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7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


Deer Hunting in Ohio

Season Dates (2020): Bow season spans September 26 to February 7. Youth weekend is November 21 to 22. Gun season is November 30 to December 6 and December 19 to 20. Muzzleloader season opens January 2 to 5. Please check the Ohio DNR website to confirm. The Grade: A Let’s...


Deer Hunting in Illinois

Season Dates (2020): Archery season spans October 1 to January 17, with closed days in certain areas. Firearm season is November 20 to 22 and December 3 to 6. Muzzleloading-only season is December 11 to 13. Youth firearm season is October 10 to 12. Please check the Illinois DNR website...


Deer Hunting in Iowa

Season Dates (2020): Bow season spans October 1 to December 4. It reopens December 21 to January 10. Gun season runs December 5 to 9 and December 12 to 20. Early muzzleloader season is October 17 to 25. Late muzzleloader season is December 21 to January 10. Youth season is...


Deer Hunting in Minnesota

Season Dates (2020): Archery season opens September 19 to December 31. Rifle season spans November 7 to November 15 or 22, unit depending. For some areas, a second season runs November 21 to 29. Muzzleloader season is November 28 to December 13. Please check the Minnesota DNR website to confirm...


Deer Hunting in Wisconsin

Season Dates (2020): Archery and crossbow season is September 12 to January 3, but it runs through January 31 in some units. Youth season is October 10 to 11 and the disabled season runs October 3 to 11. Gun season is November 21 to 29. Muzzleloader season is November 30...


Deer Hunting in Missouri

Season Dates (2020): Archery season is September 15 to November 13 and November 25 to January 15. The main firearms season is November 14 to 24. Alternative methods season is December 26 to January 5. The firearms antlerless-only season is December 4 to 6. Youth season is October 31 to...


Deer Hunting in Indiana

Season Dates (2020): Archery season spans October 1 to January 3. Firearms season runs November 14 to 29. Muzzleloader is December 5 to 20. Youth weekend is September 26 to 27. The reduction zone season is September 15 to January 31 (where open). And the special antlerless season runs December...


Deer Hunting in Michigan

Season Dates (2020): Youth season is September 12 to 13. The early antlerless season is September 19 to 20. The independence hunt runs October 15 to 18. Bow season spans October 1 to November 14 and December 1 to January 1. Gun season is November 15 to 30. Muzzleloading varies...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 2

Our second Antler Nation roundup centers on the Great Plains region. These six flyover states offer great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each one’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Kansas The Sunflower State’s public-land hunting isn’t as good as it once was. Non-resident hunting...


June Deer Hunting News Roundup

Fall is still months away, but it’s on the horizon. Whitetail news is slowly ramping up as we creep closer to the 2020 deer season, and a lot happened this month. From new public-land opportunities to one of the earliest potential cases of EHD on record, we have the latest...


11 Strange and Surprising Finds Afield

Years ago, a friend and I were walking down a dusty Texas dirt road in search of gobblers when something fell from the sky and landed with a thud at our feet. Upon closer inspection, we discovered it was a recently hatched turkey poult. Since there was no way that...


Senate Passes Historic Public Lands Bill

With strong bi-partisan support, the Senate has passed a major public lands bill that will set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation use if it passes in the House, which is expected. According to The Hill , the Great American Outdoors Act passed with a 73-25 vote and...


On the X: Scouting Whitetails from 2,000 Feet Above

Hunters of old likely never imagined aerial, topo and hydro maps all rolled into one, let alone types with other complex layers. Now, onX Hunt is altering the course of the mapping world and charting new territory, aiding hunters worldwide. That’s why we digitally scouted a fictional property with onX...


Why Aren’t We Trapping Coyotes Right Now?

I’m a deer hunter who’s never trapped before, but I’ve always said I would learn how to catch coyotes if the trapping season coincided with fawning season. But does trapping around the fawn drop actually increase fawn survival? Declining Recruitment To fully grasp the coyote-whitetail relationship, it’s important to understand...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 1

For years, Realtree’s Antler Nation has been a trusted resource for anyone planning an out-of-state whitetail hunt — and anyone curious about how the deer hunting in their own state stacks up. Each state’s profile is updated each season with current regs and need-to-know information. And, signature to the program,...


Boaters Give Drowning Fawn CPR

Boaters on Lake Tyler in East Texas used CPR to save a drowning fawn's life. According to KETK , Brian Ballard and his wife discovered the lifeless animal floating in the water. “We were pulling into the channel, which is no wake, and I saw something in the water. I...


Deer Hunting in Texas

Season Dates (2020 ): The Texas archery season is from October 3 to November 6 statewide. Muzzleloader season runs January 4 to 17 statewide. In the North Zone, the general season runs from November 7 to January 3, and in the South Zone, it runs from November 7 to January...


Deer Hunting in South Dakota

Season Dates (2020): Season dates vary by region, so check regulations for your area(s). However, for most hunters, bow season opens September 1 and runs through January 1. Rifle season dates vary greatly by unit. Muzzleloader runs from December 1 to January 1. Other season dates for antlerless deer are...


Where Do the Little Bucks Go?

Imagine a life where you’re forced to abandon everyone you’ve ever known. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all left behind, never to be seen again. That’s life for most whitetail bucks, and some does, too. According to Duane Diefenbach with the Penn State Deer Study Group, 50 to 80% of...


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