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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...


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...


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