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The Worst Trees for Treestands

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recently encouraged deer hunters to avoid placing treestands in ash trees. The emerald ash borer kills those trees, resulting in dead timber that’s still standing. That announcement sparked a great discussion: Some trees are terrible for treestands. Treestand accidents are the No. 1 hunting-related...


After the Kill

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. — Fred Bear I am no Fred Bear and don’t claim to be. When it comes to bowhunting, I couldn’t carry the man’s jockstrap. But for the past 40 years, I have unabashedly hunted and killed deer according...


Realtree Teams up With Team Red, White & Blue for the First Driving for Veterans Event at Topgolf

Atlanta Braves third-baseman, Austin Riley, partnered with Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) to host his first “Driving for Veterans” charity tournament Monday, August 29. The event was held at Top Golf Midtown in Atlanta, Georgia, where Realtree was honored to attend and support. In attendance were Austin Riley’s...


EHD Confirmed in Ohio, New York, Other States

As of early September, I can report outbreaks of Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) and Bluetongue in whitetail herds in five states. This nasty virus, which occurs annually in late summer in random hot zones across America, is transmitted to deer by biting midges. Symptoms of deer infected with hemorrhagic disease...


When Will Somebody Shoot the New World Record?

It will take a whitetail superfreak to top the 213-5⁄8-inch typical buck farmer Milo Hanson shot near his home in Biggar, Saskatchewan, one snowy November day 29 years ago. Rack Measurements My analysis of the top 200-inch typical racks in the Boone and Crockett records shows that the new No...


Podcast: Old-School Scouting Tactics, Hidden Big Bucks, and More Pre-Season Fun

It's late August and still hot, but there's hope in the air, too. Kentucky's squirrel season opened this past weekend, and Tennessee's early three-day "velvet" archery season opened today. With luck, I'll be in a treestand this weekend. We're right on the eve of one of the best times of...


Realtree Releases Monster Bucks 30th Anniversary Series

Realtree’s iconic Monster Bucks series has been a staple in hunting households for 30 years, and we’re still going strong. Monster Bucks XXX, the 30th Anniversary Edition, is now available for purchase on Realtree 365 . Follow Tyler Jordan, David Blanton, Michael Waddell, Nick Mundt, Chipper Jones, and others as...


Realtree/Seek One Giveaway

Summer is almost over and you've got hunting on the brain. Get pumped up for the season by entering the Realtree/ Seek One Giveaway for a chance to win a turkey hunt at Realtree Farms and an assortment of fantastic hunting gear. Those who enter the giveaway will have a...


Fried Backstrap Street Tacos

When most people think of street tacos, they think of either grilled or griddled seasoned meat or a slow-cooked barbacoa or carnitas-style filling. For this recipe, we changed things up a bit by slicing a deer backstrap into thin strips. Then we sprinkled the cuts with southwest seasoning – in...


How Indiana Became the Best Big-Buck State in the Nation

This past month, my TV crew and I road-tripped across Indiana, interviewing hunters for a documentary on big deer. We talked to dozens of guys who have hunted local farms all their lives and who recently shot massive whitetails. The smallest shoulder mount we filmed scored 170 inches; the largest...


2022 Southwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Southwest is a different animal but a place where whitetails seem to thrive. Deer find ways to excel and grow in these arid places, even where food seems limited. And we’re forecasting another great deer season for 2022. Check out the details. Arizona Arizona is one of two great...


Watch: Deer Crashes Through City Bus Window

An Oklahoma city bus driver and a deer both escaped unharmed after the deer jumped through the bus' windshield. According to Fox 29 , the bus driver, Alisha Sutton, had only been on the job for 10 months when the incident occurred. In video footage of the crash, you can...


2022 Northwest Deer Hunting Forecast

Elk, mule deer, black bears and other big game are the most sought-after animals of the Northwest. Whitetails tend to drop down on the list of importance. Still, in the isolated pockets with whitetails, the region cranks out some eye-popping deer hunting opportunities. Although hunters shouldn’t expect Midwest-esque antler sizes,...


Pennsylvania Record Buck Hid in Garage for 60 Years

The days of monster bucks going unnoticed are almost gone. With the advent of hunting magazines, digital outlets and social media, folks talk about big whitetails often — almost always. According to Bob D’Angelo, the Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program coordinator, and official Boone & Crockett Club scorer, few top-end...


Safety Precautions for Public Hunting Areas

I have never been an overly cautious hunter and certainly not a paranoid one. But these days, I’m more aware of my surroundings than ever. Crime and drugs are out of control. Runaway inflation and $5 gas have scumbags coming out of the woodwork and looking for opportunities to rip...


2022 Midwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Midwest is the home of big bucks. Some hunters who live here take it for granted. But folks who live elsewhere dream of going there one day. It’s an awe-inspiring place. I was one of those hunters. But in the past decade or so, I’ve hunted half of the...


Iowa Law Expands Rifle Options for Late-Season Antlerless Hunts

Iowa is the place of dreams for deer hunters. Tags are difficult to draw, but when you do, the state is a big-buck mecca. Now, controversial new rules will also boost opportunities for antlerless deer. Recently, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law expanding deer hunting rifle options...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


2022 Northeast Deer Hunting Forecast

Just as with the Southeast region , the 2022 Northeast deer hunting forecast is shaping up to be promising. This year’s Antler Nation grades are in, and almost all states show improvement from the past few years. Connecticut Some states are just average, par for the course or whatever run-of-the-mill...


Why and How to Scout Summer Scrapes

A few years ago, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources banned the use of minerals to attract deer. Officials believed that might help stop the threat and spread of chronic wasting disease. I’m all for doing everything we can to stop CWD, but the ban threw a monkey wrench into...


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