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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...


What to Know About Treestand Safety Harnesses

Safety when hunting aloft should be at the forefront of our thoughts. We owe it to our families as well as ourselves. If you have loved ones who really care about you, then you need to be wearing a full-body safety system. Like most hunters, I’ve got several harnesses stored...


Mississippi Flyway on the Brink of Big Changes

Date: Nov. 8 Location: flyway-wide, trending toward the northern and Midwestern states Major Weather Trends Several early- to mid-October fronts brought in plenty of geese, puddle ducks and early divers, letting hunters enjoy unseasonably ducky weather . However, milder temperatures settled in during the middle of the month, and those...


A Delta Specklebelly Primer

It was early January in the Delta, and we were on total lockdown. A weeklong cold front had pushed in and frozen rice fields top to bottom. Our attempts to open water resulted in frozen spigot heads and dead batteries on ice eaters, which wound up keeping enough water open...


November Brings Central Flyway Push

Date: Nov. 8 Location: northern to central portions of the flyway Overview An apparent mid- to late-October lull in duck migration is ending on the northern plains, with a zone of almost-arctic air settling in and waterfowl on the move. That said, duck hunting reports have been solid from North...


Shotgun Review: Browning Cynergy Waterfowl

Editor's note: This is a guest blog from Realtree.com waterfowl contributor James Buice. I tend to find a gun and stick to it. Call me a romantic or a sentimentalist, but I usually develop a strong bond or at least an affinity for my shotguns . I find a gun...


The World Stands Still: Waterfowling With No Wind

I’ve long suspected a cabal of evil TV weather-folks delights in frustrating waterfowl hunters . Much of their false-forecast conspiracy involves wind. You’ve been there, right? The 10 p.m. news promises northwest winds at 5 to 10 mph building to 15 to 25. A quick check online confirms that, so...


What All Happens When a Buck Tends a Doe

Alright. Alright. Alright. Let the jokes flow forth. Go ahead. Get them all out. We’ll wait. We’re still waiting. You good now? Oops. Sorry. Knew you had one more chuckle-maker in ya. Now to the good stuff. Let’s talk peak rut. So, what really happens when a whitetail buck tends...


Crossbow Hunter Grunts Boone and Crockett Buck Into Range

In 2016, Illinois’ Boden Lee Brandt learned that a big buck was roaming the 140-acre property he’s been hunting since he was 12 years old. The property, owned by a family relative, has a large field bordered by a block of “really good timber,” as Brandt put it. “I know...


10 Commandments of Taxidermy When Prepping Deer for the Taxidermist

I’ve always been a fan of European mounts. They take up less room, cost less money, and have a certain aesthetic that shoulder mounts just can’t match. However, when I arrowed my first Booner last season, it was an easy decision to get a full mount done. I was lost...


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5 All-or-Nothing Plays for Lockdown Phase Bucks

I remember my first Kansas hunt quite well. I arrived just before dark on November 11, 2007, and immediately hung a stand so I could hunt the following morning. Joining me on the hunt and to run the video camera was my mother. We climbed into that ancient cottonwood tree...


3 Ways to Find Pressured Deer

Here are three super hunting tactics that could spell the difference between wall-hanger success and deer-tag soup. Racks In The Rabbit Patch While we deer hunters tend to lean toward the woodlands when hunting, after being hunted for a few weeks, the deer that were there seem to increasingly disappear...


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