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Hunt the Deep South’s January Deer Rut

As you read this, I’m down in central Louisiana hunting the tail end of the rut. While the breeding season in these woods peaked a few weeks ago around Christmas, many bucks are still actively seeking does. Hopefully I’ll whack a bayou giant before I pack up and drive 10...


Duck Dinner in 30 Minutes

With these five easy duck recipes , you can have a delicious wild-game dinner on a busy weeknight.


10 Monster Bucks of 2021

For more than a decade, Realtree’s Rack Report has been a go-to stop to get your fill of big buck stories. Our reporters beat the bushes every fall, starting in September and ending in January, to get the scoop on the season’s biggest whitetails and coolest deer hunting stories. There...


20 Winter Deer Hunting Tips for the Last Week of Season

Face it, if you haven’t tagged out by now it’s going to be tough. The first and second ruts are history in most places. Other hunters have killed the easy bucks and spooked the survivors into hiding. You’ve got two options. Eat tag soup and pack it in until next...


Mother and Son Shoot Big Locked-Up Bucks

The Shields family is a hunting family. Bryan and Jamie, along with their son, Brennan, spend as much time as they can every fall chasing big whitetails in the hilly country of Boone County, Kentucky, and they have a history of tagging nice deer. Bryan Shields has been hunting his...


Auburn Fishing Team Nets $1 Million at Table Rock

In the course of a week, Auburn Fishing Team anglers Tucker Smith and Logan Parks had become superstars. Winners of the U.S. Open National Bass Fishing Championship, Smith and Parks split a million-dollar cash purse, and each took home a new truck and bass boat to boot. Things couldn’t have...


Advanced Tips for DIY Green Timber Duck Hunting

Do-it-yourself green-timber hunts likely rank high on every duck hunter’s bucket list. And that might be the problem: Everyone wants to hunt the woods nowadays, so timber has become tougher. It was never easy. Navigating faint, stump-laden channels in the dark and trying to determine where ducks might parachute down...


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 big game, waterfowl, and fish. It becomes a game of Jenga when carefully removing a package of elk brats and bag of goose jerky...


Has Southern Duck Hunting Gone to Hell?

For uncountable autumns and winters, ducks and the folks who pursue them have flocked to the flooded timber, rice impoundments, coastal wetlands and river deltas of the South. The experience is a lifestyle for many and a bucket-list trip for others, but everyone seeks the same goal: to experience the...


The Best Tactics for Wintertime Surf Fishing

Plenty of outdoors fans, ready to put lousy weather behind them, will hit the road for a few days in the South’s warm sunshine. It’s hard to beat a trip to the beach to brighten your day, especially when it’s snowy and cold at home. But after a few hours...


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...


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