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Michigan Citizens Warned About Deadly Mosquito-Borne Virus

Michigan state officials are warning citizens about an uptick in the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus, which is spread by mosquitoes and can infect both horses and humans. The warning comes after the first human case of EEE was confirmed this year. Tina Wescott told Local 4 WDIV that...


The Best One-Liners from Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp

Early bow season is a special time of the year, and even more so as we enter the home stretch of 2020, the Year of the Crazy. My wife, Michelle, and I hosted Realtree’s 2020 Bow Camp during opening week at our place in Kentucky. We invited a crew of...


What's the Word on EHD This Deer Season?

This has been a bizarre and difficult year for all of us, but I have some good news to report from the whitetail world. As of mid-September, outbreaks of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) in deer herds are minimal across America. In fact, so far, 2020 has the lowest infection rate...


South Texas Ranch Owners Sue Seller and Real Estate Broker Over Subpar Deer Herd

Rosita Creek Ranch in Eagle Pass, Texas, was advertised as a “true sportsman’s paradise.” The 7,000-acre property, with an asking price of approximately $14.5 million, features four large lakes for waterfowl hunting and fishing and is home to blackbuck antelope and other South Texas critters, but the buyers say it...


It’s Hot. You Shot a Deer. Now What?

If you’re not bowhunting already, you will be in a few weeks, and chances are the September or early October weather will be warm to downright hot. Whether you shoot a doe or a 150-inch buck, it is both your ethical and legal obligation to properly care for the meat...


Who Left a Mysterious Safe in a Farmer’s Field?

What’s in a rusty old safe that appeared on a New York state farmer’s property last week? That’s what everyone wants to know, but the farmer says the contents will remain a mystery. According to UPI.com , a large safe, weighing approximately 500 to 600 pounds, appeared in a field...


Bryce Mitchell Partners with Realtree to Put Camo in the UFC Octagon

UFC fighter Bryce Mitchell, aka “Thug Nasty,” may be a rising featherweight star, but the Arkansas native is still a country boy at heart. Like all country boys, he loves his camo — and we’re excited to partner with him to put Realtree EDGE, his favorite pattern, in the Octagon...


5 Ideas for Cleaning the Freezer Before Hunting Season

I hate waste. We strive to process our deer and other animals to use every edible bite. My dad is fond of saying our cleaned carcasses would “starve a buzzard.” That same philosophy carries over to the kitchen where we cook up hearts, liver, and other tasty bits along with...


September Sins: 6 Reasons Why Early Season Hunts Fall Apart

September bucks are easy, right? The August trail camera pictures and bachelor group glassing sessions make some of those big summer studs seem tame enough to cuddle. “You could set a watch by him,” the old saying goes. But then opening day arrives, and that deer you thought you knew...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 5

Our final 2020 Antler Nation regional roundup focuses on the Northeast. From the status on deer populations to public-land opportunities and everything in between, we’ve updated each state with the information you need to know this season. Connecticut Mild winters and decent mast crops have helped put the deer herd...


Did That Buck Hear You?

We shell out good money on scent-control clothes and a concoction of soaps and sprays to knock out our man-smell. We wear our camo and hide as best we can from a buck’s sharp eyes. All are good and critical strategies. But what if a buck hears you? Or put...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 4

Our fourth Antler Nation roundup centers on these 11 states in the Southeast region, where you can find a mix of some of the country’s very best deer hunting — and also, some of the toughest. We’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital...


Will Deer Season 2020 Be Crazy?

It’s been a strange and difficult year, but hang in there because deer season is right around the corner. As I, like you, look forward to some much-needed treestand therapy, I can’t help but wonder: This pandemic has affected everything in our lives for the last six months. How might...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 3

Our third Antler Nation roundup centers on the Midwest region. These big-woods and grain states offer good to great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Illinois With advanced planning and in-the-field scouting, it’s possible to find a public-land...


Is that Venison Freezer Burned?

It’s summertime. For us hunters, that means a few things. It’s time to check gear, hang a few game cameras, put in some range time with your bow or gun, and finish off last season’s wild game to make room for the upcoming bounty of fresh meat that the fall...


7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 2

Our second Antler Nation roundup centers on the Great Plains region. These six flyover states offer great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each one’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Kansas The Sunflower State’s public-land hunting isn’t as good as it once was. Non-resident hunting...


June Deer Hunting News Roundup

Fall is still months away, but it’s on the horizon. Whitetail news is slowly ramping up as we creep closer to the 2020 deer season, and a lot happened this month. From new public-land opportunities to one of the earliest potential cases of EHD on record, we have the latest...


Senate Passes Historic Public Lands Bill

With strong bi-partisan support, the Senate has passed a major public lands bill that will set aside hundreds of millions of dollars for conservation use if it passes in the House, which is expected. According to The Hill , the Great American Outdoors Act passed with a 73-25 vote and...


Why Aren’t We Trapping Coyotes Right Now?

I’m a deer hunter who’s never trapped before, but I’ve always said I would learn how to catch coyotes if the trapping season coincided with fawning season. But does trapping around the fawn drop actually increase fawn survival? Declining Recruitment To fully grasp the coyote-whitetail relationship, it’s important to understand...


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