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Kill a Buck on a Warm Winter Day

Christmas is long gone. The Super Bowl is almost here. And the Kardashians are already modeling 2020 swimsuits on Instagram. (Don’t ask me how I know that.) If that doesn’t light a raging fire in you to fill that buck tag, nothing will. Problem is, it’s another warm winter, and...


When Should You Shoot Does?

Deer seasons are ending or over in most of the country, and a lot of hunters counting down the final hours in the stand like to fill their tags with last-minute does. But is the late season the best time to shoot antlerless deer, or should you be doing that...


Did Your Buck Live?

The first step in filling next season’s deer tag is relocating the bucks that survived this past fall. Taking a post-season inventory not only verifies which deer are still alive but also helps you learn more about the properties they call home. Here are the six best places to find...


Are South Slopes Overrated in the Late Season?

Winter can be brutal on deer herds, but most whitetails nonetheless tough it out and survive. Instincts and calculated decisions guide them through these dreary days, often leading them to bed on south-facing slopes. Most deer hunters have heard of hunting these slopes at some point in the winter, and...


Post Rut Tips from the Pros

The rut is over in most parts of the country, and a lot of the bucks that were out there are already in freezers and taxidermy shops. It can seem like there’s not a set of antlers left in your woods — but there are. And thanks to these Realtree...


Feds Begin Deer Culling Program in Syracuse, New York

Syracuse's deer population is out of control, and federal wildlife officials are doing something about it. According to Syracuse.com , a deer-management program began this week, which involves bringing in professional sharpshooters to kill deer at night in predetermined, remote parts of the city. Earlier this year, Mayor Ben Walsh...


This Is Why Wild Deer Aren't Pets

A Tennessee woman learned firsthand how dangerous a tame deer can be when she was attacked by someone's "pet" buck. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), the 1 1/2-year-old deer came up behind the woman, who was standing at a mailbox outside a business on North Springview Drive...


Tested: New Hunting Pack and Headwear from Ergodyne

Who doesn’t like new gear, especially when it’s good stuff that’s affordable? I’ve been testing these three products — a new rucksack, face mask and beanie — from Ergodyne this deer season, and that’s exactly what they are. Good stuff that’s affordable. Here’s the 411. Arsenal General Duty Gear Backpack...


6 Guide Level Rut Hunting Tips

Few people log more time in the deer woods than hunting guides. Knowing their craft is a necessity to their livelihood. Bad deer guides don’t last. That’s why we asked some of the country’s most established outfitters for their best rut-hunting secrets. Here’s what they said. No. 1: Hunt on...


How to Kill a Locked Down Buck

The rut is in full swing, and there’s a hot doe dragging a big buck behind her everywhere she goes. That’s the good news. The bad? She’s nowhere near your treestand. This is what we call the lock-down phase; it’s that period of the rut when a doe is receptive...


Is Big Buck Scrolling Ruining Your Season?

Ever seen a black-and-white photograph of a freakishly large buck, hanging from a rough-hewn meat pole? Maybe there was a hunter in a checked coat beside it, holding a rifle. Maybe he was even smiling. Those photographs are from an era long past. Things happened slower back then, including the...


Is Public Land Deer Hunting Really That Bad?

From the wide-open expanses of southwestern Kansas to the foothills of southeastern Ohio, I’ve spent a good bit of time chasing whitetails on public ground. I’ve hunted large and small tracts with varying amounts of competition. Public land can get a bad rap, but the truth is, some hunters overexaggerate...


Injured Buck Kills Arkansas Hunter

A muzzleloader hunter thought a deer he'd shot was dead, but he was mistaken. When he approached it, the wounded animal attacked. In an interview with ABC News , Keith Stephens, chief of communications for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, said that 66-year-old Thomas Alexander shot the buck from...


Deer Crashes Through Photographer's Moving Car

The hunting might get better as the rut gets closer, but this time of year is also the most dangerous one of all for vehicle-deer collisions. Roger Johnston, a photographer from Rome, New York, knew this, but he was no less surprised when a deer actually jumped through his car's...


Check Out This Life-Sized Deer Wedding Cake

The Pennsylvania couple had the plastic antlers, they just needed the wedding cake to match, and the Shady Maple Farm Market delivered with a realistic, life-sized deer cake that has everyone talking. Cake decorating supervisor, Pam McNeal, is being recognized for her amazing work on the cake, which went viral...


7 Scouting Tips for Modern Hunters

The shrinking availability of hunting land is a major concern, and there are many reasons for it: Suburban sprawl. Leases. Private landowners who don’t grant permission. All of these things make it difficult to find ground. But dedicated deer hunters won’t let that stop them. In fact, finding new hunting...


Watch Original Hunting and Fishing Shows on Realtree 365

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8-Point Buck Crashes Through Salon Window

Time at the salon is supposed to be relaxing, but the customers at one Long Island, New York, salon got quite the shock when a buck crashed through a window and jumped over a woman who was sitting on a couch. According to ABC 7 , the incident occurred at...


Alabama University Offers Outdoor Industry Curriculum

College students often have to put their hunting and fishing on hold because of lack of access and limited funds. But there’s a university in Alabama that not only seeks out students who love the outdoors but even takes them hunting and fishing. Best of all, students can even earn...


Stick to Your Stand, or Move?

It’s Friday afternoon, and you’ve clocked out for the last time this week. The weekend is here, you have two days to hunt, and four or five stands to choose from. So, what’s the plan? Should you try to hunt several of those stands, or pick one and stick with...


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