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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...


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...


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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The Best Camo for Predator Hunting

Fooling predators is difficult because they’re hunters themselves. They are hyper-aware, relying on their sensitive noses, large ears and sharp eyes to secure prey and avoid becoming prey in turn. That’s the challenge – and appeal – of predator calling. Successful predator hunters employ a number of tactics to gain...


Is Public Land Deer Hunting Really That Bad?

From the wide-open expanses of southwestern Kansas to the foothills of southeastern Ohio, I’ve spent a good bit of time chasing whitetails on public ground. I’ve hunted large and small tracts with varying amounts of competition. Public land can get a bad rap, but the truth is, some hunters overexaggerate...


Realtree 365: Big Bucks Hitting the Dirt Everywhere

The action has been good all season long on Realtree 365 , but cold fronts and the first good days of the rut are here now. The crews from Midwest Whitetail, Hunt United, Whitetail TV and more are hitting the ground running, and they're tagging good bucks all across the...


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What’s Wrong With That Buck?

Think you have it rough some days? Hit pause on the self-pity for half a second and take a look at these roughed-up whitetails. A day in the life of a wild deer is never easy, but bucks — especially during the rut — routinely push through incredible injuries. Here’s...


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