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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...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 1

For years, Realtree’s Antler Nation has been a trusted resource for anyone planning an out-of-state whitetail hunt — and anyone curious about how the deer hunting in their own state stacks up. Each state’s profile is updated each season with current regs and need-to-know information. And, signature to the program,...


Boaters Give Drowning Fawn CPR

Boaters on Lake Tyler in East Texas used CPR to save a drowning fawn's life. According to KETK , Brian Ballard and his wife discovered the lifeless animal floating in the water. “We were pulling into the channel, which is no wake, and I saw something in the water. I...


Where Do the Little Bucks Go?

Imagine a life where you’re forced to abandon everyone you’ve ever known. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all left behind, never to be seen again. That’s life for most whitetail bucks, and some does, too. According to Duane Diefenbach with the Penn State Deer Study Group, 50 to 80% of...


Want to Win $2,300 in Bushnell Gear?

Bushnell is now the official optic partner of Team Realtree. The new agreement expands the partnership between two of the industry’s most iconic hunting brands, and Bushnell optics will be seen across all Realtree television, digital and social channels including Realtree Outdoors and Realtree Road Trips TV , and across...


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Deer Poop

“Man, that’s a big pile of buck crap right there.” I’ve heard it a dozen times. You’ve heard it too, or even said it. We all have. But the deer biologists in goggles and gloves who study deer poop for a living (and other, more glamorous things) say it’s actually...


Is a Live Test for CWD on the Horizon?

Chronic wasting disease is one of the foremost challenges faced by today’s deer biologists and managers. Researchers are fighting many battles in the war against this threat, and one of the biggest is the inability to efficiently test live animals for CWD. Davin Henderson, a protein chemist and founder of...


Should We Stop Rifle Hunting During the Rut?

I kill deer with guns and bows, and really have no bias one way or the other when it comes to deer hunting. I love the twang of a bow string and the aroma of freshly burned gunpowder, and I’ll hunt with whatever method is in season. Not everyone feels...


Why Windy Days are Great for Deer Hunting

You hear it all the time at hunting camps, bow shops, and anywhere else deer hunters congregate: “Deer don’t move on windy days.” And there’s no questioning Granddaddy when he recites that bit of wisdom for the fiftieth time. You’re safer lining a pack with medium-rare deer steaks and walking...


May Deer Hunting News Roundup

We have the whole summer ahead of us before we can jump back into deer season, but whitetails are active and making headlines no matter what time of year it is. Here’s the latest in the deer hunting world. Deer Hunting Regulation Changes Changes to hunting regulations are common. So...


Wisconsin Hunters Reject Changes to Deer Season

Few things fire up deer hunters more than changes to their season, and in the past two decades, Wisconsin has seen plenty of fired-up hunters. Many newly proposed hunting policies, some of which were enacted, have been met with public dissension. The latest debates stem from the Wisconsin DNR Spring...


What’s Going on with Paralyzed Fawns in Martha’s Vineyard?

In November of 2019, paralyzed whitetail fawns were found in multiple locations on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, prompting an investigation from area agencies and universities. “From early November to mid-December 2019, MassWildlife received reports of deer displaying signs of paralysis in West Tisbury and Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard. Six affected...


7 Crazy Differences in Tagging Deer

I travel for whitetails a lot. No two states I’ve ever been to use the same tagging and checking system. After digging a little further, I couldn’t find twin systems anywhere in the nation. There are numerous crazy differences in reporting harvests across America. Behind the Regs The extreme differences...


April Deer Hunting News Roundup

Deer season is still five or more months away for most of us, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t already making headlines. There’s a lot going on in the deer hunting world right now. Here’s the latest roundup of news you need to know. 2019 Harvest Reports Trickling In Several...


Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


The Crushing Blow of Losing Hunting Ground

Most of us hunters fondly remember the lands of our past. These places served as the foundation for the outdoor culture and heritage that we enjoy today. They’re important, and sometimes we get to continue hunting them for a lifetime. But sometimes we lose them, and when you lose one...


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