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Why You Should Snoop Around in Your Buck's Gut Pile

Phil Anderson has a job only a whitetail freak like you and me could love. “I snoop around in gut piles,” says the animal nutrition consultant from Pennsylvania. “The cool thing about rooting around in guts is that you get the most recent information as to what that deer ate...


20 Winter Deer Hunting Tips for the Last Week of Season

Face it, if you haven’t tagged out by now it’s going to be tough. The first and second ruts are history in most places. Other hunters have killed the easy bucks and spooked the survivors into hiding. You’ve got two options. Eat tag soup and pack it in until next...


Bowhunter Rattles In 180-Inch Buck Four Days Ahead of Shoulder Surgery

Wisconsin bowhunter Mitch DeMoss was tight on time. He had a shoulder surgery scheduled for November 5, but the forecast in the days ahead of that was shaping up nicely for deer hunting. DeMoss noticed it was calling for a chance of snow on Monday, Nov. 1. Fierce winds and...


Mother and Son Shoot Big Locked-Up Bucks

The Shields family is a hunting family. Bryan and Jamie, along with their son, Brennan, spend as much time as they can every fall chasing big whitetails in the hilly country of Boone County, Kentucky, and they have a history of tagging nice deer. Bryan Shields has been hunting his...


16 Sits for a Big Kentucky Typical

Kirsten Godfrey has been deer hunting since she was a teenager, and getting a shot at a giant buck has long been a dream. This year she started getting consistent trail camera photos of a buck that definitely made the grade. It was a deer that she’d been seeing on...


Booner Bow Buck at 17 Yards

Kyle Leonhard climbed into his treestand on a clear and frosty morning in early November, hoping for a shot at a big buck he’d been chasing for three seasons. Even in Lee County, Iowa, 5 ½-year-old-plus bucks don’t come easy. Leonhard first learned of the giant, which had a split...


Why the .300 Blackout Is a Great Deer Round

The 2-year-old buck was facing us at 90 yards, and my 7-year-old son, Anse, said he was steady, with the deer in the scope. I told him to hold on the crease between the buck’s neck and shoulder, and squeeze the trigger slowly. The deer crumpled at the shot, kicked...


Don’t Let a Dead Deer Kill You

One December day a few years back, a Virginia hunter name Rob shot a 10-pointer just before dark. He hiked back to his truck, put up his rifle, and called a buddy to help with the drag. When the boys went back in 30 minutes later, the buck was gone...


A 170 Illinois 8 Named Buster Douglas

Justin Kamps loves passing on young bucks with great potential to become giants, and then seeing them again once they’re fully mature. “I love that concept,” says Kamps, who’s been filming for Midwest Whitetail since 2009. “I have access to some incredible property that several others and I manage closely...


How to Can Deer Meat

For sportsmen across the nation, freezer space comes at a premium. You can walk into the average outdoorsman’s garage and find an ice chest full of big game, waterfowl, and fish. It becomes a game of Jenga when carefully removing a package of elk brats and bag of goose jerky...


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Realtree's 2021 Camo Christmas Gift Guide

We know you’d rather be hunting big bucks or greenheads this time of year than searching for the perfect holiday gifts. So we've made it a little easier on you by compiling a list of Realtree camo items that will delight even the pickiest outdoor enthusiast. With just a few...


A 180-Inch Kansas Crossbow Typical

Chris Ward of the Red Rising hunting show lives and hunts in the East, but he leases some land in Kansas with his friend and co-host, Eric Hale, who also is known for shooting big whitetails. Their friend, Jason Bowers, is now on the lease, too. They’ve leased this particular...


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