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The Sixth Sense, Part I: A Whitetail’s Secret Weapon

Your target buck steps out 75 yards away. Cool as a cucumber nowhere near a chopping board, he casually feeds along the timberline toward you. You’re well-hidden with no chance of making noise, and the soft breeze signals a steady crosswind. The situation is dang near perfect, and you’re a...


The Worst Trees for Treestands

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently encouraged deer hunters to avoid placing treestands in ash trees. The emerald ash borer kills those trees, resulting in dead timber that’s still standing. That announcement sparked a great discussion: Some trees are terrible for treestands. Treestand accidents are the No. 1 hunting-related...


After the Kill

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. — Fred Bear I am no Fred Bear and don’t claim to be. When it comes to bowhunting, I couldn’t carry the man’s jockstrap. But for the past 40 years, I have unabashedly hunted and killed deer according...


EHD Confirmed in Ohio, New York, Other States

As of early September, I can report outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Bluetongue in whitetail herds in five states. This nasty virus, which occurs annually in late summer in random hot zones across America, is transmitted to deer by biting midges. Symptoms of deer infected with hemorrhagic disease...


When Will Somebody Shoot the New World Record?

It will take a whitetail superfreak to top the 213-5⁄8-inch typical buck farmer Milo Hanson shot near his home in Biggar, Saskatchewan, one snowy November day 29 years ago. Rack Measurements My analysis of the top 200-inch typical racks in the Boone and Crockett records shows that the new No...


Podcast: Old-School Scouting Tactics, Hidden Big Bucks, and More Pre-Season Fun

It's late August and still hot, but there's hope in the air, too. Kentucky's squirrel season opened this past weekend, and Tennessee's early three-day "velvet" archery season opened today. With luck, I'll be in a treestand this weekend. We're right on the eve of one of the best times of...


Realtree Releases Monster Bucks 30th Anniversary Series

Realtree’s iconic Monster Bucks series has been a staple in hunting households for 30 years, and we’re still going strong. Monster Bucks XXX, the 30th Anniversary Edition, is now available for purchase on Realtree 365 . Follow Tyler Jordan, David Blanton, Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt, Chipper Jones, and others as...


Josh Bowmar Burns Truck to the Ground While Filming Prescribed Fire Video

Last weekend (Aug. 13), this video was posted to the Bowmar Bowhunting Youtube page, and it shows Josh Bowmar lighting a prescribed fire from the cab of his truck, catching the vehicle itself on fire, attempting to put the blaze out with a leaf blower, evacuating his gear from inside...


How Indiana Became the Best Big-Buck State in the Nation

This past month, my TV crew and I road-tripped across Indiana, interviewing hunters for a documentary on big deer. We talked to dozens of guys who have hunted local farms all their lives and who recently shot massive whitetails. The smallest shoulder mount we filmed scored 170 inches; the largest...


2022 Southwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Southwest is a different animal but a place where whitetails seem to thrive. Deer find ways to excel and grow in these arid places, even where food seems limited. And we’re forecasting another great deer season for 2022. Check out the details. Arizona Arizona is one of two great...


Why Every Bowhunter Should Visit an Archery Pro Shop

You can buy a used rifle, shoot it a few times at the range, and then probably be confident enough to kill a buck with it on opening day. Archery equipment doesn’t work like that. While there’s nothing wrong with buying a used bow, minor imperfections in fit and tuning...


2022 Northwest Deer Hunting Forecast

Elk, mule deer, black bears and other big game are the most sought-after animals of the Northwest. Whitetails tend to drop down on the list of importance. Still, in the isolated pockets with whitetails, the region cranks out some eye-popping deer hunting opportunities. Although hunters shouldn’t expect Midwest-esque antler sizes,...


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