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Strut Report: The Gobbling and Strutting Action Is Picking Up

We're a week deeper into the spring and with that comes more news from the turkey woods. At the beginning of last week, we talked about how the Deep South seasons were off to a slow gobbling start . That’s changing, though, and in the past five days, the hunting...


2020 Season Had Highest Buck Harvest in 21 Years

We’re killing older bucks and more bucks than ever in America. That’s the overpowering message of the 2022 Deer Report compiled by the National Deer Association (NDA). The NDA reports that hunters across the United States killed an estimated 3,041,544 bucks in the 2020-21 season, the most in 21 years...


10 Takeaways from the 2021 Deer Season

Hanback’s Lessons Crafty and insanely unpredictable, a whitetail buck that has roamed this Earth for 4 or 5 years is the ultimate teacher. No matter how long you’ve been hunting, no matter good you think you are, no matter how much you think you know, a big deer will throw...


Bowhunter Bitten By Bear in Treestand and Vagabond Buck Swims Mississippi River

Best Kill of the 2021 Season Some mega bucks have been harvested across the country, but to me this kill near Torrey, Virginia, is hands down the best . Virginia Dunning, 94 years young, went out one day in September and shot a fat doe for the freezer. Virginia’s daughter,...


Why You Should Snoop Around in Your Buck's Gut Pile

Phil Anderson has a job only a whitetail freak like you and me could love. “I snoop around in gut piles,” says the animal nutrition consultant from Pennsylvania. “The cool thing about rooting around in guts is that you get the most recent information as to what that deer ate...


20 Winter Deer Hunting Tips for the Last Week of Season

Face it, if you haven’t tagged out by now it’s going to be tough. The first and second ruts are history in most places. Other hunters have killed the easy bucks and spooked the survivors into hiding. You’ve got two options. Eat tag soup and pack it in until next...


Don’t Let a Dead Deer Kill You

One December day a few years back, a Virginia hunter name Rob shot a 10-pointer just before dark. He hiked back to his truck, put up his rifle, and called a buddy to help with the drag. When the boys went back in 30 minutes later, the buck was gone...


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Realtree's 2021 Camo Christmas Gift Guide

We know you’d rather be hunting big bucks or greenheads this time of year than searching for the perfect holiday gifts. So we've made it a little easier on you by compiling a list of Realtree camo items that will delight even the pickiest outdoor enthusiast. With just a few...


When You Should Pass a Buck … and When You Shouldn’t

As a general rule I say to shoot whatever buck makes you happy, as long as you do it legally and ethically. Spike, forkie, 2-year-old 8-point … This is America, man, it’s your choice. We ought never to shame anyone for shooting a youngish buck with an undersized rack, but...


How and Where Big Bucks Move in September

One September day Kevin Jaegers checked his trail camera and about fainted — there were multiple images of a 200-class giant with massive drop tines! Jaegers picked a spot and hung a treestand for the bow opener. “I figured if I was ever going to see this buck, the first...


3 Top States for DIY Big Buck Hunters

For a Do-It-Yourself hunter, nothing beats the simplicity of traveling to another state, buying a deer tag over the counter, and then going to the woods. There are plenty of places for us DIYers to hunt like that and probably get a shot at a deer, too. But not as...


How to Become a Hunting Guide

Being a hunting guide and spending months in the outdoors chasing critters would be a dream job, right? It surely is for some, but guiding is not for everyone. There can be a long road to success, especially financially. Here is what you need to know, with input from some...


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