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7 Next-Level Tips for the onX Hunt App

Hunting is uniquely primitive, but technological advances continue to modernize it. This includes texting trail cams, bow-mounted rangefinders, shot-tracking devices, and apps that do everything from helping you scout one particular deer to helping you track it after the shot. In fact, apps have exploded in popularity in recent years,...


Best Dog Breeds for Shed Hunters

At the beginning of every shed hunting season, I always imagine the treasure trove of deer antlers I will find. Then, reality sets in. I end up with a few good antlers, a bunch of dinks, and some weird stuff. This year, I found a ram’s horn. Last year, it...


So, You Want a Job in the Hunting Industry?

One of the most common — and difficult-to-answer — questions I get is, “How can I get into the hunting industry?” Before I respond, let me say I consider myself one of the most fortunate and blessed people. I’ve worked at Realtree for almost 30 years. It’s been an incredible...


Bill Winke’s Deer Show

Legend has it that Bill Winke was born in a Redneck blind. That’s fitting, because today, he’s the founder and head honcho at Midwest Whitetail — a leader in the world of outdoor hunting videos. However, it wasn’t until 1988, at the age of 25, that Winke killed his first...


Game Warden Tips for Stopping Trespassers

Two years ago, a trespasser tried to kill me. While checking treestands, I noticed someone had tampered with a climbing stand that I’d strapped permanently to a tree. Originally, the climbing cables were attached, and a ratchet strap added further stability on the top and bottom sections. It wasn’t going...


Why February Is the Best Time to Check Your Deer Gear

I’m not a big fan of February. It’s dark when you leave for work, it’s dark when you get home, and it’s too cold to putter around outside. What’s the bored deer hunter to do to wile away those slow days until the spring gobblers start to hammer and strut?...


Where to Deer Hunt in February

In most places, deer seasons have been closed a month or two, and the hot action of the rut ended even earlier. Still, a good number of our camo-clad brethren are loath to call it quits. Even with the hype of another Super Bowl and a roaring fire to ward...


New Hunting Gear from SHOT Show 2020

Not everything at the SHOT Show goes bang . While there’s enough here to occupy a gun nut for all of 2020, this is also the place where much of the season’s brand-new hunting gear is debuted. From waders and knives (be careful mixing those two) to new packs, gun...


Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


How to Train a Shed Hunting Dog

There was a time when shed antlers were an afterthought. You picked them up on the edge of a cornfield on a late-season bird hunt, or out of a honeysuckle thicket on a spring turkey hunt. Not anymore. Shed hunting has gone mainstream with organized events, specialty gear websites, numerous...


The Ultimate Late-Season Trail Camera Plan

First, I offer my condolences. Building anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness and months of big-buck scrolling led you to this point. A buck tag remains unfilled in your pocket, and desperation is setting in. It won’t get the best of you, though. While many hunters are consumed with thoughts of...


Monster Bucks of the Decade

Just like that, another 10 years have passed. For hunters, there were some significant moments in the 2010s. A duck call company was forever cemented into pop culture. Trail cameras began texting big buck photos straight to us. We all beheld the rise of the Instagram “Influencer.” In that time,...


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...


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