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Habits of Mature Whitetail Deer

Habits are just that. They're things done repetitively in a manner that's predictable. And such are the things we look for in killable mature whitetails. Here are numerous habits to keep an eye out for when scouting and hunting. Bedding Habits of Mature Deer Getting close to mature bucks is...


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“Oh my…!” I said to myself out loud. Driving home from running a few errands, I spotted the buck standing tall in a soybean field. Its gargantuan rack told me it was the big buck on the block. I’d driven past the field dozens of times, but this was the...


What to Do When Your Guided Hunt Goes Wrong

You’ve spent good money to hunt with a guide in a choice location. You expect to have a great time, a safe hunt, clean and comfortable accommodations and a reasonable shot at success. You expect the guide to do everything in his/her power to increase your odds for taking a...


Women and How They’re Affecting the Deer Hunting Tradition

Cultural evolution has a presence in deer hunting. Whether in a retail store or on a social media platform, it is inevitable to encounter a woman being promoted by the hunting industry. Sometimes she will be shooting the next rifle you should purchase. Other times she might be showing her...


What to Know About Quality Deer Management

By this point, it should be obvious that the participants in a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program should be of a like mind, equally dedicated, and able to cooperate toward a common goal. After so much hard work, it is not uncommon for some QDM participants to “fall in love”...


The Myth of the Nocturnal Buck

You hear it every season. “Yeah, I’ve got a ton of pictures of him but they’re all at night. He’s nocturnal. Won’t be killing that big guy.” Insert sigh here. I might catch a little flack for saying this — but there’s no such thing as a nocturnal buck. Sure,...


Advanced Quality Deer Management Tactics Whitetails Benefit From

Once a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program is established and its basic steps of young-buck protection and doe-population control are underway, many groups want to go further and engage in more intensive wildlife management techniques. There are many advanced management strategies that will make a good program better. A Land...


The New Golden Triangle for Record Whitetails

Record deer data paints a picture of where the big whitetails have come from in the past, are coming from now, and will likely come from in the future. A few days ago, we released an in-depth review on where the biggest bucks are coming from now . Consider this...


A Short Lesson On QDM

Just as the popularity of bowhunting skyrocketed in the 1970s, so too did muzzleloader hunting in the 90s. With many states offering special seasons and bonus tags for black powder hunters, increasingly more big game hunters are opting to hunt with front-loading rifles. And thanks to technology, and other than...


15 Tips for Opening Day of Gun Season

No matter how young or old you are, where you hunt, whom you hunt with or what kind of place serves as your deer camp, we all have at least one have thing in common: the magic of opening day. Even when you've seen more than 40 of them (and...


How Managing for Older (Bigger) Bucks Helps the Entire Deer Herd

The white-tailed deer is the most revered animal in North America. How do I know that? Because more licensed hunters flock to the field to hunt the whitetail each season than any other species. The whitetail is loved, no doubt. So why is it that people oftentimes confuse trophy management...


The Top States for Boone and Crockett Whitetails in the Last 10 Years

Deer hunting is about many things. And I assure you that while it isn’t all about big deer, we would all love to set our sights on a truly incredible representation of the species. Most hunters who say otherwise aren’t being entirely truthful with themselves. More importantly, while quality deer...


States That Haven’t Produced a Non-Typical Booner in the Last 10 Years

I love records. I love them because they help inform us on where deer populations are thriving. Likewise, it shows how some states are phenomenal for hunting big deer. And how other states aren’t. These are some of the latter. Connecticut Antler Nation Grade: C While Connecticut’s deer population is...


Analyzing the World Record Typical Hanson Buck

I remember the first time I saw the 14-point, 213 5/8-inch world record B&C buck that Milo Hanson shot in 1993 with his .308 Winchester Model 88. I remember thinking out loud that I had seen whitetail racks with thicker beams and greater inside spreads, but none with the combination...


A Detailed Look Into Antlered Buck Management

It’s important to remember that buck harvest restrictions are not synonymous with Quality Deer Management (QDM). Rather, they are a strategy to protect a specific age class (generally 1 1/2-year-olds) or age classes of bucks. Bear Kuma Compound Bow in Realtree EDGE Buy Now Antlered deer management is important because...


Small Property Deer Management 101

Do you love hunting whitetails? Enjoy seeing the herd dynamics improve and thrive? Well you can manage for that, even on small properties. Follow along as the Whitetail Properties crew explains how to do that. Don't Miss: 7 Ways to Practice Quality Deer Management Are you a deer hunter wanting...


5 Food Plots for Procrastinators

I don’t know about you, but these days, I’m busier than ever. Most times, August arrives, and I find myself still looking at full bags of seed that I bought in May. The day-to-day grind is usually a brutal one. And that generally leaves me frantically putting in last-minute food...


Creating Water Sources for Deer

Many deer hunters hunt private property. Most hunters who hunt private ground tightly manage the property they are hunting. Hardcore whitetail hunters plant food plots, create bedding areas, feed minerals and have antler restrictions in place so bucks can grow to reach a mature age. The missing ingredient on many...


How to Know If You Should Practice QDM

Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a concept of wildlife management. In short, the QDM approach seeks to produce the optimum health of deer populations by protecting young bucks, establishing an appropriate sex ratio, and keeping the population in balance with its available habitat. A primary tool for all these goals...


Behind the Scenes of Realtree's TV Shows

When viewers watch "Realtree Outdoors " and "Realtree Road Trips" on the Outdoor Channel, or "Monster Bucks" on the Sportsman Channel, they see that we’re having a lot of fun spending time with each other, traveling the country and hunting in beautiful and remote places. While that is all true,...


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