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  • How Bad Luck Can Ruin Your Waterfowl Hunt

    Waterfowlers prepare fanatically for the season and individual hunts. We repaint decoys, check lines and repair blinds. We make sure our boat batteries are charged and trouble-shoot motor problems. We shoot frequently to hone our eyes. And we scout like fiends, noting bird numbers, location and movements. Before the first...

  • Coyote, Hog and Turkey Hunting

    I've had coyote and hog encounters on turkey hunts around the country (and closer to home). As for many, sometimes it ruins the hunt. Other times, it becomes the hunt – or part of it. Texas. A bright-eyed but toothsome head popped up in range where we thought a turkey...

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All About Deer Antlers

A friend of mine watched a buck for several years that had only three legs. Its right antler always had a “T” shape at its end, and the deer had a small rack. My friend finally shot The T-Handle Buck when it was 6 1/2 years old. It wouldn’t have...


How to Kill Big Bucks On Small Properties

Even though Tes Jolly of Tuskegee, Ala., posted the comment, “Gonna buy a lottery ticket!” on her Facebook page after downing her third impressive buck of the season on her farm, she knew she owed her success to more than just luck. She chalked up her achievement to intensive land...


20 Tips for Blood Trailing Deer

Blood trailing isn’t just a skill. It’s an art. It takes years of practice and a lot of blood trails to gain the experience it takes to become proficient. To accomplish this, don’t just blood trail your own deer. Help other people blood trail theirs, too. This will increase your...


Are Mule Deer Getting the Boot from Whitetails?

By: Realtree Staff “Go West” was 19th century publisher Horace Greeley’s advice, and now, more than a century later, it appears North America’s whitetails may be heeding that same advice. The prolific and adaptable species is expanding into areas once the primary domain of the mule deer . And where...


ScoutLook Hunting App Offers New Property Line Feature

I’m still a fairly young man; but those who know me call me an old soul. I like new-school, hi-tech bowhunting equipment; but I take just as much enjoyment from shooting a recurve. Call me conflicted. Call me whatever you want. But I love it all — both tactics that...


How to Scout for Spring and Fall Black Bears

The bear advanced, completely unaware of me. I sat high above him with my legs dangling,​ I was suspended and strapped to a tree in hopes of catching a glimpse of a black bear. Now, here he was ambling toward me, for many bear hunters just sighting a bruin in...


8 Types of Deer Crossings You Should Hunt

Some say work hard. Others say work smart. I say do both. And when it comes to hunting whitetails, both are important ingredients for success. Which leads me to one of the most important tactics known to bowhunters — hunting near deer crossings (or pinch-points). These are key to hunting...


The Toughest Duck: Which Bird is the Baddest?

Waterfowlers love to talk about physically “tough” ducks — birds that shake off seemingly lethal charges of shot in the air or on water and then dive or swim to escape. The idea is a bit misleading, I think, because hunters are often responsible for creating seemingly rugged birds. Poor...


Turkey Hunting: Give Your Buddy a Deer Shed Today

"Hey, there's a shed!" said Realtree.com deer man Josh Honeycutt as we turkey hunted his Kentucky home ground this past weekend. Let's back up a bit. This was a first. Not the shed find. I'd seen plenty of those. I'd made many. The first? It's always me who gives the...


Video: 10 Reasons Your Turkey Hunting Decoy Spread Looks Fake

Turkey hunting is quite the pastime. It's interactive. It's action-packed. It's fun. There just isn't anything you can say bad about the sport. Decoying is a huge part of turkey hunting for most of us hunters. We use them to be more successful each year. But while turkey decoys make...


Freak Waterfowl Accident: Lightning Kills Geese

Folks casually use the expression “lightning strikes” when describing chance events. But unfortunately for some waterfowl , lightning sometimes actually strikes — with fatal results. According to an April 8 article by Nate Eaton at EastIdahoNews.com , more than 100 light geese were killed April 7 and fell into a...


The 3 Phases of Spring Turkey Season

A lot of turkeys are tagged during the first week of the spring season. A lot of turkeys aren’t. Never give up until you have no days left to hunt. Early Birds Challenge : Dominant gobblers are likely henned-up. Some satellite two-year-olds and jakes might travel with the group –...


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