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Declutter Your Old Hunting Gear

Right now, there’s a flatbed trailer parked in my driveway, stacked high with a magnificent pile of junk. I see an old grill, a mini fridge that hasn’t worked in five years, dull lawnmower blades, and a storm door with broken hinges. I’m almost afraid to write about it, for...


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20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

I’m not saying your granddaddy isn't a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more bucks with his open-sighted, lever-action .30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-waxed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. And he'll shame a...


Updates on Ammo, Record Buck Harvest from PA, and More Deer Hunting News

What's going on in the whitetail world this summer? Some pretty interesting news. We've scoured the headlines to give you the scoop. Ammo Pinch Update Southwick Associates, a research firm specializing in the hunting and shooting business, recently surveyed more than 1,800 ammunition consumers . They found that in 2020,...


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13 Things Public Land Deer Hunters Despise You For

Public-land deer hunting might be more popular right now than it's ever been. It can be as good as private land hunting, too, but with some subtle twists. There are some unspoken rules of the road so if you're a public land hunter, avoid doing these 13 things, for the...


Will Skyrocketing Corn Prices Affect Your Deer Season?

Sprouting crop fields are always my cue to start looking ahead to the next deer season. Knowing what’s planted where — and how long it’s likely to be green and when it’s likely to be cut — is a critical part of the game plan, especially for September. This year,...


Biggest Deer Hunting Pet Peeves

In the last 30-plus years of chasing deer all over North America, from Virginia to Texas to Canada, I’ve met and observed every type of hunter you could imagine, from he-men to average Joes to dweebs. I’m a mild-mannered guy and easy to get along with; I have a lot...


Dealing with the Deer Camp Egomaniac

I got this e-mail from a fellow the other day. Mike: My main hunting buddy is a pretty good guy and a great hunter. He’s into conservation and getting kids involved in the sport and all that. But man, he’s obsessed with killing more deer and bigger bucks than me...


Podcast: Talking Big Bucks and T-Bone's Alpha-Gal Diagnosis

Travis "T-Bone" Turner had a heck of a deer season in 2020. In this episode of Realtree's Outpost Podcast, I sat down with T-Bone to talk about the three big bucks he shot last fall, including two on his home farm in Georgia ( you can check out the full...


Minnesota Researchers Develop New CWD Field Test

I have reported on chronic wasting disease (CWD), an existential threat to deer herds and hunting, for more than a decade. This development is one of the best things I’ve heard in years. University of Minnesota researchers have discovered the first way to field-test deer for CWD. Presently, to have...


Meeting Milo Hanson

Every fall for 20 years I’d pass close to the farming town of Biggar, Saskatchewan, out in the middle of nowhere, on my drive north to hunt for a giant buck up in the province’s provincial forest, which is really out in the middle of nowhere. Riding along one November,...


80-Year-Old Retired Nurse Shoots Buck from Kitchen Window, and More Deer Hunting News

The Best Hunting Story of Last Season Virginia Luce, 80, recently retired after working 25 years as a nurse. She and her 83-year-old husband live and hunt on their 80-acre Texas spread. “I do all my hunting from the house now,” she told the Dallas Morning News. “My kitchen is...


Has the .30-30 Really Killed the Most Deer?

Google “.30-30 for deer hunting” and up pops a million links that you can click on for information. Click the first one and you’ll read something like: “The .30-30 rifle has arguably killed more whitetail deer than any other single cartridge … with the round’s popularity still quite high, it's...


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