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Team Realtree Talks 1 on 1 With Santa

Realtree recently signed a pro-staff deal with Santa Claus , making our patterns the Official Camo of Christmas and giving us direct access to the man himself — who many don’t realize is an avid outdoorsman. Santa particularly enjoys bowhunting, duck hunting, and catching catfish in the spring. We recently...


First Aid Every Hunter Should Know

“That looks bad.” That was all I said as I looked at the blood gushing from my buddy’s hand. An hour earlier, he’d sunk an arrow in a Booner whitetail and got a little careless while field-dressing the deer. We typically open the ribcage to make the trachea easier to...


Presidential Blades

Although an American president has practically everything done for him these days, there was a time when he had to shoulder the grunt work just like the rest of us: pencils to sharpen and envelopes to open; potatoes to peel and sticks to whittle. Chances are the commander-in-chief performed such...


7 Reasons Why OTC Elk Tags Beat Draw Tags

At least four different bulls bugled practically nonstop all morning long as I flanked a herd swarmed by satellite bulls. One beautiful 6x6 with a lovesick bugle grew attached to my cow calling around midmorning, but when he got to 60 yards — no shot opportunity — and didn’t see...


Picking the Best Rifle and Caliber for Pig Hunting

Large wild pigs can move with a grace and silence that’s starkly at odds with their appearance. The boar that emerged from the thicket next to us did it without a sound, and he was comically large. My 7-year-old son, Anse, spotted him, and by the time he said something...


The 3 Most Expensive Hunts in North America

If you had all the money in the world, what would you buy first? Most of us think for a few moments before answering. Some might go for a sports car. Others might tour Europe. How about a beachfront mansion with an elevator, movie theatre, pool, and private chef? But...


9 Ways to Ruin Your Outfitted Hunt

Outfitted hunts can be very exciting. I’ve done several of them, and most were with salt-of-the-earth folks who respected one another and had a great time. But I’ve shared a couple of camps with chest-thumping types who cussed and drank more than they hunted. It ruined an otherwise great atmosphere...


The 10 Most Annoying Catch Phrases in Hunting

If you watch outdoor TV or online videos, read hunting articles (maybe like this one), or follow hunting influencer types on social media, you’re bound to pick up on the lingo. There’s a catalog of common words and sayings you’re likely to hear. And then you’ll likely hear them again...


No Ammo? No Problem

Some hunters never practice with their firearms until the weekend before opening day, when they take it out and shoot a few rounds to ensure it’s still sighted in. Even if the gun is still on, the hunter’s skills might not be. Shooting skills are perishable, but currently, firing a...


5 Awesome North American Combo Hunts

North American hunters are fortunate. We get access to many different game species within our 50 states and 10 provinces. From gobbling turkeys to snarling grizzly bears, tons of potential hunting adventures exist. If you’re willing and able to travel and have a hunting budget, there’s enough opportunity right here...


How to Roast a Whole Wild Pig Part 2: Cooking and Serving

A plate full of slow smoked, fall-apart-tender pork is the ultimate wild game feast. A good hog roast doesn’t need much. Salt, pepper, and hickory or fruit wood smoke will add all the extra flavor the succulent meat requires. An injection of apple cider or peach juice helps to keep...


How to Roast a Whole Wild Pig Part 1: Scalding and Prepping

Everyone loves a good pig roast. Slow cooked on the smoker or over a bed of coals, roasted pork is tender, delicious, and a great way to feed a crowd. While the thought of transforming a dirty, hairy pig on the ground after a successful hunt into something magical at...


The 10mm Carbine for Hog Hunting

A good hog hunt results in two things: A fun time and a freezer full of tasty pork. A recent East Texas trip ended with both. Since we were hunting cutover pine scrub and knew our shots would be close, I decided to have some fun and hunt with my...


What Kill Shot Statistics Teach You About Hunting

We learn from experience. We look at the things we do over time, consider averages and anomalies, and make deductions to help us prepare for the future. This is how we know the size hammer we need to drive a certain nail, how fast we can safely take a certain...


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...


8 Things to Know About Drought and Western Big Game Hunting

Hunters across the West are welcoming archery season with smokey skies and above-average temperatures. Many states had blazing hot streaks and little to no rain for most of the summer. This created devastating drought conditions and widespread fires. More than 95% of the West was in a drought in August...


How to Become a Hunting Guide

Being a hunting guide and spending months in the outdoors chasing critters would be a dream job, right? It surely is for some, but guiding is not for everyone. There can be a long road to success, especially financially. Here is what you need to know, with input from some...


6 Ways to Prepare for an Elk Hunt

The action was intense. Two bulls were screaming, and my heart was slamming inside my chest. A steady rain was falling, and each step I took to gain elevation and close the distance was a struggle. Mud was building on my outsoles, and on the slippery slope I had all...


The 5 Guns Every Outdoorsman Needs

If you’re like me, you’d own 20 or more rifles, shotguns, and handguns, however many you could afford. But truth is, to have a blast shooting targets and hunting every species of bird and animal across America, you really only need five firearms. And those are the ones we’re talking...


How to Recover a Wounded Elk

Thomas Baumeister studies the splayed-out carcass of a decomposed elk carcass as though it’s a crime scene. The outstretched neck points downhill like it’s reaching for a finish line, the legs extend uphill, hinting the animal may have slid on its belly, and the location of the carcass itself doesn’t...


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