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13 Things Public Land Deer Hunters Despise You For

The public land scene is much like the private land venue, but with subtle twists. For those who’ve never hunted public land, these things might (or might not) be new to you. Some even apply to private land. But if you’ve spent any length of time hunting open-to-all properties, these...


Midwest Whitetail: Stands to Avoid, Public Land Scouting

You'll find some full-bore turkey action up front. Then we'll dive into some deer hunting know-how as Bill Winke discusses stands to avoid, and why. Lastly, Josh Sparks goes on a public-land scouting mission to learn as much as he can. After all, that's the gig during the off-season. Hunt...


Bowhunter Grunts 200-Inch Buck Right to the Treestand

Iowa is a great place to hunt whitetails. Let's get that out of the way. The habitat is incredible. Genetics are through the roof. And a state system that allows bucks to reach older age classes doesn't hurt things. It's a slice of heaven right here on earth. Al Kraus...


Bill Jordan Tags a Giant Gnarly Whitetail Buck

Bill Jordan and Kansas are synonymous. They go together quite well. A lot of great deer hunts throughout the years are the result. Just outside of Ford, Kansas, Jordan is perched along a dried-up river bottom. He knows this area well and how the whitetails use it. He's just waiting...


Whitetail TV: Adrenaline-Packed Season Highlight

The 2018-19 deer season was a blast. Big deer were seen. Big deer were filmed. Big deer hit the ground. It was a raging success. From the North, to the South, Whitetail TV produced a lot of successful hunts. Here is a brief recap of some of the best. And...


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10 Awesome Venison Recipes for Deer Hunters

I’ll give you the top three reasons I deer hunt. Backstrap. Tenderloin. And backstrap. Food — that’s the main reason we hunt, right? It is for me and many hunters that I know. I’m not saying you shouldn’t hunt for fun or to be with family and friends. Those are...


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13 Mistakes Rookie Deer Hunters Make

Deer hunting is a never-ending journey. If you do it and do it right, you should never stop learning. We can know a lot about the white-tailed deer due to the extensive research biologists are conducting. We can perfect approaches and tactics by observing whitetail behavior and implementing said tactics...


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Realtree 2019 Mother's Day Gift Guide

Mother's Day is just around the corner. You forgot? Again? That's OK. As always, we've got your back. We've selected a variety of Mother's Day gift ideas that are perfect for the outdoors-loving mama. Now you have no excuse for not finding her a gift she'll truly love this Mother's...


Heads of State: All About State-Record Bucks

Record bucks. They aren’t what drive hunters to the woods each year. But they captivate our thoughts. They all have a story. Do you know what your state record whitetails are? Wonder what other states produced? Here is every state record whitetail in the country. If it’s a record holder,...


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Tested: Four Killer Trail Cameras for Scouting Food Plots

Wireless trail cameras are arguably the most revolutionary scouting tool on the market today. For those who don’t want a cellular camera, don’t want to pay for and keep up with data plans, or don’t have enough service, traditional cameras are still effective, too. They just require a little more...


5 Hunters Who Make Everyone Mad

Deer hunters, as a whole, are some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. They are passionate about the game they pursue and truly care about the natural resources that support their outdoor endeavors. When deer hunters get together, whether they’ve known each other 10 years or 10 minutes, good...


Whitetail TV: Deadheads and Dead Bucks

In this installment of "Whitetail TV," Kyle Barefield and Cole Barthel are back in Oklahoma. They spend the last few days of rifle season looking for their No. 1 target buck. They do find it, but it's dead along a riverbank. They decide to call an audible and focus on...


In-Your-Face Deer Fight Leads to a Big Buck Down

We're kicking it back to Monster Bucks XXI where Legends of the Fall's Mike McFerrin takes a giant South Texas whitetail. Set up between a bedding area, food sources and a watering tank, McFerrin prepares to wait them out. He doesn't wait long, though. Three years of history roll up...


Me, a Gutsy Hen and an Insulted Tom

Turkey hunting. It’s something that a lot of deer hunters bridge the gap with. Still, others are just as passionate — if not more so — about those red, white and blue noggins. While I’ll readily admit I’m more enthralled by the white-tailed deer, I’d be lying if I said...


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Déclassé Deer Camps: The Impending Death of Hunting’s Oldest Tradition

“Hey, Josh.” “Yessir?” “You understand what we’re doing here, son?” “Yessir.” At first, I didn’t understand. Understanding of things with true meaning never comes quickly. But as time went on, and I began to understand the magnanimous gift of the outdoors, a clear scope of hunting came into focus. Learning...


Midwest Whitetail: Finding a Giant Deadhead in the Spring Turkey Woods

Jared Mills, a bowhunting junkie with Midwest Whitetail , heads to his "project farm" to bowhunt spring longbeards. His turkey hunt quickly turns into more, though, as he finds a giant deadhead next to a big brush pile. Bill Winke also discusses finding deadheads and considers interesting points. Many older...


Whitetail TV: Rattling in Big Texas Bucks

Kyle Barefield and Cole Barthel spend a lot of deer season in the South. For this hunt, they're back in Texas with their friend Paul Holton. The stage is set for a good time. They begin by trying to rattle a deer within bow range. Things don't go as planned...


Michael Waddell Uses Decoy to Arrow Buck at 20 Yards

Michael Waddell and Kansas whitetail hunting aren't strangers. They're well-acquainted, as many hunts of Waddell tagging Land-of-Oz bucks have aired throughout the years. This hunt is no different. Here Waddell uses a decoy to lure in a stud midwestern deer. Paired with some good, old-fashioned testosterone, the buck can't help...


No 2019 Buck Tag in Famous Boone and Crockett County?

No 2019 buck tag. That could be life for the Buffalo County, Wisconsin, deer hunter this season. If the Buffalo County Deer Advisory Council gets its way, that is. They voted 4-1 (in favor) of the proposal last week. According to Paul A. Smith and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ,...


2019 Whitetail Report: The Current Status on Deer Processing

Deer processing. It’s a tradition and heritage unlike any other. But is it in jeopardy? Is it threatened by the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)? It’s quite possible that’s true. The Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA) shed light on this in its 2019 Whitetail Report . “Considering that around...


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