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Hot to Not Duck Hunting After Opening Day

Northern hunters loathe it. Dixie waterfowlers dread it. Yet none can avoid the post-opener doldrums. Whether you’re pursuing local early-season ducks in production states or the first migrants during early splits in the South, there’s usually a drop-off in action and duck numbers right after opening weekend. Basically, hunters blow...


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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...


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6 Great Places for DIY Duck Hunting

Great duck hunts typically involve long hours of scouting, substantial physical labor and a good measure of applied experience. So it’s no surprise that waterfowlers are among the ultimate do-it-yourself outdoors adventure seekers. Duck geeks love testing themselves by seeking new thrills in far-flung places without a proverbial safety net...


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...


2021 Pacific Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our final Duck Hunting Nation roundup focuses on the Pacific Flyway, which features some of waterfowling’s bucket-list hunting spots . We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to current regulations, and other vital information. Alaska The Last Frontier is a premier waterfowl hunting state, and its Duck Hunting...


2021 Atlantic Flyway Duck Hunting Forecast

Our third Duck Hunting Nation roundup centers on the Atlantic Flyway. From Eastern Shore honkers to mottled ducks in Florida, the region offers perhaps unmatched variety for waterfowlers . Despite recent challenges, the flyway continues to produce solid hunting opportunities. We’ve updated each state’s page with license costs, links to...


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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...


A 22-Point Buck on Maryland’s Opening Day

If you glance at the Rack Report distribution map , you’ll see that a small fraction of Rack Report bucks come from the Northeast. When one does make the cut, it’s time to lean in and start reading, because you’re probably in for a good deer story. That’s especially true...


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