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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...


How to Buy Farm and Work Boots

Farming isn’t just a job; it’s a passion. Living on the farm means no clocking out at the end of the day. You need boots that can go the distance – boots with the support and protection needed to focus on the challenges of getting the work done. While most...


Best Dog Breeds for Shed Hunters

At the beginning of every shed hunting season, I always imagine the treasure trove of deer antlers I will find. Then, reality sets in. I end up with a few good antlers, a bunch of dinks, and some weird stuff. This year, I found a ram’s horn. Last year, it...


9 Things to Know About Deer Hunting in 2020

Turkey season is open for some and around the corner for others. But for the diehard deer hunter, fall can’t get here soon enough. Before it does, study up on these nine things that could influence your season, courtesy of the Quality Deer Management Association’s 2020 Whitetail Report . A...


So, You Want a Job in the Hunting Industry?

One of the most common — and difficult-to-answer — questions I get is, “How can I get into the hunting industry?” Before I respond, let me say I consider myself one of the most fortunate and blessed people. I’ve worked at Realtree for almost 30 years. It’s been an incredible...


4 Ways to Kill a Turkey You Just Missed

Yep, most of the time, it’s best to get a wild turkey into range, and squeeze off a shot dialed-in on the standing bird’s head and neck. Most of the time we do that. Some of the time we don't. This is for those times. You shot. The bird flopped...


Best Youth Turkey Hunting States

There’s something special about watching a young turkey hunter catch the fever when a big ol’ longbeard comes strutting into range. Seeing their eyes go wide and hearing their breath catch when that gobbler spits and drums so close that they can feel it in their chest – that’s when...


The 10 Commandments of Public Land Turkey Hunting

Some folks have private honey holes. Filling spring gobbler tags without too much outside hunting pressure is pretty much assured. And then there are the rest of us, the guys who hunt public land turkeys with everyone else. It’s busy. It’s crowded. Some special strategies are in order — and...


7 Ways to Get Permission to Hunt Private Property

One spring turkey season ends and another will begin soon enough. Deer. Duck. Fall turkeys. You name it. In these COVID-19 days of "social distancing," you might need to make some accommodations to the following advice on getting permission to hunt private property. Then again, ever hopeful, an e-mail or...


Can You Have Too Many Deer?

It is possible to have too many deer when trying to hunt during the late season. All those eyes and their wary late-season nature make it really tough to get away with any movement. It can be nearly impossible to hunt with a bow and not clear the field well...


The Bittersweet Taste of Leasing Hunting Land

Ever take a bite out of a grapefruit? A little bit sweet, right? But with a sour aftertaste that’s a little hard to stomach, too? That’s the taste leasing hunting land leaves in my mouth. But in today’s deer-hunting world, renting land is often a necessary evil. I’ve had both...


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