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The Myth of the Nocturnal Buck

You hear it every season. “Yeah, I’ve got a ton of pictures of him but they’re all at night. He’s nocturnal. Won’t be killing that big guy.” Insert sigh here. I might catch a little flack for saying this — but there’s no such thing as a nocturnal buck. Sure,...


Advanced Quality Deer Management Tactics Whitetails Benefit From

Once a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program is established and its basic steps of young-buck protection and doe-population control are underway, many groups want to go further and engage in more intensive wildlife management techniques. There are many advanced management strategies that will make a good program better. A Land...


The New Golden Triangle for Record Whitetails

Record deer data paints a picture of where the big whitetails have come from in the past, are coming from now, and will likely come from in the future. A few days ago, we released an in-depth review on where the biggest bucks are coming from now . Consider this...


A Short Lesson On QDM

Just as the popularity of bowhunting skyrocketed in the 1970s, so too did muzzleloader hunting in the 90s. With many states offering special seasons and bonus tags for black powder hunters, increasingly more big game hunters are opting to hunt with front-loading rifles. And thanks to technology, and other than...


15 Tips for Opening Day of Gun Season

No matter how young or old you are, where you hunt, whom you hunt with or what kind of place serves as your deer camp, we all have at least one have thing in common: the magic of opening day. Even when you've seen more than 40 of them (and...


How Managing for Older (Bigger) Bucks Helps the Entire Deer Herd

The white-tailed deer is the most revered animal in North America. How do I know that? Because more licensed hunters flock to the field to hunt the whitetail each season than any other species. The whitetail is loved, no doubt. So why is it that people oftentimes confuse trophy management...


The Top States for Boone and Crockett Whitetails in the Last 10 Years

Deer hunting is about many things. And I assure you that while it isn’t all about big deer, we would all love to set our sights on a truly incredible representation of the species. Most hunters who say otherwise aren’t being entirely truthful with themselves. More importantly, while quality deer...


States That Haven’t Produced a Non-Typical Booner in the Last 10 Years

I love records. I love them because they help inform us on where deer populations are thriving. Likewise, it shows how some states are phenomenal for hunting big deer. And how other states aren’t. These are some of the latter. Connecticut Antler Nation Grade: C While Connecticut’s deer population is...


Analyzing the World Record Typical Hanson Buck

I remember the first time I saw the 14-point, 213 5/8-inch world record B&C buck that Milo Hanson shot in 1993 with his .308 Winchester Model 88. I remember thinking out loud that I had seen whitetail racks with thicker beams and greater inside spreads, but none with the combination...


A Detailed Look Into Antlered Buck Management

It’s important to remember that buck harvest restrictions are not synonymous with Quality Deer Management (QDM). Rather, they are a strategy to protect a specific age class (generally 1 1/2-year-olds) or age classes of bucks. Antlered deer management is important because hunters like to shoot bucks, and in the past,...


Small Property Deer Management 101

Do you love hunting whitetails? Enjoy seeing the herd dynamics improve and thrive? Well you can manage for that, even on small properties. Follow along as the Whitetail Properties crew explains how to do that. Don't Miss: 7 Ways to Practice Quality Deer Management Are you a deer hunter wanting...


5 Food Plots for Procrastinators

I don’t know about you, but these days, I’m busier than ever. Most times, August arrives, and I find myself still looking at full bags of seed that I bought in May. The day-to-day grind is usually a brutal one. And that generally leaves me frantically putting in last-minute food...


Creating Water Sources for Deer

Many deer hunters hunt private property. Most hunters who hunt private ground tightly manage the property they are hunting. Hardcore whitetail hunters plant food plots, create bedding areas, feed minerals and have antler restrictions in place so bucks can grow to reach a mature age. The missing ingredient on many...


How to Know If You Should Practice QDM

Quality Deer Management (QDM) is a concept of wildlife management. In short, the QDM approach seeks to produce the optimum health of deer populations by protecting young bucks, establishing an appropriate sex ratio, and keeping the population in balance with its available habitat. A primary tool for all these goals...


Behind the Scenes of Realtree's TV Shows

When viewers watch "Realtree Outdoors " and "Realtree Road Trips" on the Outdoor Channel, or "Monster Bucks" on the Sportsman Channel, they see that we’re having a lot of fun spending time with each other, traveling the country and hunting in beautiful and remote places. While that is all true,...


Realtree Rewind: Murphy’s Monster Muley

Date: October 11-15, 2006 Time: Afternoon Location: Utah with Western Lands Hunting Hunter: Arwyn Murphy of Salt Lake Valley, Utah Species: Mule deer Weapon: Rifle Weather: Dry We had an awesome time from the minute the hunt began. We hunted very rugged and mountainous terrain with elevations ranging from 6,000...


How to Lease Your Property and Hunt It Too

You may have bought your hunting land or log cabin for recreational purposes, but are you overlooking some easy ways to generate extra cash flow? Leasing your property might well be the answer. Hunters, anglers, seasonal vacationers, and even ranchers often pay handsome fees to access a property for a...


Realtree Camo Vehicle Wrap

It’s true that hunters, sportsmen, photographers and others who love being in the field usually prefer to blend in. After all, it’s a lot easier to sneak around undetected when you closely resemble the forest or brush you happen to be in. But who wants their ride to blend in?...


How to Create Big Buck Travel Corridors

Deer usually follow the path of least resistance when working their way through thick cover, and many hunters often shy away from thick cover. This combination practically screams "hot spot" for ambushing a buck. One way to take advantage of this trend is to make your own deer trails through...


5 Handgunning Essentials for Western Hunting

Western hunting is hard enough. Thrown a handgun into the mix and it gets even harder. Should you decide to try handgunning on the prairie, some specialized gear to remember includes: 1. Shooting Sticks or Bipod It's important to have a solid rest -- especially when hunting in the open...


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