Midwest Whitetail Articles, Blogs, Galleries, Videos

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,...


7 Tips for Increased Arrow Speeds

Arrow speed is important. A few extra feet per second won’t make up for serious ranging errors, but 30-40 fps will widen your acceptable limit of error at the long end of typical bowhunting ranges. Here are seven ways to accomplish that. 1. Increase Draw Length If betting on an...


Easton Arrow Fletching 101

I like fletching my own arrows. I feel that I can better control the quality. Plus, I can experiment with various styles easily that way. I heartily recommend you learn to fletch your own arrows for increased performance. But there’s a problem with doing that. And a solution. The Problem...


Add 10 Yards to Your Effective Archery Range

Adding a few yards to your ethical maximum range will really increase your odds this season. It may seem like a matter that is only important to hunters who roam over big western landscapes, but I’ll show you that it's actually more important to treestand hunters. How? For the foot...


How to Avoid Bad Treestand Locations

In a recent Ask Winke question , I replied to a hunter who was trying to figure out how to hunt a trail just inside the woods from a small food plot. He'd have to walk across the plot to get to the stand, but the bigger issue in my...


How to Pattern Deer with Trail Cameras

We started hunting “Loppy” back in 2009. He was not high on the hit list because he didn’t have much for antlers, but he was mature and showed up a lot near one stand location. He was just one of several bucks we would have been happy to shoot. After...


How Abnormal Shedding Can Influence Antler Growth

We recently received an Ask Winke question from a fellow named Ben Roberts regarding the topic of abnormal shedding. “I recently watched the video in which Owen discussed the Super Freak buck," Roberts said. "While finding sheds this year, I too, found a match set from one of my hit...


A Unique Perspective on Reading Topography

Sometimes, a subject comes along that really catches my eye. Viewer, Wes Chaffin, sent me a photo and description of how he made a scale model of a topo map in order to better visualize what the lines were telling him. It’s pretty cool. “I thought you’d get a chuckle...