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All About Deer Antlers

A friend of mine watched a buck for several years that had only three legs. Its right antler always had a “T” shape at its end, and the deer had a small rack. My friend finally shot The T-Handle Buck when it was 6 1/2 years old. It wouldn’t have...


How to Kill Big Bucks On Small Properties

Even though Tes Jolly of Tuskegee, Ala., posted the comment, “Gonna buy a lottery ticket!” on her Facebook page after downing her third impressive buck of the season on her farm, she knew she owed her success to more than just luck. She chalked up her achievement to intensive land...


Are Mule Deer Getting the Boot from Whitetails?

By: Realtree Staff “Go West” was 19th century publisher Horace Greeley’s advice, and now, more than a century later, it appears North America’s whitetails may be heeding that same advice. The prolific and adaptable species is expanding into areas once the primary domain of the mule deer . And where...


8 Advanced Rangefinder Skills Bowhunters Need to Know

Judging range has always been a big part of archery. Arrows, even from the fastest compound bows, travel in arching paths. Misjudged range has probably caused more misses than all other factors. Then came affordable laser rangefinders, which are now standard-issue gear for modern bowhunters. And misses disappeared. Yeah, right...


Bows for the Biggest Game

What changes do you need to make to your bow, arrow and broadhead setup for that once-in-a-lifetime big-game hunt?


How to Scout for Spring and Fall Black Bears

The bear advanced, completely unaware of me. I sat high above him with my legs dangling,​ I was suspended and strapped to a tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of a black bear. Now, here he was ambling toward me, for many bear hunters just sighting a bruin in...


Video: 10 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Decoy Spread Looks Fake

Turkey hunting is quite the pastime. It's interactive. It's action-packed. It's fun. There just isn't anything you can say bad about the sport. Decoying is a huge part of turkey hunting for most of us hunters. We use them to be more successful each year. But while turkey decoys make...


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Cool Photos of Fighting Wild Turkey Gobblers

Turkey gobbler dominance battles vary from simply a menacing look, threatening body posture and chase, to full-blown, down-and-dirty combat. Wing flogs and spur jabs are the more common behaviors in gobbler fights. Beak stabs, facial and wattle pinches, beak-gagging throwdowns and shoving matches are the hallmarks of a serious and...


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7 Setups for Public Land Turkeys

Public land. Most of us have a love-hate relationship with it. We love it because of the access to hunting it provides us. We hate it because the game we chase on it is generally much smarter than their private-land counterparts. Try these seven unique setups on your next public...


7 Factors When Deer Hunting New Properties

I love the challenge of a do-it-yourself roadtrip for whitetails. I suppose that’s why I have been on about two dozen of them in the last 15 years. I have had some exciting successes and some crushing failures during these hunts, but I have learned from each one of them...


Scouting for Deer with Topo Maps

Speed scouting with maps can quickly put you on big bucks. It works. You just have to know how to get the job done. Why Speed Scout? Whether you’ve been drawn for a special hunt in an unfamiliar area, are hunting out of state or are just hunting a new...


The First Turkey Hunting Crossbow Grand Slam

Our group was enjoying a midday break in Osceola hunting camp when a couple locals rolled in and struck up a conversation with the camp owner, barely within earshot. I paid little attention until I heard a name, then spun around and asked, “Marvin? Marvin Hartley?” At the same time...


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