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15 Tips for Bowhunting Deer in the West

Bowhunting deer in the West is a different ball game than hunting them in the East. It takes a separate set of skills and tactics to get the job done. Here are a few short tips to get you started. The 2017 Obsession Bow Product Line Read the records. Knowing...


Deer Hunting for the Heart and Soul

Deer hunting is not all about shooting a big buck. Far from it. Sometimes it's easy to forget that. Occasionally, we need to be reminded about the truly important things in life. In my years of blogging about deer hunting, I've received numerous stories from readers. These three really stood...


How to Go on a Western Big Game Combination Hunt

The West is different. It’s pretty much that simple, yet that complicated. The skills that help you tag a buck every year on the East Coast might not work out West. In fact, those “skills” may actually cost you opportunities in The Big Country. The West seems to reward hunters...


How to Kill the Biggest Buck Where You Hunt

On a summer scouting mission, I glassed a very large buck coming out of thick bedding cover adjacent to a parking area on a public hunting property. I started keeping an eye on the spot from the safety of my car. If I parked in the right spot I could...


Deer Hunting Debate: Does Culling Really Work?

Culling for antler genetics has long been a hot debate in deer hunting. Is the cull theory true? Can you impact the herd enough to have bigger bucks? If so, is it even worth the time it takes to do it? Plenty of questions surround the topic, so I reached...


How to Glass for Deer

A big part of deer hunting is being able to spot deer. To do that, you need to be able to pick out the slightest bit of movement from a long way off. Or, sometimes you may need to be able to pick out the flicker of an ear entangled...


8 Things Serious Deer Hunters Do During Summer

From summer scouting tips to bow games, rimfire practice to club joining, this collection of hunting tips can make this your best season yet. 1. Do Some Research Although every hunter should consider any big game he or she takes as a highly worthy trophy, wouldn't it be nice if...


Where the Biggest Booner Bucks Are Coming from Now

Deer hunting is an ever-changing world. It might not seem that way on the surface, but it is. Deer populations rise, fall and run stagnant. Sometimes big bucks are killed. Other years they aren’t. Some seasons produce big deer in areas Booners haven’t been seen for years. Just take the...


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...


The Meaning of Deer Hunting: Hunting Truth in Life

Editor's note: The following is a true hunting/life story sent in by loyal Realtree.com visitor Coleman Grimmett. With a heavy heart, Coleman still wanted to share these life-changing events that are sometimes difficult to talk about. In his words, "These events have changed my life forever, for the better, and...


Deer Hunting: Use Past Mistakes to Prep for Deer Season

It may be spring, but already thoughts of deer season are screaming through my head. Your's too, probably. One such thought? The story told below. It was just after 8:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of the muzzleloading season. A cold morning. A still morning. Heading out to the stand...


Spring and Summer Deer Scouting: Will Most Bucks Relocate Come Fall?

Many deer hunters out there believe spring and summer scouting is obsolete . They think it isn’t worth the effort it takes to slip on your Mucks or the gas it takes to drive to the farm. In some cases, they might be right. But mid-year scouting is far from...


12 Ways You Can Use Shed Antlers

Shed hunting has come on pretty strong in the last decade. It’s all the buzz throughout whitetail and even mulie and elk country. And if you do well at it, over time, the bone begins to pile up. In fact, some people I know have whole sheds filled with sheds...


Breaking: Boone & Crockett Will Review Potential World-Record Non-Typical Buck's Score on Monday

“It’s not a typical non-typical,” said one of the Boone & Crockett Club judges who scored the massive 47-point buck killed by a Tennessee hunter last November, in explaining why the buck’s score will be reviewed next Monday as a Boone & Crockett Club official watches. The rack was measured...


5 Steps to Killing a Coues Whitetail

Coues whitetails are foreign to many hunters. Found in the cactus-cursed parts of southwestern New Mexico and southeastern Arizona to the Mexican states of Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa, they have gained near cult status with desert rats who pursue them obsessively. So here are five steps to killing one if...


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...


Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...


7 Best Late-Season Food Sources for Deer

The late season can be a bear. It’s hard to find deer during the latter parts of the season. It doesn’t matter if you’re chasing giant bucks or fawns with milk-staches on their fuzzy lips (they taste pretty darn good). It’s tough, especially if you don’t have a dynamite spot...


How to Hunt Coastal Mule Deer

As a well-traveled bowhunter , I’ve hunted a lot of game in a lot of places, but I’m drawn to bowhunting these deer like nothing else — they offer an extreme challenge in rare mountain habitat that I have yet to find elsewhere. Few archers even know these deer exist,...


3 Ways to Find Pre-Rut Blacktail Bucks

For most bowhunters, chasing blacktails is a chess match that usually concludes with the buck being the victor. Heavy timber and dense cover provide them with the upper hand against those willing to test their hunting skills. Fortunately for us, there comes a time during the year when all mature...


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