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Midwest Rut Report: The Rut's Over, but Good Late-Season Hunting Ahead

Hunters wait for the rut each year. It’s a time when most push in, hunt their best spots, and tag target bucks. The entire foray spans from late October through November, but the bulk of breeding occurs Nov. 10-20. As expected, we witnessed a near-identical timeline this year. Now, well...


The Dangers of Duck Hunting

Soapbox alert: Lovett is going to discuss duck hunting safety again. Yawn, right? Yet every season, we’re reminded in tragic fashion that those basic lessons don’t always sink in. And they must, because waterfowling can sometimes be risky business , even for experienced hunters. So in the hopes of sparing...


Realtree Fishing Pro Staffer Drew Gregory Wins HOBIE B.O.S. Angler of the Year Title

Just last month we bragged on Realtree Fishing pro staffer Drew Gregory for solidifying his reputation as one of the top kayak bass fishermen in the nation with his win at the Hobie Bass Open Series (B.O.S.) and his ninth-place finish at the Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) National. Now HOBIE...


Easy Slow Cooker Squirrel and Dumplings

It’s about that time of year. Cold winter days put me in the mood for comfort foods like squirrel and dumplings. Trouble is, this is a pretty busy time of year for us. Deer, ducks, small game, elk — by the time we hunt all day, there isn’t much time...


Bourbon Buttermilk Fried Deer Tenderloin

I grew up eating pan-fried deer backstrap. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it was always a favorite meal. I still love it. Simply sliced, dredged in seasoned flour, and pan-fried, it’s close to perfection. But, like any good recipe, I like to tweak it a bit to see if it...


Monster Buck Poached in Kentucky and More Deer Hunting News

Big buck stories and rut reports aside, what's been going on in the whitetail world this fall? Here's a quick roundup of the latest headlines. A man in Boone County, Kentucky, is accused of poaching a giant non-typical buck scoring 230 6/8. Conservation officers with the Kentucky Department of Fish...


Watch: Variety of Creatures Use Wildlife Overpass to Cross Dangerous Utah Highway

A new video from Utah’s Department of Transportation shows dozens of animals using Utah’s largest wildlife overpass to safely cross Interstate 80. According to Smithsonianmag.com , the 50-foot-wide overpass has a span of 320 feet and was located based on animals’ migratory patterns. Although experts thought it’d take years for...


15 Best Hunting Camp Cooking Hacks

It’s hard to have a good time if you’re hungry — even when the hunting is great. Ask your friends about their favorite times at hunting camp and they will often answer that it’s when everyone is sitting around the table or campfire sharing meals and tall tales with other...


Midwest Rut Report: Bucks Returning to Feeding Patterns

While the rut is mostly in the rear-view mirror, it certainly isn’t time to throw in the towel. Late November and early December are great times to kill deer, especially mature bucks. I’ve been invested heavily in Ohio this year, and I’ve been pretty stingy with my either-sex deer tag...


Northeast Rut Report: Slower Overall, but Some Big Deer Still Moving

The woods in downstate New York have cooled off from the flurry of activity that took place in the previous week. Instead of covering a lot of ground in a hurry, mature bucks are searching in a more purposeful manner than the earlier frantic blitz. Most does have been bred...


Southeast Rut Report: Rut Action Heats Up in Deep South

The final days of November produced some of the best rut action that I saw all season around here. We didn’t see the little-buck-a-minute cruising that’s typical of early November, but as predicted by several other Rut Reporters last week, mature bucks were on the move in search of the...


Northwest Rut Report: Late-Season Weather, Patterns Setting In

Washington There are still some units open for bowhunting in eastern and northeastern Washington (and tags are sold over the counter), so last-minute whitetail opportunities are still available in the Northwest. Look to Washington units 105, 108, 117, 121, 124, 127, 204, 209, 215, 233, 243, and 373, which close...


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