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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...


A One-Shot Bet and Buck Named Big Heavy

Many a bet has been made at hunting camp, but few hunters can say they’ve won a wager against Tyler Jordan that led to a chance at a 165-inch buck. But that's exactly the story behind Realtree Cameraman Bryan Brown's Nebraska buck that he and Jordan nicknamed "Big Heavy." “Our...


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 gamy; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...


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...


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10 Giant Public-Land Bucks

If walking 3 miles deep into a big chunk of ground, killing a stud so far away from civilization you can’t hear a car horn, and dragging it all the way back to the truck doesn’t sound appealing, this isn’t for you. But public-land deer hunting is the hot topic...


South Texas Ranch Owners Sue Seller and Real Estate Broker Over Subpar Deer Herd

Rosita Creek Ranch in Eagle Pass, Texas, was advertised as a “true sportsman’s paradise.” The 7,000-acre property, with an asking price of approximately $14.5 million, features four large lakes for waterfowl hunting and fishing and is home to blackbuck antelope and other South Texas critters, but the buyers say it...


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...


Who Left a Mysterious Safe in a Farmer’s Field?

What’s in a rusty old safe that appeared on a New York state farmer’s property last week? That’s what everyone wants to know, but the farmer says the contents will remain a mystery. According to UPI.com , a large safe, weighing approximately 500 to 600 pounds, appeared in a field...


Bryce Mitchell Partners with Realtree to Put Camo in the UFC Octagon

UFC fighter Bryce Mitchell, aka “Thug Nasty,” may be a rising featherweight star, but the Arkansas native is still a country boy at heart. Like all country boys, he loves his camo — and we’re excited to partner with him to put Realtree EDGE, his favorite pattern, in the Octagon...


8 Deadly Ambushes to Try This Bow Season

One October I scouted the bends and points of a 400-acre stretch of the Milk River in northeastern Montana and located four good whitetail bucks, two of which would push 140 inches, about as good as the racks get out there. I hunted hard for four days from three lock-on...


5 Ideas for Cleaning the Freezer Before Hunting Season

I hate waste. We strive to process our deer and other animals to use every edible bite. My dad is fond of saying our cleaned carcasses would “starve a buzzard.” That same philosophy carries over to the kitchen where we cook up hearts, liver, and other tasty bits along with...


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...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 5

Our final 2020 Antler Nation regional roundup focuses on the Northeast. From the status on deer populations to public-land opportunities and everything in between, we’ve updated each state with the information you need to know this season. Connecticut Mild winters and decent mast crops have helped put the deer herd...


Did That Buck Hear You?

We shell out good money on scent-control clothes and a concoction of soaps and sprays to knock out our man-smell. We wear our camo and hide as best we can from a buck’s sharp eyes. All are good and critical strategies. But what if a buck hears you? Or put...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 4

Our fourth Antler Nation roundup centers on these 11 states in the Southeast region, where you can find a mix of some of the country’s very best deer hunting — and also, some of the toughest. We’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital...


Will Deer Season 2020 Be Crazy?

It’s been a strange and difficult year, but hang in there because deer season is right around the corner. As I, like you, look forward to some much-needed treestand therapy, I can’t help but wonder: This pandemic has affected everything in our lives for the last six months. How might...


Boats and Bucks

It’s the eve of opening day of Maine’s 2019 expanded archery season, and John Altman is listening to news he’d rather not hear. A NOAA weather radio reports wind speeds of 20 knots and 13-foot swells. Altman and his hunting crew specialize in hunting coastal islands in the expanded archery...


Metadata Bucks

Biologists have researched the habits of whitetails for decades, and there’s a lot of data available. But how much of the information out there is actually relevant to deer hunters? As with many scientific discussions, the answer is: It varies. But when hunters collect their own intel and then pair...


Deer Hunting in North Carolina

Season Dates (2020): Season dates are segmented and vary greatly for different areas of the state. Please check the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission website to confirm season dates. The Grade: C Looking at data over the past 10 years, the harvest of trophy bucks and older age-class bucks in...


Deer Hunting in New Jersey

Season Dates (2020): Deer season dates vary greatly by deer management zone. Please check the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife website to confirm deer season dates. The Grade: B New Jersey isn’t the first state to pop into a deer hunter’s mind, but it does offer some quality hunting if...


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