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5 Tips for Bowhunting Desert Mule Deer

Wide-open desert is tough and unforgiving country to hunt mule deer. It can seem to swallow deer before your eyes. It’s full of brush that pokes, prods and bites at every turn. That harsh environment, combined with vast public tracts and the sheer number of over-the-counter units, can make picking...


Post Rut Tips from the Pros

The rut is over in most parts of the country, and a lot of the bucks that were out there are already in freezers and taxidermy shops. It can seem like there’s not a set of antlers left in your woods — but there are. And thanks to these Realtree...


Brook Current’s Monster Iowa Archery Buck

It’s not often a hunter has the opportunity to chase a Boone & Crockett typical. That’s exactly what happened to Brook Current this season, though … and then some. But it was a long journey getting there. “I grew up the youngest of four boys,” Current said. “As a young...


Realtree 365: The Final Hunts From November

It’s the late season now. Attention is turning to food sources and unpressured pockets of bedding cover. But November was full of highlights. Here are the final hunts from the most magical month of the year. Midwest Whitetail: The Rut’s Final Days Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Deer...


Is This the Largest Buck of the 2019 Deer Season?

Every deer hunter has different goals and standards in terms of the bucks they choose to shoot. But I think we can all agree that, when a 260-inch deer steps within range, it gets shot at. Every time. Apparently, Jacob Darbyshire agrees. He recently tagged one of the largest non-typical...


Jimmy Tapp’s Monster Non-Typical Kentucky Buck

Jimmy Tapp always dreamt of owning land and hunting giant whitetails like the ones found on Realtree’s Monster Bucks. As the 2019 Kentucky deer season drew near, Tapp and his wife Scarlett finally made it a reality. In September, they found exactly what they were looking for. While waiting for...


Guner Womack’s Huge 16-point Oklahoma Typical

Guner Womack is your model college guy. He goes to class, hits the books, and climbs into trees. But he started doing more hunting and less studying when a giant typical whitetail showed back up in 2019. But while they had this deer on camera for three years, they’d never...


Realtree 365: Strong Rut Hunts, Gun Hunting at Its Best

December is here. But the magical month of November produced quite a few good hunts. Here are more highlights from the best time of the year. Midwest Whitetail: Snort Wheeze Brings Buck, Classic Deer Camp Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Deer hunting Produced By: 41 North Cast: Bill...


You Spooked Your Target Deer. Now What?

No one wants to jump a buck. But it happens, nonetheless. One of the top questions I get? What should you do after spooking a buck? Here’s the long answer. Assessing the Damage Bucks respond to danger in proportion to their level of fear. Bucks that are bad scared alter...


John Doan’s Giant Kentucky Crossbow Buck

Kentuckian John Doan was worried. He’d blanketed his farm with cameras since July, but the giant he’d watched the previous season had yet to return. Doan’s history with the buck started with a phone call in 2017. He was in the stand one evening when his wife called to ask...


5 Things to Know About Big Mule Deer

Mule deer are a somewhat peculiar deer species. These western icons have a few tendencies that resemble those of whitetails, but with some distinct behavioral differences worth noting, too. Muleys are incredibly fun to hunt, and I’ve had the pleasure of chasing them many times in a few different states...


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The Academy Sports + Outdoors Holiday Gift Guide for Hunters

Hunters can be picky when it comes to gear. Maybe even a little snobby. But Academy Sports + Outdoors has the goods. These are well-crafted products that get the job done. They’ll stand up to the wear and tear you put them through. The best part? It’s hunting gear. So,...


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