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The 10 Best Deer Hunting Magazines in America

I started my career in the outdoor industry as a magazine writer. Today, I’m a digital guy. But there’s still something magical about holding that fact-filled book in your hands. Turning the glossy pages and seeing the words and photography that adorn them is an experience you don’t get elsewhere...


Don’t Just Pattern Deer. Pattern Other Hunters, Too

It’s happened to you. It’s happened to me. And it just might happen to us both again by the end of the week — patterning a nice buck, only for a fellow hunter to move in and screw it up nice and good. Such is the norm for those who...


Been Hunting the Same Farm for Years? Read This.

All hunting properties change. The changes can be subtle, like a maturing timber canopy snuffing out early successional growth, or they can be more abrupt — like a clear-cutting operation next door. These things reroute deer movement and as hunters, we must be attune to them. But that’s not always...


Public Land Deer Hunting You Don't Know About

I have seen a lot of changes in the 45 years that I’ve been bowhunting for whitetails, but without question the most alarming is the increased difficulty in finding a place to hunt. When I was starting out in the 1970s, I could knock on the door of most any...


7 Reasons Why Kids Aren’t Deer Hunting

We’ve lost more than 18 million hunters since 1982. There was a decline of 2.2 million active hunters from 2011 to 2016 alone. We’ve talked about all the reasons before. There’s less available hunting land, an aging hunting population, and a shift from rural to urban living. That five-year loss...


Is Your Venison Infested?

Deer are covered in parasites, inside and out. In fact, a Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study done on free-ranging whitetail deer in Natchez, Mississippi, found an average of 3,988 various parasites per deer. Are they dangerous to hunters who handle and eat the deer they kill? Luckily, in the vast...


Why Veterans Make Great Hunters

My grandfather, Papa, was a World War II veteran. Fortunately for me, he was retired when I was born and was able to spend a large amount of time teaching and passing along his knowledge of hunting and woodsmanship. Starting when I was about six years old, he never went...


The Glassing Tip No One Taught You

What we do between now and opening day of archery season has a major impact on our chances for success. And when it comes to scouting, figuring out how deer maneuver through your hunting area is priority No. 1. Trail cameras are certainly effective for this, but nothing works better...


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...


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