Deer Hunting

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The Glassing Tip No One Taught You

As archery season draws closer, pre-season priorities take on increasing urgency. What we do between now and opening day has a major impact on our chances for success. And when it comes to scouting, nothing is more important in terms of preparation than knowing how deer maneuver the area. Enter...


Why Deer Hunters Should Be Lazy in the Summer

Deer hunters can become almost hysterical as deer season nears. It’s much like swarming shivers of sharks. The smell of blood creates a frenzy. Seas of bucks-in-velvet trail camera photos do the same. All of this is like a race to a finish line that doesn’t exist. And if it...


Scouting for Deer with Topo Maps

Speed scouting with maps can quickly put you on big bucks. It works. MyTopo can help with that. You just have to know how to get the job done. And that's where we come in. Why Speed Scout? Whether you’ve been drawn for a special hunt in an unfamiliar area,...


Kill a Buck on a New Farm in 2 Weeks

You just got the gate keys to the farm. Perhaps you just bought your dream deer hunting property from Realtree United Country . Or, maybe you discovered a hot new piece of public ground. Now what? Hunting fresh dirt can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. I’ve found...


Do Your Deer Need Minerals?

Does deer mineral actually work? Of course it will attract deer, but do mineral supplements have any nutritional benefits for wild whitetails? If they do, what should hunters know about using them? We asked Alan Cain, the whitetail deer program leader for Texas Parks and Wildlife, as well as Dr...


Alpha-Gal Syndrome is a Deer Hunter’s Nightmare

Imagine that you shoot a buck and throw a nice, fresh backstrap on the grill in celebration. You gather around the table with your family for a meal, but after the feast, you fall ill. Rashes. Dizziness. Vomiting. Anaphylaxis. Excruciating stomach pain. That’s exactly what happened to Insights Hunting’s Glen...


Talk to the Tail: Understanding Whitetail Body Language

Whitetails get their name from their behind; specifically, the large, white patch on the underside of the tail. It’s used for sending all sorts of messages to other deer — and hunters can decode the messages, too, if they know what to look for. It’s all about the non-verbals when...


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,...


10 Best Times to Deer Hunt

Deer hunting is a game of odds. It’s also a game of decisions. Knowing when to hunt, when not to, and when the conditions are best for you is all part of the process. In my book, there are 10 times, conditions, or situations when odds become more favorable for...


How to Pack Hunting Gear on Long Walks to the Treestand

Hunting gear, it can be flat out addicting for guys and gals like you and me. We love testing out the new gadgets that hit the market — especially the ones that have promise to actually work or do something for us. But taking a garage full of hunting toys...


10 Steps for Scouting and Hunting New Pieces of Public Land

Hunting a new piece of dirt can be overwhelming — whether private or public land. But if you’re like us here at Realtree.com, you relish in it. You welcome the challenge. And you appreciate the rewards all the more for it. If you plan to scout, and hunt, a new...


3 Things to Do This Off-Season

The off-season is a time for work. It's a time for preparation. And if you aren't willing to do it, you could experience less success next season than you would have if you'd made an effort. Here are three interesting things to get done this off-season. Set a Beaver-Pond Treestand...


5 Random Hunting-Related Things You Have to Do This Off-Season

It's the little things that mean so much when it comes down to tumbling late-season turkeys or arrowing a monster whitetail. Learn some sneaky tips from our cagey veteran outdoorsman. 1. Build a Food Plot for Fall If you have food plots, or are planning on putting one or more...


The Truth About Deer and Urbanization

Urbanization. Urban sprawl. Habitat Destruction. It goes by different names. But its true name — the death of deer hunting. Or is it? That’s what we’re here to discuss. Before we delve in, it’s important to note that whitetails thrive on early successional edge habitat. And edge habitat often comes...


What We Know About the Recent News of a CWD Cure

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to worry deer biologists, managers and hunters across the country. It isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse. Many people aren’t aware of CWD, or simply don’t understand the full breadth of the threat it poses. Most researchers believe CWD is caused by an abnormal...


Whitetails Unlimited Introduces 13,000 Youngsters to Archery

Whitetails Unlimited, with the help of Realtree as a title sponsor, will introduce more than 13,000 youngsters to archery this year through the Kids on Target program. The program consists of kits that are given to youth through a willing mentor. Mentors can be anyone including a NASP coach, a...


Post-Season Scouting Tips

I haven’t conducted a formal survey, but I feel confident speculating that most Realtree wearers are just like me. You probably hunt whitetails. Now is the time to get out there and scout for big bucks. A little off-season work will give you a leg up on the deer you’ll...


How to Map Your Next Buck

Each year while doing seminars at various outdoor shows and sporting store events, I‘m often asked, “How do you and the other Realtree pro staffers find time to scout, hang stands and then hunt on a time-conscious schedule? Usually, I plan on one to two days for scouting, hanging stands...


The Best Shed Hunting Tips

Tines were sticking up not 30 feet down the trail I was walking. The party had officially started. At a fast clip, I went down the trail and scooped up a big five-point whitetail shed. Holding it in my hands, I looked it over not once, but many times. I...


Reminder: Equipment That Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett Won’t Let You Use

Fair chase — it’s a common term that we hunters often refer to. High-fence vs. free-range. Dogs vs. no dogs. This weapon vs. that weapon. It’s an age-old discussion. Nothing new. What is (relatively) new is technology. And according to both Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett, some technology,...


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