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8 Mistakes Rookie Coyote Hunters Make

Coyote hunting experts like Mark Zepp can make it look so easy. No matter how many times you watch guys like that stack up predators on video, you just can’t figure out how to duplicate their success. They seem to bring coyotes running to the gun every time they make...


Is It Safe to Leave Treestands Out All Year?

In a perfect world, once deer season ends, we’d all go back to our hunting land, pull our treestands, carry them home, and store them in a locked shed where they’ll stay dry and safe until it’s time to hang them again next fall. If you only use two or...


A 26-Point Buck with a Lever-Action Rifle

Doug Hampton, a member of The Rival team, has had a grudge match with one particular buck for the last three years. And that deer recently came to be known as Full Curl. Hampton hunts with friends Jeremy Ward and Scott Sebolt of Fat Racks Outfitters, where he had multiple...


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10 Coyote Trapping Mistakes Beginners Make

It’s a good thing my living wages didn’t depend upon my early trapping efforts . I’d have been one pitiful fur trader. When I started trapping a few years ago I caught some raccoons and opossums early on, but it took the better part of two seasons before I caught...


Sleeping in the Blind for a Drop-Tined Hoss

Phillip Vanderpool, co-host of The Virtue, is well-known as a big-buck expert. He's tagged some genuine dandies over the years and last season, he added yet another stud of a buck to the wall. The story behind this deer is even more impressive than the antlers, too. Vanderpool has subleased...


Iowa Muzzleloader Buck has "Ground Growage"

Iowa has long been one of the most coveted nonresident deer hunting destinations. For most, it takes three to four years to draw a bow tag. That’s not the case for late-season muzzleloader tags, though. Forget long waits between Iowa trips. “It’s one of my favorite hunts, and you can...


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10 Trees That Will Hold Deer on Your Hunting Property

Mention planting for deer, and most hunters automatically assume you are talking about food plots. There is no doubt that a nice food plot will attract and hold deer in an area. But planting trees and shrubs can also be an excellent way to improve the hunting on your property,...


Cody Kelley's Mississippi Stud

While 2020 does not evoke fond memories for many of us, it was the year of big deer for Small Town Hunting co-host Cody Kelley. He tagged several brutes, including this giant Mississippi whitetail. It all unfolded at the Backwoods Attraction testing grounds in Yazoo County. Kelley and several others...


Oklahoma Monster Has Triple Main Beams

All Things Hunting co-host and Realtree pro staffer Kyle Barefield has been deer hunting his entire life. But last season, all his hours spent afield led up to his best buck ever — a giant, 5 1/2-year-old Oklahoma non-typical. The story started in 2019, on a large tract of land...


Why January is the Best Month for Deer Scouting

It was a gray, bone-chilling evening, one of the last of the Virginia gun season. Steve Reynolds was fixing to climb down from his stand and call it a year when he looked up and saw a 150-inch buck inching out into the plot of brassicas he was watching. Boom!...


Should You Walk or Ride an ATV to Your Deer Stand?

In my formative deer hunting years, I’d park an extra quarter mile from my hunting area, throw a climbing stand on my back, and hike all the way to my tree. Often as not I’d spook a deer somewhere along the way. Back in those days, too, I’d sometimes listen...


A 181 Kentucky 12-Pointer

Record book whitetails of any sort are rare, but top-end typicals eclipsing the 180 mark definitely turn heads. Last season, Realtree pro staffer Carl Drake had an opportunity to hunt such a buck. He first laid eyes on the deer in 2018, when it was a great-looking 3 1/2-year-old. Drake...


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