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For the Love of Trash Ducks

Some hunters say “If it ain’t got a green head, it ain’t a duck.” Do you agree with that?


Jason Patrick, My Coon Hunting Friend

Keeping up with a coonhound in a southern swamp at night is tough—but imagine doing it if you were completely blind


Milk River Whitetails on Your Own

Here’s how you can use Montana’s Block Management Program to hunt near David Blanton’s favorite early season whitetail area.


Fifty Bow Gobblers

I recently tagged my 55th gobbler with bow and arrow, a tally that includes representatives from five North American species, including a single-spring United States archery slam (Florida Osceola, Texas Rio Grande, New Mexico Merriam’s and New York Eastern). I don’t relate this in way of bragging (though I’m certainly...


Custom Calling

For more than an hour, Kenny Childree had been working on a smart southern Alabama longbeard. We knew the bird had flown from his roost into a large clearcut and was courting his harem of hens. Every so often, we could spot him strutting amongst the stumps and, occasionally, he...


Tribal Land Toms

Robby, Hoffman and I wedge ourselves amongst turkey vests, rubber boots and shotguns to follow a northwest compass bearing from Memphis. In two days, we’ll be turkey hunting on the South Dakota prairie. Between now and then, we have 1,040 miles of road to cover in an extended cab Tacoma...


Spittin’ Feathers: Champion Calling

Let’s face it: some turkey callers are so good at sweet-talking that seemingly every longbeard within earshot falls under a lovesick trance that ultimately leads to a mesmerizing death march. These elite callers put the “hen” in henpeck and can spit feathers with a simple piece of latex or just...


"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" Helps Columbus Family

Thanks to the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer ( http://www.ledger-enquirer.com ) and reporter Sonya Sorich for the contents of this Realtree.com report. Realtree Designer and President Bill Jordan and his son Tyler visited the new "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" home of one of our local community's inspirational families the past Sunday, February 28...


The White-Tipped Tom

This past winter was colder than usual. In fact, it was a lot colder than I have experienced in over a decade at my home in Colorado. Not only was this evident by the piles of crusty snow that refused to melt, but the cord and a half of hardwood...


Turkey Decoys 2010

Crunch, crunch, crunch. What’s that behind me? Spit—oooom! A drumming turkey! Dang it, I thought he’d come in from the other way. I’m too exposed to turn around for a shot. What now? Just take a deep breath, calm down and remember that this longbeard is dancing for a reason—he...


From Lake to Stand

There are few people known simply by their initials. Every American knows JFK. Football fans loved LT. Politicos often debate the decisions of the AG. And fishing fans know KVD. Kevin VanDam. The man is arguably the world’s greatest bass angler. He’s the reigning BASS Angler of the Year (his...


The Booger Bottom Book

It’s safe to assume that Realtree.com readers need no introduction to Michael Waddell. Shows such as “Realtree Road Trips” and “Bone Collector” dominate outdoor television. His enthusiastic smile adorns countless pages of magazines and is often showcased on packaging of useful hunting products. Waddell grew up in a hard-to-find rural...


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