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Where to Deer Hunt in February

In most places, deer seasons have been closed a month or two, and the hot action of the rut ended even earlier. Still, a good number of our camo-clad brethren are loath to call it quits. Even with the hype of another Super Bowl and a roaring fire to ward...


When to Hire a Hunting Land Consultant

Another deer season has passed, you haven’t killed a buck, and your frustration is mounting. That track record could be the result of a lot of things: high hunting pressure, poor food sources, and mediocre tactics. It just might be time to seek outside help and hire a hunting land...


Realtree 365: Nearing Deer Season’s End

This week, on Realtree 365 , we join several different team members to see what their late seasons are looking like. The clock is ticking, but several hunters still have time to finish filling tags. These are their updates. Midwest Whitetail: Huge CRP Buck, Five Encounters with Marino Rating: 5...


Kill a Buck on a Warm Winter Day

Christmas is long gone. The Super Bowl is almost here. And the Kardashians are already modeling 2020 swimsuits on Instagram. (Don’t ask me how I know that.) If that doesn’t light a raging fire in you to fill that buck tag, nothing will. Problem is, it’s another warm winter, and...


Hunter Beckmann’s 200-inch Illinois Monster

The Prairie State was a top producer yet again this deer season, and one buck that really created a buzz was taken by youth hunter Hunter Beckmann. Merely 15 at the time, he tagged a monster whitetail that grossed more than 200 inches. “I believe we got a trail camera...


When Should You Shoot Does?

Deer seasons are ending or over in most of the country, and a lot of hunters counting down the final hours in the stand like to fill their tags with last-minute does. But is the late season the best time to shoot antlerless deer, or should you be doing that...


Did Your Buck Live?

The first step in filling next season’s deer tag is relocating the bucks that survived this past fall. Taking a post-season inventory not only verifies which deer are still alive but also helps you learn more about the properties they call home. Here are the six best places to find...


Don’t Get Killed in the Deer Woods

I remember practicing my shooting at a local firing range under my father’s supervision, prior to my first firearms hunt. Down the line another father was overseeing his teenaged boy as he shot several rounds from the bench. The boy suddenly looked back at his father to tell him something...


Do Cedar Trees Make Good Deer Habitat?

Many deer hunters wonder about eastern red cedars. Do they make wildlife habitat better or worse? Across much of the eastern United States, there are massive stands of them. Do you leave those, or cut them down? Here’s what to know. A Case for Red Cedars Cedars can be assets...


No Man’s Land: Are Whitetail Vitals the Same from Deer to Deer?

Everyone knows about “no man’s land.” It’s allegedly above the lungs and below the spine, and plenty of debating has still failed to settle that discussion. However, I’ve experienced a second “dead zone,” so to speak — low and behind the heart. I am aware of five bucks that were...


Outfitted: New Bowhunting Clothes and Boots from ATA 2020

It’s not out of the question for there to be a 100-degree temperature difference between the first day of bow season and the last one. If you’re as obsessed with all of this as we are, then you know your clothing and footwear are as important to success as your...


Hunt Prep: New Stands, Blinds, Trail Cams and More from ATA 2020

Serious bowhunters know that a successful hunt is usually just the culmination of a months-long puzzle. It's the prep that truly matters. Today’s hunters know more about the big game they’re chasing than any generation prior — and they’re more successful at it, too. This is partly because of all...


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