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Our Dirt: Creating a Deer Hunter’s Paradise

Proper land management is like a good marriage. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it. Improvements are slow to materialize, and best measured over time. It’s a lot of work, but the rewards make it all worthwhile. Habitat is a living, breathing thing. It...


Is This the New North Carolina Record Bow Kill?

Tory Pegg killed a 151-inch buck last season. That’s a good deer by anyone’s standard, but the younger buck traveling with Pegg’s 2018 deer really got the hunter’s attention. The buck already had an impressive rack, but Pegg judged him to be just 2 ½ years old. He decided to...


Ryan Carrier’s Saskatchewan Scorcher

Ryan Carrier was cooking. At 3 p.m., he’d managed to sneak into his ground blind without breaking a sweat — but he had a long sit ahead of him. The wind wasn’t blowing, and the sun was blazing on the blind canvas. “I was so hot I ended up taking...


10 Pro Tips for Deer Hunting with Decoys

Blood-shot eyes rolling back in their sockets. Tattered ears pinned backward. Snort-wheezes erupting. And then — a good whoopin’. Those are the sights you can look forward to when hunting with a buck decoy during the rut and Phillip Vanderpool, host of “The Virtue,” wants to help you make it...


Why You Should Keep a Hunting Journal

The thought of keeping a journal conjures up childhood memories of the time my older sister caught me reading her diary. It resulted in the beating of my life. There’s nothing real glamorous about the thought of revealing to your hunting buddies that you have a deer hunting journal. But...


Realtree 365: Last-Minute Prep, Unforeseen Challenges and Giant Whitetails

Deer season is open in just about every state in the country now, and the action is red-hot on Realtree 365 . Fall is here, and the big boys are starting to move. Check out all the great stories from this week. Whitetail TV: Crop Dusters, No Man’s Land, and...


Kyle Culbreth’s Lucky Bluegrass Buck

Kentucky bowhunter Kyle Culbreth looks at his big deer and says he was, well, lucky. “I owe this deer to luck, a bunch of luck,” he said. But he hunted smart, too. Culbreth’s luck started with a conversation with a land-owning friend who wasn’t a serious deer hunter. The friend...


Ultimate Access: Deer Hunting on Military Bases

For many people, the biggest challenge of hunting isn’t tagging a big buck or finding folks to hunt with. It’s simply finding a good place to go. The lack of access is causing hordes of outdoorsmen to leave the tradition behind. But that doesn’t have to be the case. There...


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...


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