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Scoring Your Whitetail Trophy

Not every buck needs to make the records book to be considered a trophy, but if you‘re curious as to how your buck measures up, here are some tips on how to score your whitetail. Tools of the Trade To accurately score your buck, you will need a 1/4-inch wide,...


Earn-a-Buck: Was it the Greatest Deer Management Tool?

During the 2000s, Earn-a-Buck in Wisconsin (EAB) was about as controversial as a politically charged viral Facebook post in today’s age. To say EAB in Wisconsin was a debated topic is putting it mildly. EAB was a system created to reduce deer numbers. If a hunter wanted to harvest a...


How to Find Deer Hunting Truth in a Rut Full of Opinion

Every season, whitetail enthusiasts engage one another and debate the hottest topics in all of deer hunting. Who can blame them? I can’t. I’m one of them. It’s these very questions a hunter must ask in order to be successful and consistently shoot mature bucks. Due to all of this...


Have Realistic Expectations This Deer Season

Killing a big buck is easy. You just head out to the stand, crack the horns together a few times, whisper a few lines about the treestand setup to the guy over your shoulder holding the videocamera and then whack the first monster that saunters by. Oh if life actually...


Behind the Scenes with Michael Waddell

Hunting with Team Realtree seems like the job that every outdoorsman would love to have. You'd get to hunt some of the greatest places in the world, take trophy game and live the big life as a professional hunter. After reading this up-front interview with Michael Waddell, you might just...


How to Hunt Big, Old, Mature Bucks

It's deer season. And you've got your hopes and dreams set on a big mature buck. Maybe you've already seen the deer. Maybe it's only come to you in your dreams. Regardless, it's gonna take a little luck, work and know-how to make it a reality. Here's much of what...


Record Deer: The Correlation of Pope and Young Harvest Maps and Hilly Terrain

Take a drive through the hill country of the top whitetail states and it is easy to see how deer grow old and gnarly. Steep bluffs and elevated hideouts provide bucks the ultimate habitat for survival. The historical Pope and Young harvest map clearly shows some association between big bucks...


How to Increase the Odds of Killing That Big Buck on Trail Camera

I constantly have hunters tell me of a giant buck they have on the property they hunt, yet they can't kill it, or even see in daylight. But get a lot of trail camera pictures and see plenty of sign (rubs, big tracks, etc.). A lot of guys conclude that...


An Inside Look at a Huge Typical Whitetail

Al Kraus, owner of Black Hills Archery in South Dakota and member of Team Realtree, took the biggest gross-scoring buck ever captured on video by the Realtree cameras during the 2007 hunting season. This Q&A with Kraus will give you a glimpse into one of the greatest encounters ever captured...


The Three Most Welcoming Western States for Eastern Hunters

A western big game hunt is atop many eastern hunters’ bucket list. The same lure of adventure and vast, wild lands that drove westward expansion still fuels the dreams of many easterners today. The West is home to several species not found anywhere else in the country — and massive...


What Is Whitetail Deer Carrying Capacity?

“Carrying capacity” is an often-used concept in deer management discussions. Biologists, managers and hunters routinely refer to the carrying capacity of an area, or whether a deer herd is above or below this magical point. However, is the term being used the same by each? What does carrying capacity actually...


How to Deer Hunt in Suburban Areas

The images are ingrained in our minds — a monster whitetail in a woodland setting or in a lush farm field. Since our infancy, those classic images have appeared in paintings, calendars, advertising and hunting magazines. So, it’s no small wonder that when hunters think of trophy-racked bucks, remote woods...


10 Tips for Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

Hunting deer with a muzzleloader has advantages, including honing your hunting skills, providing a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and it can help fill your freezer. Muzzleloader hunting requires you to get close, closer than is necessary for most centerfire rifle hunters. That’s part of the allure said Realtree pro...


How to Bowhunt Pressured Whitetail Bucks

Pressured whitetails can be difficult to hunt. It’s no secret that unpressured deer behave much differently than their heavily hunted brethren. That’s why it’s imperative to do certain things (and not do others) when pursuing these jittery, edgy animals. Here are seven steps to help make it happen. 1. Consult...


12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...


You’ve Been Hanging Your Deer Wrong for Years

A rope around the neck or a gambrel through the Achilles tendon — that’s how most hang their deer. Walk into any well-respected steakhouse locker, though, and you’ll see beef hanging completely different. The ideal way to hang your ungulate for aging is using a technique called the tenderstretch method...


10 Deer Hunting Tips for Suburban Bowhunting

We live in a time when it’s harder to get away from civilization during the hunt. But smart hunters have learned to embrace the urban setting and take more (and bigger) deer because of it. If you’re late to the party, but really want to join in the festivities, take...


Mishaps of the Realtree Pro Staff

They’re the epitome of the perfect hunters. They have all the latest and greatest gear, superb outdoors skills and access to the best hunting properties out there. No wonder they consistently take down remarkable animals with seemingly little effort. But as these guys and gals can attest, it’s not always...


5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Public-Land Deer Hunting Hot Spot

When you choose to pursue big bucks on public land, the honey holes and hotspots can be few and far between. But don't let that fool you. They do exist. Over my lifetime, there have been some incredible public-land ambush spots I’ve come across, that if hunted right, produced big...


10 Ways to Hunt Your Neighbors’ Bucks

I can imagine all of the raised eyebrows as this title is read. Neighbors' bucks? Trespassing? Poaching? So, no, before someone makes an accusation of promoting anarchy, trespassing and/or poaching, that is not the message of this post. In fact, we most certainly feel these offenses are among the most...


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