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Slowing the Spread of CWD

Scientists first learned of Chronic Wasting Disease in 1967, and it has plagued cervids ever since. Now it’s affecting how we hunt, butcher, and transport deer and elk. Even as we learn more about CWD, more cases continue to appear around the country. That’s why it’s important to understand how...


How to Shoot a Bow

Recently, someone asked me on the Ask Winke part of MidwestWhitetail.com to go through my shooting form and the key things I think about when shooting a bow. That sparked this post. I’m not a world-class archer, but I learned to shoot a bow from guys who are. All of...


Herbicides Every Food Plotter Should Know

Weeds are the worst. While disking and mowing helps keep them at bay, spraying herbicide is generally the final maneuver for winning the war on weeds. Clover, alfalfa, trefoil and other food plot crops do well with consistent cutting throughout the growing season, but plants like soybeans, peas, lablab, sorghum...


What's in Your Turkey Vest?

Most serious turkey hunters are pretty particular when it comes to filling the pockets of their turkey vests. So what do the Realtree pros carry? We caught up with Phillip Culpepper and Tyler Jordan, hosts of Spring Thunder on Realtree 365 , to ask about the must-have items they carry...


How to Buy Deer Hunting Boots

Passionate deer hunters are prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at them. From bowhunting on a hot, humid September afternoon to sitting quietly in a treestand on a frosty November morning, deer hunting requires patience, persistence and the right pair of boots for the conditions. Your hunting boots should be...


How to Double on Gobblers

It was one of those hunts where everything was coming together. After a hot, windy morning with almost no gobbling, my wife, Cheryl, and I finally struck up a pair of willing longbeards. They were just over the rise and out of sight. We had them on a string, each...


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10 Ways to Read a Turkey

The most paranoid game bird on the planet often tips its hand before making an escape move. And almost every gobbler will give you cues that tell you what he’s likely to do next (including the “dead” ones that sometimes get up and fly away). We carefully selected these 10...


The Crushing Blow of Losing Hunting Ground

Most of us hunters fondly remember the lands of our past. These places served as the foundation for the outdoor culture and heritage that we enjoy today. They’re important, and sometimes we get to continue hunting them for a lifetime. But sometimes we lose them, and when you lose one...


7 Next-Level Tips for the onX Hunt App

Hunting is uniquely primitive, but technological advances continue to modernize it. This includes texting trail cams, bow-mounted rangefinders, shot-tracking devices, and apps that do everything from helping you scout one particular deer to helping you track it after the shot. In fact, apps have exploded in popularity in recent years,...


5 Terrible Food Plot Plants

Growing groceries for whitetails isn’t cheap. So, get the most from your hard-earned cash by choosing the best food-plot crops for your deer. Trust me, I’ve planted lots of plots, wasted more money than I care to admit, and learned that some species just aren’t worth the headache. Naturally, some...


How to Age Deer After Tagging Them

Want to increase the challenge of deer hunting? Start hunting bucks that are one year older than what most hunters shoot in your area. If most bowhunters in your area shoot 1 1/2-year-old bucks, set your sights on 2 1/2-year-old bucks. Don’t get caught in the trap of trying to...


How to Hunt Turkeys that Won’t Gobble

It had been a long three hours. We had slipped in well before daylight and popped out a blind along the ridgetop pasture. Our quiet yelps had gone unanswered since sunrise. We knew there were toms in the area; we’d watched them fly up while scouting the evening before, and...


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