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EHD Hitting Western Whitetails, and More Pre-Season Deer Hunting News

Let’s get the bad news out of the way. Two whitetails near Davenport, Washington, tested positive for epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) this week. Another 36 deer near Colfax are believed to have died from EHD. “We are bracing ourselves for this being a pretty bad (EHD) year,” said veterinarian Kristin...


Answered: 5 Early Season Deer Hunting Questions

You scout and glass a couple of small bucks, a decent 8-pointer, and a shooter 10 coming to a beanfield like clockwork in the evenings. Will those bucks (especially the 10-point), be around when bow season opens in a few weeks? That bachelor’s club will start to break up in...


Micro Food Plots for Bow Season

Two to 5 acres or more of shimmering green food plot is pretty to look at, and it no doubt will attract a good number of whitetails. But how many times have you sat in a tree on the edge of a large plot, glassed deer coming, going, and feeding...


Podcast: Stephen Tucker's Tips for Bowhunting Big Velvet Bucks

Serious deer hunters have probably heard of Stephen Tucker. The soft-spoken farmer from Middle Tennessee shot a 47-point non-typical whitetail in November of 2016 that was, for a few years, the largest non-typical buck ever taken by a hunter. Tucker killed that buck with a muzzleloader on a small farm...


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7 Different Deer Taxidermy Options and Their Costs

Taxidermy has a rich history in North America. It’s been part of our deer hunting heritage for hundreds of years. Many people have had deer hanging on their walls for generations. See, deer mounts aren't just trophies as some people falsely believe. They’re preserved memories. They’re something to spark thoughts...


Podcast: Antelope Forecast and Bowhunting Tips

Archery antelope seasons open across the West this month. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Pronghorn antelope are the most underrated big-game species in the country. This week on Realtree’s Outpost podcast, I sat down with my longtime hunting buddy Miles Fedinec to talk goats. Miles has...


Have You Ever Seen a Melanistic Whitetail?

I was hunting one time in South Texas when I got this text: If you get done early come see me. I know how you like weird deer stuff … I was intrigued, and lucky for me, I shot my buck later that day. The next morning, I showed up...


Hunting with Open Sights

I don’t guess I’ve ever heard a noisier buck. He was tending does in the dark, crashing through the hardwoods and grunting the whole way, even though the calendar said it was too early for that. It was mid-October, and the second morning of the two-day early muzzleloader season. I’d...


What Really Kills Whitetail Fawns?

Quick, what is the No. 1 fawn killer in America? “Coyote!” you squeal. It’s no wonder hunters blame Canis latrans for slaughtering little deer each spring and summer. Most all scientific studies over the past 30 years have documented predation, largely by coyotes, as the leading cause of whitetail fawn...


4 Things to Know About Whitetail Buck Bachelor Groups

These soft, summer evenings in mid-July and August are when I officially start my scouting for the upcoming deer season . A couple hours before dark, I drive to one of my hunt areas and park where I can see a good piece into a field of low-growing alfalfa, soybeans,...


Declutter Your Old Hunting Gear

Right now, there’s a flatbed trailer parked in my driveway, stacked high with a magnificent pile of junk. I see an old grill, a mini fridge that hasn’t worked in five years, dull lawnmower blades, and a storm door with broken hinges. I’m almost afraid to write about it, for...


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20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

I’m not saying your granddaddy isn't a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more bucks with his open-sighted, lever-action .30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-waxed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. And he'll shame a...


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