Brow Tines and Backstrap

The numbers prove it. Realtree fans north, south, east and west live and breathe deer hunting. These guys do, too. Hansen’s from Michigan, Brantley’s from Kentucky, and chances are their version of hunting whitetails is a lot like yours.

  • Duck Dynasty Was Just The Beginning

    I remember well the buzz around the hunting world when it was announced that the Duck Commanders crew would be getting its own prime time, mainstream show on A&E. For the first time, a real hunting family would be portrayed in a positive manner and in a way that wasn't...

  • Learn How To Hinge-Cut

    There is no replacement for experience. Funny thing about experience: It's hard to get it if you don't have it . . . I've written before about my sprawling 17-acre ranch. I closed on the land late last summer and didn't have a chance to do much in the way...

Pages


Why There Is Nothing To Be Learned From Shed Hunting

Sometimes I have to chuckle at myself. I am, after all, an "outdoor writer" and I've been responsible for a fair number of "How To" stories that I hope are full of knowledge and advice that other hunters will use to make their efforts more successful. I must now admit...


Saving Bucks While Saving Bucks

I literally do a double-take as I pass an office window. It takes me a moment to realize what it is, exactly, that I'm looking at. There, in the sea of white, is a patch of brown. I think for a moment that a critter has crawled into the yard...


WMA Land Taken for Nuclear Enrichment Project

Sportsmen and women have it pretty good in my home state of Kentucky. Our deer and turkey hunting are both the best in the nation, far as I'm concerned. The fishing is outstanding, and the waterfowling is at least acceptable. Your odds of killing a giant bull elk, if you...


#ShedRally Winners Announced!

Despite winter weather that just wouldn’t let go, Whitetail Properties’ first ever #ShedRally was a success. More than a thousand shed-hunting photos and videos were uploaded via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram on March 1, with entries coming from Oregon and Colorado to Florida and Virginia, and virtually every state in...


QDMA Summit: Now What?

I shouldn't have been surprised really. My arrival to the first-ever North American Whitetail Summit was delayed thanks to late-arriving airplanes. And my departure was delayed for the same reasons. I won't say that I really appreciated the extra time I got to spend sitting in yet another dingy, disgusting...


QDMA Summit: Outdoor Industry Discusses Issues Facing Deer Hunting

It's Day 2 of the Quality Deer Management Association's North American Whitetail Summit, and I'm sitting in a room with a bunch of folks that I "know" but don't really know. The first day of the Summit featured overview presentations of a number of issues facing the future of whitetails...


QDMA Whitetail Summit Begins

The 2013 whitetail season can be summed up in one word: Challenging. The same adjective applied perfectly to the start of the Quality Deer Management Association's 2014 North American Whitetail Summit. Just getting there was more than half the battle. The polar vortex appears to be alive and well despite...


What's on the Neighbor's Trail Camera?

Last fall, Michelle killed her biggest buck ever on our own 33 acre farm. It’s a spot we bought a couple springs ago after shopping and saving for some time. In the grand American tradition, it’ll keep us in debt for years to come. But in the meantime, we’ve cleared...


Winter-Kill: How Bad Is It?

I have not seen the sun in 19 days. I have not seen temperatures above freezing for nearly 40 days. Heck, before today's balmy 29-degree readings, I'd "enjoyed" temps above 25 degrees just five times in the last 25 days. Snow? Yeah, we got it. Where I live in southern...


Tips for Finding More Shed Antlers

With #ShedRally only a few weeks away , you have more reason this year than ever to get off the couch and scour the woods for shed antlers. But, as any seasoned shed hunter will tell you, those big, thick suckers bristling with tines and kickers aren’t just sitting everywhere...


Join the World's Largest Shed Hunt, Win Free Gear

We have six more weeks of frigid winter misery to endure, according to the groundhog, but there is one certainty to come from the weeks ahead: Bucks will be shedding their antlers. Once a shed is on the ground, it doesn’t matter what the weather is doing. Technically, all that's...


Brantley: Why America Should Modernize the Civilian Conservation Corps

Editor’s Note: Barbara Baird and Will Brantley are friends, colleagues and staff writers for Realtree.com. But they don't always agree. Last week, they got into a debate over the merits of a modern-day, privately funded Civilian Conservation Corps that finally ended with Barb challenging Brantley to a "rumble." Brantley accepted,...


Pages