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Tips for February Coyote Hunting

When deer season closes here in Virginia, my friend Rick is not ready to hang up his camouflage just yet. “Hunting coyotes in the winter extends my time in woods,” he says. “I’m not the greatest caller, but coyotes are mating now, and some days they run to my calls...


Nasal Bots: Deer Parasites Straight Out of Nightmares

A few weeks ago, I was caping out the skull of a buck my buddy Phil killed with us during the December muzzleloader season. We’d already trimmed and packaged the venison, and just needed to boil and clean the skull for Phil’s drive home to New York. As I was...


Podcast: Brodie Swisher on BB Guns, Devices, and The Joys of Hunting with Kids

On this episode of Realtree's Outpost Podcast, I joined Brodie Swisher, editor of Bowhunting.com, for a great discussion on the realities of hunting with kids. Brodie, who lives just across the state line from me in Tennessee, is an expert bowhunter and champion game caller, but you'd never know it...


Why You Should Hunt a Texas Management Buck

There are two reasons why I love to visit South Texas in January: the weather is wonderful, typically sunny and in the 70s, and there are plenty of big deer running around. On most ranches in Texas, those bucks are classified as either “trophy” or “management” deer. Trophies are bucks...


Bowhunter Bitten By Bear in Treestand and Vagabond Buck Swims Mississippi River

Best Kill of the 2021 Season Some mega bucks have been harvested across the country, but to me this kill near Torrey, Virginia, is hands down the best . Virginia Dunning, 94 years young, went out one day in September and shot a fat doe for the freezer. Virginia’s daughter,...


Why You Should Snoop Around in Your Buck's Gut Pile

Phil Anderson has a job only a whitetail freak like you and me could love. “I snoop around in gut piles,” says the animal nutrition consultant from Pennsylvania. “The cool thing about rooting around in guts is that you get the most recent information as to what that deer ate...


Why the .300 Blackout Is a Great Deer Round

The 2-year-old buck was facing us at 90 yards, and my 7-year-old son, Anse, said he was steady, with the deer in the scope. I told him to hold on the crease between the buck’s neck and shoulder, and squeeze the trigger slowly. The deer crumpled at the shot, kicked...


Don’t Let a Dead Deer Kill You

One December day a few years back, a Virginia hunter name Rob shot a 10-pointer just before dark. He hiked back to his truck, put up his rifle, and called a buddy to help with the drag. When the boys went back in 30 minutes later, the buck was gone...


3 Places to Shoot a Buck Thanksgiving Weekend

There’s a big hunting weekend coming up. You and millions of other guys and gals have a few days off, and for many of you this is the last best chance to get a buck. After stuffing your face Thursday, get out there and try these three tactics. Hunt a...


When You Should Pass a Buck … and When You Shouldn’t

As a general rule I say to shoot whatever buck makes you happy, as long as you do it legally and ethically. Spike, forkie, 2-year-old 8-point … This is America, man, it’s your choice. We ought never to shame anyone for shooting a youngish buck with an undersized rack, but...


Why Buck Tarsal is the Deadliest Scent in the Deer Woods

One morning in early November, I smoked an 8-pointer with my muzzleloader and got on the blood trail. I could smell his rankness as I tracked, and when I found him a short way ahead, I covered my nose with my sleeve and thought, Man, you stink . The deer’s...


Is Saskatchewan Deer Hunting Overrated?

On a cold, gray afternoon in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1987, a whitetail buck thick as a steer chased a doe into a pasture. I threw the .30-06 to my shoulder and fired; miraculously the beast went down in a heap. My knees shook as I walked up to the 300-pound...


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