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  • Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

    That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...

  • You Shot a Deer. Here's How to Find It.

    (From the editor: This Retro Realtree article was originally published in November of 2013)


Video: Sound Like Several Geese at Once

My goose sounds started to run together while I practiced the other day. That is, I was trying to mimic two honkers at the same time, but the sounds didn’t seem distinct. Frustrated, I turned to the experts, and a quick search revealed this great video from our good friend...

12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...

8 Advanced Rangefinder Skills Bowhunters Need to Know

Judging range has always been a big part of archery. Arrows, even from the fastest compound bows, travel in arching paths. Misjudged range has probably caused more misses than all other factors. Then came affordable laser rangefinders, which are now standard-issue gear for modern bowhunters. And misses disappeared. Yeah, right...

5 Steps for Curing Buck Fever

You've waited for this moment all year long. The big buck you've been dreaming about is drawing closer by the second, nose to the ground, chasing a hot doe. She angles 25 yards past your setup. You know the moment of truth is imminent, and your adrenaline surges into overdrive...

5 Reasons Why Bowhunters Miss

All of your effort ahead of a hunt is for nothing if you can't make the shot. And yet, so many bowhunters fall apart once a deer is finally in range. Here’s a look at five in-range bowhunting mistakes It happens all the time. Jimmy The Bowhunter climbs into his...

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Attract More Deer with Soft Mast

Natural browse and food plots containing such forages as clover, brassica, turnips, corn and grains are thought of as the most highly preferred foods for whitetails. Though all of those rank very high on a deer's menu, most wind up taking a back seat to sugar-laced ripened fruit. As with...

4-Step Deer Butchering: The Path to Amazing Venison

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty. Here’s the complete guide to field-dressing, skinning, quartering and cooking that deer you just killed.

The Bacon Lover's Guide to Wild Game Cooking

It all started around 1500 B.C. when a nomadic hunter ended up with more pork that he could eat. Lacking a $500 rotomolded cooler and a bag of ice to preserve his bounty, he salted it down and suspended it over a smoky fire to keep the flies away. Our...

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Summer Whitetails

Packing on the pounds, growing antlers and resting in the shade—whitetails live the life of leisure in the summer. Editor's note: This article was originally posted on June 7, 2016.

Broadhead Selector

Editor's note: This interactive feature was originally published on November 7, 2013.

All About Froggin’

First of all, a plate of fried frog legs is the best-tasting dish known to man. Anyone who disagrees with that is simply out of touch with reality or from the Northeast. I know of at least one contingent of Ohio froggers who grill their game. While it’s tempting to...

How to Fan a Gobbler

The best way to kill a stubborn field bird is often to hide behind a turkey fan and crawl to them. Here's how to do it.