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The Best Scent Strategies for the Rut

White-tailed deer are olfactory-driven creatures. They depend on their keen sense of smell more than any other of their perceptions to avoid predators, locate food, and so much more. While many whitetail hunters depend on calls, food products (where legal), or decoys to bring bucks beneath their stands, many hunters...


Exactly How Rare Are Boone and Crockett Whitetail Bucks?

You scroll through Facebook and Instagram during deer season and it’s like . . . Booner . . . Booner . . . . Booner . . . It’s true, it can seem in fall and winter that everyone is killing the big one, except for you. You aren’t killing...


10 Mistakes That Cost You a Deer This Season

It’s hard to believe another year has come and (almost) gone. But it has. And the final days of deer season (for most) are wrapping up with it. Some filled tags. Some didn’t. But if you fall in line with the latter, it’s important to note that certain common mistakes...


15 Deer Hunting Sayings Everyone Is Tired of Hearing

Deer hunting is full of vernacular that only whitetail enthusiasts understand. Different sayings, lines and clichés that most people wouldn’t begin to decipher. Some are bad. Others are really bad. And some are just plain ugly. We all have our pet peeves, but some deer hunting lines just need to...


5 Places to Find Giant Late-Season Bucks

It’s the late season. It’s cold. Friggin’ cold. But you’ve still got a tag in your pocket. And I do, too. I’ve had a pretty darn good season. I killed a very nice Kentucky buck early on during archery season. Since then, I’ve been a part of some great hunts...


Kill a Late-Season Stud in 5 Days

That strong north wind is carrying more than just cold weather. The end of deer season is right behind it. You still haven’t killed a buck. And you burned most of your vacation days during the rut. But you don’t need much more time off to kill a big, old...


The Best Conditions for Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is a game of chess. You make a move. The deer makes a move. And back and forth we go. That said, we’re sometimes better off to not make a move. Or, at least, waiting until the right time to make it. Here are some of the conditions...


10 Places to Find Late-Season Buck Beds

The early season is long gone. The northern rut came and went. The late season is here. And now it’s time to execute game plans. But what are those plans? How do we find bucks? Where do we find them? None of these questions are easy or simple to answer...


Why Reclaimed Coal Mines Make the Ultimate Deer Habitat

Growing up in Virginia, I thought of coal mines as dark, scary places. It never occurred to me that such a setting could be turned into heaven-on-earth for wildlife and even hunters. All wildlife benefits from the environment on a reclaimed surface mine, but especially deer. It provides a variety...


How to Live Through Hypothermia

Cold temperatures can mean many things to various people. When the snow starts to fall, those who ski or snowboard begin to get excited. When the leaves start to change and frost turns the ground white in the early morning, the thought of hunting seasons approaching starts me off in...


Behind the Scenes with Fred Eichler

World-renowned bowhunter Fred Eichler of Trinadad, Colorado, is a passionate hunter. Eichler is the owner of Fulldraw Outfitters in southern Colorado, where he guides 10 months of the year for antelope, elk, mule deer, bear, mountain lion and turkey. He's also host of the show "Easton Bowhunting" and "Predator Nation."...


How to Break in Your New Deer Hunting Rifle

Lately the trend in rifle cartridges has been that bigger is better and I am not sure that is necessarily a good thing. I don't believe that you should run out and buy the biggest, baddest fire-breathing magnum to overcome shooting inadequacies. There is a definite relationship between muzzle blast,...


How to Provide More Carbohydrates for Deer

Throughout the years, my wife Carol and I have eaten many meals with Bill Jordan, David Blanton, Michael Waddel and other members of the Realtree crew. And although we‘ve washed thousands of calories down with the best sweet tea the South could produce, I can‘t ever remember any of them...


5 Funny Things Only Deer Hunters Do

Every deer season something funny is bound to happen. And you’re bound to be the one to do it. Now, you might not think it’s funny. You might not even give it a second thought. But I assure you that non-hunters — and even some hunters who don’t do what...


The Hidden Art of Realtree Camo

Out of place. That's how I felt. Not only was I physically uncomfortable I was extremely self-conscious about my appearance. After all, I was only 16, still a boy in most ways, and had never been in this situation before. How was I supposed to know this was going to...


How to Manage Deer Populations Inside City Limits

Various states around the nation periodically hold stakeholders meetings or assemble taskforce meetings where appropriate members of the public are invited to express their views on the current and future state of deer hunting and management in their area. Some good data comes out of these get-togethers, aiding the state...


10 Tips for Great Deer Pictures

This fall, either in bow or firearms season, maybe you will have the thrill of having a trophy whitetail come walking toward your stand site. If all emotions are controlled, you’ll make the shot and will soon be kneeling beside the buck of your dreams. At other times, kids and...


5 Tips for Deer Hunting in Saddles

Back in the mid-1980s, a tremendous buck lived in the large range of hills near my home in southern Indiana. I knew this because I’d seen the sheds from the massive 12-point that a farmer had found. My problem, however, was that there were few deer in the several-square-mile region,...


How to Can Deer Meat

For sportsmen across the nation, freezer space comes at a premium. You can walk into the average outdoorsman’s garage and find an ice chest full of harvests, like big game, waterfowl and fish. It becomes a game of Jenga each fall when you need to carefully remove a package of...


Why You Shouldn't Cull Bucks Based on Small or Weird Antlers

Antler abnormalities are common in the whitetail world, and definitely a topic of interest to deer hunters. But what causes abnormal antler growth? Misshapen antlers can be caused or influenced by an antler injury, a body injury, genetics or simply the animal’s age. Many of us have grown up with...


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