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Mason Bennett’s Giant Youth Weekend Buck

Anthony Bennett knew he was looking at a trail-camera photo of the biggest buck he’d ever seen on the family farm. It was September, early bow season, and the giant deer had shown up seemingly out of nowhere. But there was a problem. Judging from numerous trail-camera photos, the deer...


Tested: New Hunting Pack and Headwear from Ergodyne

Who doesn’t like new gear, especially when it’s good stuff that’s affordable? I’ve been testing these three products — a new rucksack, face mask and beanie — from Ergodyne this deer season, and that’s exactly what they are. Good stuff that’s affordable. Here’s the 411. Arsenal General Duty Gear Backpack...


8 Ways Deer Hunters Have Changed

Open a hunting magazine from 1970. Then flip through one on the newsstands today. They won’t look the same. That’s not altogether surprising – magazines and their audience are bound to change over the course of 50 years – but once you start looking at digital content, social feeds, and...


Monster Bucks: Tyler Rees' Huge Iowa 10-Pointer

Tyler Rees is hunting in Iowa over a cut cornfield. It's spitting rain and cool, and so he's sitting in a Redneck Blind. It isn't long before bucks are on their feet and filing into the field. Tyler has a giant 10-pointer walk into view and offer a perfect broadside...


6 Guide Level Rut Hunting Tips

Few people log more time in the deer woods than hunting guides. Knowing their craft is a necessity to their livelihood. Bad deer guides don’t last. That’s why we asked some of the country’s most established outfitters for their best rut-hunting secrets. Here’s what they said. No. 1: Hunt on...


Realtree 365: The Rut Is Rocking

It's a magical time of year for deer hunters, and our latest slate of Realtree 365 episodes certainly reflects that. We'll cut to the chase: There was a lot of big buck action last week. Here's a look at the best of it. Midwest Whitetail: The Rut’s Best Week Rating:...


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3 Tricks for Shooting Sticks

Many deer and turkey hunters never experience a long stalk that culminates in a shot from shooting sticks. The concept was foreign to me on a recent African safari. But, after some practice, I learned that using rapidly deployed shooting sticks — properly — is a useful skill for American...


How to Kill a Locked Down Buck

The rut is in full swing, and there’s a hot doe dragging a big buck behind her everywhere she goes. That’s the good news. The bad? She’s nowhere near your treestand. This is what we call the lock-down phase; it’s that period of the rut when a doe is receptive...


Matt Weaver’s Buckeye Beast

Being face-to-face with a 180-inch deer will wreck your resolve. But Ohio bowhunter Matt Weaver recently closed the chapter on a buck he’d been following for two seasons. In 2018, Weaver received photos of a 15-point buck that a neighboring landowner had killed a couple weeks after the opener. The...


Monster Bucks: Ben McDonald's Giant Kansas Typical

Ben McDonald is a retired pitcher who's best known for getting down to business on the baseball field. But he’s also a serious bowhunter. In this episode of Monster Bucks, McDonald makes his annual trip to hunt with Perry Ross at Ross Trophy Outfitters in Ford, Kansas. And Ross puts...


Is Big Buck Scrolling Ruining Your Season?

Ever seen a black-and-white photograph of a freakishly large buck, hanging from a rough-hewn meat pole? Maybe there was a hunter in a checked coat beside it, holding a rifle. Maybe he was even smiling. Those photographs are from an era long past. Things happened slower back then, including the...


Bill Winke’s 180-Inch Surprise Buck

This story begins on a frosty morning in the fall of 2018. Midwest Whitetail’s Bill Winke had climbed out of his stand at the end of a morning hunt, and he decided to ease over to another area of the farm to check out a standing beanfield. He spotted a...


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