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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...


Plan B Options to Save Your Duck and Goose Hunts

Editor's note: This blog originally appeared on May 18, 2017, on Realtree.com. Every duck and goose hunter remembers with pride those great mornings when a well-executed plan came together. Of course, we also recall with regret those equally memorable days when our plans crashed and burned. It happens. But even...


Realtree 365: Duck Hunting on Foot and a Louisiana Family Weekend

This week's Realtree 365 waterfowl roundup illustrates the ups and downs of the traveling duck hunter, and the Black Cloud crew must roll with the punches. Also, we join the Honey Brake crew for a special family hunt and then get a look inside the timber pack of a veteran...


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...


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...


Six Things to do Before Duck Season Ends

The calendar betrays us. Sure, a few duck seasons remain in full swing, but February beckons, and the end is near. So don’t just play out the clock this year. Make the final days of your duck season memorable by trying new things. Getting out of your comfort zone might...


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...


Pro Tips for Duck Hunting’s Toughest Challenges

If you’ve hunted ducks and geese much, you know how this goes: You try a setup, but it doesn’t work. You rearrange the spread. That doesn’t work either. You try a different setup. Same story. You keep asking yourself, "What am I doing wrong?" Sometimes you can’t figure it out...


Weather Slows Pacific Flyway Waterfowl Hunting

Date: Jan. 16 Region: entire Pacific Flyway Weather and Water Trends In western Washington, the trend has been rain, from showers to heavy downpours . According to meteorologists, the region ended 2019 with a rainfall deficit of 8 to 10 inches. We’ve made up some of that during 2020, with...


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...


Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


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