to Whitetail Tracks. This inexpensive guidebook will come out before his 10th Almanac. Watch for future updates here!
2/26/2016 Doc is in the editing phase of his latest Whitetail Hunter's Almanac (his 10th Edition). It is going to have tons of new pictures! After the first edit of text — without the color photos, drawings, videos & captions inserted — the page count is 414! This is going to be a fantastic book!
3/5/2014 Doc is now on Twitter
3/4/2014 Doc's new email address
10/4/2014 — Doc now takes credit cards via PayPal.
9/16/2014 The Third Edition of Doc's best-selling book, Do-It-Yourself Black Bear Baiting and Hunting! ($19.99) Get your free, informative 35 page Preview now. Click on the book cover link above or this Apple iBooks link. [This latest version is an ebook — Doc's first ebook. Later, we will make a version for Amazon, and a traditional paperback version. For the Amazaon and paperback versions there will be a separate, optional DVD containing the new video contained in this ebook.]This is a big ebook! It has 360 pages, color photos, new video showing all the details of making a bear stand/bait site from scratch. This is a big ebook — over 1 Gigabyte size! Black bear hunters will love this book.
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Here is a brief summary of the 2014 Nordberg hunting season. Doc will have more in-depth articles on our 2014 hunt in upcoming articles. First, in our northern Minnesota hunting area, the 2013 statistics were bleak, just 0.1 bucks taken per square mile — one buck per 10 square miles! In 2013, we took 3 bucks — one 8 pointer, and 2 small bucks — hunting in about 2 square miles. It's tough hunting in our wolf country but using Doc's techniques we do much better than the average — in 2013, roughly 15 times the area's average (3/2 = 1.5/.1 = 15). Second, in 2014, the Minnesota DNR stated preliminary statistics for our area — now a bucks only area after two straight severe winters — was down about 67%. In 2014, Minnesota deer hunters registered 111,000 deer, down 31,000, or down about 22% state-wide (111,000/142,00 = 78%). However, we hunted smart, worked hard, used Doc's hunting techniques and ended up having a very good year — taking 4 nice bucks — about 60 times our area's average (4/2 = 2/0.33 = 60.6). We could easily tell it was a bad year for other hunters in our area. We hardly heard any shooting and we had a lot of sad look road hunters drive down our gravel road this year. They don't seem to understand, road hunting is not a very effective technique for getting big bucks.
Here the 4 bucks we took this season…
(First, the big guy! Doc's son, David Nordberg, 2014, with a trophy-class 10-pointer, taken on the second Saturday. This was his second buck of the season. David took this buck from a ground blind while it was walking with a perfect shot at a distance of 175 yards!)
(Second, a notable first! Doc's grandson Jimmy Nordberg, and proud father John Nordberg, with Jimmy's first buck — 2014 — a hefty 5-pointer — taken from a ground blind at a distance of about 20 yards. In a preseason scouting video, Doc proclaimed, someone's going to get a buck here this year. From a distance of 150 yards John watched his son take this buck just 10 minutes before Jimmy had to quit hunting and head back to college on the first Sunday.)
(Doc's son Ken Nordberg, 2014, with another nice 8-pointer taken on the second Saturday. Ken took this buck with a great 75 yard shot through thick second growth quaking aspen, on foot, while following fresh sign on the way out to a tree stand.)
(Doc's son, David Nordberg, 2014, with another nice 8-pointer. This was Dave's first buck of the season — taken on opening morning. Dave took this buck at close range from a new tree stand location. His pre-season scouting really paid off this year!)
We were prepared to take spikes or forkies this year. Instead, because of the last 2 severe winters, we ended up taking older bucks. They are tougher to outsmart, but 2014 turned out great.