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Pickles, Ice Cream and a Huntin’ Fool

“My husband is going to kill me,” I thought as I crouched down behind a brush pile while streaks of lightning illuminated the cloud-darkened sky and sleet pelted my jacket. I was three-months pregnant with my second child and had just promised my husband, Brett, that I would use good...


Colorado’s Best Places for Over-The-Counter Bulls

The cadence of shoed hooves slapping the ground filtered through the damp piney air as we eased up the pack-trail. The well-used saddle I was straddling creaked and groaned as it shifted from side to side over my horse’s rippling strong back, which only added to this true Western hunting...


Country Music’s New Big Boy

He knew the buck was big, but he had no idea just how big until he looked over at his guide who was trembling with excitement. “Dude, do you know what you’ve just killed?” the guide asked country music artist Rhett Akins during his hunt at Timberland Outfitters in Illinois...


A Plains Game Paradise

I have been a whitetail deer hunter for the better part of my life. Throughout this journey I have seen many wonderful places. The United States and Canada certainly have an assortment of big game and offer some of the most scenic and breathtaking vistas in the Northern Hemisphere, but...


Shock-N-Roll in BC Bear Country

Hunters: David Blanton, Jim Shockey and cameraman John Tate Location: Vancouver Island, British Columbia Dates: May 24-30, 2007 Species: Black Bear Weapons: Muzzleloaders Question: When filming hunts for Realtree Outdoors, you have to do more than just capture the hunt on film. How did you come up with the story...


Dynamite Dove Hunting!

The annual dove hunt is more than just a day of wing shooting, it’s a social event focused around camaraderie and tradition, and for many a young child, the right of passage into the world of hunting. For generations, sportsmen have gathered in the dove fields to welcome in the...


Special Elk Hunt of a Lifetime

Recently, I had the privilege of going on a bull elk hunt in Wyoming courtesy of Hunt of a Lifetime, an organization that grants hunting and fishing wishes to children with life-threatening injuries or diseases. I thought you all might enjoy getting in on the action with me, so here...


Rough Cut at the Diamond

By David Blanton as told to Stephanie Mallory Hunters: David Blanton and cameraman John Tate Location: Diamond Springs Ranch Dates: November 2006 Each year, I make a trip to Kansas to hunt with Bob and Audrey Boos at Diamond Springs Outfitters. I love to hunt there because the Boos treat...


Leave it to Lucas!

Leave it to Lucas! A proud father shares the story of his youngest son’s first successful deer hunt. ---By David Blanton Hunters: David Blanton and his son Lucas Location: Steve and Kim Goldsmith Ranch in Putnam, Texas Dates: December 29, 2006 - January 2, 2007 Species: Whitetail Lucas Blanton, the...


Hunting with a Hero

Hunting with a Hero Marine Corp Sergeant John Nolan takes leave from Iraq to hunt whitetails and hogs in Texas with Team Realtree. --By David Blanton, Phillip Culpepper and John Nolan Hunters: Sergeant John Nolan, David Blanton and cameramen Nick Mundt and Phillip Culpepper Sergeant Nolan enjoyed some fun competition...


Prairie Goat Pursuits

Prairie Goat Pursuits First-time pronghorn chaser shows she’s got what it takes to reach out and touch one at Table Mountain Outfitters. --By Stephanie Mallory TMO specializes in archery Antelope hunts. Mid-August to Mid-September the antelope hunting has proven to be spectacular. realtree.com image I sat quietly in the back...


Realtree Rewind: A Picture Perfect Buck

Location: Northwest Indiana Hunter: Bill Konway Realtree Photographer/Writer When: Late October Weather/Season Phase: Mid-40 temps with overcast skies. Deer in the area have moved into the pre-rut phase of the season. Species: Whitetail Weapon/Gear: Hoyt Xtec, Tru-Glo site, Grim Reaper Broadheads, Arctic Shield outerwear in Realtree Hardwoods. Terrain: Small farm...


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