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Boat-In Bowhunter Kills Public-Land Giant

Arkansas doesn’t jump to top of mind as a big-buck destination, but that didn’t stop bowhunter Preston Hall. Hunting public land, he killed a buck in the Natural State that would make a Midwesterner swoon. “I knew about this buck in 2018,” he says. “I started getting pictures of him...


Pro Tips for the Last Weekend of Deer Season

It might seem as though opening day was just here, but an entire season has passed, and now you’re staring down the barrel of the last weekend. But don’t give up hope. There’s still time to bag a buck, and we checked in with three of our pro staffers to...


Helping State Agencies Manage Deer on Local Levels

Ever had a strong opinion regarding deer management? Most of us have. With the whitetail off-season fully underway, there is much to do before fall hunting seasons begin. One top priority for whitetail hunters should be finding ways to make a difference. The best — getting involved in local deer...


Where to Deer Hunt in February

In most places, deer seasons have been closed a month or two, and the hot action of the rut ended even earlier. Still, a good number of our camo-clad brethren are loath to call it quits. Even with the hype of another Super Bowl and a roaring fire to ward...


Mark Zuckerberg Still Hunts, but Has Loosened Meat Eating Rules

In 2011, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg challenged himself to only eat meat that he killed. In fact, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed in a Rolling Stone interview that Zuckerberg once served him a goat that he'd killed himself. Zuckerberg has since stepped away from that challenge, but says he still...


When to Hire a Hunting Land Consultant

Another deer season has passed, you haven’t killed a buck, and your frustration is mounting. That track record could be the result of a lot of things: high hunting pressure, poor food sources, and mediocre tactics. It just might be time to seek outside help and hire a hunting land...


Realtree 365: Nearing Deer Season’s End

This week, on Realtree 365 , we join several different team members to see what their late seasons are looking like. The clock is ticking, but several hunters still have time to finish filling tags. These are their updates. Midwest Whitetail: Huge CRP Buck, Five Encounters with Marino Rating: 5...


Kill a Buck on a Warm Winter Day

Christmas is long gone. The Super Bowl is almost here. And the Kardashians are already modeling 2020 swimsuits on Instagram. (Don’t ask me how I know that.) If that doesn’t light a raging fire in you to fill that buck tag, nothing will. Problem is, it’s another warm winter, and...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


When Should You Shoot Does?

Deer seasons are ending or over in most of the country, and a lot of hunters counting down the final hours in the stand like to fill their tags with last-minute does. But is the late season the best time to shoot antlerless deer, or should you be doing that...


Ohio Buck Sports Quadruple Drop Tines

Eguie Machado knew a huge buck bedded in an area he hunted – and so did several other hunters. In fact, his good friends Dave Voisey and Ben Steiger found the buck’s sheds from 2018 on Steiger’s nearby farm. That year, the buck had a drop tine and this season,...


Did Your Buck Live?

The first step in filling next season’s deer tag is relocating the bucks that survived this past fall. Taking a post-season inventory not only verifies which deer are still alive but also helps you learn more about the properties they call home. Here are the six best places to find...


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