Muzzleloader

  • 15 Facts About the White-Tailed Deer

    The white-tailed deer is the most popular wild game animal in North America. Biologists and researchers have spent countless time and money learning about the whitetail and what it means for deer hunters. These 15 facts have been part of those findings.

  • 10 Things Your Deer Hunting Mentor Hates

    The future of hunting depends on us sharing the outdoors with those who may not have the knowledge, means or access to do it on their own. So there’s no greater act in the outdoor lifestyle than introducing someone to hunting. If you’re new to hunting, and have a mentor...

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The Most Important Gun Safety Advice You'll Ever Read

The hunter had a strange look on his face. He seemed to be looking at something and staring into space at the same time. I wanted to ask him about it but couldn’t. He had a bullet wound in his lower back and had been dead for over 24 hours...


Backpacking Nutrition for Backcountry Big Game Hunters

The nutritional strategy of a backcountry bowhunter requires a systematic approach as cooking methods and food variety is limited. Here is my best recommendation for sustained energy levels, peak performance, combined with the most efficient system. Meal Components For breakfast and snacking, the staple of my backcountry diet is a...


5 Mature Buck Personalities We Hate

Every deer is unique. They have different facial characteristics, body size and antler structure. Most importantly, they have different personalities. That’s what makes every deer hunt different. Some bucks have personalities that make them easier to kill. Some are harder. Below are five of the latter.


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18 Trees Whitetails Need and How to Identify Them

When it comes to forage, deer need a variety. There’s not one tree that can provide full-year or even full-season food. That’s why you need an abundance of tree species in a given area to provide adequate food for whitetails. Some trees deer love for their mast crop. While other...


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8 Trees Not to Plant for Deer

Some trees are great for wildlife. Others aren’t. If you’re planning to plant some for deer, there are some species you most certainly want to stay away from. These are eight of those trees. And if you find these in the wild — cut them and plant a suitable replacement...


5 Action-Packed Deer Hunts to Get You Pumped for Deer Season

July is here. And it's hard to believe that for some, deer season is less than two months away. Believe it or not, it's coming, though. And we're happy about that. It's been a long off-season. But there's still time to kill between now and opening day. Here are five...


11 Deer Hunting Mistakes Even Experienced Hunters Make

Sometimes deer hunting seems like a simple thing. But most of the time our better judgment reminds us that there’s truly nothing simple about it. Whitetails are complex critters that take decades to understand. And while biologists and researchers have dispelled many myths and made huge strides, we’ve only begun...


10 Mistakes Adults Make When Hunting with Kids

I was looking forward to my first turkey hunt with my two young boys. I’d envisioned a quiet, peaceful morning in the blind while we waited for the birds to show up. I’d already talked with them extensively, and had explained what a privilege going hunting is. I felt sure...


5 Times When Hunting Adventures Turned Deadly

Spend enough time in the outdoors hunting, especially in the backcountry, and odds are good that you'll eventually find yourself in a less-than-safe situation. Bear attacks, tree stand falls, fast water; the list of dangers are many. The following tales are real. They show us just how quickly things can...


Chad Schearer’s Top 7 Tips on Black-Powder Rifle Shooting

Chad Schearer has hunted with a muzzleloading rifle on five continents over the past 20 years. Add that to being CVA’s director of media relations and it adds up to significant experience with a muzzleloader. Schearer shared his top tips for getting the most out of your muzzleloader. 1. The...


Build Your Own Shooting Range

Remember that buck you missed? I’m not talking about the one in your formidable years. I’m talking about the shot you blew a couple seasons ago on that deer that should be hanging in your den. You know, the one you see in your mind every time you look at...


Behind the Scenes of Realtree's TV Shows

When viewers watch "Realtree Outdoors " and "Realtree Road Trips" on the Outdoor Channel, or "Monster Bucks" on the Sportsman Channel, they see that we’re having a lot of fun spending time with each other, traveling the country and hunting in beautiful and remote places. While that is all true,...


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