Brow Tines and Backstrap

Our deer blog is one of the longest-running and most popular ones out there. This is where we cover all things deer hunting, from experts and whitetail trivia to news, gear, and hardcore hunting advice. Whether you need to know how to test the soil in your food plot, tighten the groups from your crossbow, or scope out the latest on that big buck you saw online, you've landed around the right campfire. Pull up a seat and join us.

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Are Trail Cameras Affecting Your Hunting Experience?

Author’s note: First off, let me say I enjoy trail cameras and use them extensively. No doubt in terms of hunters finding, patterning and killing big, mature bucks, cams are the biggest innovation of the last 30 years in the deer hunting world. — M.H. I, like most whitetail hunters...


The Best One-Liners from Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp

Early bow season is a special time of the year, and even more so as we enter the home stretch of 2020, the Year of the Crazy. My wife, Michelle, and I hosted Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp during opening week at our place in Kentucky. We invited a crew of...


What's the Word on EHD This Deer Season?

This has been a bizarre and difficult year for all of us, but I have some good news to report from the whitetail world. As of mid-September, outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in deer herds are minimal across America. In fact, so far, 2020 has the lowest infection rate...


It’s Hot. You Shot a Deer. Now What?

If you’re not bowhunting already, you will be in a few weeks, and chances are the September or early October weather will be warm to downright hot. Whether you shoot a doe or a 150-inch buck, it is both your ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the meat...


5 Tips for Better Crossbow Hunting

My guess is there’ll be a bunch of crossbow hunters in the woods this fall. Interest in hunting is on the general upswing, many states have relaxed their crossbow regulations, and there are more crossbows than ever on the market to suit all budgets. I grow tired of people comparing...


September Sins: 6 Reasons Why Early Season Hunts Fall Apart

September bucks are easy, right? The August trail camera pictures and bachelor group glassing sessions make some of those big summer studs seem tame enough to cuddle. “You could set a watch by him,” the old saying goes. But then opening day arrives, and that deer you thought you knew...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 5

Our final 2020 Antler Nation regional roundup focuses on the Northeast. From the status on deer populations to public-land opportunities and everything in between, we’ve updated each state with the information you need to know this season. Connecticut Mild winters and decent mast crops have helped put the deer herd...


Did That Buck Hear You?

We shell out good money on scent-control clothes and a concoction of soaps and sprays to knock out our man-smell. We wear our camo and hide as best we can from a buck’s sharp eyes. All are good and critical strategies. But what if a buck hears you? Or put...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 4

Our fourth Antler Nation roundup centers on these 11 states in the Southeast region, where you can find a mix of some of the country’s very best deer hunting — and also, some of the toughest. We’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital...


Will Deer Season 2020 Be Crazy?

It’s been a strange and difficult year, but hang in there because deer season is right around the corner. As I, like you, look forward to some much-needed treestand therapy, I can’t help but wonder: This pandemic has affected everything in our lives for the last six months. How might...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 3

Our third Antler Nation roundup centers on the Midwest region. These big-woods and grain states offer good to great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Illinois With advanced planning and in-the-field scouting, it’s possible to find a public-land...


7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


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