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Realtree 365: Nearing Deer Season’s End

This week, on Realtree 365 , we join several different team members to see what their late seasons are looking like. The clock is ticking, but several hunters still have time to finish filling tags. These are their updates. Midwest Whitetail: Huge CRP Buck, Five Encounters with Marino Rating: 5...


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...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


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...


Ohio Buck Sports Quadruple Drop Tines

Eguie Machado knew a huge buck bedded in an area he hunted – and so did several other hunters. In fact, his good friends Dave Voisey and Ben Steiger found the buck’s sheds from 2018 on Steiger’s nearby farm. That year, the buck had a drop tine and this season,...


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...


Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


10 Great Careers for Hunters

One of the best deer hunters I’ve ever known was a used-car salesman. Neither his career choice nor his easy-going nature screamed “stone-cold killer,” but he was obsessed with bowhunting. And he was able to take time off to hunt and to develop relationships with folks who gave him useful...


Realtree 365: Late Season, Big Buck Action

Team Realtree is running down the clock in the January deer woods, and they're still tagging some great bucks. Check out the latest round of awesome post-rut episodes on Realtree 365 . Midwest Whitetail: First Buck in 5 Years, Deer Hunting Over Sorghum Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre:...


Christina Krajcsovics’s Giant Iowa Bow Kill

Christina Krajcsovics is the matriarch of a family of serious bowhunters. Along with her husband, RJ, and their kids, this crew hunts whatever is in season with a stick and string, from deer and turkeys to elk and black bears. For four years, Christina has applied for a coveted Iowa...


Hunter Swims Icy River for 200-inch Buck

In August of 2018, “Midwest Whitetail’s” Mike Reed got pictures of what appeared to be a 3½-year-old deer with world-class potential. It already pushed 160 inches. “We think we maybe had photos of him in 2017, too, but in 2018, this young-looking deer had points all over and we thought...


How to Train a Shed Hunting Dog

There was a time when shed antlers were an afterthought. You picked them up on the edge of a cornfield on a late-season bird hunt, or out of a honeysuckle thicket on a spring turkey hunt. Not anymore. Shed hunting has gone mainstream with organized events, specialty gear websites, numerous...


Realtree 365: Hunting the Southern Rut, Patterning Deer in the North

Some hunters are still chasing the southern rut, but most are hunting bucks on late-season, bed-to-feed patterns. Either way, everyone is seeing great action and laying down incredible hunting footage. Check out the Realtree 365 highlights from this week’s roundup. Midwest Whitetail: Two Big Late-Season Bucks Rating: 5 out of...


Leo Van Beck’s Public-Land Booner

The young buck in Leo Van Beck’s 2017 trail camera photo showed incredible potential. It was already a 140- to 145-inch 10-pointer as a 2- or 3-year-old. Van Beck, as well as his father, Marti, brothers, uncles and cousins all live and hunt near Sauk Centre, Minnesota, near where the...


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...


David Holder’s One-Eyed Iowa Buck

When a bowhunter moves to Iowa, it’s usually because of the state’s giant whitetails. But Realtree pro staffer David Holder moved from Great Falls, Montana, to Winterset, Iowa, for another reason. “My wife, Karin, is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, and her work instigated the move,” Holder says. “We...


The Ultimate Late-Season Trail Camera Plan

First, I offer my condolences. Building anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness and months of big-buck scrolling led you to this point. A buck tag remains unfilled in your pocket, and desperation is setting in. It won’t get the best of you, though. While many hunters are consumed with thoughts of...


A New York Buck Named Nightmare

Few hunters think of New York as a big-buck state. It’s home to more than 20 million people. (By comparison, 3 million people live in Kansas.) The Empire State’s deer woods get busy, and that pressure doesn’t lend to very good age structures, and leaves a relatively low density of...


Monster Bucks: All-Day Sit Pays off with Illinois Stud

David Blanton heads to Illinois for a highly anticipated bowhunt in early November. Bucks are cruising nonstop, and so Blanton decides to sit in the stand all day. It turns out to be a good plan because around lunchtime, a giant walks past his setup in easy bow range. Tactical...


Realtree 365: Incredible Late-Season Deer Hunts

The final days of deer season are almost in sight but for now, the action is still rolling. This week’s Realtree 365 roundup is packed with incredible late-season hunts. Midwest Whitetail: Perfect Late-Season Formula, Three Classic Deer Hunts Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Deer hunting Produced By: 41...


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