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Try This Deadly Scent Strategy for Late-Season Bucks

B.J. Clement and his son, Todd, are die-hard archers who love to bowhunt into December, even though that is when rifle season starts in Kansas. “Out here where we hunt, the late and second rut can be as good or better than the peak rut, especially when the weather is...


3 Thoughts on Ground Shrinkage

One day on the Texas plains, I leveled my 7mm mag. on a fat 9-pointer, the larger of two bucks sparring in a dry wash 150 yards away. “Buck on left, ready?” I whispered to Bill, my cameraman. “Go.” Boom! The deer piled up and we hustled out to see...


Have You Ever Rattled Up a Buck with a Climbing Stand?

Back in the day, before hashtags made tree saddles cool, mobile bowhunters used climbing stands. Climbers still work fine wherever tall, straight timber is found, and I especially like using them this time of year when I’m hunting scrapes and pinch points in the hardwoods. (Get the scoop on chasing,...


You Wounded a Buck. Will He Come Back?

One morning I got a text from my friend Scott. “Shot …” “Great, be there in a few,” I responded. “No. Hit him in head, deer ran off.” “What the …?” When we hooked up later, Scott explained that he released the arrow, heard a loud thwack, and watched in...


What’s the Best Straight-Wall Rifle Round for Deer Hunting?

If you’re going to be hunting this fall in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Michigan, take a quiet moment to yourself and give thanks for the straight-wall rifle cartridges that are slowly replacing shotgun slugs in the deer woods. Though I’m saying this in the nicest way possible, shotgun slugs...


6 Things Hunters Have to Know About Chronic Wasting Disease

I just Googled “Chronic Wasting Disease” and got 28,700,000 results, links where you can go to get information on the nasty neurological disease that is affecting some herds of whitetails and mule deer across North America. CWD causes a spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals that results in...


Are Trail Cameras Affecting Your Hunting Experience?

Author’s note: First off, let me say I enjoy trail cameras and use them extensively. No doubt in terms of hunters finding, patterning and killing big, mature bucks, cams are the biggest innovation of the last 30 years in the deer hunting world. — M.H. I, like most whitetail hunters...


The Best One-Liners from Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp

Early bow season is a special time of the year, and even more so as we enter the home stretch of 2020, the Year of the Crazy. My wife, Michelle, and I hosted Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp during opening week at our place in Kentucky. We invited a crew of...


What's the Word on EHD This Deer Season?

This has been a bizarre and difficult year for all of us, but I have some good news to report from the whitetail world. As of mid-September, outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in deer herds are minimal across America. In fact, so far, 2020 has the lowest infection rate...


It’s Hot. You Shot a Deer. Now What?

If you’re not bowhunting already, you will be in a few weeks, and chances are the September or early October weather will be warm to downright hot. Whether you shoot a doe or a 150-inch buck, it is both your ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the meat...


5 Tips for Better Crossbow Hunting

My guess is there’ll be a bunch of crossbow hunters in the woods this fall. Interest in hunting is on the general upswing, many states have relaxed their crossbow regulations, and there are more crossbows than ever on the market to suit all budgets. I grow tired of people comparing...


September Sins: 6 Reasons Why Early Season Hunts Fall Apart

September bucks are easy, right? The August trail camera pictures and bachelor group glassing sessions make some of those big summer studs seem tame enough to cuddle. “You could set a watch by him,” the old saying goes. But then opening day arrives, and that deer you thought you knew...


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