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Realtree Rewind: Michael Waddell's Illinois Buck

Hunter: Michael Waddell Game: Whitetails Where: Pike County, Illinois Weapon: Bow Phase: Pre-rut Date: October 19-24 Weather: Warm Mainly, we didn’t see a lot of deer. Mostly small bucks and does were seen on stand. We did see one really big 10-pointer one morning driving in at daybreak. We did...


How to Deer Hunt in December

December. Christmas. Decorative Christmas trees. Cheesy Christmas songs. And late-season deer hunting. That pretty much sums up the final month of the year. It’s hard to believe the rut is over. But for the northern half of the country, it’s largely complete. That said, there are a few nuggets of...


Realtree Rewind: Bill Jordan's Milk River Buck

Hunter: Bill Jordan Game: Western Whitetail Where: Northeast Montana near the Milk River Dates: October 26 to October 31 Weather: Cold and snowing Bill's buck was in the 7 1/2-year-old range. Look at the mass. It was a heavy, narrow-racked 10-pointer. It had real chocolate-colored horns. This was a huge-bodied...


5 Best Stand Locations for the Late Rut

The rut is a crazy time of year for the deer hunter. You love it because of the madness it brings in the name of deer behavior. You hate it because it can be perplexing at times and much more difficult to kill a deer than you think it should...


Will Social Media Be the Death of Hunting?

Approximately 6 percent of the U.S. population hunts. To a lifelong hunter who’s worked hard to pass the tradition on to my children, that statistic is frightening. It should be frightening to you as well. We like to think of hunting as a God-given right but, in reality, it isn’t...


5 Factors for Rut Hunting Success

The rut is a fickle creature. It’s difficult to follow and know exactly what the deer are doing when they do it unless you’re out there observing the behavior every day. And even then, it can be pretty darn tough. By now, in some areas, we’re on the back side...


6 Ways You Spook Deer Without Knowing It

Deer hunting is a game of chess. It’s all about staying off each other’s radar. Deer try to avoid hunters. Hunters try to avoid from alerting deer. That’s the deal. But just because you don’t knowingly spook a deer while you’re deer hunting doesn’t mean you aren’t spooking (and pressuring)...


The Midwestern Whitetail Expert’s Guide to Failure Everywhere Else

Every time I skim the latest advice penned by one of the celebrity whitetail hunters, I’m amazed they believe this expert advice provides us poor plebeians the smallest amount of benefit. These experts are usually from the Midwest. I mean, they kill bigger bucks then we do, so they must...


8 Tips to Make All-Day Treestand Sits More Comfortable

For most midwestern deer hunters, those magical days of late October and early November mean the mature bucks will be on their feet. The days leading up to the peak rut offer the best chance of the season at a nearly nocturnal buck. And when it comes to these monarchs,...


7 Habits of Mature Rutting Bucks

Two words that you don’t often hear in the same sentence are “rut” and “habits.” But one thing is for certain, bucks do certain things habitually during the rut each fall. You just have to know what to look for. And you have to know how it applies to your...


How to Deer Hunt in November

The month of November is arguably the best time of year to kill a mature buck. It can be argued that other times are better (depending on circumstances), but in general, it’s hard to beat the month of November. Here’s a week-by-week breakdown of how you should hunt this month...


How to Speed Score a Buck

Shoot, or not to shoot? Sometimes the hunter inadvertently lets a big buck walk. At other times he shoots a buck that suffers from "ground shrinkage." Well, your problems are over in this regard. In this article, we'll tell you how to make the correct decision on the fly. Case...


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,...


Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

I watched an 8-pointer coming through the oaks. He closed within 40 yards of my stand and turned broadside. I smiled and pressed the muzzleloader's trigger. Pop! I flinched as the No. 11 cap detonated. The buck flinched too. He looked around, but didn't bolt. I waited until the deer...


Deer Hunting with a Slug Gun

Rifles were not legal for hunting whitetails where I grew up in the northeastern part of the country. Slug shotguns where the rule of law, and as little kid, when my father would pull “Old Faithful” from its leather scabbard, I knew it was time to hit the woods. I...


The Best Colleges for Deer Hunters

Selecting a college or university is a major decision for any young person. Location, size, available degrees, reputation and cost are all key factors. For some, there’s yet another serious decision to make when selecting a school, proximity to good deer hunting. Surely your parents won’t be pleased to hear...


How to Hunt the Rut: Advanced Tactics

You've saved up your vacation time, and November is finally here. No matter which week of the rut you choose to hunt, there's a strategy here to help you kill a bruiser.


5 Rut Buck Behaviors You Should Recognize

The rut is almost here in some places. And it’s not much farther off in other locations. So it’s paramount that we understand some of the basic rut behaviors bucks exhibit. Here are five of those. Rubbing This is an easy one to identify. But it’s important to not only...


The Great Debate: Firearms Hunting Seasons During the Rut

I’m a hard-core, wholly-dedicated bowhunter. Outside varmints and predators (which I pursue with rabid obsession), most of my hunting involves bows and arrows. I grew up rifle hunting big game. I reload thousands of rounds of varmint and handgun ammo annually. I’m certainly not opposed to gun hunting, it’s just...


How Canoeists and Kayakers Kill More Deer

Lightweight watercraft lend elegance to any outing, paddling silently and efficiently to access undisturbed bucks or penetrate country touched by few. You don’t need a boat launch or even a sloping beach to deploy canoes or kayaks, though. They can be set afloat just about anywhere, including along steep or...


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