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Are Inferior Deer Running Off Your Big Bucks?

Really old whitetails with undesirable antler traits appear nationwide, but sometimes, these animals exist in higher concentrations. This occurs even in states and regions known for incredible genetics. From unmanaged areas to properly managed tracts, let’s examine this phenomenon. Unmanaged Areas In unmanaged settings, many hunters are satisfied with shooting...


The Country’s Best Elk-Hunting Units

There are promised lands in the elk world where a 300-class bull is just okay, compared to the mammoths roaming around. Multiple elk states have these hidden gems. The difficult part is drawing a tag. Each state handles things a bit differently, and wait times can be up to 20...


7 Worst Pre-Season Deer Hunting Mistakes

Hunting season might still be months away, but serious deer hunters everywhere are starting to prep for fall. Summertime is a good time to scout and get ready — but a few missteps now can have consequences later. Here are seven mistakes to avoid at all costs. 1. Hanging Treestands...


Forsaking Trophy Management for Deer Stewardship

One of the fastest-growing hunting trends is deer management. It has value, but the right perspective is critical. It’s difficult to produce big, mature bucks on purpose, even in great areas. I’ve seen the challenges with managing for big deer. When Trophy Management Works Most of the time, it’s random...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 2

Our second Antler Nation roundup centers on the Great Plains region. These six flyover states offer great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each one’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Kansas The Sunflower State’s public-land hunting isn’t as good as it once was. Non-resident hunting...


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What Makes a Good Trophy Photo?

We could never get tired of seeing pictures of big bucks and gobblers, but a lot of today's hunting photos look pretty much the same. They're perfectly posed, and carefully edited. That has more than a few hunters asking, "What happened to the good old days of tailgate shots in...


June Deer Hunting News Roundup

Fall is still months away, but it’s on the horizon. Whitetail news is slowly ramping up as we creep closer to the 2020 deer season, and a lot happened this month. From new public-land opportunities to one of the earliest potential cases of EHD on record, we have the latest...


Multiple Turkey Harvest, License Sale Records Set in 2020

Increased turkey hunting participation and permit sales during this past season of the pandemic has, in some states, resulted in a bigger spring kill. While increasing our ranks is a good thing, state agencies and turkey biologists are ever aware of the management challenges this presents, too. Has increased interest...


On the X: Scouting Whitetails from 2,000 Feet Above

Hunters of old likely never imagined aerial, topo and hydro maps all rolled into one, let alone types with other complex layers. Now, onX Hunt is altering the course of the mapping world and charting new territory, aiding hunters worldwide. That’s why we digitally scouted a fictional property with onX...


Why Aren’t We Trapping Coyotes Right Now?

I’m a deer hunter who’s never trapped before, but I’ve always said I would learn how to catch coyotes if the trapping season coincided with fawning season. But does trapping around the fawn drop actually increase fawn survival? Declining Recruitment To fully grasp the coyote-whitetail relationship, it’s important to understand...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 1

For years, Realtree’s Antler Nation has been a trusted resource for anyone planning an out-of-state whitetail hunt — and anyone curious about how the deer hunting in their own state stacks up. Each state’s profile is updated each season with current regs and need-to-know information. And, signature to the program,...


Where Do the Little Bucks Go?

Imagine a life where you’re forced to abandon everyone you’ve ever known. Family, friends, and acquaintances are all left behind, never to be seen again. That’s life for most whitetail bucks, and some does, too. According to Duane Diefenbach with the Penn State Deer Study Group, 50 to 80% of...


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