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How to Deer Hunt in September

September marks the beginning of a new deer season. It's the month where some hunters begin pursuing whitetails, and others eagerly wait for October to bring their own personal opening days. But for those who hunt in states with September openers, we've got the information you need September 1-9 The...


Urban Deer Hunting: Big Bucks in the Burbs

Big bucks are where you find them. And today’s savvy whitetail hunter knows that some of the biggest bucks are often shot in town; literally within city limits. Interestingly, some cities seem especially prone to producing massive antlers. Oklahoma County, the most populous county in Oklahoma and the heart of...


Realtree Rewind: Don Horton's Texas Stud

Hunters: Don Horton Game Hunted: Whitetails Where: Texas Hunting method: Rifle Phase: The rut Date: January Weather: Temperatures couldn’t have been better. Mornings were in the 40s and the mid-daytime highs were in the high 60s and 70s. The evenings stayed a little warmer than the mornings, as a light...


The Science of Killing Big Bucks

Throughout the years, most of us have had to rely on our own experiences or reading about the experiences of others to improve our hunting success. The problem is we sometimes draw the wrong conclusions from our past experiences, and misinformation from others can be passed down for generations as...


8 Great Spots to Kill a Big Buck

Are you a trophy hunter? Want to tag a big one this season? Start looking for these types of locations on properties that you hunt. Funnels , or narrow travel routes deer use, are productive throughout the entire length of deer season. However, for top-end bucks, the tail end of...


How to Hunt Property Lines

In the outdoor world, few things are more controversial than hunting property boundaries. As time goes by, it seems greed drives more and more hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to do illegal or unethical things. It’s not because they can’t decipher right from wrong. It’s because people test and even...


Realtree Rewind: Vicki Cianciarulo's 202-Inch Bow Kill

Hunters: Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo , co-hosts of Archer’s Choice TV show Location: Southern Colorado Dates: November 15-16, 2006 Species: Whitetail Weapon: Bows Weather: Mild weather with highs in the 50s and 60s Ralph and I had one heck of a Colorado hunt this year, which started off with a...


8 Ways to Avoid Ground Shrinkage

It’s not a term that I truly enjoy. Personally, I believe we should show respect to any deer we harvest. But for lack of a better term for accidentally shooting a smaller buck than intended, we’ll continue to refer to it as ground shrinkage. Here’s eight ways to help avoid...


5 Characteristics of Adult Does

When it’s time to fill an antlerless tag, most whitetail hunters want to do it with an adult doe. A mature deer will yield more venison. Biologists will tell you that taking her out of the herd does more for population control than removing any fawn. And due to their...


7 Best States to Kill a Velvet Buck This Season

Do you dream of killing a velvet buck? You like seeing all the fuzzy stuff on antlers? Don’t wait any longer. Go to one of these seven states and make your dream come true. These are the best locations for legitimate chances at killing a buck still in velvet. Below...


Everything You Need to Know About Acorns

The basic elements for a successful deer hunt are: know where the deer are bedding, know what they’re eating, play the wind, be there and shoot them somewhere along that line of travel. Fall deer hunting, particularly in the South, often occurs over cultivated, highly nutritious food plots. There’s nothing...


Busted: 5 Things You Don’t Know About Deer Senses

The 10-pointer, thick as beef and rack glinting in the late-day sun, stepped out of the greenbrier, took a quick look around, lowered his head and began sneaking my way. I put tension on the bowstring. In less than 45 seconds the buck’s route would take him through a shallow...


Realtree Rewind: A 27-Point Kansas King

Hunter: Gerry Rightmyer Date: November 29, 2005 Location: Morris County, Kansas Weapon: Centerfire rifle Species: Whitetail Preface: Newly trained B&C official measurer and Realtree pro staffer Gerry Rightmyer knows a trophy buck when he sees one. But the buck that stepped out in front of him one cold November day...


How Coyotes Killed Deer Hunting

I hear it more and more as time goes on. “I’m seeing fewer deer .” That’s something I hate to listen to. Because of the root cause, I know there is no quick fix or simple solution to change it. There are many reasons why hunters might see fewer deer...


How to Estimate Your Deer Herd Density with One Trail Camera

At this point, practically every hunter has a trail camera and while many hunters can tell you how many photos they have, few realize that trail cameras are tools capable of determining actual herd density, buck-to-doe ratios and fawn production. It’s an easy process and using these simple methods, hunters...


Early Season Deer Hunting: Conservative or Aggressive Tactics?

It had been two weeks since I’d watched the buck ease out into the bean field to feed for a full 30 minutes until it was simply too dark to see him any longer. I was in a stand with my bow, but 400 yards out of range. The stand...


Realtree Rewind: Kandi Kisky's Big Buck

Hunter: Kandi Kisky Date Hunted: October 8, 2004 Location Hunted: South Central Iowa Weather Conditions: Unseasonably warm with a front approaching Phase of Season: Pre-rut Hunting Weapon: Bow Hunting Strategies: Hunting a standing soybean and Buck Forage Oats food plot from a Loggy Bayou stand. Used rattlling antlers and True...


15 Tips for Deer Hunting from a Treestand

Throughout the years, I’ve still-hunted, spot and stalked, hunting from blinds and utilized treestands. While I enjoy and use each of these tactics when the situation at hand calls for them, my favorite method is the treestand. There’s no substitute in most scenarios. I mostly bow hunt. But I do...


The Death of Deer Hunting?

Words and phrases like "only option," "decimate," "picket lines," "eradicate," and yes, even "aerial shooting" are being bantered about in deer hunting and deer management circles with increasing fervor. While certainly strong language, could we be too late? Too late for what you ask? Chronic Wasting Disease, that's what. Up...


10 Tips for Getting Permission to Deer Hunt

Each season it becomes harder to gain access to private land deer hunting . If you are not a landowner or blessed with family members and friends who are; you are at a serious disadvantage on finding prime real estate. With the intense competition between hunters; it is ever increasingly...


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