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Find a Deadhead Buck? Keep it Legal

To you thousands of COVID-19 newbies that have joined our ranks to hunt deer in the fall and shed antlers in the spring, here is something you’ll find interesting. A “deadhead” is the commonly used term for a buck deer carcass that you might stumble across in the woods, with...


Is a Trail Camera Ban Coming to a State Near You?

Earlier this year Utah joined Arizona and Nevada in banning the use of all trail cameras for hunting. Montana prohibits the use of cellular cams during hunting season. Could similar restrictions move eastward to states where millions of us chase whitetails, and where millions of us use trail cams extensively...


2020 Season Had Highest Buck Harvest in 21 Years

We’re killing older bucks and more bucks than ever in America. That’s the overpowering message of the 2022 Deer Report compiled by the National Deer Association (NDA). The NDA reports that hunters across the United States killed an estimated 3,041,544 bucks in the 2020-21 season, the most in 21 years...


The Right Way to Clean and Store Your Hunting Rifle

Deer season is over, and now is the perfect time to give your rifle a thorough annual cleaning. Store your gun in a secure and rust-free environment and it will be in good working order when you break it out for a range session in a few months. Gun-Cleaning Gear...


Debate Settled: Deep South Deer are the Toughest to Hunt

One muggy morning in early February I sat in box blind in south Alabama and waited for the sun to shine. At 6:30 I saw a doe. Two hours later a fawn straggled through. Nine hours later I caught movement in the growing dusk, a buck! His rack had 4...


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...


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