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10 Aggressive Deer Hunting Tactics for Late-Season Whitetails

Are you a diehard deer hunter? Still have a whitetail tag in your pocket with a few days of season left on the calendar? If that’s you, and you still have the mustard to get out and brave the cold, here are 10 aggressive deer hunting tactics for those last-minute,...


7 Questions You Should Ask About Doe Management

Doe management is a major part of deer hunting. The world we live in is much different than it was 30, 20, even 10 years ago. And as coyotes and other predators continue to become an ever-increasing factor, analyzing doe harvests will become even more important. That’s why we teamed...


5 Differences Between the Northern and Southern Whitetail Ruts

The rut is a magical time to be in the woods. Bucks are running around like teenage boys. Deer activity is rising. Tags are being filled. North or South, it’s a grand time to be a deer hunter. But what really are the differences between the northern and southern ruts?...


5 Tips for Killing a Rutting Buck in the South

A lot of deer hunters say deer hunting the rut in the South is completely different than hunting in the North. While some aspects of that are true (timing of the rut, length of the rut, etc.), the fundamentals of rut hunting remain the same. Here are five tips that...


5 Places to Find Giant Late-Season Bucks

It’s the late season. It’s cold. Friggin’ cold. But you’ve still got a tag in your pocket. And I do, too. I’ve had a pretty darn good season. I killed a very nice Kentucky droptine buck early on during archery season. Since then, I’ve been a part of some great...


How to Deer Hunt in January

There’s a lot of constant change in the deer woods from September to December. That said, things don’t change much throughout the final month of deer season. In fact, my game plan changes very little from week to week in January. Sadly, deer season is winding down. But as this...


The Right Archery Setup for Blacktail Hunting

Big mature blacktails are wise, cunning and very wary animals. They are definitely a trophy for any serious bowhunter who is up for a real challenge. Sometimes we return from a hunt with an unpunched tag, but sometimes we return and rejoice in success with memories that will last a...


An Old Man and a Treestand

The old man shoved his hands deeper into the pockets of his red and black plaid, wool coat. He refused to give into the urge to check his watch. Forty-some years of deer hunting in these same woods told him that there were only a few fleeting minutes to harvest...


Gun Hunting: How to Shoot a Muzzleloader

Hunting with a muzzleloader adds a different element to the hunt. Getting back to the basics (or at least closer to them) of where gun hunting originated is quite rewarding. Not only that but it also produces an added challenge beyond modern rifle hunting. So, if you’re new to muzzleloaders...


Realtree Rewind: Bill Jordan's Double

Hunter: Bill Jordan Place: Frio County, Texas Date: October 30 to November 4, 2005 Weapon: Bow and gun Weather: Foggy mornings with moderate temperatures Bill and Phillip’s initial morning of hunting turned out to be a memorable one. We were down near the river bottom in an Ameristep Doghouse blind...


How to Bowhunt for Blacktails

I have arrowed a number of Pope & Young blacktail by way of spot and stalk, treestands, calling and rattling, as well as still-hunting. I am convinced that without being versatile in my hunting approach, I would not have enjoyed the success I have had on this most worthy trophy...


Realtree Rewind: Ned Yost's Alberta Buck

Hunter: Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ned Yost Game: Whitetails Where: Alberta, Canada Weapon: Rifle Phase: Rut Date: November 10-15 Weather: Unseasonably warm We put the doe decoy out right in the middle of the logging road our stands were overlooking. We figured that bucks cruising from the nearby cutover to the...


7 Factors for Daylight Deer Activity During the Late Season

The late season is a monster. Cold temperatures. Pressured deer. Nasty weather. Worn-down bodies. It’s a rough time to be a hunter. But it’s an even tougher time to be a deer. And that’s why those who still have tags should still be out there working to fill them. Here...


7 Tips for Using Food Sources to Fill Your Deer Tag

The late season can be a great time to kill a deer. It’s generally pretty cold. Deer are worn down from the rut. And they’re looking to fill their bellies in an effort to regain the body weight they’ve lost during the month of November. As I (and many others)...


5 Things to Do After You Fill Your Deer Tags

Are your deer tags already filled? Still some season left? Here are four things you can do to pass the time until the New Year. Duck Hunting It's cold, wet and generally miserable. It's also some of the best waterfowl hunting of the year. "It" being hunting ducks and geese...


Realtree Rewind: Terry Rohm's Kansas Giant

Hunter: Terry Rohm Game: Whitetail Where: Kansas Weapon: Rifle Phase: Late rut The first morning we hunted a stand that was in pretty thick cover. We saw just a couple of young bucks and does. Other than that, it was a pretty unproductive morning. The first afternoon, we hunted a...


Realtree Rewind: David Blanton's South Dakota Stud

Hunter: David Blanton Game: Whitetail Where: Isabelle, South Dakota Weapon: Thompson Center Encore muzzleloader Date: November 8-9 Weather: Cold When we woke, the temperature was stuck on zero. On a good note, the wind had died and the snow had cleared off. There was the most beautiful frost on everything...


How to Stalk Deer in Open Country

I’ll never forget the day I hunted mule deer with Tom Tietz, an outfitter based in eastern Colorado, which was about 10 years ago today. As we drove the two-track roads in his battered pickup leading out across the expansive rolling ranchland, I was beginning to wonder how on earth...


Realtree Rewind: Don Kisky's 213-Inch Giant

Hunter: Don Kisky with his wife Kandi behind the camera. Game: Midwestern whitetails Where: Southern Iowa Weapon: Bow Phase: Pre-rut Date: November 1, 2002 Weather: It was 19 degrees with a northwest wind. We were experiencing deer scraping like mad. There were worked scrapes everywhere. To start with, we were...


Realtree Rewind: Michael Waddell's Illinois Buck

Hunter: Michael Waddell Game: Whitetails Where: Pike County, Illinois Weapon: Bow Phase: Pre-rut Date: October 19-24 Weather: Warm Mainly, we didn’t see a lot of deer. Mostly small bucks and does were seen on stand. We did see one really big 10-pointer one morning driving in at daybreak. We did...


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