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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...


My Hunting Buddy: Gone But Not Forgotten

I first met Dale Earnhardt in 1992 at a hunting lodge in Michigan where I was filming whitetails for Realtree’s TV show. At the time, I had heard his name and knew that he was a racer, but I didn’t know much about NASCAR or Dale. After rattling, grunting, and...


Realtree Rewind: Bucher's Big Buck

Bucher figured his best line of attack during the gun season was to sneak in really early, climbing the steep 400-foot ridge, and then setting up right in the doe bedding area. His plan was to get set earlier and wait for the does to return from their night feed...


How to Deer Hunt in October

Similar to September, the month of October is full of change in the deer hunting world. But as for that “October lull,” it’s a big pile of nonsense. Instead, it’s actually a misinterpretation of perceived deer behavior. When reality is much different. Food sources continue to change. Deer behavior and...


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...


Realtree Rewind: A 15-Minute Monster

Hunter: John Tate Game: Whitetail Place: Northwestern Kentucky Hunting Method: Muzzleloader Phase: The rut Dates Hunted: November 16-20 Weather Conditions: It was slightly overcast with temps in the mid-40s. Damp conditions due to rain on previous days. We got into our stands and Mark started getting all of his camera...


The Quest for the Record-Breaking Typical Whitetail

You’re sitting in your stand shivering against the cool darkness of the pre-dawn hour. The songbirds’ melodies alert you that first light is approaching. You straighten your back and adjust your seating position in preparation for whatever is to come. As the sun begins to illuminate your surroundings, your senses...


5 Overlooked Public Land Deer Hunting Hotspots

Mature bucks (4½ or older) reside all over the public areas we hunt, but rarely get shot. Don't believe that? Just put out a few trail cams and see what roams through at night. Once bucks reach an age of 4½ or older, the reason they rarely get shot is...


Realtree Rewind: A Buffalo County Monster

Saturday morning was the grand opening of firearm season. Hunters fled the woods like geese soaring South. The lavish fields or green and forests of russet brown bloomed to blaze orange as over 600,000 outdoorsmen speckled the state. I awoke Saturday morning to one of the fellow hunters cooking sausage...


How to Deer Hunt in September

September marks the beginning of a new deer season. It's the month where some hunters begin pursuing whitetails, and others eagerly wait for October to bring their own personal opening days. But for those who hunt in states with September openers, we've got the information you need September 1-9 The...


Urban Deer Hunting: Big Bucks in the Burbs

Big bucks are where you find them. And today’s savvy whitetail hunter knows that some of the biggest bucks are often shot in town; literally within city limits. Interestingly, some cities seem especially prone to producing massive antlers. Oklahoma County, the most populous county in Oklahoma and the heart of...


Realtree Rewind: Don Horton's Texas Stud

Hunters: Don Horton Game Hunted: Whitetails Where: Texas Hunting method: Rifle Phase: The rut Date: January Weather: Temperatures couldn’t have been better. Mornings were in the 40s and the mid-daytime highs were in the high 60s and 70s. The evenings stayed a little warmer than the mornings, as a light...


The Science of Killing Big Bucks

Throughout the years, most of us have had to rely on our own experiences or reading about the experiences of others to improve our hunting success. The problem is we sometimes draw the wrong conclusions from our past experiences, and misinformation from others can be passed down for generations as...


8 Great Spots to Kill a Big Buck

Are you a trophy hunter? Want to tag a big one this season? Start looking for these types of locations on properties that you hunt. Funnels , or narrow travel routes deer use, are productive throughout the entire length of deer season. However, for top-end bucks, the tail end of...


How to Hunt Property Lines

In the outdoor world, few things are more controversial than hunting property boundaries. As time goes by, it seems greed drives more and more hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts to do illegal or unethical things. It’s not because they can’t decipher right from wrong. It’s because people test and even...


Realtree Rewind: Vicki Cianciarulo's 202-Inch Bow Kill

Hunters: Ralph and Vicki Cianciarulo , co-hosts of Archer’s Choice TV show Location: Southern Colorado Dates: November 15-16, 2006 Species: Whitetail Weapon: Bows Weather: Mild weather with highs in the 50s and 60s Ralph and I had one heck of a Colorado hunt this year, which started off with a...


8 Ways to Avoid Ground Shrinkage

It’s not a term that I truly enjoy. Personally, I believe we should show respect to any deer we harvest. But for lack of a better term for accidentally shooting a smaller buck than intended, we’ll continue to refer to it as ground shrinkage. Here’s eight ways to help avoid...


5 Characteristics of Adult Does

When it’s time to fill an antlerless tag, most whitetail hunters want to do it with an adult doe. A mature deer will yield more venison. Biologists will tell you that taking her out of the herd does more for population control than removing any fawn. And due to their...


7 Best States to Kill a Velvet Buck This Season

Do you dream of killing a velvet buck? You like seeing all the fuzzy stuff on antlers? Don’t wait any longer. Go to one of these seven states and make your dream come true. These are the best locations for legitimate chances at killing a buck still in velvet. Below...


Everything You Need to Know About Acorns

The basic elements for a successful deer hunt are: know where the deer are bedding, know what they’re eating, play the wind, be there and shoot them somewhere along that line of travel. Fall deer hunting, particularly in the South, often occurs over cultivated, highly nutritious food plots. There’s nothing...


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