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Pennsylvania Record Buck Hid in Garage for 60 Years

The days of monster bucks going unnoticed are almost gone. With the advent of hunting magazines, digital outlets and social media, folks talk about big whitetails often — almost always. According to Bob D’Angelo, the Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program coordinator, and official Boone & Crockett Club scorer, few top-end...


Prep Your Brain for Opening Day of Bow Season

Many competitive archers and coaches will tell you that the most important elements of shooting a bow well happen in your head. That’s just as true for bowhunters. For Realtree’s David Blanton, a big component of pre-season practice is not just shooting groups of arrows, but shooting a few perfect...


Safety Precautions for Public Hunting Areas

I have never been an overly cautious hunter and certainly not a paranoid one. But these days, I’m more aware of my surroundings than ever. Crime and drugs are out of control. Runaway inflation and $5 gas have scumbags coming out of the woodwork and looking for opportunities to rip...


2022 Midwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Midwest is the home of big bucks. Some hunters who live here take it for granted. But folks who live elsewhere dream of going there one day. It’s an awe-inspiring place. I was one of those hunters. But in the past decade or so, I’ve hunted half of the...


Iowa Law Expands Rifle Options for Late-Season Antlerless Hunts

Iowa is the place of dreams for deer hunters. Tags are difficult to draw, but when you do, the state is a big-buck mecca. Now, controversial new rules will also boost opportunities for antlerless deer. Recently, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law expanding deer hunting rifle options...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


2022 Northeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Just as with the Southeast region , the 2022 Northeast deer hunting forecast is shaping up to be promising. This year’s Antler Nation grades are in, and almost all states show improvement from the past few years. Connecticut Some states are just average, par for the course or whatever run-of-the-mill...


Why and How to Scout Summer Scrapes

A few years ago, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources banned the use of minerals to attract deer. Officials believed that might help stop the threat and spread of chronic wasting disease. I’m all for doing everything we can to stop CWD, but the ban threw a monkey wrench into...


3 Killer Summer Trail Camera Tactics

Trail cameras can be great tools to aid in your success as a deer hunter, and hunters love to use them in the summer. But they can become too much of a good thing, too. Using them incorrectly can be a detriment to your hunting efforts. Applying these tactics in...


2022 Southeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Another deer season is on the horizon, and that means one thing — the latest Antler Nation rankings. Check out the 2022 grades for the Southeast region, with special information that might help make your hunt a success. Find intriguing info below, with additional state-by-state details in each link. Alabama...


Panthers Boot Deer Hunters as Top Florida Predator

Deer hunters have long been the kings of whitetail harvest. But in Florida, that’s no longer true. Although hunters remained the top dog into the 2000s, cats now rule. According to the University of Georgia , a highly regarded whitetail research machine, panther populations have exploded, and the cats now...


The 4 Best Spots to Hang Summertime Trail Cameras

I run several cams year-round, but July 4 is when I start my buck recon in earnest for the new season. Velvet antlers are growing full bore. When you get an image of a buck with shooter potential, you’ll know it and can start tracking his movements for the next...


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