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5 Best Stand Setups for Pre-Rut Bowhunting

With just a few lucky breaks in the weather, the pre-rut, from about mid-October through the first of November, can offer some of the year's best bowhunting. Mature bucks are antsy as they wait for the first does to pop into early estrus. But they're not roaming far and wide...


How to Read Rub Lines

“Look at this rub!” Alicia shouted. I know that my wife has seen more than her fair share of buck rubs, but the nature of her reaction proved that what she’d just found was very, very special. As I hurried over to where she was standing, my jaw dropped. Right...


19 Crazy Deer Hunting Videos

Deer hunting is full of surprises — good and bad. Rarely do things go according to plan in nature, but that’s OK, because it’d be boring if it did. Sometimes, you need something interesting to shake it up. Some of these videos are just that. Others are just shocking, wild,...


7 Most Common Reasons Deer Hunters Get Tickets

You love to hunt, and you play by the rules. As well-intentioned as you may be, it is easy to get lackadaisical and inadvertently break a hunting law. Here are the 7 most common reasons deer hunters get tickets. 1. Failure to Read the Regs Season dates and bag limits...


Urban Bowhunting Tips and Tactics

Bowhunting in the suburbs has a near cult following, and for good reason. It’s fun, and an effective way to tag some giant whitetails. Just take George Moore, Mark Hanaway, and Matt Myatt’s bucks, for example. If hanging a stand and hunting in town interests you, here are a dozen...


Monster Bluegrass Buck with Crazy Mass

Josh Harlow wasn’t surprised to see the big buck on his trail camera. The deer had been a regular on his trail cameras for the past three years, showing up about turkey season and staying until mid-August. Like clockwork, the buck would then disappear just before deer season, never to...


A Big NoDak Buck with a 10-Year-Old Bow

North Dakota is home to a lot of Pope & Young whitetails. It’s a land rich with bowhunting opportunity that few hunters capitalize on, but Andrew Dusek does. This season, he arrowed a great early season buck. He grew up hunting with family and friends, including one he called his...


Waterhole Sit on 90-Degree Day Yields Super Wide Buck

Heath Rayfield, co-host of The Woodsman, has long been a serious whitetail hunter. He, along with Cody Nickels of Double Nickel Outfitters, watched a massive whitetail this summer. They didn’t have any history with the deer from previous seasons. Still, watching this deer blossom into a huge deer was something...


4 Types of Buck Rubs You Need to Know

Fresh scrapes are the most alluring buck sign in the woods during the rut, but rubs are more important to your season-long strategy. Here’s how to place value on four types of rubs and how to determine which ones can help you pin down and kill a big deer. Type:...


Ole Miss, Realtree Partner on Football Helmet, Exclusive Gear

In one of college football’s marquee games of the week, Ole Miss will host Kentucky on Saturday when the Rebels will sport an exclusive helmet showcasing a custom color scheme from the camo experts at Realtree. In addition, the Rebels’ gameday wardrobe will include exciting new gear that features the...


The Sleep-Deprivation Buck

Kelsey Rutledge had a choice: come home from her night job and get some much needed rest, or go hunting. Like many passionate hunters, she chose the latter. For days, Kelsey had been leaving work each morning at 6:30, heading straight to the stand where she sat until midday, and...


30 Reasons You Won’t Get Your Target Buck This Fall

We deer hunters expect every new season to be the best one yet. That’s a good attitude to have, because you’d be a salty curmudgeon if you didn’t. But rarely does a season turn out exactly as we hope, especially if you’ve got a specific target buck in mind. What’s...


Retired Cop Bags 175-Inch Velvet Buck

Rocco Besednjak is a retired police officer, and because of spinal injuries suffered while on duty, he commonly hunts with a crossbow. He obtained a medical permit that lets him use it concurrent with the compound bow season, which lets him enjoy more time in the woods. He’s hunted since...


Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day

Although hunters and anglers don't really need an extra reason to celebrate and appreciate their outdoor heritage, National Hunting and Fishing (NHF) Day provides a special opportunity to do just that. September 24 marks the 50th anniversary of National Hunting and Fishing Day, which was designated by President Richard Nixon...


The Best—And Worst—Hunting Fads of the Past 40 Years

The fat 4-pointer glided in below my perch, young muscles rippling in the morning sun. I pulled the Bear and the aluminum arrow sliced the air. Then that sound — thwack. The buck mule-kicked and bolted. When I heard him crash, I shinnied down the tree, stepped out of the...


North Carolina Bowhunter Bags Crazy Club Buck on Opening Day

North Carolina isn’t a state that’s exactly known for producing big deer, but bowhunter Michael Herron regularly kills bucks that would turn heads in any state, including a few that score over 160 inches. “I’m single. No kids. Bowhunting is what I do with just about all of my free...


Kentucky Hunting Buddies Double Up on Opening Day Monsters

Robby Bishop and Hunter Wood were destined to be friends. Robby’s dad and Hunter’s grandfather were best friends and hunting partners. Their cousins and uncles all hung out together. So, when the two started talking about mutual outdoor interests years ago, it was only natural that they became friends. “There’s...


The Sixth Sense, Part II: A Deer Hunter’s Intuition

No sound is made. No sight is seen. No smell is sniffed. But hairs stand at attention anyway, and you know. You know there’s a big buck standing just out of sight, and a slight turn of the head proves your intuition true. Discussions of the whitetail’s sixth sense have...


The Sixth Sense, Part I: A Whitetail’s Secret Weapon

Your target buck steps out 75 yards away. Cool as a cucumber nowhere near a chopping board, he casually feeds along the timberline toward you. You’re well-hidden with no chance of making noise, and the soft breeze signals a steady crosswind. The situation is dang near perfect, and you’re a...


The Sleepover Buck

Kyle Culbreth had a problem. Sure, he had a great buck showing up on his family farm on a regular schedule, but he didn’t know how he was going to get a shot at him. Culbreth had been watching the buck for more than a year. The previous season, he...


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