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Why February Is the Best Time to Check Your Deer Gear

I’m not a big fan of February. It’s dark when you leave for work, it’s dark when you get home, and it’s too cold to putter around outside. What’s the bored deer hunter to do to wile away those slow days until the spring gobblers start to hammer and strut?...


9 Things You Should Do After Killing a Turkey

The longbeard you want gobbles on the roost. Gobbles on the ground. Gobbles in range. And you make a clean, ethical shot. In the rush of sweet moments after killing a wild turkey, it's sometimes hard to catch your breath. Of course, a lot of folks first check the spurs...


How to Build a Buck Bedding Area

We all need a place to lay our heads after a long day. The same goes for big, mature bucks. But not all private land has adequate bedding cover to hold deer during legal shooting hours. Fortunately, in many places — and for many budgets — that can be fixed...


5 Ways to Find a Wounded Turkey

You scouted, located and called a strutting longbeard into range. All the excuses in the world won’t help you now though – loaner gun, twisted shooting position, iffy choke, sketchy shotgun load, bad bow shot, head-jerking birds, whatever. You shot, and the turkey fell ... but then it shockingly got...


How Long Do White-Tailed Deer Live?

Aging deer is all the rage these days. The usual suspects, like wildlife managers and big-buck hunters, spend a lot of time aging deer in trail camera photos and on the hoof. But you’ll often hear hunters ask after a buck’s age nearly as often as they ask after his...


That's not a Disney Movie Deer

Wild animals and people magically get along in Disney movies. A news anchor reporting about people hand-feeding a deer in Hugo, Minnesota, opened the story with a scene from "Sleeping Beauty." The problem is that in real life, people who get too friendly with wild animals frequently end up getting...


A Third-Chance Wisconsin Monster

Wisconsin hunter Kyle Maahs wasn’t sure what to think when he first captured trail camera photos of a Wisconsin hill-country giant in December 2018. Maybe the buck was passing through, or maybe the deer lived on the property. He began the summer of 2019 with high hopes of photographing the...


Realtree 365: Ending the 2019-2020 Deer Season

This week, on Realtree 365 , we wrap up deer season with the final hunts of 2019-20. It was a great year, and this week's episodes are full of last-minute, late-season action. We'll be checking in soon with all new content on Realtree 365. Midwest Whitetail: New 2020 Bowhunting Gear,...


Bryton Meyer’s Dagger Buck

During his first years of bowhunting, Bryton Meyer let many deer walk. When he was 19, he killed his first buck with a bow. That deer was a mature mainframe 8-pointer with a split G2 and a split brow tine. “That buck definitely hooked me on bowhunting,” Meyer says. “It...


Deer Hunting with the .350 Legend

Like many good deer camps, this one started with a last-minute text invitation. My good buddy Nathan Robinson, who works for Winchester, sent me a note asking if I’d like to hunt Missouri bruisers with him and several other fellows that I knew all too well. You’d be crazy to...


Ashley Noe’s Flyer 8 Buck

Ashley and Jake Noe of Indiana eat, sleep and breathe deer hunting, but Ashley didn't pick it up until later in life. “I started deer hunting about six years ago when Jake and I started dating in college,” she says. “I started the first year just sitting in the stand...


One Season, Two Giant Iowa Bow Bucks

During his 20 years of hunting, 33-year-old Brady Snyder has only taken six bucks with a bow. Like most bowhunters, he’s made plenty of mistakes. But once things clicked, he started stacking mature deer, and this past season was his best yet. Snyder pulled a coveted buck tag for the...


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