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Monster Bucks: Waddell Grunts in a Giant Iowa Typical

This week on Monster Bucks, Michael Waddell heads to Iowa to hunt big Midwestern whitetails, and it doesn’t take long before a giant one steps into view. Waddell throws a few grunts at him and watches the deer walk into the food plot. He draws back the Hoyt and lets...


Bill Winke’s Favorite Week of Deer Season

I’ve hunted just about every day of the rut since 1990 and I have talked to a lot of people. Arguably, the best single day is November 7. Some guys like November 8 or 9, but those three days generally produce the best daylight action of the season, assuming normal...


Dan Infalt on Mind Control and Big Bucks

You know that one guy who seems to have a lucky horseshoe stuck up his rear end every deer season? He seems to be an average guy who hunts like everyone else, but he knocks down big bucks one after another. What’s the deal with him? Why is he so...


5 Great Spot-and-Stalk Prairie Whitetail Hunts

The older I get, the more my legs yearn to wander. Truth be told, treestands in the woods can start to feel a little confining to my soul. Sure, I’m ready to sit in the oaks on a fine and frosty morning later in fall. Or watch a travel lane...


Realtree 365: Hot Weather, Doe Patrol, Big Bucks and Bugling Bulls

This week on Realtree 365 , the weather was hot and the action slow. That’s not surprising, but it should get better as we move deeper into October and the cold fronts roll through. In the meantime, there's still hunting worth watching — and a few punched tags — in...


Predators are Affecting Your Duck Hunting

Hunters would see more ducks funneling down the flyways if we had fewer predators in nesting areas. Or at least that’s what Frank Rohwer thinks. Out of every 100 duck eggs laid in prime nesting areas, 75 to 90 of them never hatch. Most are eaten by predators, said Rohwer,...


7 Tips for Over-the-Counter Mule Deer Hunting

I tallied 28 mule deer through my binoculars by the end of the morning hunt. None were the buck I was looking to shoot — but one of them had at least required a second look. I was hunting somewhere in South Dakota on a Game Production Area open to...


Monster Bucks: Nate Hosie Rattles up a Bruiser

In this installment of Monster Bucks, Nate Hosie is in Iowa with the Whitetail Freaks team. It’s the rut, and deer are on their feet. Hosie blind calls and rattles, and a few seconds later, a big buck steps out. He waits for a shot opportunity, and lets his Mathews...


Read Topographic Maps, Shoot More Bucks

Whitetails that live in flat country are tough to kill. Without good terrain to conceal your approach, your quarry will bust you long before you get into range. That’s why I prefer hunting ground with varied topography over land without elevation changes. Terrain gives deer a tactical advantage, but you...


Realtree 365: Food Plot Prep, EHD Victims and Buck Tags Filled

EHD continues to spread throughout the Midwest as the hot, dry summer weather hangs on. That’s not good. We receive updates on that. But there's much better news, too. Food plots are being finished. And the first big bucks of 2019 are hitting the ground this week on Realtree 365...


Monster Bucks: Randy Birdsong Arrows a Wide Texas Deer

In this week's episode of Monster Bucks, HeadHunters TV’s Randy Birdsong climbs a tree in Texas. A classic Lone Star buck with a wide spread steps out right under the stand, and you can hear Birdsong's heartrate increase as the scene materializes. He waits for the right moment, draws his...


10 Commandments for Taking a Child Duck Hunting

Blessed is the waterfowl hunter who taketh a child duck hunting, for that waterfowler shall inherit the earth — or at least get a primo spot in that final duck blind in the sky. Or at least I’m pretty sure that’s how the passage goes. Taking a young hunter (or...


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