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How to Provide More Carbohydrates for Deer

Throughout the years, my wife Carol and I have eaten many meals with Bill Jordan, David Blanton, Michael Waddel and other members of the Realtree crew. And although we‘ve washed thousands of calories down with the best sweet tea the South could produce, I can‘t ever remember any of them...


Answers to Common Questions About Deer Antlers

Deer hunters love antlers. While antlers aren’t the primary reason most hunters pursue whitetails, it is the odd hunter who doesn’t enjoy seeing them. Here are some answers to common questions about antlers. I had a gentleman approach me at a recent seminar and tell me he read that medical...


How to Move to the Country

“There’s not even a McDonald’s here,” my LA buddy said with a grin on his first tour of the small town near our home. “Do you really live here by choice?” “Do you really live in LA by choice?” was my reply. “You’ll notice there are no stoplights as well,”...


Realtree Rewind: A 66-Hour Deer Hunt

Hunters Names: David Blanton, Steve Finch, Gregg Ritz and Nick Mundt Game: Whitetail Location: Green Lake, Saskatchewan Weapon: Muzzleloader Rut Phase: Pre-rut When: October 27 to November 2 Weather: Unseasonably cold I had been up there last year and killed a nice buck with the muzzleloader. We were really anxious...


12 Mistakes Men Make When Hunting with Women

Women are joining the hunting ranks at a faster rate than men. But, we ladies still encounter a few problems when it comes to learning the sport. The No.1 problem for women going afield is trying to find places to hunt. The No. 2 problem? You guessed it. Sometimes it’s...


Jobs in the Outdoor Industry: Getting an Internship

It’s been said that working in the hunting business is all about who you know. That’s partially true. Like any other industry, hands-on experience and a network of professional contacts are indispensable in the outdoor industry . Among the fastest ways to get those is through an internship. Although thoughts...


3 Deadly Public Land Rut Stands

Serious whitetail hunters live for this magical time of the year; the three weeks in November when something amazing can happen at any moment. Bucks can be on their feet at any hour of the day or night. Core areas and home ranges become meaningless as the mature males of...


Giant Internet Bucks Part 2

Dan Miller had just pulled the trigger on what he believed to be a nice buck. Sitting over a white oak ridge in western Kentucky, he was hunting a two-day quota hunt in Pennyrile Forest State Park, and the buck, the first whitetail he’d seen all day, had suddenly appeared...


Giant Internet Bucks Part 1

The Internet is a lively thing come deer season. As autumn progresses and bucks begin doing careless things like chasing does across open fields, bows thump and guns boom. Lots of whitetails fall, and every now and then, one of them is a true giant. The biggest of the big...


How to Get a Job in the Outdoor Industry

When a fellow hunter finds out what I do for a living, he or she often asks me, “How do I get a job in the outdoor industry?” Honestly, there’s no specific recipe or formula, but determination and willingness to do what it takes certainly helps. What does it take?...


10 Rules for Deer Camp

I know, I know. You just want a little piece of land where you can hunt deer and walk the woods and not worry about all the regulatory, bureaucratic, office-politics garbage that sometimes comes with hunting on a deer lease. I’m with you. But if you think you can run...


Realtree Rewind: A Giant Late-Season Buck

Hunt Location: Dodge City, Kansas When: Early December Hunter: Chuck Jones Weather: Cold and snowy Terrain: Open CRP Walter and I got into our shooting house about 30 minutes before daylight. As soon as it got light enough to where I could see, I spotted the buck I would ultimately...


6 Things That Attract Big Bucks

There are two questions that people invariably ask when discussing whitetail hunting and land management. The first is, “What can I do to hold more deer on my property ”? The second is, “What can I do to kill bigger bucks ?” Ask these questions in a room filled with...


10 Tips for Increasing Child Involvement

Want your child to get friendly with the outdoors? Make sure his or her first experience is pleasant. One fellow I know carpeted the floor of his treestand for quietness and covered the sides with netting so that his child could move about. He purchased a small “special” backpack which...


10 Reasons Why Your Food Plots Are Failing

You've tilled. Planted. Fertilized. Weeks later, that food plot is still as brown as a flooded river. You scratch your head and hope things go a little better the next time around. But each time you try to plant a food plot, the results are the same. Plants don't grow...


Why Native Plants Are Vital to Deer Hunting

Many of us are aware of what a native plant is . We can walk out of our front door and see a variety of native plants in our yard every day. But before diving into what native plants offer for deer, Dr. Craig Harper, professor of wildlife management and...


The Ages and Stages of a Trophy Hunter

To be a trophy hunter you must understand the deer . More importantly, however, you must gain a true understanding of yourself. This article takes you through the stages of trophy hunting, and the information will enable you to stay the course until success is achieved. I love the story...


Deer Aging Criteria: Is That Buck Mature?

If you want to start a debate, put a group of hunters in a room and state your opinion on white-tailed deer. Should we shoot does? What is the buck-to-doe ratio in a given area? When should the season open and close? What age class bucks should be targeted? These...


How to Set Realistic Goals for Deer Hunting

As communications manager for the Quality Deer Management Association , I spend my fair share of time on social media. More than I care to admit. When deer season rolls around, my news feeds fill up with pictures and stories of hunters killing giant whitetails. Now don’t get me wrong,...


All About Deer Antlers

A friend of mine watched a buck for several years that had only three legs. Its right antler always had a “T” shape at its end, and the deer had a small rack. My friend finally shot The T-Handle Buck when it was 6 1/2 years old. It wouldn’t have...


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