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Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 4 – The Southwest

All you have to do is shake a bag of shelled corn and all the Texas Booners come running in with tails wagging, right? Rattling works so well, it’s almost like cheating. At least, that’s what I’ve been told about deer hunting in the Southwest. Don’t get mad and kick...


Ranking the Toughest Deer Hunting: No. 5 – The Midwest

No doubt about it, the Midwest is the nation’s easiest region to deer hunt. Manicured food plots. Plump ag fields. It’s all quite beautiful. And we’re using an unscientific, slightly biased system to rank each region, from easiest to toughest. When it comes to the easiest, the Midwest has it...


When to Draw Your Bow on Deer

I’ve been busted by more deer when drawing my bow than I care to admit. There was that double throat-patch stud six-pointer in 2008. The full-velvet nine-pointer in 2011. The muscled-up tank in 2014. I’ve learned my lesson well enough that it stuck, and I haven’t been busted by a...


How Long Do White-Tailed Deer Live?

Aging deer is all the rage these days. The usual suspects, like wildlife managers and big-buck hunters, spend a lot of time aging deer in trail camera photos and on the hoof. But you’ll often hear hunters ask after a buck’s age nearly as often as they ask after his...


Deer Hunting with the .350 Legend

Like many good deer camps, this one started with a last-minute text invitation. My good buddy Nathan Robinson, who works for Winchester, sent me a note asking if I’d like to hunt Missouri bruisers with him and several other fellows that I knew all too well. You’d be crazy to...


Pro Tips for the Last Weekend of Deer Season

It might seem as though opening day was just here, but an entire season has passed, and now you’re staring down the barrel of the last weekend. But don’t give up hope. There’s still time to bag a buck, and we checked in with three of our pro staffers to...


When to Hire a Hunting Land Consultant

Another deer season has passed, you haven’t killed a buck, and your frustration is mounting. That track record could be the result of a lot of things: high hunting pressure, poor food sources, and mediocre tactics. It just might be time to seek outside help and hire a hunting land...


Kill a Buck on a Warm Winter Day

Christmas is long gone. The Super Bowl is almost here. And the Kardashians are already modeling 2020 swimsuits on Instagram. (Don’t ask me how I know that.) If that doesn’t light a raging fire in you to fill that buck tag, nothing will. Problem is, it’s another warm winter, and...


When Should You Shoot Does?

Deer seasons are ending or over in most of the country, and a lot of hunters counting down the final hours in the stand like to fill their tags with last-minute does. But is the late season the best time to shoot antlerless deer, or should you be doing that...


Did Your Buck Live?

The first step in filling next season’s deer tag is relocating the bucks that survived this past fall. Taking a post-season inventory not only verifies which deer are still alive but also helps you learn more about the properties they call home. Here are the six best places to find...


Are South Slopes Overrated in the Late Season?

Winter can be brutal on deer herds, but most whitetails nonetheless tough it out and survive. Instincts and calculated decisions guide them through these dreary days, often leading them to bed on south-facing slopes. Most deer hunters have heard of hunting these slopes at some point in the winter, and...


Post Rut Tips from the Pros

The rut is over in most parts of the country, and a lot of the bucks that were out there are already in freezers and taxidermy shops. It can seem like there’s not a set of antlers left in your woods — but there are. And thanks to these Realtree...


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