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Realtree 365: Hunting the Southern Rut, Patterning Deer in the North

Some hunters are still chasing the southern rut, but most are hunting bucks on late-season, bed-to-feed patterns. Either way, everyone is seeing great action and laying down incredible hunting footage. Check out the Realtree 365 highlights from this week’s roundup. Midwest Whitetail: Two Big Late-Season Bucks Rating: 5 out of...


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...


Realtree 365: Late-Season Action

The rut is over in the northern half of the country, but there are still big bucks out there, as proven with last week's action-packed, late-season hunts on Realtree 365 . Midwest Whitetail: A Late-Season, Early December Trophy Buck Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Deer hunting Produced By:...


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...


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...


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,...


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...


Realtree 365: Bucks Are Still Up and Moving

November is getting away from us. But there are still some good hunts happening across the country. Here are just a few examples of the fun hunters are having. Midwest Whitetail: 200-Inch Deer Almost Lost in River, Public-Land Stud Rating: 5 out of 5 stars Genre: Deer hunting Produced By:...


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