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  • 10 Tips for Deer Hunting with a Muzzleloader

    Hunting deer with a muzzleloader has advantages, including honing your hunting skills, providing a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment and it can help fill your freezer. Muzzleloader hunting requires you to get close, closer than is necessary for most centerfire rifle hunters. That’s part of the allure said Realtree pro...

  • How to Bowhunt Pressured Whitetail Bucks

    Pressured whitetails can be difficult to hunt. It’s no secret that unpressured deer behave much differently than their heavily hunted brethren. That’s why it’s imperative to do certain things (and not do others) when pursuing these jittery, edgy animals. Here are seven steps to help make it happen. 1. Consult...

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12 Reasons Why Your Venison Tastes Like Hell

I’m often amazed at the people, deer hunters included, who tell me they just don’t like venison. That statement is usually followed by a qualifier: it’s tough; it’s gamey; it’s dry. And so on. I’ve eaten a lot of good deer meat. But I’ve eaten some really bad deer meat,...


What They Learned: Experts Share Wisdom From the Marsh

Some of life’s most valuable lessons are learned through experience. Hunting is no different. Just ask any waterfowl hunter with a few years under his belt. On second thought, don’t bother. We did that for you. Here’s what four veteran hunters have learned from spending much of their lives in...


You’ve Been Hanging Your Deer Wrong for Years

A rope around the neck or a gambrel through the Achilles tendon — that’s how most hang their deer. Walk into any well-respected steakhouse locker, though, and you’ll see beef hanging completely different. The ideal way to hang your ungulate for aging is using a technique called the tenderstretch method...


Hunting the Modern Cottontail Rabbit

Hunters have been pursuing the Eastern cottontail ever since the time of the earliest Native Americans. Although hunter numbers have declined from peak numbers, rabbit hunting still remains extremely popular overall and is one of the most popular small game pursuits. However, the dynamics of hunting cottontails have changed dramatically,...


Why We Love Our Hunting Dogs

Midnight trips outside. Barking at daybreak. Puppy accidents and chewed-up prized possessions. And then, yes, slowly, they grow up – and even then, you grin and bear it sometimes. I love it. You dog folks know the deal. You either are, or you aren’t, a dog person. Would you rather...


10 Deer Hunting Tips for Suburban Bowhunting

We live in a time when it’s harder to get away from civilization during the hunt. But smart hunters have learned to embrace the urban setting and take more (and bigger) deer because of it. If you’re late to the party, but really want to join in the festivities, take...


Fall Turkey Hunting Is Fun

I grew up in north-central Pennsylvania at a time when fall turkey hunting was more popular than the spring tradition. Hunter participation numbers bore this claim out. Then, around the turn of the century, it changed. Spring turkey hunting edged past fall in my native state in terms of popularity...


Mishaps of the Realtree Pro Staff

They’re the epitome of the perfect hunters. They have all the latest and greatest gear, superb outdoors skills and access to the best hunting properties out there. No wonder they consistently take down remarkable animals with seemingly little effort. But as these guys and gals can attest, it’s not always...


5 Steps to Finding the Perfect Public-Land Deer Hunting Hot Spot

When you choose to pursue big bucks on public land, the honey holes and hotspots can be few and far between. But don't let that fool you. They do exist. Over my lifetime, there have been some incredible public-land ambush spots I’ve come across, that if hunted right, produced big...


Are Young Forests Overlooked Habitat for Whitetails?

Young forest is the new buzzword in the world of bird management and it turns out what’s good for the birds might just be the ticket for managing quality whitetails. In many states, particularly throughout the Appalachian Mountain and Great Lakes Region forest owners are being encouraged through cost share...


10 Ways to Hunt Your Neighbors’ Bucks

I can imagine all of the raised eyebrows as this title is read. Neighbors' bucks? Trespassing? Poaching? So, no, before someone makes an accusation of promoting anarchy, trespassing and/or poaching, that is not the message of this post. In fact, we most certainly feel these offenses are among the most...


How to Target Open-Water Ducks

Editor's note: This feature originally appeared Dec. 7, 2015. You’ve probably watched a flock of diving ducks see your decoys, bank against the wind, fly toward your spread…and then land 100 yards away. That’s the diver hunter’s dilemma: Getting ducks that naturally feed, loaf, and find safety in open water...


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