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Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


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...


Ohio Buck Sports Quadruple Drop Tines

Eguie Machado knew a huge buck bedded in an area he hunted – and so did several other hunters. In fact, his good friends Dave Voisey and Ben Steiger found the buck’s sheds from 2018 on Steiger’s nearby farm. That year, the buck had a drop tine and this season,...


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...


Do Cedar Trees Make Good Deer Habitat?

Many deer hunters wonder about eastern red cedars. Do they make wildlife habitat better or worse? Across much of the eastern United States, there are massive stands of them. Do you leave those, or cut them down? Here’s what to know. A Case for Red Cedars Cedars can be assets...


No Man’s Land: Are Whitetail Vitals the Same from Deer to Deer?

Everyone knows about “no man’s land.” It’s allegedly above the lungs and below the spine, and plenty of debating has still failed to settle that discussion. However, I’ve experienced a second “dead zone,” so to speak — low and behind the heart. I am aware of five bucks that were...


10 Great Careers for Hunters

One of the best deer hunters I’ve ever known was a used-car salesman. Neither his career choice nor his easy-going nature screamed “stone-cold killer,” but he was obsessed with bowhunting. And he was able to take time off to hunt and to develop relationships with folks who gave him useful...


Outfitted: New Bowhunting Clothes and Boots from ATA 2020

It’s not out of the question for there to be a 100-degree temperature difference between the first day of bow season and the last one. If you’re as obsessed with all of this as we are, then you know your clothing and footwear are as important to success as your...


Hunt Prep: New Stands, Blinds, Trail Cams and More from ATA 2020

Serious bowhunters know that a successful hunt is usually just the culmination of a months-long puzzle. It's the prep that truly matters. Today’s hunters know more about the big game they’re chasing than any generation prior — and they’re more successful at it, too. This is partly because of all...


Realtree 365: Late Season, Big Buck Action

Team Realtree is running down the clock in the January deer woods, and they're still tagging some great bucks. Check out the latest round of awesome post-rut episodes on Realtree 365 . Midwest Whitetail: First Buck in 5 Years, Deer Hunting Over Sorghum Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre:...


Christina Krajcsovics’s Giant Iowa Bow Kill

Christina Krajcsovics is the matriarch of a family of serious bowhunters. Along with her husband, RJ, and their kids, this crew hunts whatever is in season with a stick and string, from deer and turkeys to elk and black bears. For four years, Christina has applied for a coveted Iowa...


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