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7 Ways to Outsmart Big Deer While Scouting

Scouting is the most essential factor in deer hunting success . It doesn’t matter what time of the season it is. Early-season, pre-rut, rut and late-season hunting all require scouting to be successful. Use Last Year’s Intel Scouting efforts, trail-cam photos, and in-the-field sightings from previous seasons reveal extremely valuable...


5 Steps for Curing Buck Fever

You've waited for this moment all year long. The big buck you've been dreaming about is drawing closer by the second, nose to the ground, chasing a hot doe. She angles 25 yards past your setup. You know the moment of truth is imminent, and your adrenaline surges into overdrive...


Summer Scouting for Deer

Scouting for deer is the most important step in killing one. Sure, you can head to the woods without a single scouting hour logged and come away with a deer, even a big one. But the likelihood of success is minute in comparison to those who spend time collecting intel...


5 Reasons Why Bowhunters Miss

All of your effort ahead of a hunt is for nothing if you can't make the shot. And yet, so many bowhunters fall apart once a deer is finally in range. Here’s a look at five in-range bowhunting mistakes It happens all the time. Jimmy The Bowhunter climbs into his...


5 Conservation Organizations That Help Deer Hunting

We live in an age where deer hunters have great access to deer and deer hunting . The resource is flourishing in many areas of the country, and hunters are reaping the rewards. Sure, whitetails face threats on numerous fronts. From disease to habitat loss, deer now stare down a...


Top 10 Booner States for Deer Hunting Since 2010

Big bucks . They’re like fat bank accounts and fast cars. Everyone wants one. And while it isn’t realistic to think everyone will have the opportunity to kill one, it doesn’t hurt to try. That dream of killing a 170-plus-inch buck is what keeps many people awake at night. And...


The Bacon Lover's Guide to Wild Game Cooking

It all started around 1500 B.C. when a nomadic hunter ended up with more pork that he could eat. Lacking a $500 rotomolded cooler and a bag of ice to preserve his bounty, he salted it down and suspended it over a smoky fire to keep the flies away. Our...


Declining Deer Numbers Lead to Public Land Hunting Reduction

For regular hunters of the sprawling, 170,000 acre Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area, located in western Kentucky and Tennessee, it is no secret that deer numbers are way down. In response, wildlife managers have announced changes designed to reduce hunter numbers, particularly on the more pressured Kentucky portion...


How to Hunt the Sitka Blacktail

In the fall of 2005, my dream of hunting Alaska’s black-tailed deer became reality. I was revved up for what was about to be the ultimate bowhunting experience of my life. It was mid-November, and the blacktail rut was in full charge. I could see does traipsing along the ocean’s...


6 Tips For Buzzer-Beater Bucks

Before I could finish a thought, I caught a flash in the far corner of the field and raised my binoculars. The buck walked toward the other deer, head slung low and brassy rack glinting. It was high and heavy, 10 points, 170-class. The closer he got, the bigger the...


Extend Deer Season By Hunting Snowbird Bucks

I scouted new territory through the month of August, chased velvet bucks with the advent of September, struggled through the October lull, reveled in the November rut, and then, just like that, it was all over. There are eight whole months to suffer through until a new season arrives..that is,...


How To Kill A Last-Minute Monster

The December sky cast a deep, gray shadow over the steep mountain country near my home. The temperature had been steadily declining since daylight, and the weather forecast was predicting a heavy snow to hit at any minute. I sat with my back against a wide-bodied oak tree overlooking a...


Black Friday Deals in Camo

I'm not much of a shopper. Unless I'm shopping for something that comes in camo. Well, the only thing better than that is if I'm shopping for stuff that comes in camo and it's being offered at a deep discount. Welcome to Camo Friday, Realtree's version of Black Friday. I'm...


Why Your Guide Hates You

Outfitted hunts might seem like a breeze on the surface, but they carry a lot of anticipation and pressure. Clients expect a quality experience and better-than-average chance of success. Guides, meanwhile, must work hard to keep hunters happy while dealing with many factors. Friction can result when hunts don’t go...


The Antlerless Dilemma

My first morning in the deer woods dawned clear and cold. Already half-frozen in my cotton long johns, I stared across a cut cornfield at figures perched on stumps and clad in red-checkered jackets. Everyone was hoping to shoot a buck—any legal buck—but we also anticipated another of the season’s...


Can You Talk Deer?

There was a time when it was believed white-tailed deer were not very vocal. Now, it’s common knowledge that deer make many different sounds, and the sounds are used for very specific reasons. In fact, some researchers believe whitetails can make as many as 400 different sounds. That is mind...


Bowhunting Whitetails From The Ground

It is an indisputable fact: Bowhunting whitetails from a treestand provides many advantages. An elevated perch typically gives bowhunters a wider field of vision and gets scent up off the ground. But bowhunters who only hunt from a tree and never experience the absolute thrill of being eye-level with a...


CWD: Poised For A Perilous Road

Before 2002, few people east of the Mississippi River had heard of chronic wasting disease (CWD). Then Wisconsin officials announced they’d detected CWD in a wild deer from Dane County, in the south-central part of the state. No one recognized it at the time, but the destiny of America’s greatest...


Oh, My Aching Back

When it comes to sitting still in a treestand or in the turkey woods for extended periods of time, I struggle—not so much from nervous energy, but from pain. After approximately 30 minutes of sitting in one location, my back begins to ache, then it begins to burn all the...


5 Whitetail Tactics You Won't Believe

Let’s cut right to the chase. Deer hunting is a complicated endeavor. It takes serious know-how to be good at it. A good hunter possesses both an analytical and a creative mind. They change things up. They think unconventionally. And they try things that others won’t. 1. Velvet Bucks and...


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