Big game hunting. It's in our blood. And it's what we do. We live it. And we cover it right here on Realtree.com, too. We know you live for the adrenline rush that only a big game animal can supply. So, because of that, much of our content reflects it. Here are the top five posts that you read the most in 2018.
North American Super Slam: 29 Big Game Animals You Need
For me, the true meaning of hunting is for food and adventure. It’s for sustenance of both the body and mind. And chasing big game animals has been a very large part of many lives across the world. Thus the Super Slam® of North American Big Game was born.
Grand Slam Club/Ovis (GSCO) is the official archive of the Super Slam of North American big game. They house the records and maintain records keeping. Contact GSCO to register animals you harvest.
I’ve never attempted the slam. Probably never will. It's a big thing. This feat takes years and serious dedication to achieve. Few try it. Even fewer obtain it. However, there are smaller slams you can attempt. But here are all of the animals needed to complete the ultimate quest. Think you have it in you . . . continue reading . . .
10 Mistakes Adults Make When Hunting with Kids
I was looking forward to my first turkey hunt with my two young boys. I’d envisioned a quiet, peaceful morning in the blind while we waited for the birds to show up. I’d already talked with them extensively, and had explained what a privilege going hunting is. I felt sure they would behave in a way that reflected their gratefulness for the opportunity. And of course, I would exude patience and wisdom, while imparting my knowledge of hunting and passing down our treasured family hunting traditions.
Yeah, whatever . . . continue reading . . .
13 Ways to Keep Your Hands and Feet Warm in Cold Weather
I have a rare hereditary condition called Raynaud’s Disease. It’s a disorder that restricts circulation (blood flow) to your hands, feet, fingers and toes. This can lead to severe cold and painful sensations in your outer extremities — even when it isn’t that cold out. But, obviously, the colder it is the more challenging it becomes. I’ve battled it my entire life. And it’s something that’s caused numerous hunts to end prematurely. I had to find a way to combat this issue.
Cold hands and feet are things most deer hunters deal with, though. You don’t have to have the disorder I suffer from to have this problem. But for those seeking ways to keep those fingers and toes toasty, here are 13 ways I try to accomplish that . . . continue reading . . .
The Top States for Record Mule Deer in the Last 10 Years
Data can be deceiving. That’s why oftentimes, the all-time records list you see aren’t the most accurate depictions of where big deer are truly coming from. That’s why we’ve compiled this list. It’s for those who still haven’t gone on that dream mule deer hunt and are still trying to decide where to go. It’s for those who want to know where conservation is a priority. It’s even for those who simply want to see how their state compares to others.
In this post, we’ve applied a simple equation to determine which states are the top producers. We took away the size advantage many states have and put them all on a level playing field by analyzing how many record bucks have been taken per square mile of total land mass. Here are how all of the mule deer states in the country rank when looking at only the data from the last decade . . . continue reading . . .
Top 10 States for Boone & Crockett Black Bear Hunting
Bear populations have really taken off in the last decade. The stronghold states that have long harbored great populations are still doing well. States that haven’t seen stable populations for a century are seeing more black bears, too. It’s a great time for those who love to chase these big omnivores.
If you’re in the hunt for the biggest bear you can find, there are 10 states you should focus on. The good news? They’re scattered throughout the country. So you should be able to find one fairly close to you.
If you just look directly at the records, you might find the data slightly different than this list. Here we’ve broken down the list by total B&C entries per square mile. That takes away the size factor/advantage for larger states such as California and Alaska. By analyzing the number of entries per square mile, you get a better understanding of what a state’s potential and capabilities are . . . continue reading . . .
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