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Is a Live Test for CWD on the Horizon?

Chronic wasting disease is one of the foremost challenges faced by today’s deer biologists and managers. Researchers are fighting many battles in the war against this threat, and one of the biggest is the inability to efficiently test live animals for CWD. Davin Henderson, a protein chemist and founder of...


Should We Stop Rifle Hunting During the Rut?

I kill deer with guns and bows, and really have no bias one way or the other when it comes to deer hunting. I love the twang of a bow string and the aroma of freshly burned gunpowder, and I’ll hunt with whatever method is in season. Not everyone feels...


Why Windy Days are Great for Deer Hunting

You hear it all the time at hunting camps, bow shops, and anywhere else deer hunters congregate: “Deer don’t move on windy days.” And there’s no questioning Granddaddy when he recites that bit of wisdom for the fiftieth time. You’re safer lining a pack with medium-rare deer steaks and walking...


Deer Hunting in Colorado

Season Dates (2020): Colorado’s plains archery season (east of I-25, except Unit 140) runs from October 1-23, November 4-30 and December 15-31. West of I-25 (and unit 140), archery runs September 2 to 30. The rifle seasons vary by unit but will be October 24 to November 1, October 24...


Deer Hunting in New Mexico

Season Dates (2020): Season dates vary greatly by unit, and all tags are offered on an annual draw basis. Please refer to the New Mexico Game & Fish website for specific season dates . The Grade: C Known more for mule deer opportunities, the Land of Enchantment nonetheless has small...


Deer Hunting in Arizona

Season Dates (2020) Season dates vary by unit and species. Check regulations for specifics. T he Grade: B Solid numbers of mule deer and the Coues whitetails are found in The Grand Canyon State. The latter are spread across the central and southeastern regions of the state, most of which...


Deer Hunting in Idaho

Season Dates (2020): Although season dates vary by unit, for most areas, archery season runs from late August to late September. For others, it falls during portions of November and December. For those who have it, muzzleloader season spans November 10 to December 1. Short-range season falls during August, September,...


Deer Hunting in Oregon

Season Dates (2020): Historically, dates largely vary by unit and region across Oregon, but for many hunters, archery season ranges from August 29 to September 27. Rifle (any legal weapon) seasons varies depending on unit. Please check the state DNR's website for details. The Grade: D If you’re looking to...


Deer Hunting in Washington

Season Dates (2020): Archery season (for most) opens September 1 and ends either on September 20 or 25. The late archery season is from November 10, 20, or 25 to December 8 or 15, depending on location. Muzzleloader season runs from September 26 to October 4 and November 25 to...


Deer Hunting in Wyoming

Season Dates (2020): Hunting seasons vary greatly by hunt area. Check Wyoming Game and Fish Department regulations for specific season dates . The Grade: B Because mule deer are the first choice for most Wyoming hunters, whitetails are somewhat overlooked in the Cowboy State. Wyoming’s whitetail herd is scattered in...


Deer Hunting in Montana

Season Dates (2020): Archery season runs from September 5 to October 18, and the general rifle season runs from October 24 to November 29. Youth season is October 15 to 16. There are additional seasons by zone. Please check the state DNR's website to confirm individual unit season dates. The...


A Father, a Son, and a First Coues Deer

There’s nothing quite like a first deer. For 13-year-old Zachary Brown, and his father, Nathan, that memory was cemented on a hot day last fall with a solid Coues whitetail buck. Arizona residents Nathan and Zachary enjoy being outside together, and they’ve always been fans of Realtree Outdoors. They proudly...


May Deer Hunting News Roundup

We have the whole summer ahead of us before we can jump back into deer season, but whitetails are active and making headlines no matter what time of year it is. Here’s the latest in the deer hunting world. Deer Hunting Regulation Changes Changes to hunting regulations are common. So...


Wisconsin Hunters Reject Changes to Deer Season

Few things fire up deer hunters more than changes to their season, and in the past two decades, Wisconsin has seen plenty of fired-up hunters. Many newly proposed hunting policies, some of which were enacted, have been met with public dissension. The latest debates stem from the Wisconsin DNR Spring...


What’s Going on with Paralyzed Fawns in Martha’s Vineyard?

In November of 2019, paralyzed whitetail fawns were found in multiple locations on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, prompting an investigation from area agencies and universities. “From early November to mid-December 2019, MassWildlife received reports of deer displaying signs of paralysis in West Tisbury and Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Six affected...


10 Hunting Projects to Do at Home

Coronavirus has millions of Americans twiddling thumbs, kicking rocks and grimacing at the stock market. In a fast-paced society that came to a screeching halt, boredom and depression quickly entered households everywhere. Unfortunately, that’s life right now. But you can still make the most of it. While some people are...


7 Crazy Differences in Tagging Deer

I travel for whitetails a lot. No two states I’ve ever been to use the same tagging and checking system. After digging a little further, I couldn’t find twin systems anywhere in the nation. There are numerous crazy differences in reporting harvests across America. Behind the Regs The extreme differences...


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2020 Realtree Mother's Day Gift Guide

If you have an outdoors-lovin' mama in your life, you're in luck. We just made Mother's Day gift buying a whole lot easier for you. We've selected a number of items that are guranteed to put a smile on her face. From jewelry, to clothing, to coolers, these gifts celebrate...


April Deer Hunting News Roundup

Deer season is still five or more months away for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already making headlines. There’s a lot going on in the deer hunting world right now. Here’s the latest roundup of news you need to know. 2019 Harvest Reports Trickling In Several...


Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


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