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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...


How to Kill Big Bucks on Small Properties

Even though Tes Jolly of Tuskegee, Ala., posted the comment, “Gonna buy a lottery ticket!” on her Facebook page after downing her third impressive buck of the season on her farm, she knew she owed her success to more than just luck. She chalked up her achievement to intensive land...


Are Mule Deer Getting the Boot from Whitetails?

By: Realtree Staff “Go West” was 19th century publisher Horace Greeley’s advice, and now, more than a century later, it appears North America’s whitetails may be heeding that same advice. The prolific and adaptable species is expanding into areas once the primary domain of the mule deer . And where...


7 Factors When Deer Hunting New Properties

I love the challenge of a do-it-yourself roadtrip for whitetails. I suppose that’s why I have been on about two dozen of them in the last 15 years. I have had some exciting successes and some crushing failures during these hunts, but I have learned from each one of them...


Scouting for Deer with Topo Maps

Speed scouting with maps can quickly put you on big bucks. It works. You just have to know how to get the job done. Why Speed Scout? Whether you’ve been drawn for a special hunt in an unfamiliar area, are hunting out of state or are just hunting a new...


How to Save More Fawns

A newborn fawn lies curled in the tall grass. It doesn’t move, driven by instinct and natural behavior to remain motionless. Its mother, a wary doe, feeds in the meadow a couple hundred yards away. Seconds later, a pair of cunning coyotes stalk through the grass, knowing what time of...


5 Deer Hunters Who Tick Everyone Off

Deer hunters, as a whole, are some of the finest people you’ll ever meet. They are passionate about the game they pursue and truly care about the natural resources that support their outdoor endeavors. When deer hunters get together, whether they’ve known each other 10 years or 10 minutes, good...


10 Ways to Prevent Treestand Theft

Treestand theft is a serious issue. Thousands of deer hunters are affected by it every season. Sadly, no matter what you do, the risk is still there. But there are tips you can implement to reduce the likelihood of someone lifting the stands you used your hard-earned cash on. Here...


3 Things You Should Do After Deer Season

The finality of the closure of deer season can bring varied emotions upon bowhunters and gun hunters, including me. For those who have had a wildly successful season, it may not bring much of a negative reaction. For others who were not as successful, or who didn’t tag a deer...


10 Tips for Getting Permission to Deer Hunt

Each season it becomes harder to gain access to private land deer hunting . If you are not a landowner or blessed with family members and friends who are; you are at a serious disadvantage on finding prime real estate. With the intense competition between hunters; it is ever increasingly...


10 Reasons Why You Aren't Finding More Shed Antlers

Shed Envy. It’s a common condition felt this time of year by avid whitetail hunters across the country and it has the potential to reduce productivity at work, spoil appetites and ruin an otherwise good day. The cause? A lack of shed-hunting success, followed by frequent viewings of the monster...


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