Retro

  • You Shot a Deer. Here's How to Find It.

    (From the editor: This Retro Realtree article was originally published in November of 2013)

  • 12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

    I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...

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Photo Gallery: From Buttons to Booner

( Editor's Note: This Retro Realtree photo gallery was originally published in October of 2013.) The process of getting a whitetail from the button buck stage to the Boone and Crockett category is a mystical journey that includes a complex assortment of variables. It takes four basic ingredients to produce...


How Coyotes Killed Deer Hunting

I hear it more and more as time goes on. “I’m seeing fewer deer .” That’s something I hate to listen to. Because of the root cause, I know there is no quick fix or simple solution to change it. There are many reasons why hunters might see fewer deer...


Can You Trust Angle Compensating Rangefinders?

Before laser rangefinders were common place in the hunting world, bowhunters had to rely on their ability to judge distance on the fly. Fortunately, todays archers not only have access to rangefinders but models that read and automatically adjust for angle. These modern rangefinders contain small electronic processors that run...


Baiting Big Game

Thousands of hunters across North America rely on baiting for deer , black bears and hogs as a perfectly legal hunting practice. Detractors are quick to call baiting a “lazy” style of hunting, but that's simply not true. Thing is, I’ve been a food-plotter since I was old enough to...


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How to Plant a Food Plot

I’m a deer hunter . Deer hunting is my greatest priority behind God, family, and friends. And it’s because of that undeniable truth that I plant food plots. I want to do everything in my power to help the whitetails I hunt. And I want to do everything I can...


Build Your Own Shooting Range

Remember that buck you missed? I’m not talking about the one in your formidable years. I’m talking about the shot you blew a couple seasons ago on that deer that should be hanging in your den. You know, the one you see in your mind every time you look at...


8 Reasons Why Your Kids Won't Be Hunters

I’m going to jump right out there and say that I believe the outlook for our hunting heritage is strong. A stone wall also is strong. And a stone wall can be chiseled away until it crumbles and falls. There are a lot of people with chisels out there trying...


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Tips for Bowhunting Pigs

Interest in bowhunting hogs seems to be on the rise, and it's no wonder. Wild pigs are great to eat, fun to stalk, economical to hunt and their numbers desperately need to be controlled. In many places, there are no bag limits or licenses required, and they can be hunted...


How to Make Your Land Better for Turkey Hunting

If you manage hunting property, whether it’s a 50-acre family farm or a multiple-member lease, wild turkeys likely figure into your plans – at least to an extent. Deer get the most attention, and food plots and improvements intended for deer certainly benefit turkeys. But by specifically managing for turkeys...


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The Big Mean 13 of Bowfishing

Bowfishing is a lot like bowhunting. Except that you get to shoot a whole lot more. And it's warm. And you can talk to your buddies. And you don't have to worry about the wind. And you get to reel in a bunch of big fish... It's an inexpensive sport...


How to Kill Pressured Turkeys

Public land. Late season. Mute gobblers. We all encounter these problems. Here’s how to pull out the stops and tag a longbeard that won’t cooperate.


Broadhead Selector

Editor's note: This interactive feature was originally published on November 7, 2013.


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