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An Oklahoma Head Turner

I’ll be the first to admit that I barely gave Oklahoma much of a thought when it came to producing heavy-horned whitetails. I guess cutting your whitetail teeth in places like Kansas and Texas causes you to overlook the Sooner State. However, several years ago, I anchored a Booner buck...


How To Beat The “Lockdown Phase”

Like the so-called “October lull,” the “lock-down” phase of the rut is often…misunderstood. Everyone thinks bucks vanish during the lockdown. Well, bucks do move less while courting a doe and, therefore, they are harder to kill. They aren't acting as crazy as they were a day or two before. But...


Why Your Guide Hates You

Outfitted hunts might seem like a breeze on the surface, but they carry a lot of anticipation and pressure. Clients expect a quality experience and better-than-average chance of success. Guides, meanwhile, must work hard to keep hunters happy while dealing with many factors. Friction can result when hunts don’t go...


5 Signs A Doe Is In Estrous

Knowing whether or not a doe is receptive can mean the difference between a filled and unfilled buck tag. Here are five signs that a doe is ready to tango. 1. ITS TAIL IS FLAT Most times, does leave their tails hanging downward in a relaxed position. One with its...


10 Ways To Screw Up The Rut

The rut is a great time to be in a tree. Bucks are cruising. Does are entering estrous . It’s a good time to be a deer hunter. But you can screw up the rut in a hurry. Avoid these mistakes to improve your chances of dropping a mature rutting...


The Antlerless Dilemma

My first morning in the deer woods dawned clear and cold. Already half-frozen in my cotton long johns, I stared across a cut cornfield at figures perched on stumps and clad in red-checkered jackets. Everyone was hoping to shoot a buck—any legal buck—but we also anticipated another of the season’s...


White-Tailed Buck Pops Pimple And Tastes Dripping Infection

I’ve witnessed a good number of odd things happen in the deer woods. I’ve seen bucks “chasing” bucks. A raccoon has pooped on me. I remember the taste of deer blood all too well (don’t ask). The list goes on. Well, here recently, I received the pleasure of adding to...


Can You Talk Deer?

There was a time when it was believed white-tailed deer were not very vocal. Now, it’s common knowledge that deer make many different sounds, and the sounds are used for very specific reasons. In fact, some researchers believe whitetails can make as many as 400 different sounds. That is mind...


7 Weird Spots To Kill A Rutting Buck

I filmed my grandfather hunt in Kentucky the last couple of days, and it’s obvious the daylight buck activity is increasing. Most of that activity is by yearling, 2-year-old, and 3-year-old bucks, but that will soon change. If they aren’t already, it won’t be long before bucks of all age...


How To Kill A Big Halloween Buck

Right now, I’m staring at a photo of the big Kentucky velvet buck I shot earlier this season. It was my first—an achievement no doubt. But despite all of my excitement, appreciation, and thankfulness for having an opportunity to shoot that deer, I can’t help but feel a tinge of...


Wing Shooting In Sicily | Lucas Micallef

Armed with his new 20-gauge semi-auto shotgun and Realtree Camo, Realtree International Pro-Team member Lucas Micallef shares his wing shooting trip from Italy. In Italy, one of the most important days on the hunting calendar is the ‘pre-apertura’ (pre-opening). The exact date depends on the region. In Sicily, for example,...


Fools Rush In

Whether spring gobbler hunting a cement-footed strutter, or trying to get close to a fall flock of birds, plan and envision each move. Be methodical. It can help you fill a tag. We're talking about repositioning here, not stalking. You veteran hunters know you have to get inside a turkey's...


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