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25 Tips for New Deer Hunters

Black, beady eyes bore into yours. Ears sling forward like two satellites homing in on a signal. Then the inevitable — deafening snorts that send every deer in the field packing. You’ve spooked another deer, and filling that first tag seems tougher than ever before. Looking from the outside in,...


2022 Northwest Deer Hunting Forecast

Elk, mule deer, black bears and other big game are the most sought-after animals of the Northwest. Whitetails tend to drop down on the list of importance. Still, in the isolated pockets with whitetails, the region cranks out some eye-popping deer hunting opportunities. Although hunters shouldn’t expect Midwest-esque antler sizes,...


Pennsylvania Record Buck Hid in Garage for 60 Years

The days of monster bucks going unnoticed are almost gone. With the advent of hunting magazines, digital outlets and social media, folks talk about big whitetails often — almost always. According to Bob D’Angelo, the Pennsylvania Big Game Scoring Program coordinator, and official Boone & Crockett Club scorer, few top-end...


Safety Precautions for Public Hunting Areas

I have never been an overly cautious hunter and certainly not a paranoid one. But these days, I’m more aware of my surroundings than ever. Crime and drugs are out of control. Runaway inflation and $5 gas have scumbags coming out of the woodwork and looking for opportunities to rip...


Top 5 Things to Know about Brassica Food Plots

If you’ve paid attention to the hunting media in the past decade, you know that brassicas have received a lot of praise. Brassicas are fast-growing annual forages that provide excellent nutrition for deer. When deer catch on to the palatability and attraction of brassicas, few plants can influence a herd...


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15 New Hunting Guns for 2022

Go boom. That’s what guns are supposed to do. But some guns do it more accurately, more reliably, and with more style. Check out these 15 rifles, shotguns, and muzzleloaders all available in Realtree camo, and in just in time for 2022-2023 hunting seasons.


David Blanton’s Best Trail Camera Tips

Some hunters might not like summer, but I think it’s an exciting season, mainly because of the information and entertainment I enjoy while running trail cameras. The process is pure fun, letting me savor the woods during the off-season and glimpse deer and other wildlife in their natural habitat. Moreover,...


2022 Midwest Deer Hunting Forecast

The Midwest is the home of big bucks. Some hunters who live here take it for granted. But folks who live elsewhere dream of going there one day. It’s an awe-inspiring place. I was one of those hunters. But in the past decade or so, I’ve hunted half of the...


Iowa Law Expands Rifle Options for Late-Season Antlerless Hunts

Iowa is the place of dreams for deer hunters. Tags are difficult to draw, but when you do, the state is a big-buck mecca. Now, controversial new rules will also boost opportunities for antlerless deer. Recently, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed a bill into law expanding deer hunting rifle options...


The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


15 Fascinating Facts About Whitetail Biology and Behavior

One of the most interesting aspects of deer hunting is observing whitetails in their natural habitat. Seeing what they do and determining why they do it can be exhilarating. And although we still don’t know everything about whitetails, biologists have made great advancements in the past 20 years. Check out...


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8 Things You Can Use to Bait Deer

Baiting deer is a controversial topic among hunters. In some states, it's part of the hunting tradition. In others, it's long been illegal. Even where baiting is allowed, there are usually strict guidelines on how it can and can’t be done. Some common restrictions regulate: Animals that can or can’t...


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