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  • Introducing the New Winchester Deer Season Slug

    Ammo — it’s what makes the deer hunting world go ‘round. Every fall, deer hunters stock up on it to shoot and hunt with. This year will be no different. What will be different though is a hot new slug option on the market, courtesy of Winchester. The new Deer...

  • Chasing November: Doubling Up on Big Whitetails

    Jacob Dye finds success deep in a bedding area where he is able to harvest his No. 1 buck just minutes after taking a doe. Andy Melton has a great hunt with two youth hunters in Tennessee, reminding us what hunting is all about. Don't Miss: What Is Whitetail Deer...

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The 2018 Whitetail Deer Rut Forecast

Here we talk about the whitetail rut and how you can determine when the rut will be in your area. Don't forget, follow Realtree's real-time Rut Report on Realtree.com and on Facebook Live every Thursday night at 8 EST. Don't Miss: Weekly Pro Rut Reports Are you a deer hunter...


How to Read Rub Lines of Whitetail Deer

Here we talk about how to read rub lines and what it means for your deer hunting. Don't overlook this important aspect of scouting. It's one of the most valuable. Don't Miss: 5 Times Mature Bucks Are More Apt to Move in Daylight Are you a deer hunter wanting to...


What Is Whitetail Deer Carrying Capacity?

“Carrying capacity” is an often-used concept in deer management discussions. Biologists, managers and hunters routinely refer to the carrying capacity of an area, or whether a deer herd is above or below this magical point. However, is the term being used the same by each? What does carrying capacity actually...


How to Deer Hunt in Suburban Areas

The images are ingrained in our minds — a monster whitetail in a woodland setting or in a lush farm field. Since our infancy, those classic images have appeared in paintings, calendars, advertising and hunting magazines. So, it’s no small wonder that when hunters think of trophy-racked bucks, remote woods...


The Best 5 States for Mallards

Drum roll — or feeding chuckle — please. This past season’s mallard master was … . Some of you might recall that we published a July 2017 blog that listed the top five harvest states for mallards, using U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data from the 2015-’16 season. Well, we’re...


Tips for Calling in Mallards: Refuge Call and Putting it All Together

In the ninth and final installment of this video calling series , Chad Belding, host of The Fowl Life , explains and demonstrates the refuge call and illustrates how to mix everything together. Turn the volume up. Play it again and again. You won't hear better duck calling unless the...


Pennsylvania Pheasant Hunting: More Birds This Season

A Pennsylvania native, I hunted cottontail rabbits with my late dad's beagles. Several over the many years were pretty birdy, often finding and flushing woodcock, ruffed grouse and yes, planted pheasants. Captured in memory: a rooster towering out of swamp tangle, the protesting alarm cackle of this cockbird, long tail...


5 Times Duck and Goose Calling Really Shines

In some duck and goose hunting situations, calling doesn’t matter. For example, few diver hunters carry a call, as divers tend to be less vocal than most puddle-duck species. And when birds have been pressured heavily, they sometimes learn to avoid even our most plaintive renditions of a lonely Susie...


Pacific Flyway Waits; Initial Seasons Productive

Date: Oct. 18 Location: Flyway-wide, emphasis on western Washington Major Weather Trends Here’s what lead Washington waterfowl biologist Kyle Spragens said just before the Evergreen State’s kickoff Oct. 15. “With healthy waterfowl populations, mild temperatures and some early rainfall, it should be a strong opener.” Well, as Meatloaf said in...


Atlantic Flyway Sees Wet But Productive Start

Date: Oct. 18 Location: New England, New York, mid-Atlantic and the Southeast Major Weather Trends Déjà vu all over again? Yep. Waterfowl hunters up and down the Atlantic Flyway were again greeted by hurricane and tropical storm warnings in October. In 2017, parts of the flyway were hammered by storms,...


What to Do When You Tag Out Early

Deer hunting is full of bittersweet moments. Taking a deer is one of them. You’re happy because you achieved your goal, secured healthy venison for the table, and maybe even took a deer of a lifetime. But you’re sad because a journey has ended, and the hunt for that particular...


Learning Individual Bucks’ Behaviors for Consistent Success

It seems like we preach this on a regular basis. But we do so for a reason. There are a lot of deer hunters out there who dream of tagging a trophy whitetail. Sure, that’s not what hunting is all about. It’s about much more than that. But most hunters...


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