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Southeast Rut Report: Entering the Lockdown Phase

The action has improved for some since last week, while it’s gotten tougher for others. In some areas of the region, bucks are definitely locked down with does. The weather has been great the past couple weeks. While the area will experience a slight warmup in the days ahead, the...


Northwest Rut Report: The Pre-Rut Is Nearing Peak Activity

Things happen a little later in the Northwest than the Midwest. That’s evident. Here, the pre-rut is hitting its peak just as other northern states enter the lockdown phase. Washington Dale Denny, owner of Bearpaw Outfitters out of Colville, Washington, said his guides are observing multiple bucks chase does. They...


Midwest Rut Report: Bucks Are Pinned Down with Does

As we near mid-November, the heart of the whitetail rut is upon us. Throughout most of the region, the rut is entering the lockdown phase. However, sparks of activity are still flying. For much of the Midwest, cold and snowy conditions have settled in over the past week. This has...


24 Tips for Today’s Duck and Goose Hunters

Today’s waterfowl aren’t like the birds of 20 years ago. With technological innovations such as hyper-realistic decoys and motorized spinning wings, and guys who can seemingly call better than real ducks and geese , the flyways have become a different ballfield. But these 24 tried-and-true tactics can put more birds...


8 Ways Deer Hunters Have Changed

Open a hunting magazine from 1970. Then flip through one on the newsstands today. They won’t look the same. That’s not altogether surprising – magazines and their audience are bound to change over the course of 50 years – but once you start looking at digital content, social feeds, and...


Monster Bucks: Tyler Rees' Huge Iowa 10-Pointer

Tyler Rees is hunting in Iowa over a cut cornfield. It's spitting rain and cool, and so he's sitting in a Redneck Blind. It isn't long before bucks are on their feet and filing into the field. Tyler has a giant 10-pointer walk into view and offer a perfect broadside...


Realtree 365: The Rut Is Rocking

It's a magical time of year for deer hunters, and our latest slate of Realtree 365 episodes certainly reflects that. We'll cut to the chase: There was a lot of big buck action last week. Here's a look at the best of it. Midwest Whitetail: The Rut’s Best Week Rating:...


Midwest Rut Report: The Rut Is About to Bust Loose

Rut activity is on the rise across the Midwest, but a few days later than most had expected. Daylight movement has been good overall, with mid-afternoon to early evening producing the most action. Bucks of all age classes are cruising in search of the first few estrus does, and chasing...


Southwest Rut Report: The Rut Is Kicking Off

In some areas, the rut is rocking. In others, it’s not quite there yet. Lucky for you, we have the information you need. North Central Texas Dwayne Peirce, who farms and hunts in the Wichita Falls, Texas, area said mature bucks are beginning to show up on trail cameras. The...


Northwest Rut Report: The Pre-Rut Is Peaking

While things happen a little later here than other states, the Northwest is beginning to see quality movement. Things should really kick off with the next week or so. Washington Things are sparking in Washington. Bait stations and feeders are being visited by 3 ½-year-old — and occasionally 4 ½-year-old...


Northeast Rut Report: The Rut Is About to Pop

We’re a week into November, and things continue to heat up. Overall deer activity continues to be good for most of the region. New York and New Jersey I spoke with Realtree pro staffer Anthony Virga. He has spent time in south central New York and northern New Jersey. In...


Southeast Rut Report: Rut Sparks Starting to Fly

Signs are pointing to a slightly delayed rut kickoff compared to last season. There are pockets of good activity, but the best is yet to come in most of the region. Florida According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the eastern quarter of the Panhandle, as well as a...


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