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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...


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...


The Ultimate Late-Season Trail Camera Plan

First, I offer my condolences. Building anxiety, a feeling of hopelessness and months of big-buck scrolling led you to this point. A buck tag remains unfilled in your pocket, and desperation is setting in. It won’t get the best of you, though. While many hunters are consumed with thoughts of...


The Relationship Between Deer Density and Antler Size

The variables that factor into the ever-debatable topic of antler size culminate to create a complexity that goes beyond biology. It also circles back to hunting pressure and hunter behavior. Is there something inherently better about areas with lower deer density? Do these places generally harbor bigger-antlered deer? In short,...


The Ones That Get Away

We nicknamed him the “Stranger Buck” for the happiest of reasons; he’d grown so big from the previous season that we simply didn’t recognize him. My neighbor and I both had oh-so-close encounters with a monster 8-point the year before, and we had high hopes he’d be around the following...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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...


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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,...


No Girls Allowed

Back in the 1960s, hunting was a man’s sport and not generally of interest to young ladies. Shooting game and traipsing the woods wasn’t considered proper behavior for the fairer sex. But some didn’t subscribe to that policy. Tes Randle was one of them. Tes was raised in a family...


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