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The Ones That Get Away

We nicknamed him the “Stranger Buck” for the happiest of reasons; he’d grown so big from the previous season that we simply didn’t recognize him. My neighbor and I both had oh-so-close encounters with a monster 8-point the year before, and we had high hopes he’d be around the following...


No Girls Allowed

Back in the 1960s, hunting was a man’s sport and not generally of interest to young ladies. Shooting game and traipsing the woods wasn’t considered proper behavior for the fairer sex. But some didn’t subscribe to that policy. Tes Randle was one of them. Tes was raised in a family...


That Buck Is Onto You

Pressured deer are cagey, reclusive and downright difficult to hunt. But once deer season opens and other hunters are piling on the pressure, it can be nigh impossible to find a deer that isn’t wary. Yet, there are certain tricks you can use to even the odds. Here are six...


8 Ways Deer Hunters Have Changed

Open a hunting magazine from 1970. Then flip through one on the newsstands today. They won’t look the same. That’s not altogether surprising – magazines and their audience are bound to change over the course of 50 years – but once you start looking at digital content, social feeds, and...


12 Tips for Better Muzzleloader Hunting

Many muzzleloader seasons open during the best days of the year, and they can be your best chance at bagging a big buck. States like Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Oklahoma open during the heat of the rut. Midwest powerhouses like Iowa, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri have late-season opportunities in...


3 Signs You Have Too Many Deer

Few hunters complain about seeing too many deer. But the reality is, extremely high deer densities are detrimental to quality habitat, and when habitat declines and less food is available, it’s not a good thing — and it will ultimately impact your hunting success. On one property I hunt, we...


7 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Noses

Scent control is a multi-million-dollar industry, and it’s not hard to understand why deer hunters might want the extra help. Whitetail hunting is dominated by rules that revolve around your scent: Hunt the wind, pay attention to thermals, walk into the breeze, find access routes that don’t blow your scent...


10 Pro Tips for Deer Hunting with Decoys

Blood-shot eyes rolling back in their sockets. Tattered ears pinned backward. Snort-wheezes erupting. And then — a good whoopin’. Those are the sights you can look forward to when hunting with a buck decoy during the rut and Phillip Vanderpool, host of “The Virtue,” wants to help you make it...


Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Ultimate Access: Deer Hunting on Military Bases

For many people, the biggest challenge of hunting isn’t tagging a big buck or finding folks to hunt with. It’s simply finding a good place to go. The lack of access is causing hordes of outdoorsmen to leave the tradition behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There...


Dan Infalt on Mind Control and Big Bucks

You know that one guy who seems to have a lucky horseshoe stuck up his rear end every deer season? He seems to be an average guy who hunts like everyone else, but he knocks down big bucks one after another. What’s the deal with him? Why is he so...


5 Great Spot-and-Stalk Prairie Whitetail Hunts

The older I get, the more my legs yearn to wander. Truth be told, treestands in the woods can start to feel a little confining to my soul. Sure, I’m ready to sit in the oaks on a fine and frosty morning later in fall. Or watch a travel lane...


Read Topographic Maps, Shoot More Bucks

Whitetails that live in flat country are tough to kill. Without good terrain to conceal your approach, your quarry will bust you long before you get into range. That’s why I prefer hunting ground with varied topography over land without elevation changes. Terrain gives deer a tactical advantage, but you...


Your Roadmap to a Big Public Land Deer

The very best deer hunters are much like those at the top of any field or skill – they think differently than all the rest. One such hunter is Dan Infalt, a Realtree.com contributor and the founder of The Hunting Beast. We tapped into his knowledge and asked what his...


Deer Hunters: Don’t Overthink It

Every year, scores of new studies about whitetails provide hunters with fresh data about deer behavior, which hunters often use to choose their tactics. But no matter how much we learn, hunting will never be an exact science. Whitetail deer are wild animals, and they behave accordingly to survive and...


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...


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