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15-Inch-Wide 9-Pointer Grosses 164 and Change

Just about every deer hunter dreams of Kansas . There’s something special about its rich ag ground in the eastern region, and its wide-open spaces in the western part. Heath Rayfield, who is part of the Buckventures crew, knows what the Land of Oz has to offer. Rayfield has been...


Bowhunter Reunited with 200-Inch Buck After Shed Hunter Recovers It

Kentucky resident Kyle Culbreth is a dedicated deer hunter. He loves spending time in the outdoors with his family and friends. “Deer hunting is a way of life for my family,” Culbreth said. “Checking trail cameras is my 4-year-old daughter's favorite thing to do on weekends. She usually ends up...


Why Oct. 20 Kicks off the Best Bowhunting of the Year

Historical “rut curves” assembled by whitetail biologists over decades show that while bucks have been sign-posting for weeks now in the early fall, they really crank up their scraping around October 20. Data also show that in central and northern states, 5 to 7 percent of a herd’s does are...


Why Deer Hunting on Halloween is Scary Good

Halloween is a time for candies and costumes. But to deer hunters , it’s much more than that. Hunting on Halloween has long been a tradition, and it’s the signature kickoff for the rut. The sun sets on October, and the madness begins. Still, it requires the right approach to...


40-Acre Farm Yields a Monster Typical Buck

Own the Season’s Art Helin is a veteran bowhunter who knows whitetails. Good woodsmanship is in his blood. This season, it came as no surprise when he came face-to-face with a monster 7-year-old Wisconsin buck on his own 40-acre property. Helin has owned the place for 27 years, and it...


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Oak Tree ID Guide: The Different Acorn-Producing Tree Species

If you’ve spent any amount of time deer hunting in the timber, there’s a good chance you’ve hung a stand in an oak tree . Oaks are synonymous with whitetail hunting because of the acorns they drop in late summer and early fall. That mast crop gets a lot of...


Hunter Rattles in a Cow, Then a Big September Buck

Wildlife artist Nicole Weller Larson and her husband, Brent, put a lot of time and effort into hunting whitetails, and they don’t settle for just any buck. Their goal is to harvest mature deer only. The properties they hunt are thick with does, too, so they usually try to shoot...


Little Brother Passes a Coyote, Scores on a Kansas Stud

A few weeks ago on the Realtree Rack Report, we posted the story of 12-year-old Westin McCauley’s 211-inch Kansas monarch . Westin’s 10-year-old brother, Micah, also made the trip from Kentucky for the Sunflower State youth hunt, and he took a Kansas king of his own. As noted in Westin’s...


Jeff Danker’s Flyer Buck Has Triple Drop Tines

Early season cold fronts have led to the demise of many mature bucks. These weather events and temperature swings have the incredible power of sparking daylight deer activity. When you get them, deer move — even the big ones. It’s that simple. Jeff Danker, host of Buckventures, knows this. On...


Buckeye Buck Named Hollywood Wakes Hunter from Catnap

Seventeen-year-old Ohio hunter Dawson Snider spent a few years dreaming about the giant buck that woke him as he lightly dozed in his blind on the morning of Sept. 26, 2021. He and his father first saw the deer in 2018, when it was 3 1/2 years old. It was...


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15 Places Big Bucks Bed That Deer Hunters Should Hunt

Perfect deer habitat has three requirements: Food . Water . And cover . It’s that simple, yet we all know how difficult it can be to consistently get close to and kill deer, especially mature bucks. Oftentimes, it’s because hunters pay too much attention to the first two requirements, and...


5 Best Stand Setups for Pre-Rut Bowhunting

I’m predicting a “trickle rut” this fall, based largely on the timing of the full moons in mid-October and mid-November. I expect a good number of does, more than usual, to cue off the bright illumination and pop into early estrus from October 16, through the full moon on the...


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