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An Old Man and a Treestand

The old man shoved his hands deeper into the pockets of his red and black plaid, wool coat. He refused to give into the urge to check his watch. Forty-some years of deer hunting in these same woods told him that there were only a few fleeting minutes to harvest...


Gun Hunting: How to Shoot a Muzzleloader

Hunting with a muzzleloader adds a different element to the hunt. Getting back to the basics (or at least closer to them) of where gun hunting originated is quite rewarding. Not only that but it also produces an added challenge beyond modern rifle hunting. So, if you’re new to muzzleloaders...


Realtree Rewind: Bill Jordan's Double

Hunter: Bill Jordan Place: Frio County, Texas Date: October 30 to November 4, 2005 Weapon: Bow and gun Weather: Foggy mornings with moderate temperatures Bill and Phillip’s initial morning of hunting turned out to be a memorable one. We were down near the river bottom in an Ameristep Doghouse blind...


How to Bowhunt for Blacktails

I have arrowed a number of Pope & Young blacktail by way of spot and stalk, treestands, calling and rattling, as well as still-hunting. I am convinced that without being versatile in my hunting approach, I would not have enjoyed the success I have had on this most worthy trophy...


Realtree Rewind: Ned Yost's Alberta Buck

Hunter: Milwaukee Brewers Manager Ned Yost Game: Whitetails Where: Alberta, Canada Weapon: Rifle Phase: Rut Date: November 10-15 Weather: Unseasonably warm We put the doe decoy out right in the middle of the logging road our stands were overlooking. We figured that bucks cruising from the nearby cutover to the...


7 Factors for Daylight Deer Activity During the Late Season

The late season is a monster. Cold temperatures. Pressured deer. Nasty weather. Worn-down bodies. It’s a rough time to be a hunter. But it’s an even tougher time to be a deer. And that’s why those who still have tags should still be out there working to fill them. Here...


7 Tips for Using Food Sources to Fill Your Deer Tag

The late season can be a great time to kill a deer. It’s generally pretty cold. Deer are worn down from the rut. And they’re looking to fill their bellies in an effort to regain the body weight they’ve lost during the month of November. As I (and many others)...


5 Things to Do After You Fill Your Deer Tags

Are your deer tags already filled? Still some season left? Here are four things you can do to pass the time until the New Year. Duck Hunting It's cold, wet and generally miserable. It's also some of the best waterfowl hunting of the year. "It" being hunting ducks and geese...


Realtree Rewind: Terry Rohm's Kansas Giant

Hunter: Terry Rohm Game: Whitetail Where: Kansas Weapon: Rifle Phase: Late rut The first morning we hunted a stand that was in pretty thick cover. We saw just a couple of young bucks and does. Other than that, it was a pretty unproductive morning. The first afternoon, we hunted a...


Realtree Rewind: David Blanton's South Dakota Stud

Hunter: David Blanton Game: Whitetail Where: Isabelle, South Dakota Weapon: Thompson Center Encore muzzleloader Date: November 8-9 Weather: Cold When we woke, the temperature was stuck on zero. On a good note, the wind had died and the snow had cleared off. There was the most beautiful frost on everything...


How to Stalk Deer in Open Country

I’ll never forget the day I hunted mule deer with Tom Tietz, an outfitter based in eastern Colorado, which was about 10 years ago today. As we drove the two-track roads in his battered pickup leading out across the expansive rolling ranchland, I was beginning to wonder how on earth...


Realtree Rewind: Don Kisky's 213-Inch Giant

Hunter: Don Kisky with his wife Kandi behind the camera. Game: Midwestern whitetails Where: Southern Iowa Weapon: Bow Phase: Pre-rut Date: November 1, 2002 Weather: It was 19 degrees with a northwest wind. We were experiencing deer scraping like mad. There were worked scrapes everywhere. To start with, we were...


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...


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