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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...


10 Great Careers for Hunters

One of the best deer hunters I’ve ever known was a used-car salesman. Neither his career choice nor his easy-going nature screamed “stone-cold killer,” but he was obsessed with bowhunting. And he was able to take time off to hunt and to develop relationships with folks who gave him useful...


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...


Realtree 365: Late Season, Big Buck Action

Team Realtree is running down the clock in the January deer woods, and they're still tagging some great bucks. Check out the latest round of awesome post-rut episodes on Realtree 365 . Midwest Whitetail: First Buck in 5 Years, Deer Hunting Over Sorghum Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre:...


How to Train a Shed Hunting Dog

There was a time when shed antlers were an afterthought. You picked them up on the edge of a cornfield on a late-season bird hunt, or out of a honeysuckle thicket on a spring turkey hunt. Not anymore. Shed hunting has gone mainstream with organized events, specialty gear websites, numerous...


Realtree 365: Hunting the Southern Rut, Patterning Deer in the North

Some hunters are still chasing the southern rut, but most are hunting bucks on late-season, bed-to-feed patterns. Either way, everyone is seeing great action and laying down incredible hunting footage. Check out the Realtree 365 highlights from this week’s roundup. Midwest Whitetail: Two Big Late-Season Bucks Rating: 5 out of...


Are South Slopes Overrated in the Late Season?

Winter can be brutal on deer herds, but most whitetails nonetheless tough it out and survive. Instincts and calculated decisions guide them through these dreary days, often leading them to bed on south-facing slopes. Most deer hunters have heard of hunting these slopes at some point in the winter, and...


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