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An Unusual Opening Day

Outdoorsmen may claim that they don’t consider the harvest of an opening-day trophy as an indication of how the season will unfold. After 23 years of opening-day hunts, I say “Who are they kidding?” On this weekend, every sportsman becomes superstitious. They try to hide it to the best of...


Get Ready for Roosevelt’s

I was stuck—again. My legs were hopelessly tangled in blackberry brambles, the thorns tearing at my legs like a dog on a T-bone steak. The biggest dang ferns I’d ever seen in my life were blocking my vision. My bow was held at arms length above my head and no...


Noodling for Catfish

It sounds like something out of scary movie. Slog along the banks of a river and stick your hands into holes underwater actually hoping something clamps down on your fist. And you hope that the thing doing the biting is a big catfish. This is noodling. No sleek bass boats...


A New Place to Go Elk Hunting

What you notice first about Santa Fe and remember later is the smell: a clean whiff of mesquite, juniper and piñon pine that drenches the dry desert air. But that isn’t the only homegrown blend the city distills. Sante Fe is equal parts Wild West and New Age, Native American...


Will Hunt…for Land?

Land … They ain't making any more of the stuff. — Will Rogers America tuned in to color TV. Teenagers danced to “American Bandstand,” and rock ’n’ roll shook up a conservative nation. But John Mullin wasn’t diggin’ the Fabulous Fifties. Life in America’s Heartland was far more serious than...


Turkeys at 2,100 Feet Per Second

There’ve been so many times I’ve yelped on my calls, seductively as possible, and watched in agony as a strutting tom gobbled 70 yards from my setup in a wide-open field. I won’t lie, I’ve thought about having a rifle in my hand and ending that gobbling right then and...


A Grande Tale


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...


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