Free Stuff





  • Gallery
    DIY Archery Emergency Kit

    It doesn’t matter if you’re hunting 10 minutes from home or 10 miles from the trailhead. If you spend enough time in the field as a bowhunter you’ll encounter an equipment issue. Having these basic archery tools and accessories at the ready can spell the difference between success and a...

  • Matt Stutzman: The Armless Archer

    Matt Stutzman on Archery (As told to Tracy Breen) Matt Stutzman is an avid bowhunter and world-record-holding champion archery. And he was born without arms. How does a guy without arms even start shooting a bow? Watch the video and read on. “My parents (who adopted me) never put limitations...


Gallery Realtree Retro
The Craziest Bow Shoot on Earth

Want to up the ante on your summer archery practice? Head to Utah for The Bird, where 50 yards is close and 100 is routine — all on a snow-capped mountain. Editor's note : This was originally published in 2010. Click here for more bowhunting articles, galleries and videos. Follow us on Facebook .

How to Fan a Gobbler

The best way to kill a stubborn field bird is often to hide behind a turkey fan and crawl to them. Here's how to do it.

Gallery Realtree Retro
The Top 7 Threats to Deer Hunting

Deer hunting is my absolute favorite pastime in the world. There is no greater thrill than chasing whitetails. It’s fun . It gets in your blood. And it stays there. Sadly, there are a lot of things that threaten our way of life. Deer hunting faces more opposition and challenges...

Gallery Realtree Retro
5 Ways to Improve Spot and Stalk Bowhunting Success

Spot and stalk hunting with archery tackle is challenging, sometimes frustrating, and a whole lot of fun. I’ve found that nothing gets my adrenaline flowing like sneaking into bow range of unsuspecting game. This method of hunting will test your skills and patience. But when success is realized there is...

10 Reasons Why You Aren't Finding More Shed Antlers

Shed Envy. It’s a common condition felt this time of year by avid whitetail hunters across the country and it has the potential to reduce productivity at work, spoil appetites and ruin an otherwise good day. The cause? A lack of shed-hunting success, followed by frequent viewings of the monster...

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...

You Shot a Deer. Here's How to Find It.

(From the editor: This Retro Realtree article was originally published in November of 2013)

Video: Sound Like Several Geese at Once

My goose sounds started to run together while I practiced the other day. That is, I was trying to mimic two honkers at the same time, but the sounds didn’t seem distinct. Frustrated, I turned to the experts, and a quick search revealed this great video from our good friend...

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,...

8 Advanced Rangefinder Skills Bowhunters Need to Know

Judging range has always been a big part of archery. Arrows, even from the fastest compound bows, travel in arching paths. Misjudged range has probably caused more misses than all other factors. Then came affordable laser rangefinders, which are now standard-issue gear for modern bowhunters. And misses disappeared. Yeah, right...

5 Steps for Curing Buck Fever

You've waited for this moment all year long. The big buck you've been dreaming about is drawing closer by the second, nose to the ground, chasing a hot doe. She angles 25 yards past your setup. You know the moment of truth is imminent, and your adrenaline surges into overdrive...

5 Reasons Why Bowhunters Miss

All of your effort ahead of a hunt is for nothing if you can't make the shot. And yet, so many bowhunters fall apart once a deer is finally in range. Here’s a look at five in-range bowhunting mistakes It happens all the time. Jimmy The Bowhunter climbs into his...