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Can You Have Too Many Deer?

It is possible to have too many deer when trying to hunt during the late season. All those eyes and their wary late-season nature make it really tough to get away with any movement. It can be nearly impossible to hunt with a bow and not clear the field well...


Long Shots: How Far Is Too Far?

Bowhunting should almost always be a short-range sport. There is too much that can go wrong once the arrow flies. I won’t take longer shots if the angle is bad, body position is awkward, or the wind is blowing. These factors make it too difficult to settle the pin. However,...


Bill Winke’s Best Post-Season Scouting Tip

Deer season just ended and the blues are multiplying with each passing day. It’s eight to nine months before it reopens, but that’s a good thing. Now you can get out there and do all the things you’ve procrastinated on. And you can do so without pressuring deer. I recently...


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...


No Man’s Land: Are Whitetail Vitals the Same from Deer to Deer?

Everyone knows about “no man’s land.” It’s allegedly above the lungs and below the spine, and plenty of debating has still failed to settle that discussion. However, I’ve experienced a second “dead zone,” so to speak — low and behind the heart. I am aware of five bucks that were...


The Relationship Between Deer Density and Antler Size

The variables that factor into the ever-debatable topic of antler size culminate to create a complexity that goes beyond biology. It also circles back to hunting pressure and hunter behavior. Is there something inherently better about areas with lower deer density? Do these places generally harbor bigger-antlered deer? In short,...


You Spooked Your Target Deer. Now What?

No one wants to jump a buck. But it happens, nonetheless. One of the top questions I get? What should you do after spooking a buck? Here’s the long answer. Assessing the Damage Bucks respond to danger in proportion to their level of fear. Bucks that are bad scared alter...


4 Best Times to Hunt the Whitetail Rut

I’ve hunted almost every day of the whitetail rut for the past 29 seasons. After all these years, I believe the opportunities we have during the rut for mature bucks comes down to less than a handful of events that trigger one really good day of hunting each. Young bucks...


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...


One Week to Hunt the Rut? This Is Your Plan.

How often have you been on stand and completely fooled every deer that came past? At least some of them crossed your trail, got downwind or spotted you. You may have ignored it if they were just does or small bucks. But those deer didn’t ignore it. Through body language,...


The Killing Tree

It takes recognizing the perfect tree — the killing tree — to arrow big deer on a consistent basis. Individual bucks have their own personalities and their own ways of doing things, especially when they get older. My friend Jim Hill has taken many nice bucks with his bow. He...


Why You Shouldn’t Shoot 3 ½-Year-Old Bucks

We always emphasize the importance of providing optimum nutrition so deer can reach their genetic potential, but there is also another side to deer management. What you shoot and what you pass up has a big effect on future hunting, and once you start experimenting in this regard, you will...


String Jumpers: How to Aim at Alert Deer

Deer have the amazing ability to react to the sound of the shot. They start to move before the arrow ever arrives at its destination. We call this “string jumping.” Generally, the deer hears the limbs bottom and then immediately drops to load its legs in an effort to bolt...


Chasing November Available for Free on Realtree 365 App

Bill Winke introduced the world to Realtree’s Chasing November four years ago, and it has become one of the most popular all-digital deer hunting shows out there. Chasing November recounts the previous whitetail hunting season, with emphasis on the stories behind the hunts and the lessons learned. In 2019, Winke...


5 Tips on Mastering the Compound Bow Quick Draw

If you’d looked up “gung-ho” in a dictionary about 10 years ago you would have seen a picture of me sitting on the edge of my treestand seat with my wrist-strap release clipped securely on the string waiting for a buck to show up. I was gung-ho. If there was...


5 Reasons to Practice Like You Hunt

Square targets are the tofu of the archery world. Your bow wants to eat. But it wants the real thing. And when it can’t get the real thing, it should only settle for realistic 3D targets. Here are five reasons why. 1. Adding Realism Adding the 3D target to the...


A New Place to Consume Midwest Whitetail Content

Bill Jordan , who revolutionized camouflage, and Bill Winke , who lead the charge into digital hunting shows, are wired the same — to achieve. They’re also longtime friends and partners. We’re now excited to announce the new Midwest Whitetail nest on Realtree.com . Here, you will be able to...


How to Rediscover Bucks After They Disperse

At the end of summer, you can say goodbye to the deer patterns you’re monitoring right now. And some of the bucks with them. Each year, when bucks shed their velvet and break up their bachelor groups, they begin to disperse into their fall ranges. In a couple short months,...


Whitetail Food Groups: Greens vs. Grains

Throughout the years, I’ve planted just about everything you can plant in a food plot. Some of the experiments have been successful, making it into my long-term strategies, while others haven’t fared so well. There have been notable failures. For example, our deer don’t seem to care one bit for...


How to Kill a Booner

Deer with big antlers are no harder to kill than other bucks the same age. They are just very rare because the genetics have to be present to produce such a deer in the first place. Then he has to get to prime age of at least four years old,...


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