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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,...


Shed Hunting Tips 101

Bonnie led Bill Healy to his first shed antler. He was a graduate student at Penn State, studying the food habits of deer in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. Bonnie was a guinea pig — really, a tame, whitetail doe. She wore a harness as Healy followed with a clipboard and...


Blunders Afield: Funny (and Weird) Mistakes That Cost Me Deer

So, when it comes to deer hunting, the common cliché is that outdoor writers, editors, hunting show hosts, and other outdoor industry "professionals" have it all figured out. My question — outdoor writers have it all figured out, eh? My response to my question — Bah. Gah. And naw. Sure,...


Off-Season Scouting: Look for Target Buck Beds During the Off-Season

The off-season is a time to rest, reflect and grow as a deer hunter. But it’s also a time to work. It’s a time to map trails, find rut sign, track down bedding areas and a plethora of other to-dos. Put simply, it’s not just a time — but the...


Principles of the Deer Hunt

Why do we hunt? Is it for the passing of time? Is it for the bragging rights of a well-earned trophy? The satisfaction of knowing that sometimes as a hunter you put yourself up against nature and succeed? Or maybe it’s the hearty, all-natural meals to come? For me, many...


10 Tips for Deer Hunting in the South

Deer hunting in the South is a completely different animal than hunting in the northern half of the country. I won’t say that it’s harder. But it’s different. And what might work in one location might not in another. It takes a lot of trial and error to kill a...


Predator Control and Why It Matters for the Future of Deer Hunting

Wildlife populations are constantly in flux. Both predator and prey populations rise and fall. That’s the natural cycle. However, just as whitetail population management is important, so is predator control. Jeff Davis of Whitetails Unlimited has spent the majority of his life in Minnesota where predator control is an ongoing...


10 Things You Need to Know About Late-Season Deer Hunting

Deer season is already over for some. It's nearing its end for others. If you're among the latter, here are 10 different tidbits of information that might help you seal the deal in the final days of deer season. 1. Faster (and Cheaper) Sighting In Want a quicker method of...


The Best Scent Strategies for the Rut

White-tailed deer are olfactory-driven creatures. They depend on their keen sense of smell more than any other of their perceptions to avoid predators, locate food, and so much more. While many whitetail hunters depend on calls, food products (where legal), or decoys to bring bucks beneath their stands, many hunters...


Exactly How Rare Are Boone and Crockett Whitetail Bucks?

You scroll through Facebook and Instagram during deer season and it’s like . . . Booner . . . Booner . . . . Booner . . . It’s true, it can seem in fall and winter that everyone is killing the big one, except for you. You aren’t killing...


10 Mistakes That Cost You a Deer This Season

It’s hard to believe another year has come and (almost) gone. But it has. And the final days of deer season (for most) are wrapping up with it. Some filled tags. Some didn’t. But if you fall in line with the latter, it’s important to note that certain common mistakes...


15 Deer Hunting Sayings Everyone Is Tired of Hearing

Deer hunting is full of vernacular that only whitetail enthusiasts understand. Different sayings, lines and clichés that most people wouldn’t begin to decipher. Some are bad. Others are really bad. And some are just plain ugly. We all have our pet peeves, but some deer hunting lines just need to...


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 buck early on during archery season. Since then, I’ve been a part of some great hunts...


Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...


The Best Conditions for Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is a game of chess. You make a move. The deer makes a move. And back and forth we go. That said, we’re sometimes better off to not make a move. Or, at least, waiting until the right time to make it. Here are some of the conditions...


10 Places to Find Late-Season Buck Beds

The early season is long gone. The northern rut came and went. The late season is here. And now it’s time to execute game plans. But what are those plans? How do we find bucks? Where do we find them? None of these questions are easy or simple to answer...


Why Reclaimed Coal Mines Make the Ultimate Deer Habitat

Growing up in Virginia, I thought of coal mines as dark, scary places. It never occurred to me that such a setting could be turned into heaven-on-earth for wildlife and even hunters. All wildlife benefits from the environment on a reclaimed surface mine, but especially deer. It provides a variety...


Behind the Scenes with Fred Eichler

World-renowned bowhunter Fred Eichler of Trinadad, Colorado, is a passionate hunter. Eichler is the owner of Fulldraw Outfitters in southern Colorado, where he guides 10 months of the year for antelope, elk, mule deer, bear, mountain lion and turkey. He's also host of the show "Easton Bowhunting" and "Predator Nation."...


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