Brow Tines and Backstrap

Whitetails make the hunting world go round. Josh Honeycutt, deer hunting editor and "Brow Tines and Backstrap" blogger, knows a fair bit about killing mature deer. He was raised up hunting the river bottoms of Kentucky. And he still hunts there—among other places—to this day.

Follow along as he shares his adventures, experiences and knowledge of the white-tailed deer.

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June Deer Hunting News Roundup

Fall is still months away, but it’s on the horizon. Whitetail news is slowly ramping up as we creep closer to the 2020 deer season, and a lot happened this month. From new public-land opportunities to one of the earliest potential cases of EHD on record, we have the latest...


Why Aren’t We Trapping Coyotes Right Now?

I’m a deer hunter who’s never trapped before, but I’ve always said I would learn how to catch coyotes if the trapping season coincided with fawning season. But does trapping around the fawn drop actually increase fawn survival? Declining Recruitment To fully grasp the coyote-whitetail relationship, it’s important to understand...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 1

For years, Realtree’s Antler Nation has been a trusted resource for anyone planning an out-of-state whitetail hunt — and anyone curious about how the deer hunting in their own state stacks up. Each state’s profile is updated each season with current regs and need-to-know information. And, signature to the program,...


Where Do the Little Bucks Go?

Imagine a life where you’re forced to abandon everyone you’ve ever known. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all left behind, never to be seen again. That’s life for most whitetail bucks, and some does, too. According to Duane Diefenbach with the Penn State Deer Study Group, 50 to 80% of...


Want to Win $2,300 in Bushnell Gear?

Bushnell is now the official optic partner of Team Realtree. The new agreement expands the partnership between two of the industry’s most iconic hunting brands, and Bushnell optics will be seen across all Realtree television, digital and social channels including Realtree Outdoors and Realtree Road Trips TV , and across...


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Deer Poop

“Man, that’s a big pile of buck crap right there.” I’ve heard it a dozen times. You’ve heard it too, or even said it. We all have. But the deer biologists in goggles and gloves who study deer poop for a living (and other, more glamorous things) say it’s actually...


Is a Live Test for CWD on the Horizon?

Chronic wasting disease is one of the foremost challenges faced by today’s deer biologists and managers. Researchers are fighting many battles in the war against this threat, and one of the biggest is the inability to efficiently test live animals for CWD. Davin Henderson, a protein chemist and founder of...


Should We Stop Rifle Hunting During the Rut?

I kill deer with guns and bows, and really have no bias one way or the other when it comes to deer hunting. I love the twang of a bow string and the aroma of freshly burned gunpowder, and I’ll hunt with whatever method is in season. Not everyone feels...


Why Windy Days are Great for Deer Hunting

You hear it all the time at hunting camps, bow shops, and anywhere else deer hunters congregate: “Deer don’t move on windy days.” And there’s no questioning Granddaddy when he recites that bit of wisdom for the fiftieth time. You’re safer lining a pack with medium-rare deer steaks and walking...


May Deer Hunting News Roundup

We have the whole summer ahead of us before we can jump back into deer season, but whitetails are active and making headlines no matter what time of year it is. Here’s the latest in the deer hunting world. Deer Hunting Regulation Changes Changes to hunting regulations are common. So...


Wisconsin Hunters Reject Changes to Deer Season

Few things fire up deer hunters more than changes to their season, and in the past two decades, Wisconsin has seen plenty of fired-up hunters. Many newly proposed hunting policies, some of which were enacted, have been met with public dissension. The latest debates stem from the Wisconsin DNR Spring...


Chicken Killer Is My Name

Most nicknames are earned. They’re worn as a badge of honor, dishonor or plain old mockery. My most notable hunting handle all started on a youth upland bird hunt sponsored by Quail and Pheasants Forever , where I shot a stocked pheasant hen. Of course, while Kentucky does have native...


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