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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...


How to Conduct In-Season Scouting Without Pressuring Deer

In-season scouting is a topic that few hunters agree on. Some advocate for it. Others advocate against it. I’m caught somewhere in-between. I think it’s important to always limit the amount of pressure you put on deer whether during the season or outside of it. During the season, pressuring deer...


5 Ways to Use Terrain to Capture Bucks on Trail Cameras

Trail cameras have revolutionized hunting and reached levels many never thought possible. Technology is advancing quickly and is allowing hunters to be connected to a whitetail’s daily pattern. To take advantage of progressing technology, and to utilize the information for hunting purposes, cameras should be located throughout various terrain to...


How to Set Up a Drop Camp for Deer Hunting

You don’t need to choose a drop camp to be successful for deer. You decide to take advantage of a drop camp for a few other simple reasons. Largely, drop camps are chosen to escape general foot traffic on public hunting ground. Even the most adventurous hunter subconsciously has a...


How to Hunt the Phases of the Rut

A doe comes crashing through the timber and blows right by your treestand. Seconds later, a top-heavy, big-bodied buck trots down the same lane, hot on the doe’s trail. It stops mere yards from you, lip-curls, and belts out the gnarliest grunt you've ever heard. That’s what the rut is...


Whitetail Carcass Tag Requirements by State

Tagging requirements are different from state to state. Each state has very different laws that require you to do very different things. Lucky for you, the QDMA recently updated state-by-state tagging requirements in the 2018 Whitetail Report. That said, states fall into three primary categories: carcass tag required, carcass tag...


5 Traits of a Good Blood-Trailing Deer Dog

In 2015, Harold Kawolski had a bad experience in the deer woods. He shot and did not recover the best buck of his life. After days of futile searching, Kowalski vowed that would not happen to him again. The following spring, he tackled the task of purchasing and training a...


Why Deer Have Different Preferences and What It Means for Your Deer Hunting

Every deer has its own personality. That’s good and that’s bad. It’s good because it means every deer is different — which means some are easier to hunt than others. Not all deer are the same. That’s a positive thing. But it’s bad because it also means that each deer...


Habits of Mature Whitetail Deer

Habits are just that. They're things done repetitively in a manner that's predictable. And such are the things we look for in killable mature whitetails. Here are numerous habits to keep an eye out for when scouting and hunting. Bedding Habits of Mature Deer Getting close to mature bucks is...


Want More Deer Hunting Permission? Become a Negotiation Expert

“Oh my…!” I said to myself out loud. Driving home from running a few errands, I spotted the buck standing tall in a soybean field. Its gargantuan rack told me it was the big buck on the block. I’d driven past the field dozens of times, but this was the...


What to Do When Your Guided Hunt Goes Wrong

You’ve spent good money to hunt with a guide in a choice location. You expect to have a great time, a safe hunt, clean and comfortable accommodations and a reasonable shot at success. You expect the guide to do everything in his/her power to increase your odds for taking a...


Women and How They’re Affecting the Deer Hunting Tradition

Cultural evolution has a presence in deer hunting. Whether in a retail store or on a social media platform, it is inevitable to encounter a woman being promoted by the hunting industry. Sometimes she will be shooting the next rifle you should purchase. Other times she might be showing her...


What to Know About Quality Deer Management

By this point, it should be obvious that the participants in a Quality Deer Management (QDM) program should be of a like mind, equally dedicated, and able to cooperate toward a common goal. After so much hard work, it is not uncommon for some QDM participants to “fall in love”...


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...


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