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Michael Waddell’s Story Started With a Turkey Call

Before Michael Waddell became an outdoor industry icon, he was an air conditioner repairman whose claim to fame was winning local turkey-calling competitions on the weekends. Unbeknownst to Waddell, he’d caught the attention of Bill Jordan, who’d heard about the talented young turkey caller from Realtree pro staffers. In 1994,...


3 Awesome Stands for Gun Hunting the Rut

One morning in Oklahoma, a guide named Jim Bob pointed me to a box blind and whispered, “When the sun comes up, you can see and shoot a country mile, Brother. Watch the tree line out front. Good luck.” I climbed into the box and the sun rose a splendid...


CCA Florida STAR: Helping Young Anglers

Getting kids involved in the outdoors has always been a top priority at Realtree. Youth group partnerships with Delta Waterfowl, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Whitetails Unlimited and the Kicking Bear Camp for Kids have created a wide-range of opportunities. College anglers continue to benefit from Realtree’s involvement in organized...


Smack Talk: Aggressive Deer Calling Strategies

Jeff Danker remembers well the first time he ever called up a buck. It was back in the ’90s, when hunting videos were becoming a thing, and the heroes on screen seemed to call up bucks with every click of the rattling antlers. Danker wanted to see a buck come...


How to Hunt Sandhill Cranes

Images of giant, sharp-billed birds descending amid trumpet-like calls might seem more like a deleted scene from Jurassic Park instead of a waterfowl hunt. Yet across many areas of North America, that scene plays out year after year, as a small but dedicated group of hunters pursues a unique bird:...


Ghost Busters: What to Do When Your Buck Disappears

Ever had a monster buck on your trail cameras that suddenly seemed to disappear? So have most hunters who run cams. Oftentimes we call these bucks ghosts, and give them nicknames in honor of their cunning and ability to evade death. Reality is, though the bucks might be ghosting you,...


Why Deer Hunting on Halloween is Scary Good

Halloween is a time for candies and costumes. But to deer hunters , it’s much more than that. Hunting on Halloween has long been a tradition, and it’s the signature kickoff for the rut. The sun sets on October, and the madness begins. Still, it requires the right approach to...


The Wheeler Fishing Foundation College Bass Shootout

If you’re a fan of professional bass fishing , you’ve heard of Jacob Wheeler. Ranked No. 1 in the world by independent sources, Wheeler is the Bass Pro Tour’s current Angler of the Year, and a veteran Realtree pro-staffer. What many fans don’t know, however, is Wheeler’s commitment to giving...


10 Reasons Why Fall Fishing is Better than Deer Hunting

Fall is the best season of the year. Spring gets all the glory, but that’s only because everyone’s sick of winter. In March, even a 48-degree day with spitting rain seems nice. Give me that same day in autumn, and I’m stoking the fire. Unless I’m after smallmouth bass. One...


Austin Riley on Baseball, Deer Hunting, and Respect for the Game

Austin Riley is just like the rest of us — except he’s a lot better at baseball than probably anyone reading this. Everyone around him saw his natural skills early, including his dad, who coached him from Little League right through high school summer ball. Mississippi State offered him a...


Say What? The Science Behind Hearing Loss in Hunters

It was almost midday, getting hot, and we hadn’t found a turkey yet in the mood to cooperate. I’d just made a few excited cutts and yelps when my son Potroast jumped as if he’d been stung by a hornet. He scurried to a nearby tree and hit the ground...


Fall Turkey Hunting on Public Land

This title bout involved three guys, a turkey dog, and a gang of fall longbeards. A friend had the birds, which he’d seen while bowhunting. I had the dog. Our other buddy had the tag to fill. Deep in the Vermont woods, my white renegade English setter cast back and...


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