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Choosing the Right Camo Pattern

Camo. If you’ve seen one pattern you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. Absolutely not. Not even close, Jack. Some say there’s a science to creating quality camo patterns. And there is if you look at the technology side of designing patterns. But if you’re looking purely at how well a...


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30 Deer Hunting Safety Tips

Safety. It's rule No. 1 when deer hunting. Be responsible. Be safe. Here are 30 things you should be sure to do (or not do) while in the field.


7 Tips for Still-Hunting Deer

Still-hunting is one of the most difficult methods of hunting available. But it’s effective once mastered. And it’s fun. Here are 10 tips that will help take your still-hunting game to the next level. 1. Use the right equipment. Don’t wear too many clothes. You’ll be moving, albeit slowly. Make...


The Truth About Deer and Urbanization

Urbanization. Urban sprawl. Habitat Destruction. It goes by different names. But its true name — the death of deer hunting. Or is it? That’s what we’re here to discuss. Before we delve in, it’s important to note that whitetails thrive on early successional edge habitat. And edge habitat often comes...


What We Know About the Recent News of a CWD Cure

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) continues to worry deer biologists, managers and hunters across the country. It isn’t going away. It’s only getting worse. Many people aren’t aware of CWD, or simply don’t understand the full breadth of the threat it poses. Most researchers believe CWD is caused by an abnormal...


How to Map Your Next Buck

Each year while doing seminars at various outdoor shows and sporting store events, I‘m often asked, “How do you and the other Realtree pro staffers find time to scout, hang stands and then hunt on a time-conscious schedule? Usually, I plan on one to two days for scouting, hanging stands...


The Best Shed Hunting Tips

Tines were sticking up not 30 feet down the trail I was walking. The party had officially started. At a fast clip, I went down the trail and scooped up a big five-point whitetail shed. Holding it in my hands, I looked it over not once, but many times. I...


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5 Big Game Hunting Tips

Most big game animals aren’t easy to bring down. While they’re all different in their own ways, and different tactics are used to hunt each species, there are general rules that apply to all of them, no matter if they have a beard, canines, crème-colored rump or white tail. Here...


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5 Expert Shed Hunting Tips You Should Follow


Reminder: Equipment That Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett Won’t Let You Use

Fair chase — it’s a common term that we hunters often refer to. High-fence vs. free-range. Dogs vs. no dogs. This weapon vs. that weapon. It’s an age-old discussion. Nothing new. What is (relatively) new is technology. And according to both Pope and Young and Boone and Crockett, some technology,...


Why Chronic Wasting Disease Shouldn’t Scare You Away from Deer Hunting

You’d think the sky is falling, the earth is crumbling, and the walking dead have risen with the way people are currently behaving. Recent articles deeming whitetails as “zombie deer,” have the uninformed and easily convinced both confused and scared. Should people allow CWD to scare them away from deer...


Shed Hunting Tips 101

Bonnie led Bill Healy to his first shed antler. He was a graduate student at Penn State, studying the food habits of deer in Pennsylvania's Allegheny National Forest. Bonnie was a guinea pig — really, a tame, whitetail doe. She wore a harness as Healy followed with a clipboard and...


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