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Ancient Buck Had Rare Third Antler

Jason Morton spotted the buck and knew right away the animal was old. The deer was a bag of bones and walked stiffly with a slow, hip-swaying gait. The 7-point antlers were on the heavy side but stubby and going downhill from what the rack must have been a few...


15 Ways to Bag More Late Season Small Game

Hunting upland game animals like rabbits, squirrels, quail, and grouse can be really tough during wintertime, especially late in the season. Snow and ice have destroyed food supplies and cover, reducing wild game populations considerably from what they were earlier. Hunters and predators have taken a toll on the game,...


The Mid-Gun-Season Blues: When Times Get Tough

After the barrage of cannon fire you heard opening week, do any big bucks still roam the timber? You start to wonder. But remember, an old hip-swaying, big-racked whitetail is the ultimate survivor. Hunting one is never easy, especially during the middle of gun season. But hang in there, and...


Reasons Why Late-Season Deer Hunting Sucks … and Why It’s Great, Too

The big buck ambled through the snow-laden hayfield 180 degrees behind me. I was sitting on the ground overlooking a river bottom that wraps around the field edge with my muzzleloader on my lap when I craned left and saw tines. Unfortunately, several deer were between me and the bruiser...


Tricks for Finding Lost Hunting Arrows

KKTV in Colorado reported that a bow hunter had to be airlifted out of the wilderness near Steamboat Springs after he was impaled by an arrow and broadhead apparently fired and lost by another hunter earlier this season. Routt County Search and Rescue said the hunter accidently walked into the...


20 Weird and Funny Treestand Names and Their Stories

Hunters who share access and hunt together tend to name treestands and blinds. It’s fun and necessary, especially when trying to identify where someone is going for the day. So, if you’re slapping a handle on a spot, why not make it creative, funny or even weird? Here are 20...


Should You Join a Hunting Club Next Season?

The hunting club lifestyle has a great following in America, but it’s especially common in the Southeast. From Texas to South Carolina, Kentucky to Florida, hunt clubs are the norm. But for those who’ve never been a part of one, and those considering joining, it can seem a mystery. Is...


First Aid Every Hunter Should Know

“That looks bad.” That was all I said as I looked at the blood gushing from my buddy’s hand. An hour earlier, he’d sunk an arrow in a Booner whitetail and got a little careless while field-dressing the deer. We typically open the ribcage to make the trachea easier to...


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20 Deer Hunting Lies Your Granddaddy Told You

I’m not saying your granddaddy isn't a good deer hunter. Chances are he’s killed more bucks with his open-sighted, lever-action .30-30 than all the local youngins hollerin’ “Smoked him,” “Pole-axed that joker,” or my personal (least) favorite, “Just gave that ol’ slob a dirt nap” combined. And he'll shame a...


5 Factors for Rut Hunting Success

The rut is a fickle creature. It’s difficult to know exactly what the deer are doing from one day to the next unless you’re out there observing the behavior every day (though you can keep up with a lot on Realtree's Rut Report , updated by region every week). Even...


Boom or Bust: Gun Hunters Have it Figured Out

It happens every fall — a diehard bowhunter chases a monster buck all season long. You know, does everything “right.” Showers before each hunt. His camo and boots never see daylight except at the farm. Doesn’t hunt unless the conditions are primo. All boxes checked. Then, on the opening day...


Do Bucks Delay Their Response to Grunt Calls?

It makes good sense to grunt at every buck you see walking or trotting through the woods 75 to 100 yards out of bow range of your treestand. What have you got to lose? Nine times out of 10, unless he’s chasing a doe, a buck that hears your calls...


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