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3 Thoughts on Ground Shrinkage

One day on the Texas plains, I leveled my 7mm mag. on a fat 9-pointer, the larger of two bucks sparring in a dry wash 150 yards away. “Buck on left, ready?” I whispered to Bill, my cameraman. “Go.” Boom! The deer piled up and we hustled out to see...


Dog Chases Deer, Soon Regrets It

The dog in the video footage above was obviously having a great time chasing a doe, until the doe got the upper hoof. In the footage, which lasts several minutes, you hear a man and woman laughing as their dog and a deer chase each other throughout their yard. The...


Have You Ever Rattled Up a Buck with a Climbing Stand?

Back in the day, before hashtags made tree saddles cool, mobile bowhunters used climbing stands. Climbers still work fine wherever tall, straight timber is found, and I especially like using them this time of year when I’m hunting scrapes and pinch points in the hardwoods. (Get the scoop on chasing,...


Deer Crashes Through Barbershop Window

Jennifer Brady just opened JB’s Barber Shop last month in the Caln Village Shopping Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. She had worked for so long to open her own place, so you can imagine her surprise when, around 5 a.m. last Wednesday, she walked up to discover her shop in shambles...


Bryce Mitchell to Sport Realtree EDGE Shorts in UFC Fight Against Andre Fili

If you’re a UFC fan, you know that Bryce Mitchell, aka “Thug Nasty,” has mentioned a time or two that he would like a pair of camouflage shorts to wear in the UFC Octagon. But per UFC rules, fighters are required to wear official Reebok uniforms and gear — and...


You Wounded a Buck. Will He Come Back?

One morning I got a text from my friend Scott. “Shot …” “Great, be there in a few,” I responded. “No. Hit him in head, deer ran off.” “What the …?” When we hooked up later, Scott explained that he released the arrow, heard a loud thwack, and watched in...


Body-Cam Footage Shows Wildlife Conservation Officer Tackling and Pinning Buck to Ground

Body-cam footage caught the impressive moment a wildlife conservation officer tackled and pinned a buck to the ground after it charged him. The deer attacked Utah Department of Wildlife Resources officer Kody Jones when he and Iron County, Utah, deputy Dustin Roy freed its antlers from a hammock that was...


Tame Buck Attacks Colorado Woman Out Walking Her Dog

A young buck that was likely raised by humans gored and seriously injured a Colorado woman last Friday. According to Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW), the woman was walking her dog on a path near her home when the deer attacked and gored her with its antlers. “The attack comes...


What’s the Best Straight-Wall Rifle Round for Deer Hunting?

If you’re going to be hunting this fall in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Michigan, take a quiet moment to yourself and give thanks for the straight-wall rifle cartridges that are slowly replacing shotgun slugs in the deer woods. Though I’m saying this in the nicest way possible, shotgun slugs...


6 Things Hunters Have to Know About Chronic Wasting Disease

I just Googled “Chronic Wasting Disease” and got 28,700,000 results, links where you can go to get information on the nasty neurological disease that is affecting some herds of whitetails and mule deer across North America. CWD causes a spongy degeneration of the brains of infected animals that results in...


Are Trail Cameras Affecting Your Hunting Experience?

Author’s note: First off, let me say I enjoy trail cameras and use them extensively. No doubt in terms of hunters finding, patterning and killing big, mature bucks, cams are the biggest innovation of the last 30 years in the deer hunting world. — M.H. I, like most whitetail hunters...


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...


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