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31 Best Tips for Hunting the Rut

You’ve waited all year for this. It's the rut, baby! No matter which week in November you take off work, your No. 1 strategy is simple: Spend every minute you can in your best stands because you never know when a good buck will prowl by, or come running hot...


What’s the Best Straight-Wall Rifle Round for Deer Hunting?

If you’re going to be hunting this fall in places like Ohio, Iowa, or Michigan, take a quiet moment to yourself and give thanks for the straight-wall rifle cartridges that are slowly replacing shotgun slugs in the deer woods. Though I’m saying this in the nicest way possible, shotgun slugs...


15 Tips for One-Shot Kills

One morning in the Clearwater Mountains of Idaho, I watched two whitetail bucks skirting a hillside trail across a canyon. “Two hundred sixty yards,” my friend Bob said from below his rangefinder. “Buck in back is bigger.” I rested my .270 in the crotch of sticks and watched as the...


How to Hunt Big Buck Bedding Areas

Just a few days ago, I slipped into a bedding area, climbed a tree, and settled in for the last few hours of daylight. Right after sunset, I watched as my No. 2 target buck rose from his bed a mere 50 yards away. That buck stayed within a few...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 3

Our third Antler Nation roundup centers on the Midwest region. These big-woods and grain states offer good to great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each state’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Illinois With advanced planning and in-the-field scouting, it’s possible to find a public-land...


Are Inferior Deer Running Off Your Big Bucks?

Really old whitetails with undesirable antler traits appear nationwide, but sometimes, these animals exist in higher concentrations. This occurs even in states and regions known for incredible genetics. From unmanaged areas to properly managed tracts, let’s examine this phenomenon. Unmanaged Areas In unmanaged settings, many hunters are satisfied with shooting...


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Don’t Be a Shooting Range Jerk

In a perfect world, all hunters and shooters would be able to walk out their back door and burn a few rounds any time the mood strikes. Need to sight in a scope or work up a new handload for your deer rifle? No problem, just set a target 100...


The Country’s Best Elk-Hunting Units

There are promised lands in the elk world where a 300-class bull is just okay, compared to the mammoths roaming around. Multiple elk states have these hidden gems. The difficult part is drawing a tag. Each state handles things a bit differently, and wait times can be up to 20...


Forsaking Trophy Management for Deer Stewardship

One of the fastest-growing hunting trends is deer management. It has value, but the right perspective is critical. It’s difficult to produce big, mature bucks on purpose, even in great areas. I’ve seen the challenges with managing for big deer. When Trophy Management Works Most of the time, it’s random...


2020 Antler Nation Grades, Part 2

Our second Antler Nation roundup centers on the Great Plains region. These six flyover states offer great deer hunting, and we’ve updated each one’s page with current hunting regs, license costs, and other vital information. Kansas The Sunflower State’s public-land hunting isn’t as good as it once was. Non-resident hunting...


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What Makes a Good Trophy Photo?

We could never get tired of seeing pictures of big bucks and gobblers, but a lot of today's hunting photos look pretty much the same. They're perfectly posed, and carefully edited. That has more than a few hunters asking, "What happened to the good old days of tailgate shots in...


June Deer Hunting News Roundup

Fall is still months away, but it’s on the horizon. Whitetail news is slowly ramping up as we creep closer to the 2020 deer season, and a lot happened this month. From new public-land opportunities to one of the earliest potential cases of EHD on record, we have the latest...


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