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An Inside Look at a Huge Typical Whitetail

Al Kraus, owner of Black Hills Archery in South Dakota and member of Team Realtree, took the biggest gross-scoring buck ever captured on video by the Realtree cameras during the 2007 hunting season. This Q&A with Kraus will give you a glimpse into one of the greatest encounters ever captured...


The Three Most Welcoming Western States for Eastern Hunters

A western big game hunt is atop many eastern hunters’ bucket list. The same lure of adventure and vast, wild lands that drove westward expansion still fuels the dreams of many easterners today. The West is home to several species not found anywhere else in the country — and massive...


What Is Whitetail Deer Carrying Capacity?

“Carrying capacity” is an often-used concept in deer management discussions. Biologists, managers and hunters routinely refer to the carrying capacity of an area, or whether a deer herd is above or below this magical point. However, is the term being used the same by each? What does carrying capacity actually...


How to Deer Hunt in Suburban Areas

The images are ingrained in our minds — a monster whitetail in a woodland setting or in a lush farm field. Since our infancy, those classic images have appeared in paintings, calendars, advertising and hunting magazines. So, it’s no small wonder that when hunters think of trophy-racked bucks, remote woods...


10 Tips for Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

Hunting deer with a muzzleloader has advantages, including honing your hunting skills, providing a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and it can help fill your freezer. Muzzleloader hunting requires you to get close, closer than is necessary for most centerfire rifle hunters. That’s part of the allure said Realtree pro...


How to Bowhunt Pressured Whitetail Bucks

Pressured whitetails can be difficult to hunt. It’s no secret that unpressured deer behave much differently than their heavily hunted brethren. That’s why it’s imperative to do certain things (and not do others) when pursuing these jittery, edgy animals. Here are seven steps to help make it happen. 1. Consult...


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,...


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...


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