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.

Pages


Muzzleloader Hunter Facing Felony Charges After Killing Bowhunter in Elk Hunting Incident

On Friday, Sept. 17, Ronald Morosko was elk hunting in the San Juan National Forest near Rico, Colorado, with his partner, Slade Pepke. Both men, of Pennsylvania, were hunting with muzzleloaders. At the same time, Gregory Gabrisch, of Houston, Texas, was in the same area, also elk hunting, but with...


Anti-Hunter Hysterics, Deer Disease Updates, 53-Year Mystery Solved, and Other Deer Hunting News

Let’s start with some anti-hunter fearmongering. Two groups you have never heard of, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council, have petitioned the Secretary of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service to ban the import of all wild animals into the United States, and...


Gallery
15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


How Mule Deer Kicked My Butt, Again

The first time I ever went mule deer hunting I shot a nice 4x4 buck with a bow from a ground blind at about 30 yards. He was feeding in a Colorado alfalfa field on a chilly September evening, and my buddy Miles Fedinec was in the blind with me...


How and Where Big Bucks Move in September

One September day Kevin Jaegers checked his trail camera and about fainted — there were multiple images of a 200-class giant with massive drop tines! Jaegers picked a spot and hung a treestand for the bow opener. “I figured if I was ever going to see this buck, the first...


EHD Hitting Western Whitetails, and More Pre-Season Deer Hunting News

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Two whitetails near Davenport, Washington, tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this week. Another 36 deer near Colfax are believed to have died from EHD. “We are bracing ourselves for this being a pretty bad (EHD) year,” said veterinarian Kristin...


Answered: 5 Early Season Deer Hunting Questions

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer, and a shooter 10 coming to a beanfield like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks (especially the 10-point), be around when bow season opens in a few weeks? That bachelor’s club will start to break up in...


Micro Food Plots for Bow Season

Two to 5 acres or more of shimmering green food plot is pretty to look at, and it no doubt will attract a good number of whitetails. But how many times have you sat in a tree on the edge of a large plot, glassed deer coming, going, and feeding...


Podcast: Stephen Tucker's Tips for Bowhunting Big Velvet Bucks

Serious deer hunters have probably heard of Stephen Tucker. The soft-spoken farmer from Middle Tennessee shot a 47-point non-typical whitetail in November of 2016 that was, for a few years, the largest non-typical buck ever taken by a hunter. Tucker killed that buck with a muzzleloader on a small farm...


Gallery
7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations. See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts...


Podcast: Antelope Forecast and Bowhunting Tips

Archery antelope seasons open across the West this month. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Pronghorn antelope are the most underrated big-game species in the country. This week on Realtree’s Outpost podcast, I sat down with my longtime hunting buddy Miles Fedinec to talk goats. Miles has...


Have You Ever Seen a Melanistic Whitetail?

I was hunting one time in South Texas when I got this text: If you get done early come see me. I know how you like weird deer stuff … I was intrigued, and lucky for me, I shot my buck later that day. The next morning, I showed up...


Pages